Bill Voiselle Stats

Bill Voiselle was born on Wednesday, January 29, 1919, in Greenwood, South Carolina. Voiselle was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 1, 1942, with the New York Giants. 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 Voiselle baseball stats page.

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"One time, Kirby Higbe hit our Tommy Holmes , and we had to throw at somebody. I asked who they had coming up in the next inning, and they said, ' Kiner , Greenberg and Gustine .' Well, now, Ralph Kiner Frankie ) Gustine .'" - Bill Voiselle in The State (Bob Spear, 10/23/2004)

Bill Voiselle

Bill Voiselle Autograph on a Tip Top Bread 1991 Reprint

Bill Voiselle Autograph on a Tip Top Bread 1991 Reprint

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Birth Name:
William Symmes Voiselle
Nickname:
Big Bill or Ninety-Six or Totsie
Born On:
01-29-1919  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Greenwood, South Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-31-2005 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Greenwood, South Carolina
Cemetery:
Elmwood Cemetery, Ninety Six, South Carolina
High School:
Ninety-Six High School (Ninety-Six, SC)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
09-01-1942 (Age 23)
Last Game:
07-08-1950
Draft:
Not Applicable

Bill Voiselle

Bill Voiselle Pitching Stats

1942 23 Giants 2 1 1 0 1 .000 2.00 0 0 0 9.0 38 6 2 4 1 4 0 5 0 0 0 -
1943 24 Giants 4 4 0 1 2 .333 2.03 3 0 0 31.0 134 18 7 10 1 14 0 19 0 0 0 -
1944 25 Giants 43 41 1 21 16 .568 3.02 25 1 0 312.2 1,327 276 105 138 31 118 10 161 7 4 0 -
1945 26 Giants 41 35 2 14 14 .500 4.49 14 4 0 232.1 1,034 249 116 128 15 97 11 115 3 4 0 -
1946 27 Giants 36 25 5 9 15 .375 3.74 10 2 0 178.0 784 171 74 88 14 85 10 89 1 0 0 -
1947 28 Giants 11 5 1 1 4 .200 4.64 1 0 0 42.2 181 44 22 26 4 22 4 20 4 1 0 -
1947 28 Braves 22 20 0 8 7 .533 4.32 7 0 0 131.1 576 146 63 66 10 51 6 59 1 1 0 -
1948 29 Braves 37 30 5 13 13 .500 3.63 9 2 2 215.2 940 226 87 93 18 90 8 89 1 3 0 -
1949 30 Braves 30 22 4 7 8 .467 4.04 5 4 1 169.1 737 170 76 84 14 78 1 63 6 1 0 -
1950 31 Cubs 19 7 2 0 4 .000 5.79 0 0 0 51.1 243 64 33 39 7 29 1 25 0 1 0 -
9 Years 245 190 21 74 84 .468 3.83 74 13 3 1,373.1 5,994 1,370 585 676 115 588 51 645 23 15 0 -

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Bill Voiselle Hitting Stats

1942 23 Giants 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000
1943 24 Giants 4 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
1944 25 Giants 44 105 8 22 5 0 0 0 8 8 0 24 9 0 0 3 .210 .265 .257
1945 26 Giants 41 79 4 10 1 0 0 0 4 6 0 15 7 0 0 3 .127 .188 .139
1946 27 Giants 36 55 3 9 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 14 7 0 0 2 .164 .193 .164
1947 28 Giants 11 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 .133 .133 .133
1947 28 Braves 22 53 3 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 12 3 0 0 3 .170 .170 .208
1948 29 Braves 37 72 2 7 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 17 7 0 0 0 .097 .145 .097
1949 30 Braves 30 61 1 7 2 0 0 0 5 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 .115 .169 .148
1950 31 Cubs 19 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 .077 .077 .077
9 Years 246 464 21 68 10 0 0 0 30 25 0 100 36 0 0 13 .147 .190 .168

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Bill Voiselle Fielding Stats

1942 Giants P 2 1 27 4 2.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1943 Giants P 4 4 93 5 1.3 4 2 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 1.16
1944 Giants P 43 41 938 57 1.3 51 9 42 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .895 1.47
1945 Giants P 41 35 697 53 1.3 52 11 41 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.01
1946 Giants P 36 25 534 46 1.3 43 14 29 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .935 2.17
1947 Giants P 11 5 128 8 0.7 8 0 8 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1947 Braves P 22 20 394 33 1.5 32 6 26 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.19
1948 Braves P 37 30 647 44 1.2 39 6 33 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .886 1.63
1949 Braves P 30 22 508 43 1.4 41 7 34 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.18
1950 Cubs P 19 7 154 10 0.5 9 3 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.58
P Totals 245 190 4,120 303 1.2 283 59 224 20 16 n/a n/a n/a .934 1.85
9 Years 245 190 4,120 303 1.2 283 59 224 20 16 n/a n/a n/a .934 1.85

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Bill Voiselle Miscellaneous Stats

1942 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.25 5.00 4.00
1943 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.36 5.52 4.06
1944 Giants 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 4.4 13.1 1.36 4.63 3.40
1945 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 19.8 1.19 4.45 3.76
1946 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 13.8 1.05 4.50 4.30
1947 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 0.91 4.22 4.64
1947 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 17.7 1.16 4.04 3.49
1948 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.2 18.0 0.99 3.71 3.76
1949 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.7 12.2 0.81 3.35 4.15
1950 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 0.0 0.86 4.38 5.08
9 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 4.6 15.5 1.10 4.23 3.85

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Bill Voiselle Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1942 New York Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1943 New York Giants 5 Undetermined - -
1944 New York Giants 17 Undetermined Stats -
1945 New York Giants 17 Undetermined n/a -
1946 New York Giants 17 Undetermined - -
1947 New York Giants 30 Undetermined - -
1947 Boston Braves 96 Undetermined - -
1948 Boston Braves 96 Undetermined - Stats
1949 Boston Braves 96 Undetermined - -
1950 Chicago Cubs 96 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Bill Voiselle is the last rookie pitcher with 300-or-more innings pitched during their rookie season? Big Bill pitched 312.2 innings with the 1944 New York Giants . His American League counterpart is Scott Perry , who pitched 332.1 innings with the 1918 Philadelphia Athletics .

Bill Voiselle, #96
Bill Voiselle | Boston Braves (#96) | Photoshopped by Baseball Almanac
On June 22, 1947 , Bill Voiselle took the mound at Wrigley Field wearing #96 for the Boston Braves , the first time it was worn by a Braves player, the first time #96 was worn by any player from any team, and at the time, the highest number ever worn by any player in Major League history. Whats even more unique, the number he wore is also the name of the town he grew up in:

The right-handed pitcher compiled more than 160 victories in a long career split between the major and minor leagues, but it's the number 96 that remains his claim to fame. This is what Voiselle wore on the back of his Boston Braves uniform, a tribute to the tiny town of Ninety-Six, South Carolina where he was raised and spent most of his life.

Until pitchers Mitch Williams and Turk Wendell both donned "99" late in the 20th century, Voiselle's was the highest number in major league history. Also known as "Big Bill," the 6-foot-4, 200-pound hurler was dubbed "Ol' Ninety-Six" in his Boston days, and the nickname stuck for nearly half a century. Even now, years after his January 31, 2005 death, mentions of Bill's decorated digit routinely pop up in baseball books and trivia games.

Making this oddity Voiselle's sole legacy, however, is not being fair to the man. In addition to pitching professionally for two decades, he was immensely popular with teammates and fans and was a beloved member of his community. And while even casual sports fans of this era have heard the refrain of " Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain" in reference to a (perceived) thin 1948 Boston rotation, those who actually remember the '48 season also know the truth: Voiselle -- along with fellow starter Vern Bickford -- was far more than an afterthought for most of that year.

Source of Excerpt: Spahn, Sain, and Teddy Ballgame: Boston's (almost) Perfect Baseball Summer of 1948 . Bill Nowlin. Rounder Books. September 11, 2008.

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