November 2, 1874 in Greenwood, New York
Died: December 25, 1941 (aged 67) in New York City
Weight: 195 lbs.
Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers (1907-1911)
George Bell was 32 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 17, 1907, with the Brooklyn Superbas.
George Bell had the misfortune of playing with the Brooklyn Superbas when they were one of the worst teams in the National League. Pitching in baseball’s dead ball era, and using a heavier ball than the current one, George Bell threw a solid curve, a sinker and occasionally a spitball, that was legal in the early 1900s.
As a rookie in 1907 George Bell had an 8-16 record with a very fine 2.25 earned run average for a Brooklyn team, 65-83, that had the lowest batting average in the entire major leagues, a .232. The next season, again he lacked run support and finished with a 4-16 record and Brooklyn had a 53-101 record. However in 1909 he was 16-15 with a 2.71 ERA for a Superbas team that was 55-98. In 1910 he had a 10-27 record and led the league in losses, and he pitched the third most innings, 310, in the league. His earned run average that year was a sterling 2.64. In this time period he lost more 2-1 and 3-1 and 1-0 games then any other major league pitcher.