Saturday, May 17, 2008

1953 Topps Project - Post #15

#170 - Bill Werle - Boston Red Sox

Bill "Bugs" Werle was a World War II veteran who played quite a few years in the Pacific Coast League before enjoying a brief 5 year stint in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
Werle was claimed by the Red Sox off waivers towards the end of the 1952 season. He never enjoyed much success in his two seasons with the Sox. He would pitch a grand total of 36 1/3 innings for them between 1953 and 1954 and had a record of 0-2 in those two seasons. Bill gave up 5 home runs in 24 innings pitched in 1954, including one to Gus Zernial.
Although he never had much success in the majors, Bill was one of the many players who continued to contribute to the game even after he'd thrown his last inning. He briefly served as pitching coach for the San Francisco Giants in the 60s and was a Baltimore Orioles scout in 1980.

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