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Martin Bergen

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.

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"Martin Bergen is a kingpin of catchers." - a sportswriter in 1898

Catcher Marty Bergen played four seasons in the major leagues for the Boston Beaneaters. The Beaneaters during that time were always over .500 and won the pennant in both 1897 and 1898. Marty was the starting catcher all four years, known for his top defense.

He was playing in the minors by 1892.

He died in 1900 after slitting his throat with a razor. Before his suicide, he murdered his wife and two children with an ax. His problems with mental health were evident years before, as he accused and fought with his teammates, who hoped he would not return to the team after 1899.

He was from North Brookfield, MA, and played on an amateur team with Connie Mack, also a resident there. Mack later tried to draft him when he was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1894 but the contract was voided when the Pirates tried to farm him out to a minor league team, a practice which was not allowed at the time.

He had hip problems during his career and underwent an operation in January 1899.

He was the brother of Bill Bergen.

[edit] Records Held

  • Passed balls, catcher, season (since 1893), 38, 1898

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