1939 St. Louis Browns season

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1939 St. Louis Browns
Major League affiliations
Location
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Roster[edit]

1939 St. Louis Browns
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AA Toledo Mud Hens American Association Myles Thomas
A1 San Antonio Missions Texas League Zack Taylor
B Springfield Browns Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Walter Holke
C Youngstown Browns Middle Atlantic League Billy Urbanski
C Topeka Owls Western Association Bill Wilson
D Fayetteville Angels Arkansas-Missouri League Frank Oceak
D Lafayette White Sox Evangeline League Rod Whitney
D Mayfield Browns KITTY League Bennie Tate
D Paragould Broncos Northeast Arkansas League Elmer Kirchoff
D Beaver Falls Browns Pennsylvania State Association Ralph Goldsmith
D Lincoln Links Western League Pug Griffin

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Springfield, Lafayette[4]

Notes[edit]

  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

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