Bill Hart (hartbi01)
William Franklin Hart
- Bats Unknown, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 163 lb.
- Debut July 26, 1886
- Final Game July 30, 1901
- Born July 19, 1865 in Louisville, KY USA
- Died September 19, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH USA
Poor Bill Hart pitched eight years in the major leagues without ever posting a winning record. His ERA's were often not terrible.
Not all of this teams finished under .500. The Brooklyn Grooms went 92-59 in 1892 while he went 9-12, and the Pittsburgh Pirates of 1895 went 71-61 while he went 14-17. But the other teams were under .500, sometimes far under.
Hart was not in the majors in 1890, and another Bill Hart, known as Billy Hart pitched that year. The two, although the same age, were not the same person.
Hart pitched in the minors from 1885 to 1910, through age 45. He posted a 251-253 record in the minors, and was 12-4 for the 1905 Columbus Senators who won 100 games.
Hart managed the Peoria Distillers in 1902.
He also umpired in the American Association (1904-1905) and Southern Association (1914, 1915-1916), and was a National League umpire in 1914 and 1915. He had earlier worked a few games as fill-in umpire in 1896 and 1897 and had been on the American League's umpires roster for part of 1901. He then came back to work 4 NL games in 1917.
Sources include: web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/history/top100.jsp?idx=59
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1895-1897)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1896)