The Eau Claire Bears is an Amateur baseball team part of the Chippewa River Baseball League

League: CRBL

Home Field: Cinder City Park

Manager: Chevy Tollefson

Coach: Dave Strauch

 

Former teams: Eau Claire Badgers, 1908-09 (10-20); Eau Claire Cubs, 1934 (3-11); Eau Claire Giants, 1909 (2-4); Eau Claire Lakers, 1952 (n/a); Eau Claire Nationals, 1930 (0-14); Eau Claire Oilers, 1949 (n/a); Eau Claire Pioneers, 1986-91 (63-40); Eau Claire Red Sox, 1996-97 (5-27); Eau Claire Silhouettes, 1930 (9-6); Eau Claire Skelly Oilers, 1938 (12-2); Eau Claire Tommy Millers, 1960 (12-1); Eau Claire Union, 1928-29 (7-10); Gillette Rubbermen, 1929 (5-5); Leif's Conoco Oilers, 1950, 52-53 (30-6); Twin City Sports, 1966-68 (21-12).

Hall of Famers: Vic Johnson, P, 1938-39, 53 — Threw 93 innings between the EC Skelly Oilers, Girard's Hillbillies and Leif's Conoco Oilers. Posted 1.94 ERA with 9-2 record, 101 strikeouts.

Notable former players: Scott Wolfe, P/3B 2000-08 — Posted 2.71 ERA, 3-1 record in 69.2 innings for the Bears. Recorded nine saves. Also batted .342 in 190 games. ... Shane Bobb, P, 2001-07 — Had 3.59 ERA in 125.1 innings. Struck out 121. ... Mike Curtis, P, 1928 — Struck out 100 batters in 98 innings. Went 10-1 with 2.85 ERA in only season. Justin Kunferman, P, 2004, 06-08 — Struck out 105 batters in 72 innings. Finished with 7-1 record, 1.63 ERA. ... Matt Olson, P, 2004-09 — Went perfect 9-0 with 1.66 ERA in 65 career innings. ... Collin Boone, OF, 2008-10 — Played in 48 games for Bears. Hit .290 with 13 doubles and 33 RBI. ... Shawn Coyle, 1B/P, 1997-2000 — Played 46 games between Red Sox and Bears. Batted .380 and drove in 21 runs. ... Nate Stafford, OF, 2003-10 — Career .298 hitter. Played 117 games. Scored 68 runs, drove in 42. ... Scott  Biederman, manager, 1999-07 — Led Bears to 103-59 record, five division titles, three league titles in nine seasons at helm. Won first of Eau Claire's three WBA titles.

Professionals: Jon Huth, 2005-present — Played  Rookie ball for the 1988 Texas Rangers and Single A for the Kansas City  Royals from 1989-90. ... Kelly Werner, 2008-present — Played two seasons of Rookie ball for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2000 and 2001.

WBA History: Bears have qualified for WBA tournament 12 times. Reached finals in 2002 and from 2004-09. Eau Claire has most WBA titles of any CRBL team with three (2005, 08, 09) and has 14-4 record in finals.

Records/league leaders: Jon Huth is one of four players in league history with two no-hitters, having done so in 2007 and 2008. ... Shane Bobb has also thrown a no-hitter for the Bears. Bobb did it in 2004. ... Matt Olson holds single-season record for ERA. Allowed no earned runs in 21 innings in 2006. ...  Justin Kunferman's 83 strikeouts led league in 2004. ... C.J. Martin led league in ERA in 1989 and 1991 while leading the league in wins and strikeouts in 1990. Tied for lead in RBIs with 24 in 1990. Shawn Coyle was league's batting champion in 1999. Hit .489. ... Nate Larson was league batting champion in 2011 at .463.

— Compiled by Ben Peterson from statistics and records provided by Andy Niese, CRBL Secretary