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From BR Bullpen
William Harrison Barnie (Baid Billy)
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Height 5' 7", Weight 157 lb.
- Debut May 7, 1874
- Final Game June 28, 1886
- Born January 26, 1853 in New York, NY USA
- Died July 15, 1900 in Hartford, CT USA
 Biographical Information
Billy Barnie played four seasons in the majors and managed 14 years. His playing seasons were in 1874-75, 1883, and 1886. During his playing days, his appearances were split about equally between catcher and outfield. As a catcher, he made 76 errors in 53 games, while as an outfielder he made 23 errors in 46 games. His batting average was .171.
When he wasn't managing in the AA or the NL, Barnie managed the Scranton Coal Heavers in the Eastern League in 1895, the Hartford Bluebirds in the Atlantic League in 1896, and the Hartford Indians in the EL from 1899 until mid-1900. He also was an umpire in the 1882 AA and 1892 NL.
Sporting Life of July 21, 1900 carried his lengthy obituary, calling him "one of the best known base ball men in the country". It stated that he started in amateur ball at a very young age in 1865. He was primarily a catcher during his playing career, but when he became "crippled in one hand" he started to manage. In addition to a long career as a manager, he was also the organizer and part owner of the Hartford club. He was given credit for discovering a number of famous major leaguers including King Kelly.
"There was a standing remark that, like the lamented Harry Wright, Barnie was too good for professional base ball and too honest for his own good. . . But there was compensation better than dollars and cents in the universal respect which Barnie, like Harry Wright, enjoyed in the base ball world." - from Sporting Life's obituary of Billy Barnie
 Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1890||Baltimore Orioles||Atlantic Association||--||--||none|
|1892||Milwaukee Brewers||Western League||32-21||--||none|
|1895||Scranton Coal Heavers||Eastern League||44-72||6th||none|
|1896||Hartford Bluebirds||Atlantic League||73-56||2nd||none|
|1897||Hartford Bluebirds||Atlantic League||--||--||none||replaced or was replaced by Oyster Burns|
|1899||Hartford Indians||Eastern League||52-57||6th||none|
|1900||Hartford Indians||Eastern League||--||--||none||replaced or was replaced by Billy Shindle|
|Brooklyn Bridegrooms Manager