Bill Werle

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William George Werle

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Werle was a native of Oakland, CA, who began his career in pro ball in 1943 across the bay with the San Francisco Seals. Bill was with the Seals through 1948, winning 55 games and losing 48 during this stay in the Pacific Coast League, missing the 1945 season while serving with the United States Army during World War II. A left-hander out of the University of California, where he had a record of 25-2, he was called "Bugs" since he graduated in the field of entomology, the study of insects.

He once started both ends of a doubleheader for the PCL San Francisco team, hurling a shutout in the opener, with the nightcap ending in a curfew-suspended tie. After winning 17 games in 1948 he was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates and won a career high 12 games as a rookie in 1949. After falling off to 8-16 in 1950, he was used primarily in relief in 1951, before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Red Munger early in 1952.

On October 2, 1952, Bill was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Cardinals. He was used primarily as a reliever with the Red Sox in 1953 and 1954, finishing his six-year run in the majors with a 29-39 record, with 15 saves and a 4.69 ERA. Bill continued pitching back in the PCL until 1961, ending his 15-year (1943-1961) active pitching career in the minors with 147-123 mark and a 3.54 ERA.

Werle continued in pro baseball as a manager in the minor leagues for nine seasons (1961-1970) and was Masanori Murakami's manager with the class A Fresno Giants in 1964, right before Murakami became the first Japanese player in the major leagues. After his managing career was finished, Bill became a scout for the Baltimore Orioles for 20 years and then became a West Coast scout for the Cleveland Indians before retiring in San Mateo, CA, where he died in 2010.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1950)

Managerial Record[edit]

Year League Team W L Pct GB Fin Managers
1961 PCL Hawaii Islanders 68 86 .442 29 6 Tom Heath / Bill Werle
1963 California Fresno Giants 73 67 .521 14.5 3 Bill Werle
1964 California Fresno Giants 86 53 .619 0 1 Bill Werle
1965 PCL Tacoma Giants 75 72 .510 5.5 5 Bill Werle
1966 PCL Phoenix Giants 81 67 .547 4.5 2 Bill Werle
1967 PCL Phoenix Giants 75 72 .510 9.5 3 Bill Werle
1968 Northern Aberdeen Pheasants 26 44 .371 17 6 Bill Werle
1969 California Stockton Ports 81 59 .579 0 1 Bill Werle
1970 California Stockton Ports 54 86 .386 39.5 7 Bill Werle


Baseball Players of the 1950s
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition

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