16. Vic Willis
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 12, 1876 in Cecil County, MD USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 20, 1898
  • Final Game: September 05, 1910
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1908
 
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Debuting as a rookie with the Boston Beaneaters in 1898, Vic Willis would win the ERA Title as a sophomore with a 2.50 ERA with 27 Wins.  He was also first for bWAR for Pitchers that season.  1900 was not great as his ERA ballooned over 4.00 but he rebounded with four straight seasons with an ERA below 3.00 and he finished up with Boston in 1905 with a 3.21 ERA.  Unfortunately, in those last two seasons in Boston he would have a record of 30 and 54 as he was the victim of limited run support.  He would finish his stint in Boston with a record of 151 and 147 and an ERA of 2.82.

He would later be traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he would have four straight seasons of 20 or more Wins and top ten finished in bWAR for Pitchers including a league leading 8.1 in 1906.  Willis would also help the Pirates win the World Series in 1909.

Willis would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 via the Veteran’s Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from Syracuse (Eastern League) for Fred Lake & $1,000 9/15/97.
  • Departed: Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Dave Brain, Del Howard and Vive Lindaman 12/15/05.
  • Games Played: 320
  • Notable Statistics: 151-147 Record
    302 Games Started
    2.82 ERA
    268 Complete Games
    17 Games Finished
    5 Saves
    2,575 Innings Pitched
    1,161 Strikeouts
    3.22 FIP
    1.258 WHIP
    42.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1889)         
    Lowest ERA (1899)
    Lowest H/9 (1899)
    Most Games Pitched (1902)
    Most Innings Pitched (1878)
    Most Games Pitched (1881)
    Most Saves (1902)
    Most Innings Pitched (1902)
    Most Strikeouts (1902)
    Most Games Started (1902)
    Most Complete Games (1902 & 1904)
    Most Shutouts (1899 & 1901)
    Highest ERA+ (1899 & 1901)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1902, 1904 & 19056

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