Gene Bearden

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Gene Bearden
Gene Bearden.jpg
Born: (1920-09-05)September 5, 1920
Lexa, Arkansas
Died: March 18, 2004(2004-03-18) (aged 83)
Alexander City, Alabama
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 10, 1947 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 5, 1953 for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 45–38
Earned run average 3.96
Strikeouts 259
Career highlights and awards

Henry Eugene "Gene" Bearden (September 5, 1920 – March 18, 2004) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox. Bearden was a knuckleball pitcher, although he also threw a fastball, a slider, a curveball, and an occasional screwball.[1]

Bearden was born on September 5, 1920 in Lexa, Arkansas. Growing up, he learned to play baseball on Tennessee sandlots; Lou Gehrig was his baseball idol.[2] His rookie season in 1948 was rated in 2008 as the top overall rookie season of any athlete of a Cleveland professional sports franchise in The Great Book of Cleveland Sports Lists.[3] Bearden was the winning pitcher of the 1948 American League tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox that brought the Indians to the World Series which they won in six games.[4]

Bearden died in Alexander City, Alabama, at 83 years of age.

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  1. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004). The Neyer/James guide to pitchers : an historical compendium of pitching, pitchers, and pitches. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 142. ISBN 0-7432-6158-5. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Shubb, William B. "Gene Bearden". Oakland Oaks. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Livingston, Bill; Brinda, Greg (2008). The Great Book of Cleveland Sports List. Philadelphia, PA: Runnings Press Books. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-7624-3416-9. 
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