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1939 St. Louis Browns season

1939 St. Louis Browns
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Sportsman's Park (since 1902)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1902)
  • Results
    Record 43–111 (.279)
    League place 8th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Donald Lee Barnes
    Manager(s) Fred Haney
    Local radio KMOX
    (France Laux, Cy Casper)
    KWK
    (John O'Hara, Jim Bottomley)
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    The 1939 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 43 wins and 111 losses.

    Regular season

    The Browns lost a franchise record 111 games, and finished 64.5 games out of first place.[1]

    Browns pitching struggled tremendously. The pitchers allowed 739 walks, which was over 100 walks more than the next worse team.[2] The team had an earned run average of 6.01.[2] The next time that a team would have an ERA over 6.00 was the Detroit Tigers in 1996. The 1996 Tigers had an ERA of 6.38.[2]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 106 45 .702 --
    Boston Red Sox 88 61 .591
    Cleveland Indians 86 66 .566 13
    Detroit Tigers 84 70 .545 16
    Washington Senators 75 76 .497 23½
    Chicago White Sox 65 83 .439 32
    Philadelphia Athletics 55 97 .362 44
    St. Louis Browns 43 111 .279 64½

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1939 St. Louis Browns
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    2B Berardino, JohnnyJohnny Berardino 126 468 120 .256 5 58
    OF Laabs, ChetChet Laabs 95 317 95 .300 10 62

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Sullivan, BillyBilly Sullivan 118 332 96 .289 5 50
    Christman, MarkMark Christman 79 222 48 .216 0 20
    Harshany, SamSam Harshany 42 145 35 .241 0 15
    Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson 30 86 26 .302 1 7
    Kress, RedRed Kress 13 43 12 .279 0 8
    Bell, BeauBeau Bell 11 32 7 .219 1 5

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Kramer, JackJack Kramer 40 211.2 9 16 5.83 68
    Kennedy, VernVern Kennedy 33 191.2 9 17 5.73 55
    Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 6 45.2 3 1 4.73 28
    Bildilli, EmilEmil Bildilli 2 19 1 1 3.32 8

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Trotter, BillBill Trotter 41 156.2 6 13 5.34 61
    Lawson, RoxieRoxie Lawson 36 150.2 3 7 5.32 43
    Mills, LeftyLefty Mills 34 144.1 4 11 6.55 103
    Harris, BobBob Harris 28 126 3 12 5.71 48
    Gill, GeorgeGeorge Gill 27 95 1 12 7.11 24
    Marcum, JohnnyJohnny Marcum 12 47.2 2 5 7.74 14
    Johnson, FredFred Johnson 5 14 0 1 6.43 2
    Hanning, LoyLoy Hanning 4 10 0 1 3.60 8
    Cox, BillBill Cox 4 9.1 0 2 9.64 8

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Whitehead, JohnJohn Whitehead 26 1 3 1 5.86 9
    Kimberlin, HarryHarry Kimberlin 17 1 2 0 5.49 11
    Cole, EdEd Cole 6 0 2 0 7.11 5
    Walkup, JimJim Walkup 1 0 1 0 0.00 0

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield, Lafayette[4]

    Notes

    1. ^ As Good As It Got, The 1944 St. Louis Browns, p.11, David Alan Heller, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2003, ISBN 0-7385-3199-5
    2. ^ a b c As Good As It Got, The 1944 St. Louis Browns, p.12, David Alan Heller, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 2003, ISBN 0-7385-3199-5
    3. ^ Red Kress page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

    References


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