Inaugural Class of 2009
3rd Baseman, Outfielder, Manager
Jim Falls Nosal 1958; Jim Falls Dairymen 1959-60; Jim Falls Cadets 1961-64; Jim Falls Sturgeons 1965-81
Roger “The Duke” Bergeron spent his entire 24-year league career in Jim Falls, using his left-handed stroke to amass one of the more impressive offensive careers in CRBL history.
Piled up 366 hits in 1,257 at-bats for a career average of .291. Holds league records for career triples with 14 and single-season triples with 5, set in 1968. Hit over .300 for eight consecutive seasons, starting his tear at a clip of .362 in 1967 and concluding it at .311 in 1974. Other .300+ season came in 1965, when he hit .333 (20 for 60). Had 20 or more hits in a season five times, doing so four years in a row from 1967 to 1970.
In 1968, led the newly named CRBL with 72 at-bats, 22 hits, 5 triples, and tied for the lead in RBI’s with 15 for the 14 and 4 WBA qualifying Sturgeons. Followed that in 1969 with possibly his finest season when he led the league in batting average at .378 (28 for 74), hits with 28, triples with 3, RBI’s with 22, and runs scored with 19.
Steered the ship as manager of the Jim Falls Sturgeons from 1971 to 1979, a nine season period considered to be one of the best eras in franchise history. Playing at Jim Falls‘ famous field, Roger and the Sturgeons captured a division title and played for the league championship in 1973. The Bergeron led Jim Falls squad qualified for the WBA three times (1972, 1973, 1975), and made the Final 8 twice (1972 & 1975).
Appeared in eight All-Star games (1961-1965, 1968, 1970,1971). Elected All-CRBL in 1972. First player in league history to reach 50 doubles, 300 hits, and 1,000 at-bats in a career. Retired as the all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, triples, RBI’s, runs scored, walks, and total bases.