Bill Werle

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William George Werle

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Werle was a native of Oakland, CA, who began his career in pro ball in 1943 across the bay with the San Francisco Seals. Bill was with the Seals through 1948, winning 55 games and losing 48 during this stay in the Pacific Coast League, missing the 1945 season while serving with the United States Army during World War II. A left-hander out of the University of California, where he had a record of 25-2, he was called "Bugs" since he graduated in the field of entomology, the study of insects.

He once started both ends of a doubleheader for the PCL San Francisco team, hurling a shutout in the opener, with the nightcap ending in a curfew-suspended tie. After winning 17 games in 1948 he was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates and won a career high 12 games as a rookie in 1949. After falling off to 8-16 in 1950, he was used primarily in relief in 1951, before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Red Munger early in 1952.

On October 2, 1952, Bill was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Cardinals. He was used primarily as a reliever with the Red Sox in 1953 and 1954, finishing his six-year run in the majors with a 29-39 record, with 15 saves and a 4.69 ERA. Bill continued pitching back in the PCL until 1961, ending his 15-year (1943-1961) active pitching career in the minors with 147-123 mark and a 3.54 ERA.

Werle continued in pro baseball as a manager in the minor leagues for nine seasons (1961-1970) and was Masanori Murakami's manager with the class A Fresno Giants in 1964, right before Murakami became the first Japanese player in the major leagues. After his managing career was finished, Bill became a scout for the Baltimore Orioles for 20 years and then became a West Coast scout for the Cleveland Indians before retiring in San Mateo, CA, where he died in 2010.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1950)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1961 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 8-2
6th Kansas City A's none replaced Tommy Heath (19-30) on June 5
replaced by Tommy Heath (38-46) on June 16
replaced Tommy Heath (38-46) on August 31
1963 Fresno Giants California League 73-67 3rd San Francisco Giants
1964 Fresno Giants California League 86-53 1st San Francisco Giants League Champs
1965 Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League 75-72 5th San Francisco Giants
1966 Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League 81-67 3rd San Francisco Giants
1967 Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League 75-72 6th San Francisco Giants
1968 Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League 26-44 6th Baltimore Orioles none
1969 Stockton Ports California League 81-59 1st Baltimore Orioles League Champs
1970 Stockton Ports California League 54-86 7th Baltimore Orioles


Baseball Players of the 1950s
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition

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