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George Bechtel
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Birthdate: //1848    
Height / Weight: 5' 11" / 165 lbs. Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Early Baseball History One of the leading players in major league baseballs beginnings, George Bechtel joined the Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association - baseball's first professional league - in 1871. A solid batsman during the dead ball era, he excelled on defense in right field, and also, was a well-regarded pitcher. A career .278 hitter, Bechtel hit a career-best .319 in his first pro season, 1871, for the Philadelphia Athletics. He signed with the New York Mutuals for a higher salary in 1872, batted .302 and scored 64 runs in the team's 54 game schedule.

 

After going 3-1 W/L on the pitching mound for the 1875 Athletics, he signed in early-season with their cross-town rivals - the Philadelphia Centennials - but managed to post a poor 2-12 record for the lousy hitting team. He also played in the National League in its first year of existence - 1876... George Bechtel career stats: National Association: .278 BA, 276 hits in 204 Games, 214 Runs... Pitching 7-21 W/L... National League: .200 BA in 1876...

 

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Pitching Statistics
Year Team G GS W L SV CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WP HBP BK ERA
1871 ATH (NA) 3 3 1 2 0 2 0 26.0 43 42 23 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 7.96
1873 PHI (NA) 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 16.0 27 24 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.50
1874 PHI (NA) 6 4 1 3 0 4 0 42.0 64 42 18 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 3.86
1875 CEN (NA) 14 14 2 12 0 14 0 126.0 170 138 55 0 3 0 12 0 0 0 3.93
1875 ATH (NA) 4 4 3 1 0 4 0 36.0 45 19 9 0 3 0 12 0 0 0 2.25
8 years   30 27 7 20 0 25 0 246.0 349 265 113 0 19 0 38 0 0 0 4.13
Batting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS IBB HBP SH SF AVG OBP SLG
1871 ATH (NA) 20 94 24 33 9 1 1 21 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .351 .365 SLG
1872 NYU (NA) 51 248 60 74 11 2 0 41 6 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 .298 .315 SLG
1873 PHI (NA) 53 258 53 63 12 1 1 40 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .244 .270 SLG
1874 PHI (NA) 32 151 29 42 4 5 1 34 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .288 SLG
1875 CEN (NA) 14 61 12 17 5 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .290 SLG
1875 ATH (NA) 35 164 33 46 6 2 0 20 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .285 SLG
1876 NYU (NL) 2 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 SLG
1876 LOU (NL) 14 55 2 10 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 SLG
8 years   221 1041 215 288 48 11 3 165 21 12 17 2 0 0 0 0 .277 .291 .SLG



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