1959 Bakersfield Bears Roster

California League (CL) - Class: C
Team Record: 70-71
Finished 4th in the CL
Manager: Paul Owens (70-71)
Affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies
Location: Bakersfield, California
Ballpark: Sam Lynn Ballpark
Attendance: 56,346, Avg. 799
1959 Bakersfield Bears Statistics

Playoffs - Modesto Reds 4 games, Bakersfield Bears 2

The Bakersfield Bears of the California League ended the 1959 season with a record of 70 wins and 71 losses, finishing fourth in the CL.

The Bears scored 820 runs and gave up 759 runs. Ronald Wiley walloped 33 home runs for Bakersfield, while Fred Walters swatted 20 or more, too. Ronald Wiley drove in 125 runs. Adrian Casteen and Danny Cater led all qualifying hitters on the roster by connecting at a .308 clip. Dennis Bennett topped the squad with 13 wins, and Peter Urrizola registered a 2.95 earned run average, best among pitchers with enough qualifying appearances.

Players from the 1959 Bakersfield Bears who spent time in the Majors during their careers included Danny Cater, Pat Corrales, George Williams, Dennis Bennett and Dwight Siebler.

Paul Owens served as manager.

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Player Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Joseph BallingRJanuary 5, 19406'2"185
Dennis BennettLLOctober 5, 19396'3"192Oakland, CA US
Don BesseySRJune 12, 19416'6"210Hanford, CA US
Bobby BubashRRFebruary 3, 19406'0"170Brackenridge, PA US
Nolan CampbellRRAugust 29, 19395'7"180Weedpatch, CA US
Frank CapitaniRRDecember 16, 19355'10"180Hershey, PA US
Adrian CasteenLROctober 11, 19366'1"175
Danny CaterRRFebruary 25, 19406'0"170Austin, TX US
Irving ClarkRR5'9"179
Pat CorralesRRMarch 20, 19416'0"180Los Angeles, CA US
Paul DeeseRRFebruary 9, 19396'1"200
James FarlandSLOctober 1, 19386'1"190
Louis GarvinRROctober 26, 19386'0"169Apopka, FL US
Steve HershnerLRJune 28, 19386'0"195
John HoggRRSeptember 14, 19355'9"175Berwyn, NE US
Larry KellerRR6'0"170
Jack KerriganRRApril 22, 19406'3"200San Francisco, CA US
Jack McCrackenRRApril 2, 19386'0"173
Paul OwensRRFebruary 7, 19246'3"190Salamanca, NY US
Dave RosenfieldR192
Jack SchulteaRRMay 3, 19346'0"165
Dwight SieblerRRAugust 5, 19376'2"184Columbus, NE US
David SteplitusLLApril 7, 19395'11"170
Peter UrrizolaRR6'4"200
Fred WaltersLROctober 4, 19376'0"195Trenton, NJ US
Rudy WarrenLAugust 13, 19366'0"185
Pierce WatsonL5'9"180
David WenrichR5'9"176
Ronald WileyRR5'10"195
George WilliamsRROctober 23, 19395'11"165Detroit, MI US

Average attendance is based upon the number of actual home dates where known (most leagues from 1992 and later). Where the number of home dates is not known, the average is calculated using half the team's total games.

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