Kitty Bransfield

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William Edward Bransfield

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 207 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

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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.

He finished out his major league career during the last part of the 1911 season, going 4-for-10 for the Chicago Cubs.

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[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
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

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