September 27, 1889|
|Died: June 20, 1961
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 29, 1916 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 12, 1916 for the Cleveland Indians|
"Big Dutch" Bergman is the only athlete in the history of athletics at the University of Notre Dame to earn a total of eleven monograms (varsity letters), and also the only athlete to twice earn four letters in a single year. He played football, baseball, basketball and was a team captain on the track team.
As the kickoff returner for the football team in 1911, Bergman would set a presently unbreakable record with a 105-yard return against Loyola. (At the time, the fields were 110 yards long.) Three years later, Bergman would become the starting quarterback for Jesse Harper's 1914 team, which finished 6-2.
After graduation, Bergman would play professional baseball for one season with the Cleveland Indians. His brother Arthur (known as "Little Dutch") would also attend Notre Dame but would go on to achieve more fame as the head coach of the Washington Redskins.
- Gagnon, Cappy. Notre Dame Baseball Greats. Arcadia Publishing (2004). p. 72
- Baseball-Almanac.com, "Al Bergman Baseball Stats".
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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