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Hoyt Wilhelm

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 8th year of eligibility, 1985, with 83.8% of the vote.

The first table below presents Hoyt Wilhelm's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Hoyt Wilhelm
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1952NY129
71
10.06.90.5921.6
2.7
7.26.40.5270.41.3
1953NY130
68
8.38.80.486-0.3
0.8
6.26.90.476-0.40.4
1954NY131
57
6.24.10.5990.9
1.6
4.83.80.5550.41.0
1955NY132
59
3.34.00.450-0.4
0.1
4.75.00.485-0.20.5
1956NY133
64
5.75.90.492-0.2
0.6
4.14.40.483-0.20.4
34
42
3.22.70.5440.1
0.5
2.32.90.451-0.4-0.0
35
39
7.47.80.487-0.1
0.7
7.36.40.5330.61.3
1959BAL36
32
14.413.00.5261.2
2.4
13.513.00.5110.81.9
1960BAL37
41
9.88.90.5230.5
1.5
8.58.40.5010.11.0
1961BAL38
51
9.06.30.5881.2
2.2
5.24.80.5240.20.8
1962BAL39
52
7.06.00.5390.4
1.2
4.84.30.5260.10.7
1963CHA40
55
8.37.30.5310.4
1.3
6.75.70.5380.41.1
1964CHA41
73
9.66.50.5951.4
2.5
6.55.10.5610.61.4
1965CHA42
66
7.75.90.5690.8
1.6
6.85.50.5520.51.3
1966CHA43
46
3.93.60.5190.1
0.6
3.52.90.5470.30.7
1967CHA44
49
7.44.40.6291.5
2.2
4.23.70.5360.20.7
1968CHA45
72
4.13.30.5520.2
0.7
4.23.00.5840.50.9
46
52
5.74.00.5870.7
1.4
3.62.90.5550.30.7
47
53
6.05.40.5270.2
0.9
3.84.00.489-0.10.3
48
12
1.00.80.5700.1
0.2
0.80.80.480-0.10.0
1972LAN49
16
0.60.50.518-0.0
0.1
1.01.00.500-0.00.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,070
138.6116.10.54410.4
25.8
109.6100.60.5213.816.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
2
0.20.20.582 0.10.10.10.583 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,072
138.8116.20.544
25.9
109.7100.70.521 16.5


My favorite factoid about Hoyt Wilhelm is that he pitched enough innings to qualify for his league's ERA title twice in his career, in 1952, when he pitched 159.1 innings in 72 games, all in relief; and 1959, when he had a career-high 27 games started and pitched a career-high 226 innings. In both seasons when Wilhelm pitched enough innings to qualify for an ERA title, he led the league in ERA (2.43 in 1952, 2.19 in 1959). Although Wilhelm never pitched more than 147 innings in any season after 1959, from 1962 through 1968, Wilhelm had an ERA below 2.00 in six of seven seasons, with a combined ERA over these seven seasons of 1.92 in 768.2 innings pitched. His career ERA was 2.52. At the time of his retirement, this was the second-lowest ERA of any pitcher who pitched at least 1,000 innings since World War II.

Hoyt Wilhelm was the first player who was primarily a relief pitcher who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. As one might expect of the first relief pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame, Hoyt Wilhelm was the best relief pitcher in major-league history at the time of his retirement. This is shown in two tables.

The first table shows the top 10 players in eWins over positional average earned as a relief pitcher from 1925 through 1972, Wilhelm's final season.

Top 10 Relief Pitchers through 1972
(ranked by eWOPA at Relief Pitcher)
eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Hoyt Wilhelm103.490.13.3
2Dick Hall42.634.32.8
3Stu Miller60.351.12.7
4Bob Locker41.533.92.6
5Lindy McDaniel77.567.82.3
6Bobby Shantz39.333.02.0
7Ellis Kinder33.327.82.0
8Don Mossi25.720.41.8
9Eddie Watt25.520.71.7
10Johnny Murphy37.333.11.7


The second table shows the top 10 players in pWins over replacement level who earned the majority of their career wins as a relief pitcher, again through 1972.

Top 10 Relief Pitchers through 1972
(ranked by career pWORL)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Hoyt Wilhelm138.6116.110.425.8
2Stu Miller107.292.47.719.0
3Lindy McDaniel106.492.56.718.3
4Ron Perranoski70.159.34.112.4
5Johnny Murphy54.846.94.711.0
6Hugh Casey52.044.44.610.3
7Al McBean62.156.43.810.1
8Dick Hall83.381.11.510.0
9Ted Abernathy68.663.81.69.6
10Roy Face80.378.7-0.49.6




All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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