Joseph Carl (J.C.) Bernard was born on March 24, 1882 in Brighton, Illinois. On September 23, 1909, he pitched one inning of one game for the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe walked two batters and gave up a hit, but allowed no runs to score. He struck out two of the six batters that he faced in the inning.
Although Joe didn't find much success on the baseball field, he did find it as an investment banker. He owned the Bernard Investment Company in Springfield, Illinois for over fifty years. In addition, Mr. Bernard was quite active in the Springfield community. He was a member of several professional and community organizations, including: the Illinois Association of Insurance Agents, the Springfield Association of Agents, the Holy Name Society of the Blessed Sacrament Church, and the Knights of Columbus Council 364. Joe was also a member of the prestigious Sangamo Club, a private dining club that serves Springfield's most respected business, community, and government leaders.
Joe passed from this world on September 22, 1960, nearly fifty-one years to the day after his Major League debut. He was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.