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Full Name: William Henry Keeler Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5' 4.5"/140 First Game: September 30, 1892
Birthdate: March 3, 1872 Final Game: September 5, 1910
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York MLB Experience: 19 years
Died: January 1, 1923
Deathplace: Brooklyn, New York
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Willie Keeler (William Henry Keeler) was born on March 3, 1872 in Brooklyn, New York. He made his Major League debut on September 30, 1892 for the New York Giants. In 1894, his rookie year, he hit .371 with 5 home runs and 94 RBI. Keeler played for the New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms, Baltimore Orioles, Brooklyn Superbas and New York Highlanders over the course of his 19 year career.

There is some disagreement on what was Willie Keeler's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1894, when he stole 32 bases, hit for a .371 average and knocked in 94 runs. However, others believe that it was 1896, when he stole 67 bases, hit for a .386 average and knocked in 82 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1892 NY N 14 53 7 17 0 6 .321 .368 .377 3 0 3 3 1 0 5 0 0
1893 NY N 7 24 5 8 1 7 .333 .448 .625 2 1 5 1 0 0 3 0 0
1893 BRO N 20 80 14 25 1 9 .313 .353 .387 1 1 4 4 1 0 2 0 0
1893 TOT N 27 104 19 33 2 16 .317 .377 .442 3 2 9 5 1 0 5 0 0
1894 BAL N 129 590 165 219 5 94 .371 .427 .517 27 22 40 6 18 16 32 0 0
1895 BAL N 131 565 162 213 4 78 .377 .429 .494 24 15 37 12 14 21 47 0 0
1896 BAL N 126 544 153 210 4 82 .386 .432 .496 22 13 37 9 7 13 67 0 0
1897 BAL N 129 564 145 239 0 74 .424 .464 .539 27 19 35 0 7 12 64 0 0
1898 BAL N 129 561 126 216 1 44 .385 .420 .410 7 2 31 0 3 9 28 0 0
1899 BRO N 141 570 140 216 1 61 .379 .425 .451 12 13 37 0 9 17 45 0 0
1900 BRO N 136 563 106 204 4 68 .362 .402 .449 13 12 30 0 7 19 41 0 0
1901 BRO N 136 595 123 202 2 43 .339 .369 .420 18 12 21 0 7 22 23 0 0
1902 BRO N 133 559 86 186 0 38 .333 .365 .386 20 5 21 0 7 25 19 0 0
1903 NY A 132 512 95 160 0 32 .313 .368 .367 14 7 32 0 13 27 24 0 0
1904 NY A 143 543 78 186 2 40 .343 .390 .409 14 8 35 0 7 27 21 0 0
1905 NY A 149 560 81 169 4 38 .302 .357 .363 14 4 43 0 5 42 19 0 0
1906 NY A 152 592 96 180 2 33 .304 .353 .338 8 3 40 0 5 35 23 0 0
1907 NY A 107 423 50 99 0 17 .234 .265 .255 5 2 15 0 3 26 7 0 0
1908 NY A 91 323 38 85 1 14 .263 .337 .288 3 1 31 0 5 21 14 0 0
1909 NY A 99 360 44 95 1 32 .264 .327 .319 7 5 24 0 10 33 10 0 0
1910 NY N 19 10 5 3 0 0 .300 .462 .300 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 0
Total NL 1250 5278 1237 1958 23 604 .371 .414 .461 176 115 304 36 81 155 377 0 0
Total AL 873 3313 482 974 10 206 .294 .347 .341 65 30 220 0 48 211 118 0 0
Total 2123 8591 1719 2932 33 810 .341 .388 .415 241 145 524 36 129 366 495 0 0

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1892 NY N 3B 14 0 0 15 21 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .878
1893 NY N SS 2 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
1893 NY N OF 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1893 NY N 2B 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1893 BRO N 3B 12 0 0 20 30 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1893 BRO N OF 8 0 0 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .786
1893 TOT N OF 11 0 0 11 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .765
1894 BAL N OF 128 0 0 215 25 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 .938
1894 BAL N 2B 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1895 BAL N OF 131 0 0 244 21 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1896 BAL N OF 126 0 0 227 20 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1897 BAL N OF 129 0 0 217 12 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 .970
1898 BAL N 3B 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1898 BAL N OF 128 0 0 210 14 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1899 BRO N OF 141 0 0 208 21 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1900 BRO N OF 136 0 0 227 22 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 .940
1900 BRO N 2B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1901 BRO N 3B 10 0 0 8 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .760
1901 BRO N 2B 3 0 0 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1901 BRO N OF 125 0 0 181 17 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1902 BRO N OF 133 0 0 208 14 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1903 NY A OF 128 0 0 177 10 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 .935
1903 NY A 3B 4 0 0 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .846
1904 NY A OF 142 0 0 186 16 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 .935
1905 NY A OF 137 0 0 194 17 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1905 NY A 2B 12 0 0 9 19 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1905 NY A 3B 3 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
1906 NY A OF 152 0 0 213 16 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1907 NY A OF 107 0 0 144 13 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1908 NY A OF 88 0 0 123 9 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .936
1909 NY A OF 95 0 0 111 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1910 NY N OF 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 3B 44 0 0 54 69 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 .831
Total OF 2039 0 0 3097 258 138 60 0 0 0 0 0 .960
Total 2B 19 0 0 18 31 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .961
Total SS 2 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750

Transactions

  • Sold by Binghamton (Eastern) to New York Giants for $800 (September 27, 1892).
  • Sold by New York Giants to Brooklyn Bridegrooms for $800 (July 27, 1893).
  • Traded by Brooklyn Bridegrooms with Dan Brouthers to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Billy Shindle and George Treadway (January 1, 1894).
  • Assigned to Brooklyn Superbas by Baltimore Orioles with Bill Dahlen, Mike Heydon, Jim Hughes, Hughie Jennings, Joe Kelley, Al Maul, Dan McGann and Doc McJames (March 11, 1899).
  • Released by New York Highlanders (February 22, 1910).
  • Signed by New York Giants (May 6, 1910).

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