- Card series: Beginnings: 1880's
- City: Detroit
- Team: Wolverines
- League: National League
William Henry Watkins’ (1858-1937) playing career was cut short in his first season by a bean ball that nearly killed him. The rookie had already been named manager, demonstrating leadership skills he would display his long and productive life. Led the Wolverines from the cellar to the top in only 3 yrs (1887).
- Was embroiled in the struggles to est. a 2nd ML as owner/mgr of Indianapolis in 1901
- Went on to a successful business career in Marysville MI, a town he helped found