Barnie was working in a brokerage office when he broke into baseball in 1871 as a
catcher/outfielder. While managing Baltimore's American Association
team in the 1880's,
he occasionally caught for his team, but his .180 BA hardly indicated "leading by
example." His third-place finish in 1887 was his best season, but "Bald Billy" managed
for 14 ML seasons. In 1900, while
managing Hartford of the Eastern League, he died
in midseason from asthmatic bronchitis.