Bill Krieg

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Bill Krieg
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Catcher / Outfielder / First baseman
Born: (1859-01-29)January 29, 1859
Petersburg, Illinois
Died: March 25, 1930(1930-03-25) (aged 71)
Chillicothe, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1884, for the Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies
Last MLB appearance
June 15, 1887, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Batting average.237
Home runs4
Runs batted in37

William Frederick Krieg (January 29, 1859 – March 25. 1930) was a Major League Baseball player from 1884 to 1887.[1] He won three batting titles in the minor leagues.


Krieg was born in Petersburg, Illinois.[1] He played college baseball at the University of Notre Dame[2] and then started his professional baseball career in 1883, in the Northwestern League. In 1884, Krieg played in the Union Association, which is now considered a "major league." He batted .247.[1] During the following season, he had short stints with four different ballclubs: two minor league teams based in Hartford and the major league Chicago White Stockings and Brooklyn Grays. In 1886, he split time with the Washington Nationals and the Eastern League's Hartford Dark Blues.[3]

Krieg started 1887 with Washington. On opening day, he hit a home run, and in the stands, "hats, umbrellas and canes were thrown into the air and the multitude shouted forth their joy in hilarious manner."[4] However, Krieg batted just .253 in 25 games and was released in midseason. He played his final major league game on June 15.[1] Afterwards, he joined the Northwestern League's Minneapolis Millers and batted .402, which was the second-best total in the circuit.[5]

Krieg played in the Western Association in 1888 and would remain in that league for most of the following decade. In 1889, he batted .326 and then joined Milwaukee in 1890.[6] In 1892, he won his first batting title while playing in Milwaukee.[2] Krieg had a career season with Rockford in 1895. During that campaign, he batted a robust .452, with 237 hits, 14 triples, and 11 home runs to lead the Western Association in all four categories.[7] He won another batting title the following year, at .350.[2] In 1897, he hit .340. In 1898, he became the player-manager for the Burlington Hawkeyes, but his batting average slipped to .297. In 1899, he was player-manager for the Bloomington Blues.[3]

Krieg's playing career ended in 1901, when he was 42 years old.[7] The following season, he managed in the Southern Association and then retired from the game. Early in his career, he had been a catcher, outfielder, and first baseman – he played the majority of his MLB games as a catcher[1] – but he ended up being primarily a first baseman later in his career. Krieg's lifetime minor league batting average was .335,[2][7] and Bill James considered him to be the best minor league baseball player of the 1880s.[8] By 1905 Krieg was living in Chillicothe, Illinois,[9] where he died in 1930, at the age of 71.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bill Krieg Statistics and History". Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  2. ^ a b c d Cappy Gagnon (2004). Notre Dame Baseball Greats. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3262-2.
  3. ^ a b "Bill Krieg Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  4. ^ Macht, Norman Lee. Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (U of Nebraska Press, 2007), p. 54.
  5. ^ "1887 Northwestern League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  6. ^ Pajot, Dennis. The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball: The Cream City from Midwestern Outpost to the Major Leagues, 1859–1901 (McFarland, 2009), p. 168.
  7. ^ a b c Sullivan, Neil J. The Minors (Macmillan, 1990), p. 31.
  8. ^ Bill James (2003). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-2722-0.
  9. ^ Bill Krieg - BR Bullpen Retrieved 2017-03-02.

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