I have no idea who Bill Bergen is. The name has zero meaning to me and I had not heard of him before coming across the below. After seeing his face on this beautiful piece of cardboard, however, I knew he needed to be part of my collection.
And now he is. Cheap vintage is the best, and when it features the Brooklyn Superbas, it's hard to top. This bad boy hails from the T202 Hassan Triple Folders set released in 1912. It marks my first card of a Superbas' player, and it was had for a great price. I dig the slightly-loved condition, the prominent Brooklyn B, and the fact that this gorgeous piece of cardboard has retained its color.
William "Bill" Bergen played 11 seasons, 8 of which saw him behind the dish for the Superbas. He's been lauded for his defense, ranking as high as third all-time on some lists. His two claims to fame, however, are not what any player would want. Bergen holds the record for worst career WAR and .wOBA by a position player, and FanGraphs fittingly dubbed him the "worst hitter in baseball history" back in 2011. That other claim to fame? His brother, also a major league catcher in the late 19th century, killed his family with an axe and committed suicide.