Henry Eugene Bearden
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 204 lb.
- High School Technical High School (Memphis)
- Debut May 10, 1947
- Final Game September 5, 1953
- Born September 5, 1920 in Lexa, AR USA
- Died March 18, 2004 in Alexander City, AL USA
"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.
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.
- 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