Shorty Berthold

Fred1 Emil J. "Shorty" Berthold, born July 10th, 1871 in Missouri2 or Illinois3 , was a professional baseball player from 1892-1898. Berthold lived in Pine Bluff, AR circa 1889-1894.


Berthold was living and playing baseball in Pine Bluff as early as 18894

Berthold married Lillie Dellmon at Pine Bluff, AR on March 23rd, 18935

Berthold played with the Van Buren Browns from 1891-1893, Pine Bluff in 1894, Little Rock Rose Buds and Marshall, TX in 1895, Paris, TX in 1896, Texarkana in 1897, and Shreveport in 1898.

Berthold died on May 6th, 1860 in Los Angeles, CA6 .


"Fred Berthold (Shorty) of Pine Bluff, is a splendid catcher open for engagement. He is speedy enough for any of the minor leagues."1

"The managers will give Berthold, Pink Hawley's old catcher, a trial next week and if he shows well he may be signed as a relief for overworked Jack Corcoran."7

"F.J. Berthold, catcher with Marshall last season . . . "8
"Shorty Berthold of last season's Texarkana team, and a local boy, will do the catching."9


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

1 The Sporting News, 4/7/1894
2 California Death Index at Ancestry.com
3 1900, 1910, and 1920 U.S. Census
4 Arkansas Gazette, 5/2/1889, p.1
5 Arkansas County Marriages Index at Ancestry.com
6 California Death Index at Ancestry.com
7 The Sporting News, 6/1/1895, p.5
8 Dallas morning News, 3/31/1896
9 Sporting Life, 5/7/1898 p.1