Bill Werle, a San Francisco Bay area native, played for the San
Francisco Seals on their 1949 Tour of Japan.
He also played for the Major League All Stars during their 1951 Japan
Tour. Werle was actually a member of the
Pittsburgh Pirates at the time of both tours.
However, being a local boy, he represented the Seals on their tour
A left-handed pitcher, Werle turned in outstanding performances on
both visits to Japan. In 1949, he went 3-0, 1.54. In 1951, he topped his 1949 performance with
a record of 3-0, 1.33! Bill Werle
pitched in the big leagues from 1949 through 1954.
This card is designated in Japanese Baseball Cards Checklist
& Price Guide, Vintage Edition 3.0 as PA 70. We know that the card was attached to a
display sheet by the manufacturer, and that it was probably a second prize
winner card. Werle’s name, position and
team (Pirates) are printed in white text near the bottom of the card.
Blank back card
Size: 3 3/8” x 5 3/16”
Condition: The upper right
corner has a small crease, and there is minor damage along both the upper and
lower borders. Sharp image with original
gloss. The back shows evidence of having
been originally attached to a display sheet, as would be the case with all
examples of this card.