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Note: This page links to 19th Century pitcher Bill Stearns. For the former 1970s minor league catcher and brother of John Stearns, click here.
William E. Stearns
- Bats Unknown, Throws Right
- Height Unknown, Weight Unknown
- Debut June 26, 1871
- Final Game June 12, 1875
- Born March 20, 1853 in Washington, DC USA
- Died December 30, 1898 in Washington, DC USA
 Biographical Information
Bill Stearns was the youngest player in the 1871 National Association. He began as a pitcher but in 1874-75 he was used a lot in the outfield as well.
Stearns managed to pitch five years in the National Association in spite of posting a record of 12-64. He was good, however, in 1871, going 2-0 for the Olympics, a team whose only other pitcher was Asa Brainard.