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1939 Boston Red Sox season

1939 Boston Red Sox
Ted Williams Rookie Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
Manager(s) Joe Cronin
Local radio WAAB
(Frankie Frisch, Tom Hussey)
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The 1939 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing 2nd in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 62 losses.

Regular season

In 1939, the Boston Red Sox finished 9½ games behind the New York Yankees.[1] Lefty Grove won 15 games for the Red Sox while Jimmie Foxx hit .360, and had 35 home runs and 105 RBI.[1] Ted Williams made his major league debut in 1939, and batted .327 with 31 home runs. He led the American League with 145 RBIs.[1] After the first game he played against Williams, Yankees catcher Bill Dickey said about Williams, “He’s just a damned good hitter.”[1]

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

Opening Day lineup

  8 Doc Cramer CF
  7 Joe Vosmik LF
  3 Jimmie Foxx 1B
  4 Joe Cronin SS
  5 Jim Tabor 3B
  9 Ted Williams RF
  1 Bobby Doerr 2B
  2 Gene Desautels     C
10 Lefty Grove P

Roster

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
1B Foxx, JimmieJimmie Foxx 124 467 168 .360 35 105
SS Cronin, JoeJoe Cronin 143 520 160 .308 19 107

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
Grove, LeftyLefty Grove 23 191 15 4 2.54 81
Auker, EldenElden Auker 31 151 9 10 3.56 53

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
Bagby, JimJim Bagby 21 80 5 5 7.09 35

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Louisville Colonels American Association Donie Bush and Bill Burwell
A1 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Specs Toporcer
A Scranton Red Sox Eastern League Nemo Leibold
B Rocky Mount Red Sox Piedmont League Herb Brett
C Clarksdale Red Sox Cotton States League Leroy "Cowboy" Jones
C Canton Terriers Middle Atlantic League Floyd "Pat" Patterson
D Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox Appalachian League Hobe Brummitt
D Danville-Scholfield Leafs Bi-State League Red Barnes
D Centreville Colts Eastern Shore League Dave Scoble and Cap Clark

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville, Scranton, Canton, Elizabethton, Danville-Scholfield[2]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 26, World Publications Group, North Dighton, MA, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

References

  • 1939 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1939 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
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