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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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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:16:51 -0700

As our studio grew in reputation, we were able to expand beyond the local sports and the Raiders facility to other sports. In 1987 I came across an article about baseball legend, Wally Berger, that had been published in The Beach Reporter a few years ...

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TIME
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:07:25 -0800

Though baseball cards date to the 1800s, Berger was responsible for turning them into the version we know today: big, colorful, and imbued with meaning. The Times reports that Berger also collected cards as a kid and worshipped Wally Berger (no ...
 
CBSSports.com
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:01:22 -0800

Mickey Mantle, 2 5. Willie Mays, 2 5. Ralph Kiner, 2 5. Jimmie Foxx, 2. No one else has more than one. Home runs by a rookie. 1. Mark McGwire, 49, 1987 2. Frank Robinson, 38, 1956 2. Wally Berger, 38, 1930 4. Albert Pujols, 37, 2001 4. Al Rosen, 37, 1950

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Bleacher Report
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:46:21 -0800

It's often said that sports aren't all about winning and losing but about having fun as well. The problem, though, is that loss and fun are almost always conflicting, mutually exclusive notions. In other words, few people can lose and have fun at the ...
 
USA TODAY
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:30:00 -0700

Pujols drove in three runs to give him 120 RBIs, breaking the mark of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930 for the Boston Braves. 2002 — Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro of Texas tied a major league record by homering in the same game for the 15th time ...

SportingNews.com

SportingNews.com
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:00:00 -0800

There is no hard and fast rule for what it takes to make the Hall of Fame. That is why the Baseball Writers' Association of America votes every year, and why various veterans committees assemble to consider candidates who were passed over by the writers.
 
Concord Monitor
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:16:56 -0700

The other is Wally Berger, who did it in 1935 with the Boston Braves. He learned a few years ago that he has to work harder, and said he spends much more time weight lifting – even when his body is tired. Is he impressed by his season? Nope, he expects it.
 
Comox Valley Record
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Hcp. 12-18: Low gross - Ferg Webster 81, Wayne Ogilvie 82, Bob Edwards 83 c/b. Low net - Rudge Wilson 67, Pat Renaud 68 c/b, John Pringle 68 c/b. Snips - #3 Wally Berger, #9 Paul Schroeder, #11 Jim Larocque, #12 John Pringle, #3 Gabe Tremblay, #15 ...
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