WORST HITTERS OF ALL TIME: BILL BERGEN, RANKED NO. 1
Bill Bergen was a catcher for the Brooklyn Superbas in the dead-ball era, when everyone was in a slump of sorts. Still, even by the measure of his day, Bergen set the gold standard for persistent batting ineptitude. While he demonstrated his futility way back in 1909, his achievement lives and breathes today, still fueling controversy as to whether his hitless slump was really 0-for-45, or 0-for-46. Historians have argued whether one particular handwritten scorecard had him at 0 for 2 in a game or 0 for 3. And when Craig Counsell of the Brewers laced a pinch-hit single at 0-for-45 in 2011, it meant the Bergen argument would live another day.
Regardless, Bergen made himself a good case for being labeled the very worst hitter in major-league history. He still holds the record for the lowest single-season batting average, .139, for a position player with a qualifying number of at-bats. He also posted the lowest career batting average, .170, and hit a grand total of two homers in 3,028 at-bats. How did Bergen manage to draw a paycheck for 11 seasons? The catcher had a Hall of Fame arm, amassing 1,444 assists in 941 games behind the plate.
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