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Henry Eugene Bearden

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"Every ball he threw was either a little knuckleball or a little knuckle curve." - Ted Williams about Gene Bearden when he was with Cleveland

Gene Bearden, who pitched seven seasons in the majors, had a fabulous rookie season in 1948, winning twenty games for the Cleveland Indians, leading the American League in ERA, and winning Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Braves.

The rest of his career was a lot less dominant, as he continually walked a lot more batters than he struck out, finishing his 7-year major league career with 435 walks against only 259 strikeouts.

He also had a good eleven-year minor league career with a record of 139-97.

He served in the Navy in World War II, on the cruiser Helena, which sank on July 6, 1943 in the battle of Kula Gulf; he was wounded in that incident.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL ERA Leader (1948)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1948)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1948)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1948)
  • Won a World Series with the Cleveland Indians in 1948

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