September 5, 1920|
|Died: March 18, 2004
Alexander City, Alabama
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|May 10, 1947 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 5, 1953 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||3.96|
|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.
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. 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.
Bearden died in Alexander City, Alabama, at 83 years of age.
- 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 9 October 2012.
- Shubb, William B. "Gene Bearden". Oakland Oaks. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- Livingston; Brinda, Greg (2008). The Great Book of Cleveland Sports List. Philadelphia, PA: Runnings Press Books. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-7624-3416-9.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- The Top 100 Greatest Indians Roster page at Baseball Library
- The Deadball Era
- Gene Bearden at Find a Grave