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1939 St. Louis Cardinals season

1939 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Sportsman's Park (since 1920)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (since 1882)
  • Results
    Record 92–61 (.601)
    League place 2nd
    Other information
    Owner(s) Sam Breadon
    Manager(s) Ray Blades
    Local radio KMOX
    (France Laux, Cy Casper)
    KWK
    (John O'Hara, Jim Bottomley)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 1939 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 58th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 48th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 92–61 during the season and finished 2nd in the National League.

    Regular season

    Season summary

    Shortly after the end of the 1938 season, owner Sam Breadon appointed former reserve Cardinals outfielder Ray Blades as manager. He had managed many of the organization's top young players in Columbus, Ohio, and Rochester, New York.

    A feisty skipper, Blades guided the Cardinals back into the pennant race. The Cincinnati Reds took over first place on May 26 and never fell back. The Cards seized second place at midseason and played at a .708 clip in the final 65 games-including a 29–6 record at home the second half-but never could catch the Reds.

    The Redbirds made Cincinnati work down the stretch, though. They took two games from the Reds with the third of the three-game series washed out as a tie, and that pulled the Cards to only 3 and a half games back. Twice the Cardinals drew a game closer in September.

    An old trade haunted the Cards: Paul Derringer, a former St. Louis farmhand, went 25–7 for the Reds. That record included a 5–3 victory in September that clinched the pennant for the Reds.

    The best offense in the league was at least partially responsible for the Cardinals' dramatic turn. They led the NL in runs and made the most of their speed to head the league in doubles and triples. Their .294 team batting average was 16 points higher than anyone else's.

    The trade that sent Dizzy Dean to the Chicago Cubs actually paid some dividens. Curt Davis, one of the two pitchers picked up in the deal, led the Redbirds' staff in almost every category. Clyde Shoun, the other ex-Cub, worked a team-high 51 games out of the bullpen. With rookie Mort Cooper winning 12 games and working more than 200 innings, the Cards pitchers posted the league's second-best ERA.

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    Cincinnati Reds 97 57 -- .630
    St. Louis Cardinals 92 61 4.5 .601
    Brooklyn Dodgers 84 69 12.5 .549
    Chicago Cubs 84 70 13 .545
    New York Giants 77 74 18.5 .510
    Pittsburgh Pirates 68 85 28.5 .444
    Boston Bees 63 88 32.5 .417
    Philadelphia Phillies 45 106 50.5 .298

    Roster

    1939 St. Louis Cardinals
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Davis, CurtCurt Davis 49 248 22 16 3.63 70

    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
    Shoun, ClydeClyde Shoun 53 3 1 9 3.76 50
    Andrews, NateNate Andrews 11 1 2 0 6.75 6

    Awards and honors

    Cardinals in the 1939 All-Star Game

    Farm system

    Notes

    1. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

    References