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1903 E107

William Henry Bernhard (Strawberry Bill)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Strawberry Bill Bernhard pitched nine years in the majors, winning in double figures six times. He was also a key figure in the battle between the National League and the new American League, because when he and Napoleon Lajoie jumped to the new American League, it fostered a lawsuit.

Bernhard was already 28 years old when he made his major league debut. After his time in the majors, he pitched and managed in the minors for several more years.

He was the first Cleveland pitcher to lead the American League in winning percentage, with a .783 mark. His first baseball card appearance was in the 1903 E107 Breisch Williams set.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Winning Percentage Leader (1902)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1900-1902, 1904 & 1906)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1904)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1900-1902, 1904 & 1906)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1904)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1908 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 75-56 1st none
1909 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 82-55 2nd none
1910 Nashville Volunteers Southern Association 64-76 5th none
1911 Memphis Turtles Southern Association 62-71 6th none
1912 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 68-71 4th none
1913 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 64-74 6th none
1917 Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League 102-97 3rd none none

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