Bill Madlock Stats

Bill Madlock was born on Friday, January 12, 1951, in Memphis, Tennessee. Madlock was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 7, 1973, with the Texas Rangers. 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 Madlock baseball stats page.

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"There's no right or wrong way to hit. Every hitter is different and you have to relate... People try to make up new ways to hit. There aren't really any new ways. The game hasn't changed in 200 years and it's not going to for another 200." - Bill Madlock in The Las Vegas Sun (Anthony Fenech, 05/10/2010, Ex-big league batting champ Bill Madlock helps local youth with swings , Source )

Bill Madlock

Bill 'Mad Dog' Madlock Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#470 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1986top07' title='1986 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bill 'Mad Dog' Madlock Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#470 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Bill Madlock
Nickname:
Mad Dog
Born On:
01-12-1951  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Memphis, Tennessee
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Eisenhower High School (Decatur, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-07-1973 (Age 22)
Last Game:
10-04-1987
Draft:
1970 : 5th Round (97th)

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock Pitching Stats

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Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock Hitting Stats

1973 22 Rangers 21 77 16 27 5 3 1 0 5 7 0 9 0 0 1 0 .351 .412 .532
1974 23 Cubs 128 453 65 142 21 5 9 1 54 42 8 39 3 6 5 15 .313 .374 .442
1975 24 Cubs 130 514 77 182 29 7 7 0 64 42 5 34 1 5 3 11 .354 .402 .479
1976 25 Cubs 142 514 68 174 36 1 15 1 84 56 15 27 3 4 11 21 .339 .412 .500
1977 26 Giants 140 533 70 161 28 1 12 0 46 43 14 33 1 2 6 25 .302 .360 .426
1978 27 Giants 122 447 76 138 26 3 15 0 44 48 11 39 9 2 3 6 .309 .378 .481
1979 28 Giants 69 249 37 65 9 2 7 0 41 18 3 19 1 2 0 3 .261 .309 .398
1979 28 Pirates 85 311 48 102 17 3 7 0 44 34 8 22 2 5 1 14 .328 .390 .469
1980 29 Pirates 137 494 62 137 22 4 10 0 53 45 12 33 0 3 4 15 .277 .341 .399
1981 30 Pirates 82 279 35 95 23 1 6 0 45 34 7 17 0 4 3 5 .341 .413 .495
1982 31 Pirates 154 568 92 181 33 3 19 1 95 48 16 39 1 13 4 12 .319 .368 .488
1983 32 Pirates 130 473 68 153 21 0 12 0 68 49 10 24 1 5 2 16 .323 .386 .444
1984 33 Pirates 103 403 38 102 16 0 4 0 44 26 5 29 1 4 1 11 .253 .297 .323
1985 34 Pirates 110 399 49 100 23 1 10 0 41 39 2 42 3 3 5 12 .251 .323 .388
1985 34 Dodgers 34 114 20 41 4 0 2 0 15 10 0 11 0 1 3 3 .360 .422 .447
1986 35 Dodgers 111 379 38 106 17 0 10 0 60 30 4 43 1 6 5 7 .280 .336 .404
1987 36 Dodgers 21 61 5 11 1 0 3 0 7 6 0 5 1 0 1 4 .180 .265 .344
1987 36 Tigers 87 326 56 91 17 0 14 0 50 28 1 45 8 4 10 10 .279 .351 .460
15 Years 1,806 6,594 920 2,008 348 34 163 3 860 605 121 510 36 69 68 190 .305 .365 .442

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock Fielding Stats

1973 Rangers 3B 21 21 516 49 2.3 45 13 32 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .918 2.35
1974 Cubs 3B 121 120 3,075 331 2.7 313 84 229 18 14 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.75
1975 Cubs 3B 128 128 3,267 349 2.7 329 79 250 20 14 n/a n/a n/a .943 2.72
1976 Cubs 3B 136 135 3,531 355 2.6 341 107 234 14 21 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.61
1977 Giants 2B 6 6 153 20 3.3 19 5 14 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .950 3.35
1977 Giants 3B 126 125 3,267 333 2.6 316 96 220 17 16 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.61
1978 Giants 1B 3 1 39 12 4.0 12 11 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.31
1978 Giants 2B 114 111 2,817 536 4.7 522 223 299 14 48 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.00
1979 Giants 1B 5 0 24 9 1.8 9 9 0 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.13
1979 Giants 2B 63 63 1,575 288 4.6 281 137 144 7 32 n/a n/a n/a .976 4.82
1979 Pirates 3B 85 85 2,253 223 2.6 216 63 153 7 12 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.59
1980 Pirates 1B 12 8 201 79 6.6 76 73 3 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .962 10.21
1980 Pirates 3B 127 125 3,234 314 2.5 300 86 214 14 18 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.50
1981 Pirates 3B 78 77 1,944 206 2.6 197 50 147 9 17 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.74
1982 Pirates 1B 3 3 54 23 7.7 23 22 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.50
1982 Pirates 3B 146 142 3,717 376 2.6 358 92 266 18 23 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.60
1983 Pirates 3B 126 125 3,144 263 2.1 252 59 193 11 20 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.16
1984 Pirates 1B 1 1 18 10 10.0 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.00
1984 Pirates 3B 98 97 2,592 257 2.6 242 66 176 15 17 n/a n/a n/a .942 2.52
1985 Pirates 1B 12 9 249 86 7.2 86 81 5 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.33
1985 Pirates 3B 98 97 2,496 235 2.4 221 46 175 14 10 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.39
1985 Dodgers 3B 32 32 705 96 3.0 91 28 63 5 7 n/a n/a n/a .948 3.49
1986 Dodgers 1B 2 1 24 10 5.0 8 7 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .800 9.00
1986 Dodgers 3B 101 101 2,301 266 2.6 242 72 170 24 7 n/a n/a n/a .910 2.84
1987 Dodgers 1B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1987 Dodgers 3B 16 16 357 34 2.1 31 8 23 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .912 2.34
1987 Tigers 1B 22 20 492 180 8.2 178 167 11 2 14 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.77
1987 Tigers 3B 1 1 18 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
3B Totals 1,440 1,427 36,417 3,688 2.6 3,495 949 2,546 193 200 n/a n/a n/a .948 2.59
2B Totals 183 180 4,545 844 4.6 822 365 457 22 82 n/a n/a n/a .974 4.88
1B Totals 61 43 1,104 409 6.7 402 380 22 7 31 n/a n/a n/a .983 9.83
15 Years 1,684 1,650 42,066 4,941 2.9 4,719 1,694 3,025 222 313 n/a n/a n/a .955 3.03

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock Miscellaneous Stats

1973 Rangers 3 2 .600 0 0 0 77.0 8.6 15.4 - - -
1974 Cubs 11 7 .611 8 0 n/a 50.3 11.6 8.4 - - -
1975 Cubs 9 7 .563 2 0 n/a 73.4 15.1 8.0 - - -
1976 Cubs 15 11 .577 7 0 n/a 34.3 19.0 6.1 - - -
1977 Giants 13 10 .565 9 0 n/a 44.4 16.2 11.6 - - -
1978 Giants 16 5 .762 10 0 n/a 29.8 11.5 10.2 - - -
1979 Giants 11 3 .786 6 0 n/a 35.6 13.1 6.1 - - -
1979 Pirates 21 8 .724 0 0 n/a 44.4 14.1 7.1 - - -
1980 Pirates 16 10 .615 3 0 n/a 49.4 15.0 9.3 - - -
1981 Pirates 18 6 .750 4 1 n/a 46.5 16.4 6.2 - - -
1982 Pirates 18 6 .750 9 0 n/a 29.9 14.6 6.0 - - -
1983 Pirates 3 4 .429 5 0 n/a 39.4 19.7 7.0 - - -
1984 Pirates 3 1 .750 5 0 n/a 100.8 13.9 9.2 - - -
1985 Pirates 3 3 .500 3 0 n/a 39.9 9.5 9.7 - - -
1985 Dodgers 7 1 .875 2 0 n/a 57.0 10.4 7.6 - - -
1986 Dodgers 3 3 .500 9 0 n/a 37.9 8.8 6.3 - - -
1987 Dodgers 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 20.3 12.2 8.7 - - -
1987 Tigers 4 3 .571 2 0 64 23.3 7.2 6.5 - - -
15 Years 174 90 .659 89 1 64 40.5 12.9 7.7 - - -

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1973 Texas Rangers 38 $7,200.00 - -
1974 Chicago Cubs 18 $15,000.00 - -
1975 Chicago Cubs 18 $16,000.00 Stats -
1976 Chicago Cubs 18 $77,500.00 - -
1977 San Francisco Giants 18 $260,000.00 - -
1978 San Francisco Giants 18 $260,000.00 - -
1979 San Francisco Giants 18 $260,000.00 - Stats
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 "     " - Stats
1980 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $260,000.00 - -
1981 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $260,000.00 Stats -
1982 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $850,000.00 - -
1983 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $850,000.00 Stats -
1984 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $850,000.00 - -
1985 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 $975,500.00 - -
1985 Los Angeles Dodgers 52 "     " - -
1986 Los Angeles Dodgers 12 $841,667.00 - -
1987 Los Angeles Dodgers 12 $850,000.00 - -
1987 Detroit Tigers 7 $850,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Bill Madlock was the first player in Major League history to win multiple batting titles with two different teams? The first two, 1975 (.354) & 1976 (.339), with the Chicago Cubs and the second two, 1981 (.341) & 1983 (.323), with the Pittsburgh Pirates . No batting champion is easy, but the 1976 was especially close. On October 3, 1976 , the final game of the regular season, Mad Dog collected four singles to raise his average from .333 to .339, one point ahead of Ken Griffey , who went 0-for-2, dropping his average to .336.

Did you know that Bill Madlock hit three home runs in a game once during his career, on June 28, 1987 , tying the Detroit Tigers record for home runs in a game? Before Mad Dog, twelve different Tiger sluggers had a 3-homer game, Rocky Colavito did it twice, but Madlock was the first designated hitter from Detroit to tie the record.

Bill Madlock 3-Home Run Game
Bill Madlock Hits 3 Home Runs ( Box Score ) | The Index-Journal | June 29, 1987 | Page 12
Mad Dog's four batting title as a third baseman was a Major League record at the position until it was eclipsed in 1988 by Wade Boggs . His career batting average (.305) is comparable to several hall of fame players and at one point he had the highest career batting average, amongst active ballplayers , in the National League:

Batting champ Madock perfect for role of Pirates' team captain

When one thinks of the great hitters, one thinks of Ted Williams . They called him The Splendid Splinter , long and lean. Or of Hank Aaron , the man with the quick wrists. Or Mickey Mantle , so strong.

They don't usually think of a man nicknamed "Mad Dog" but who looks more like a cute little koala bear. He's 5-11 and the book says he weighs 190, but the book is the Pirates' media guide, not the Bible. A fib here and there can be excused.

Do not, however, be misled. The man can hit. Oh, can he hit. Unorthodox, sure... a short, quick stroke with almost no stride, sort of a Rube Goldberg invention in the batter's box.

It is a stroke built for the man who uses it. It is not Ted Williams ' stroke for some simple reasons; Williams physically was as different from Bill Madlock as Madlock is from Myron Cope.

It works, and that is all that matters. It works so well that one the wall of Madlock Manor are four silver bats, emblematic of National League batting championships. Only 11 players have won as many; only Roberto Clemente , Stan Musial , Rogers Hornsby and Honus Wagner in the National League since the turn of the century. All of them are in the Hall of Fame.

Madlock won last year when he hit .323. It raised his lifetime average to .317. No active National Leaguer has a higher lifetime average. Pete Rose ? He's at .306. Dave Parker ? Naw, .305.

Madlock is No. 1.

Source: The Pittsburgh Press, 04/02/1984, Mariene Karas, Page 13.

Bill Madlock once held the dubious record for largest fine given to a major leaguer for an on-the-field incident ($5,000), and the second-longest suspension record (15 days). Sports Illustrated (May 9, 1983, Volume 58, Issue 19, Glad Times For Mad Dog , Steve Wulf) described the record setting day: "On May 1, 1980 , Pittsburgh was playing Montreal, and with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, Madlock tried to check his swing on a pitch from David Palmer . Home plate umpire Crawford called it strike three. 'Actually, the whole thing started when [Pirate Shortstop] Tim Foli asked me if it was a swing or a called strike,' Crawford recalls. 'I started to say, It was a swing and a strike, but all I got out was It was a swing....' and Madlock started arguing.' Madlock started arguing with his glove, which a teammate had routinely brought him from the bench. He hit Crawford in the face with the glove. 'Right on the bone underneath my nose,' says Crawford, 'and it stung.' Madlock was ejected, more for his profanity than anything else. But Expo President John McHale saw the incident and called League President Chub Feeney, asking for a stiff penalty."

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