William
Vela
 
Nickname: Billy the Kid
 
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 0' 0''
Weight: 190
 
Born: June 10, 1928 in Blackwood
 
Awards & Accomplishments
Gold Glove 1946    1947    1948    1949    1950    1951    1952    1953    1954    1955   
All-Star Selections 1958   
Ratings - Batting     Help
  AVG 2B 3B HR BB SO
Year Age Tm Lg Salary vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA
1947 19 DEN SP    
1948 20 DEN SP $ 300,000  
1949 21 DEN SP $ 300,000  
1950 22 DEN SP    
1951 23 DEN SP    
1952 24 DEN SP $ 300,000  
1953 25 RIT SP $ 300,000  
1954 26 RIT SP $ 1,453,500  
1955 27 RIT SP $ 1,893,214  
1956 28 RIT SP $ 4,240,000  
1957 29 RIT SP $ 4,240,000  
1958 30 RIT SP $ 4,240,000  
OOTP5 Min Ratings    
OOTP5 Max Ratings $ 4,240,000  
                                             
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Year Age Tm Lg Salary   vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA vL vR OA
1959 31 RIT SP $ 4,000,000  
1960 32 RIT SP $ 4,000,000  
1961 33 RIT SP    
1962 34 HIN SP    
OOTP6 Min Ratings    
OOTP6 Max Ratings $ 4,000,000  
Batting Stats     Help
Bold lines indicate player won Most Valuable Player or Rookie of the Year.
Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS XR OWS
1947 19 AA   89 349 30 78 17 0 6 31 1 1 23 86 .223 .272 .324 .595 30.0  
    A   49 159 11 39 2 1 0 6 2 1 3 38 .245 .259 .270 .530 10.0  
1948 20 A   110 249 28 72 9 2 7 42 1 1 20 60 .289 .342 .426 .768 35.3  
1949 21 AA   81 313 33 73 17 0 3 28 1 0 23 76 .233 .286 .316 .602 28.0  
    A   45 139 12 48 13 0 3 18 0 0 17 19 .345 .417 .504 .920 26.7  
1950 22 AAA   127 433 64 128 42 0 7 43 1 0 33 97 .296 .345 .441 .787 61.9  
    AA   5 17 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 5 .176 .300 .235 .535 1.4  
1951 23 AAA   127 483 54 146 52 0 5 61 1 0 40 79 .302 .356 .441 .797 70.6  
1952 24 DEN SP 123 176 17 40 6 1 2 23 0 0 20 32 .227 .305 .307 .611 17.9 1.8
    AAA   2 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .375 .444 .375 .819 1.4  
1953 25 RIT SP 73 250 29 75 24 0 2 26 0 1 21 26 .300 .351 .420 .771 34.0 6.2
    AAA   69 262 34 77 25 0 4 30 1 0 25 44 .294 .355 .435 .791 38.7  
    AA   9 38 5 16 6 0 0 10 0 0 0 7 .421 .421 .579 1.000 7.2  
    A   1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -0.1  
1954 26 RIT SP 142 482 71 145 60 1 6 56 0 0 44 64 .301 .364 .467 .831 74.9 15.7
1955 27 RIT SP 142 480 32 122 31 2 0 47 0 0 43 80 .254 .316 .327 .643 47.7 4.7
1956 28 RIT SP 152 502 62 151 64 1 11 86 3 1 55 63 .301 .373 .498 .871 83.9 16.2
1957 29 RIT SP 149 511 61 140 50 0 17 97 1 0 42 59 .274 .331 .472 .803 74.6 13.4
1958 30 RIT SP 146 495 68 129 44 0 14 81 1 1 36 74 .261 .312 .434 .746 64.8 10.8
1959 31 RIT SP 144 526 67 150 64 2 10 105 1 0 48 106 .285 .349 .471 .820 78.8 14.6
1960 32 RIT SP 132 498 36 99 29 1 12 71 0 0 32 95 .199 .250 .333 .584 37.4 0.0
1961 33 RIT SP 82 280 25 65 13 2 6 40 0 0 28 57 .232 .296 .357 .653 31.5 3.5
1962 34 AAA   50 73 12 17 4 0 1 8 0 0 10 8 .233 .325 .329 .654 8.3  
10 Years Sim 1285 4200 468 1116 385 10 80 632 6 3 369 656 .266 .327 .419 .746 545.5 86.8
5 Years AAA 375 1259 164 371 123 0 17 143 3 0 109 231 .295 .351 .433 .783 180.9  
4 Years AA 184 717 69 170 41 0 9 70 2 1 49 174 .237 .287 .332 .619 66.7  
4 Years A 205 548 51 159 24 3 10 66 3 2 40 117 .290 .346 .400 .745 72.0  
13 Years Minors 764 2524 284 700 188 3 36 279 8 3 198 522 .277 .332 .397 .729 319.5  
162 Game Average 529 59 140 48 1 10 79 0 0 46 82 .266 .327 .419 .746 68.8  
Career Highs 152 526 71 151 64 2 17 105 3 1 55 106 .301 .373 .498 .871 83.9  
Career Batting Splits     Help
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Category G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS XR
vs RH   3142 365 869 311 6 68 502 4 2 282 471 .277 .338 .444 .782 447.8
vs LH   1058 103 247 74 4 12 130 2 1 87 185 .233 .293 .345 .638 105.0
Home 643 2058 232 552 187 5 32 296 2 3 182 299 .268 .330 .411 .741 266.6
Away 642 2142 236 564 198 5 48 336 4 0 187 357 .263 .323 .428 .751 286.2
RISP   1206 0 355 114 4 23 517 0 0 154 191 .294 .369 .453 .821 197.0
Pinch Hitting   199 16 42 13 0 1 21 0 0 26 35 .211 .301 .291 .593 18.6
Close/Late   587 72 162 55 2 8 81 0 0 78 98 .276 .359 .417 .776 87.4
Mar/Apr 182 596 73 161 56 2 12 91 0 0 52 102 .270 .332 .431 .763 81.1
May 201 671 78 180 63 2 14 101 1 0 66 113 .268 .334 .431 .764 93.6
June 213 684 63 183 66 2 11 104 0 0 58 98 .268 .321 .418 .739 89.1
July 208 685 78 184 71 2 10 91 2 0 60 92 .269 .327 .422 .749 90.8
August 240 783 96 204 69 1 20 133 3 2 72 133 .261 .328 .428 .756 105.3
Sep/Oct 241 781 80 204 60 1 13 112 0 1 61 118 .261 .320 .391 .711 93.0
Fielding Stats     Help
Bold lines indicate player won Gold Glove.
Year Age Tm Lg Pos G GS IP PO A E DP FPct RF RSA RTO RTO% PB DWS
1948 20 DEN SP C 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 1.000 18.00 0 0 .000 0 0.0
1952 24 DEN SP C 28 27 222.0 178 13 3 2 .985 7.74 19 6 .316 0 1.0
    RF 2 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 0 0 .000 0 0.0
1953 25 RIT SP C 67 61 559.7 364 28 6 0 .985 6.30 43 17 .395 0 3.2
1954 26 RIT SP C 133 115 1056.3 787 41 8 2 .990 7.05 99 22 .222 2 3.5
    3B 1 1 9.0 0 3 0 0 1.000 3.00 0 0 .000 0 0.0
1955 27 RIT SP C 132 127 1137.3 866 71 6 2 .994 7.41 101 44 .436 1 8.1
    CF 1 1 8.0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 .000 0 0.0
1956 28 RIT SP C 143 127 1159.7 851 58 9 1 .990 7.05 148 40 .270 0 5.2
    3B 2 2 18.0 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.50 0 0 .000 0 0.0
1957 29 RIT SP C 143 128 1162.3 968 51 14 1 .986 7.89 135 34 .252 4 0.8
1958 30 RIT SP C 135 125 1131.3 914 46 14 2 .986 7.64 120 25 .208 1 3.0
1959 31 RIT SP C 139 126 1166.7 923 64 13 1 .987 7.61 146 34 .233 3 2.9
1960 32 RIT SP C 132 132 1164.3 821 57 16 2 .982 6.79 187 39 .209 3 4.5
1961 33 RIT SP C 75 73 648.0 517 31 3 0 .995 7.61 89 16 .180 2 2.5
  C 1128 1041 9408.6 7191 460 92 13 .988 7.32 1087 277 .255 16 34.8
  3B 3 3 27.0 0 6 0 0 1.000 2.00 0 0 .000 0 0.1
  CF 1 1 8.0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 .000 0 0.0
  RF 2 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 0 0 .000 0 0.0
Career Totals   1134 1045 9445.6 7192 466 92 13 .988 7.30 1087 277 .255 16 34.8
Career Highs   145 132 1177.7 968 71 16 2 1.000 18.00 187 44 .436 4  
Post-Season Batting Stats     Help
Bold lines indicate player won Post Season MVP Award.
Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1958 30 RIT SP 3 11 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .545 .727
Career Post-Season Batting 3 11 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .545 .727
Batting Leaderboards     Help
Top 10 finishes. Stats are Year-Rank-Value. League leaders are in bold.
(*) indicates hit-less at-bats added to meet minimum plate appearances.
Season Rankings are League Based.
Doubles
1954-1-60
1956-1-64
1957-2-50
1958-7-44
1959-1-64
CAR-34-385
RBIs
1959-7-105
       
 
   Black Ink Test: 6    (Avg Batter in HOF ~ 48)
   Gray Ink Test: 14    (Avg Batter in HOF ~ 130)
   Hall of Fame Standards: 30    (Avg Batter in HOF ~ 54)
 
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  6. Anthony Geary (913)
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History
Drafted in 4th round, 74th overall pick, by Denton in 1947
Injured on 6/27/1951 with a Strained Hamstring Muscle, out for 2 weeks
Injured on 8/30/1951 with a Stiff Shoulder, out for 4 days
Had first career hit on 4/11/1952, off James Roop (STR)
Hit first career homerun on 6/2/1952, off James Dunson (RW)
Traded from Denton to Ritchford on 2/21/1953 (Going to RIT: C W. Vela. Going to DEN: P B. Caywood)
Injured on 6/10/1954 with a Strained Groin Muscle, out for one week
Won Gold Glove at Catcher in 1955
Drove in 9 runs against Stratford on 7/11/1957
Won Batter of the Month award on 9/1/1957, hitting .344 with 5 HR, 31 RBI
Won Player of the Week award on 9/1/1957, hitting .417 with 2 HR, 11 RBI
Was selected to the 1958 Allstar game
Injured on 10/1/1959 with a Pulled Thigh Muscle, out for 1-2 weeks
Injured on 4/22/1960 with a Broken Ulna, out for 5 weeks
Released by Ritchford on 8/25/1961
Signed as a free agent by Twin Falls on 9/15/1961 to a minor league contract
Released by Twin Falls on 10/13/1961
Signed as a free agent by Hinsdale on 5/1/1962 to a minor league deal