Our tournament moves to the First Energy Regional where the winner of this region draws the winner of the Quicken Loans Region.
Here are the regions previewed so far:
Municipal Stadium Region Stadium Region League Park Region Dunn Field Region Quicken Loans Region
#9 SP Bill Bernard (1902) vs. #8 1B Lew Fonseca (1929)
William “Strawberry Bill” Bernard was an established NL pitcher in the late 1800's who jumped to the AL in the inaugural 1901 season. Like Nap Lajoie, Strawberry Bill jumped from the Phillies to the Athletics and Strawberry found the AL much to his liking going 17-10 with a 4.52 ERA. Unfortunately for Bill (like Nap), the Phillies filed suit over the jump. As the AL won the court battle in Federal courts, the state of Pennsylvania ruled that the two stars could not play professionally in the state unless it was with the Phillies.
So after one start in 1902, Bill was granted free agency and signed on with the Cleveland Bronchos. Bill excelled in the remainde...