Bert Thiel

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Bert Thiel
Pitcher
Born: (1926-05-04) May 4, 1926 (age 88)
Marion, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1952 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1952 for the Boston Braves
Career statistics
Win-Loss record 1–1
Earned run average 7.71
Innings pitched 7
Strikeouts 6
Teams

Maynard Bert Thiel (born May 4, 1926) is an American retired professional baseball pitcher, manager and scout. He appeared in only four Major League games as a relief pitcher for the 1952 Boston Braves, but fashioned a 14-year playing career in the minor leagues (1947–59; 1961). Born in Marion, Wisconsin,[1] he threw and batted right-handed, and stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall and weighed 185 lb (84 kg).[1]

Thiel's brief MLB trial occurred at the outset of the 1952 season. He split two decisions and compiled an earned run average of 7.71 over seven innings pitched. As a minor league hurler, however, Thiel won 145 games (losing 108), and compiled a .563 winning percentage and an ERA of 3.76. He had one 20-win season, and also enjoyed 18, 16, 15 and 14 game-winning seasons during a career spent in the farm systems of the Braves, New York/San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.[1]

Thiel managed in the Kansas City Athletics and Chicago White Sox organizations, and scouted for the Washington Senators, Braves and ChiSox after his active career.

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