Sunday, March 05, 2006

Former Coast Leaguer Bill Abernathie Dies

Former Coast Leaguer Bill Abernathie Dies

David Barker passed this obituary on to me. I will post his complete career record after I finish the current Final League Averages list.

WILLIAM EDWARD ABERNATHIE, SR. January 30, 1929- February 19, 2006 Beloved Daddy, Papa and Friend. Age 77, of Yucaipa, CA. Born in Torrance, CA. Football and Baseball star in the early 40's at Colton HS. He played pro baseball in the 40's & 50's with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and the Cleveland Indians to name a few. He did a 2 year stint with the Marine Corp. and played ball for them as well. He worked for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. for 19 years and retired as a Lt. in 1977. Since that time he has been living life to the fullest with his family and friends! He is survived by one son, William Jr.; daughter-in-law, Carol; and two grandsons, Jake & Wyatt of Yucaipa; one daughter, Pamela Abernathie of Tillamook, Oregon; 3 sisters, Betty of San Diego, Mary Lou and Alice of Oregon. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Yucaipa at 35177 Beech Ave. Reception at the church immediately following. Final resting place will be Montecito Memorial Park in Loma Linda. Flowers may be sent to the church. Published in the San Bernardino Sun from 2/23/2006 - 2/25/2006.


Blogger Rex Hamann, The American Association Almanac said...

Bill Abernathie also pitched for the American Association's Indianapolis Indians, putting up a fine record of 11-9 in 1952 under manager Gene Desautels. Appearing in 34 games, Abernathie started 21 games with 7 complete games during his only stint in the American Association. His line includes the following: No shutouts, 164 innings of work, allowed 182 hits, gave up 62 free passes while setting down 51 via the strikeout. His ERA of 5.27 was a bit murky. In 48 at-bats, Abernathie scored one run and drove in 7 runs. He had 6 hits all told, including 2 doubles and one home run! Whiffing 22 times while walking only 8, it was fairly clear that he did not own any fellow pitchers in the Association! His .125 batting average was sub-par among his fellow pitchers. The Indians finished the 1952 season in 6th place with a record of 75-79.

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