Informal full-length portrait of baseball pitcher Bill Bernhard of the American League's Cleveland Naps, holding a baseball bat at his side, standing outside the batter's box at South Side Park, located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, and West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois. Billboard advertisements are visible along outfield wall in the background. SDN-052428, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
A mound master Bill Bernhard won more games than he lost in each of his first six major league seasons, including a career best record of 23 wins and 13 losses in 1904 when he completed 35-of-37 games with a stingy 2.13 earned run average. The key to Bill Bernhard success was his excellent walks to innings pitched ratio. The 6 ft 1-inch, 205 pound right-hander yielded just 365 walks in 1,792 innings.
In 1903 he issued 1.14 walks per/nine/innings - second lowest in the entire American League.
Nicknamed: Strawberry Bill