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Wally Berger
Wally Berger card.jpg
Outfielder
Born: (1905-10-10)October 10, 1905
Chicago, Illinois
Died: November 30, 1988(1988-11-30) (aged 83)
Redondo Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1930 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 1940 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .300
Home runs 242
Runs batted in 898
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Walter Anton Berger (October 10, 1905 – November 30, 1988) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for four National League teams, primarily the Boston Braves. One of the league's top sluggers of the early 1930s, in his initial 1930 season he hit 38 home runs, a record for rookies which stood until 1987. He still holds a share of the NL record. He also led the league in home runs and runs batted in in 1935, and went on to become the seventh NL player to hit 200 career home runs.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois but raised in San Francisco, California, Berger played third base for Mission High School, sharing the infield with future Hall of Fame shortstop and American League president Joe Cronin, who manned second base.

Professional career[edit]

Berger's 38 home runs as a 1930 rookie established a major league record that would stand for 57 years until eclipsed by Mark McGwire's 49 in 1987; his NL record was tied by Frank Robinson in 1956, but has not been broken. Berger still shares the major league record for home runs by a first-year player (no prior major league games) and also still holds the record for the fastest player to hit 20 home runs, as he hit his 20th home run in his 51st game. Berger batted .310 that season, and his 119 runs batted in were also an NL rookie record, since topped by Albert Pujols in 2001.

Berger made the NL All-Star team in the first four years the game was held (1933–36), starting in the first two. In 1933 he finished third in the Most Valuable Player voting, behind Carl Hubbell and Chuck Klein, after hitting 27 home runs (half the Braves team total), second in the league behind Klein's 28. That same year, when Babe Ruth was asked once again to make his annual selection of the game's best, he named Berger as his center fielder. Of the eighteen players who started the 1934 All-Star Game, Berger is the only player not elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1935, he led NL outfielders in putouts with 458. Eddie Mathews broke his Braves franchise record of 38 home runs in 1953, the team's first year in Milwaukee, and surpassed his mark of 199 career home runs in 1957.

After a 1936 shoulder injury, Berger was traded to the New York Giants in June 1937; his first home run for the team was the 200th of his career. In the 1937 World Series, he made only three pinch-hitting appearances, going hitless. In June 1938 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he would remain until 1940; his 1939 World Series performance was even more dismal than in 1937, going 0 for 15. He ended his career in 1940 with the Philadelphia Phillies. In an 11-season career, Berger posted a .300 batting average with 242 home runs and 898 RBI in 1350 games played.

Post-playing career[edit]

Following his retirement as a player, he was a scout for the New York Yankees and managed their Manchester, N.H. minor league team in 1949.

Berger died of a stroke in Redondo Beach, California in 1988. He was interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood California.

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TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:46:17 -0700

"When my Twins Page-a-Day calendar informed me that the only starter in the 1934 All-Star Game not in the Baseball Hall of Fame was Wally Berger (Boston Braves), I had to track down the other 17 starters. With the help of baseball- reference.com and ...
 
MLB.com
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:30:16 -0700

38: Frank Robinson earned the 1956 National League Rookie of the Year Award when he matched the rookie home run record set by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930, which stood until McGwire shattered the mark. For Robinson, it was just the start ...
 
News-Herald.com
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:45:00 -0700

... of Famer Roberto Clemente. Starriest All-Star game. Every starter but one from the 1934 All-Star game is in the Hall of Fame. The only one who isn't in the Hall of Fame is National League first baseman Wally Berger of the Braves. JIngraham@News-Herald.

CBS Local

Chicago White Sox
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:48:45 -0700

He is the only player in major-league history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 major-league games, and his 67 RBI are tied with Wally Berger (1930) and Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the sixth-highest total in history by a player in his first 71 career games.
 
Comox Vallety Record
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:07:30 -0700

Hcp. 13-19: Low gross Ken Grant, Brian Hotsenpiller 80 c/b, Wally Berger 80. Low net Ted Sauve 64, Ross Dowe 66, Mike Gibbs 68. Snips: #2 Mike Pollock, #3, #12, #14 Adrian Haut, #4 & #17 Paul Schroeder, #6 and #10 Ken Grant, #15 Rudge Wilson.

ESPN

ESPN
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:08:35 -0700

... rank fifth (behind only Ryan Braun's 199, Joe DiMaggio's 192, Wally Berger's 178 and Willie McCovey's 176) and his 67 RBIs rank sixth (behind only Walt Dropo's 80, Williams' and Rudy York's 72 apiece, and Zeke Bonura's and Jim Bottomley's 69 apiece).
 
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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:48:45 -0700

Jose Abreu isn't a rookie. Just like Ichiro wasn't a rookie when MLB gave him credit for being one. It's simply how the system works. Abreu, at 27, has been playing high level baseball for years. He just hasn't done it here. He doesn't get paid like a ...

El Nuevo Herald

El Nuevo Herald
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:09:59 -0700

Sus 67 carreras traídas para el plato lo igualan con Wally Berger (1930) y Joe DiMaggio (1936) en el sexto puesto con esa misma cantidad de desafíos. No conforme con esos números, Abreu llega este miércoles al partido final de la serie contra los ...
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