Bunny Hearn (hearnbu01)

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Charles Bunn Hearn ("Bunny")

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bunny Hearn attended Elon University and Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (what is now Mississippi State University). His 109 strikeouts in 1910 was an Elon single season record that stood for sixty seven years.

In the minor leagues, Hearn won twenty two games for the 1916 New London Planters. The 1916 squad was named one of the one hundred greatest teams in minor league history by the official Minor League Baseball website.

During his major league career, Hearn played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Giants, the Federal League Pittsburgh Rebels, and the Boston Braves. He compiled a record of 13-24 over six seasons. He was later a scout for the Boston Red Sox.

Following the 1913 season, Hearn was a member of John McGraw's world touring team. At a game in London, Hearn explained the various grips pitchers used on the ball to King George V. Later in life, he would often brag that he taught the King of England how to throw a curve.

In 1928, Hearn was a part-owner, manager, and pitcher for the Piedmont League team in Winston-Salem that won the title.

During the 1930's, Hearn managed teams in the semi-professional Coastal Plain League including the Kinston Eagles who won the league championship in 1935.

Hearn served as the coach at Elon College in 1911 and at the University of North Carolina in 1917 and 1918, and again from 1932 to 1946. He compiled a record of 214-133-2 while in Chapel Hill. Hearn's Tar Heels won six Southern Conference titles and two Ration League titles.

Hearn was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1966, and the Elon Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1922 Wilson Bugs Virginia League 68-52 1st none League Champs
1926 Wilson Bugs Virginia League 85-69 2nd none
1927 Wilson Bugs Virginia League 65-67 4th none
1928 Winston-Salem Twins Piedmont League 82-51 1st League Champs
1929 Henderson Bunnies Piedmont League 11-19 -- -- replaced by Lew Murphy (1-2) on May 24
1931 Winston-Salem Twins Piedmont League -- -- replaced by Clarence "Stuffy" McCrone in late July


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