Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame Announcement
PHILADELPHIA - Bill Wissler '92 was one of eight players selected to the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame, joining a stellar class which includes a World Series MVP and five players that saw time in the Major Leagues.
Wissler, who was a member of Penn's 1990 Ivy League championship team which is now enshrined in the Penn Baseball Hall of Fame, won seven games in his three seasons on the mound for the Quakers where he was mainly used as a reliever. Wissler struck out 115 batters over his three seasons, including 55 in 60.2 innings in 1991 - his lone season as a full-time starter.
A 42nd-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1988, Wissler chose instead to attend Penn and in the summers of 1990 and 1991 made his presence known on Cape Cod with standout performances in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. While pitching for the Bourne Braves, Wissler was twice named the B.F.C. Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher, posting an 8-2 record with a 1.56 ERA in 1990 and following with a 6-4 mark and an ERO of 1.96 in '91. In the 1991 summer, Wissler lead the Cape League in innings pitched (92), complete games (7) and shutouts (3). He is the last CCBL hurler to surpass 90 innings pitched in a season.
In 1991, Wissler was drafted in the 11th round (284th overall) by the Minnesota Twins and went 25-30 in four seasons in the Twins' organization, advancing as high as AAA Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League.
Wissler will be joined in the CCBL Hall of Fame Class of 2011 by 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell, current Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, current Texas Rangers pitcher David Bush, former MLB players Scott Kamienicki and Mark Smith as well as CCBL batting champion Paul O'Neil and All-Decade selection Doug Fisher.
The 2011 Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with take place Nov. 19 at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass.