1939 St. Louis Browns season

1939 St. Louis Browns season

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

  • -- Eddie Silber
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

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

References

  • 1939 St. Louis Browns team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1939 St. Louis Browns season at baseball-almanac.com