William Edward Bransfield
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 207 lb.
- Debut August 22, 1898
- Final Game September 14, 1911
- Born January 7, 1875 in Worcester, MA USA
- Died May 1, 1947 in Worcester, MA USA
Kitty Bransfield played twelve years in the majors. Coming up to the majors originally as a catcher with the Boston Beaneaters in 1898, he switched to first base in the minors in 1900 and became good enough that he never played any other position in the majors when he returned.
Bransfield was born and died in Worcester, MA, and began his semi-pro and professional career there.
Coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1901, he anchored their pennant-winning team that year, getting more at-bats than any other player on the team. He was a year younger than Honus Wagner. He led the team in triples and was second on the team in doubles. Pittsburgh did even better in 1902, winning 103 games and again winning the pennant, and Bransfield hit over .300. In 1903, Pittsburgh won the pennant yet again, but Bransfield dropped to .265, and after 1904, when Bransfield hit .229 and the team finished fourth in the league, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where he would spend almost all of the rest of his major league career. He played in the 1903 World Series - the first modern World Series - and went 6 for 29 (.207) with 2 triples.
For the most part, his batting recovered with the Phillies, and Bransfield hit a peak of .304 with them in 1908, good for fourth in the National League. The following year, 1909, his .292 was sixth in the league during the dead-ball era.
In 1912 he became player-manager of the Montreal Royals and stayed with them through part of 1914. After that he was a minor league umpire, interrupted by one year when he was a National League umpire in 1917; interestingly, in 156 games as an umpire that season, he never worked home plate even once. He also managed in the minors with the Waterbury Brasscos in 1924, and scouted for the Cubs. After his baseball days he worked in Worcester.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1912||Montreal Royals||International League||36-26||6th||none||none||replaced Joe Yeager (0-1) on July 24|
|1913||Montreal Royals||International League||74-77||5th||none||none|
|1914||Montreal Royals||International League||13-36||--||none||--||replaced by Dan Howley (47-53) on June 14|
|1924||Waterbury Brasscos||Eastern League||89-63||1st||none||none League Champs|
|1925||Waterbury Brasscos||Eastern League||88-66||1st||none||none League Champs|
|1926||Waterbury Brasscos||Eastern League||58-93||7th||none||none|
|1927||Hartford Senators||Eastern League||72-81||6th||none|