Harry Berte

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Harry Thomas Berte

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Biographical Information[edit]

Harry Berte hit .333 in his cup of coffee with the 1903 St. Louis Cardinals. Berte committed four errors in the four games he played, probably not helping his chances to stick with the club longer. Berte played for numerous teams in his minor league career from 1893 to 1914. Among teams where he stayed a while were Richmond (four years with various teams), Cedar Rapids (five years), Dayton (two years), Jacksonville (four years) and Kearney (three years). Berte was player-manager during his stays with Jacksonville Lunatics and Jacksonville Braves of the Central League (1908-1909) and Kearney Kapitalists of the Nebraska State League (1912-1914).

"The Case of Harry Berte" made the front page of the March 19, 1898 Sporting Life, when it was decided that a team had the right to keep "reserve" players. Berte had asked for his release on the theory that the Quincy club had been disbanded, but the ruling was that Quincy's club had merely moved to Ottumwa, IA. Berte's "services" were awarded to Ottumwa.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1900 Richmond Bluebirds Virginia League -- -- Replaced Charles Boyer on June 5, Replaced on June 9 by ____?____.
1908 Jacksonville Lunatics Central Association 56-69 5th
1909 Jacksonville (IL) Braves Central Association 46-84 7th
1911 Larned Wheat Kings Kansas State League 23-32 6th
1912 Kearney Kapitalists Nebraska State League 63-49 3rd
1913 Kearney Kapitalists Nebraska State League 67-45 1st
1914 Kearney Kapitalists Nebraska State League 38-74 8th

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