Bill Nicholson Stats

Bill Nicholson was born on Friday, December 11, 1914, in Chestertown, Maryland. Nicholson was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 13, 1936, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bill Nicholson baseball stats page.

"We all respected Bill Nicholson. He had been through what we hoped to go through. When he said something, we listened. He knew the pitchers in the league and would tell us what to expect in certain situations. He was a man's man." - Putsy Caballero in Baseball Players of the 1950s: A Biographical Dictionary of All 1,560 Major Leaguers (Rich Marazzi, McFarland Publishing, 11/30/2000, Page 251)
Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats Baseball Card (#111)
Bill Nicholson Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats Baseball Card (#111)

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Birth Name:
William Beck Nicholson
Nickname:
Big Bill - Bill - Swish
Born On:
12-11-1914  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chestertown, Maryland
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-08-1996 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Chestertown, Maryland
Cemetery:
Old St. Paul Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chestertown, Maryland
High School:
Chestertown High School (Chestertown, MD)
College:
Washington College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
06-13-1936 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-19-1953
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $1,000
Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1936 22 Athletics 11 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1939 25 Cubs 58 220 37 65 12 5 5 0 38 20 1 29 3 0 0 1 .295 .354 .464
1940 26 Cubs 135 491 78 146 27 7 25 2 98 50 1 67 1 0 3 7 .297 .366 .534
1941 27 Cubs 147 532 74 135 26 1 26 2 98 82 1 91 0 0 3 8 .254 .357 .453
1942 28 Cubs 152 588 83 173 22 11 21 0 78 76 6 80 1 0 8 7 .294 .382 .476
1943 29 Cubs 154 608 95 188 30 9 29 0 128 71 11 86 0 0 5 7 .309 .386 .531
1944 30 Cubs 156 582 116 167 35 8 33 2 122 93 17 71 5 0 6 3 .287 .391 .545
1945 31 Cubs 151 559 82 136 28 4 13 0 88 92 14 73 3 0 6 9 .243 .356 .377
1946 32 Cubs 105 296 36 65 13 2 8 1 41 44 9 44 3 0 2 4 .220 .325 .358
1947 33 Cubs 148 487 69 119 28 1 26 1 75 87 13 83 1 0 5 4 .244 .364 .466
1948 34 Cubs 143 494 68 129 24 5 19 0 67 81 14 60 1 0 5 5 .261 .371 .445
1949 35 Phillies 98 299 42 70 8 3 11 0 40 45 2 53 1 0 5 1 .234 .344 .391
1950 36 Phillies 41 58 3 13 2 1 3 0 10 8 0 16 0 0 0 2 .224 .318 .448
1951 37 Phillies 85 170 23 41 9 2 8 0 30 25 2 24 0 1 1 1 .241 .340 .459
1952 38 Phillies 55 88 17 24 3 0 6 0 19 14 0 26 1 0 3 0 .273 .390 .511
1953 39 Phillies 38 62 12 13 5 1 2 0 16 12 1 20 0 0 0 2 .210 .338 .419
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
16 Years 1,677 5,546 837 1,484 272 60 235 8 948 800 92 828 20 1 52 61 .268 .365 .465
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Bill Nicholson Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1936 Athletics RF 1 0 18 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1939 Cubs RF 58 58 1,455 134 2.3 128 123 5 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.38
1940 Cubs LF 29 27 669 61 2.1 57 56 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .934 2.30
1940 Cubs RF 95 94 2,436 197 2.1 188 179 9 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .954 2.08
1941 Cubs LF 2 2 48 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1941 Cubs RF 141 141 3,597 302 2.1 300 290 10 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.25
1942 Cubs RF 151 151 153 350 2.3 345 327 18 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .986 60.88
1943 Cubs RF 154 154 462 364 2.4 356 340 16 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 20.81
1944 Cubs RF 156 156 468 330 2.1 323 305 18 7 4 n/a n/a n/a .979 18.63
1945 Cubs RF 151 149 390 315 2.1 312 300 12 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .990 21.60
1946 Cubs RF 80 75 1,971 188 2.4 183 179 4 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.51
1947 Cubs RF 140 140 3,633 291 2.1 288 281 7 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.14
1948 Cubs RF 136 135 3,531 256 1.9 251 244 7 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.92
1949 Phillies RF 91 79 2,175 196 2.2 195 185 10 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .995 2.42
1950 Phillies RF 15 10 279 21 1.4 20 20 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.94
1951 Phillies RF 41 33 978 77 1.9 76 75 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.10
1952 Phillies RF 19 13 432 33 1.7 33 33 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1953 Phillies RF 12 10 279 13 1.1 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.26
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
RF Totals 1,441 1,398 22,257 3,068 2.1 3,012 2,895 117 56 20 n/a n/a n/a .982 3.65
LF Totals 31 29 717 64 2.1 60 59 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.26
16 Years 1,472 1,427 22,974 3,132 2.1 3,072 2,954 118 60 20 n/a n/a n/a .981 3.61
Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1936 Athletics 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 0.0 - - -
1939 Cubs 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 44.0 7.6 5.8 - - -
1940 Cubs 2 3 .400 12 0 n/a 19.6 7.3 5.0 - - -
1941 Cubs 1 1 .500 4 0 n/a 20.5 5.8 5.4 - - -
1942 Cubs 8 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 28.0 7.4 7.5 - - -
1943 Cubs 4 1 .800 0 0 n/a 21.0 7.1 4.8 - - -
1944 Cubs 3 1 .750 0 0 n/a 17.6 8.2 4.8 - - -
1945 Cubs 4 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 43.0 7.7 6.4 - - -
1946 Cubs 1 4 .200 25 0 n/a 37.0 6.7 7.2 - - -
1947 Cubs 1 8 .111 8 0 n/a 18.7 5.9 6.5 - - -
1948 Cubs 2 6 .250 7 0 n/a 26.0 8.2 7.4 - - -
1949 Phillies 1 0 1.000 10 0 n/a 27.2 5.6 7.5 - - -
1950 Phillies 0 0 .000 27 0 n/a 19.3 3.6 5.8 - - -
1951 Phillies 0 1 .000 47 0 n/a 21.3 7.1 5.7 - - -
1952 Phillies 0 0 .000 38 0 n/a 14.7 3.4 4.6 - - -
1953 Phillies 0 0 .000 26 1 n/a 31.0 3.1 3.9 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
16 Years 27 26 .509 215 1 n/a 23.6 6.7 5.9 - - -
Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1936 Philadelphia Athletics 21 Undetermined - -
1939 Chicago Cubs 8 Undetermined - -
1940 Chicago Cubs 8 Undetermined Stats -
1941 Chicago Cubs 8 Undetermined Stats -
1942 Chicago Cubs 8 Undetermined - -
1943 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined Stats -
1944 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined Stats -
1945 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined n/a Stats
1946 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined - -
1947 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined - -
1948 Chicago Cubs 43 Undetermined - -
1949 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -
1950 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -
1951 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -
1952 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -
1953 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -


Bill Nicholson was the National League (NL) home run champion with the Chicago Cubs in 1943 and 1944 . No Cubbie has hit the most homers in the NL in back-to-back seasons since Swish! Cubs who led the senior circuit in home runs in consecutive seasons before Nicholson were Frank Schulte ( 1910 , 1911 ) and Hack Wilson ( 1926 , 1927 , 1928 ). [ Home Run Champions ]

Did you know that Bill Nicholson also led the National League in runs batted in (RBI) during the same two seasons ( 1943 & 1944 ) he led the league in home runs, capturing two legs of the Triple Crown in consecutive seasons? Did you know that Big Bill was the first player in National League history to lead the circuit in home runs and runs batted in for two successive seasons?

On July 23, 1944 , Bill Nicholson was given an intentional walk with the bases loaded , only the fourth instance in baseball history. The New York Giants were beating the Chicago Cubs , 10-7, in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, none out, and Nicholson - who had homered four times (once in Game 1 , three times in Game 2 ) already that day - was waiting at the plate to set a Major League record. New York Giants ' manager Mel Ott ordered Ewald Pyle to walk Nicholson, bringing up Dom Dallessandro , Andy Pafko , and Don Johnson . The Chicago Cubs tied the game up by the time the inning was over, but New York went on to win, 12-10.
Bill Nicholson
Bill Nicholson Baseball Record | The Pantagraph | July 24, 1944 | Page 7

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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