This Date In Baseball History: December 19, 1945- Who was the worst hitter in baseball history? Catcher Bill Bergen played 11 seasons as a back-up catcher with the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers- he was an excellent defensive catcher- which is the only reason he kept a job for 11 seasons. Bergen holds the record for having the lowest battling average for a player with at least 1000 at bats in his career. Bergen came to bat 3028 times and had a career average of .170. He had only one season where he hit above .200- in 1903 he hit .227. On this date in 1945 Bill Bergen died at the age of 45.