The brother of legendary catcher Johnny Kling, Bill won his major league debut pitching for the Phillies in 1891. He went 4-3 that season, but Philadelphia cut him over a salary dispute. He pitched for Baltimore the next season, and then for Louisville (also of the National League) in 1895. Both Bill and Johnny have been mistakenly listed as Jewish because Johnny married a Jewish woman and never denied rumors that he was Jewish. In fact, both Bill and Johnny were Lutheran.
Birth and Death Dates:
January 14, 1867 -- August 26, 1934
In his outstanding minor league career, he played almost every position. In his first season of professional baseball, he won 21 games for the minor league team in Rockford, Illinois.
Pitcher. In the minors, though, he played nearly every position.
6'0", 190 lbs. Right-handed thrower who batted lefty.
Winning pct.: .500
Games Started: 9
Complete Games: 4
Innings Pitched: 87
Hits Allowed: 107
Strike Outs: 33
Home Runs: 0
Batting Average: .194
Double Plays: 0
Total Chances per Game: 1.1
Fielding avg: .941
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