Willie Wilson

Center Field

1976—1994

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Center Field RANK
#34

Player Detail

Willie James
GIVEN NAME
Wilson
SURNAME
July 9, 1955, in Montgomery, AL
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1976—1994
Playing Career
Played from 20-38
PLAYING AGE
Kansas City Royals
Oakland A's
Chicago Cubs
Teams Played For
Center Field
PRIMARY POSITION
Kansas City Royals
PRIMARY TEAM
1985
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
6
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-3 / 190
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Both / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 4, 1976
Major League Debut
May 16, 1994
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Willie Wilson?

Maybe the fastest man to ever play baseball. A serious man who learned to switch hit after signing his first professional contract, and later won a batting title.

60

HITTING

20

POWER

80

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

30

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Willie was offered a scholarship to play football at Penn State by head coach Joe Paterno, but opted to become a pro ballplayer instead.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2154
2207
41
585
.285
2 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1980 Royals

24 Years Old

.326
AVG
3
HR
49
RBI
133
RUNS
.357
OBP
230
HITS
28
2B
15
3B
.421
SLG
28
BB
79
SB
8.5
WAR
Set record for most hits in a season by a switch-hitter.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.285
.326
.376

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.702
.732
96.1

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
39.9
60.2

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Willie Wilson Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Wilson
558
159
84
20
11
3
42
31
83
48
210
194
.285
.326
.376
702
AVG CF
538
144
77
24
5
13
68
49
87
21
216
196
.268
.330
.402
.732

Willie Wilson Rankings

AT Center Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
34
40
42
35
66
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Center Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
36
36
24
18
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Willie Wilson PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
46.1
33.8
26.9
21.0
3.46
74.6
45.7
33.5
22.8
5.28
BLUE = Willie Wilson
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
236.3
151.5
109.0
79.6
17.7
373.6
214.5
156.7
102.8
28.1
BLUE = Willie Wilson
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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