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Bamberger, Georgelocked

(01 August 1925–04 April 2004)
  • John R. M. Wilson

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Bamberger, George (01 August 1925–04 April 2004), baseball player, coach, and manager, was born George Irvin Bamberger in Staten Island, New York. After Bamberger's death, a daughter said he had actually been born in 1923 but claimed the later birth date so he would not seem too old as a baseball prospect. Bamberger served in the army during World War II, then he signed with the New York Giants and in 1946 began pitching his way up through the minor leagues. With class C Erie, he compiled a 13-3 won-lost record with a league-leading 1.35 earned run average (ERA), winning him a promotion to class B Manchester in 1947, where he went 12-11, 3.49. He spent 1948 and 1949 with Jersey City, the Giants' top farm club, but his 16-13 record over 2 years and his control problems--he led the International League in wild pitches in 1949 with 11--did not much impress the Giants. In 1950 Bamberger joined Oakland in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), where he spent most of his career as a pitcher. He wound up 17-13 with a 4.23 ERA but walked 112 and led his new league with 13 wild pitches. That year he also married Wilma, with whom he had three daughters....

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