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1952 St. Louis Browns season

The 1952 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 64 wins and 90 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

In 1952, Rogers Hornsby, an alleged former member of the Ku Klux Klan, took over as manager of the Browns. Despite past accusations of racism, Hornsby was less hesitant to use pitcher Satchel Paige than Indians manager Lou Boudreau had been four years before. Paige was so effective that when Hornsby was fired by Browns owner Bill Veeck, his successor Marty Marion seemed not to want to risk going more than three games without using Paige in some form. By July 4, with Paige having worked in 25 games, Casey Stengel named him to the American League All-Star team, making him the first black pitcher on an AL All-Star team. The All-Star game was cut short after five innings due to rain and Paige never got in. Stengel resolved to name him to the team the following year. Paige finished the year 12-10 with a 3.07 ERA for a team that lost ninety games.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 95 59 .617 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 2
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 14
Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 .513 16
Washington Senators 78 76 .506 17
Boston Red Sox 76 78 .494 19
St. Louis Browns 64 90 .416 31
Detroit Tigers 50 104 .325 45

Notable transactions

Roster

1952 St. Louis Browns
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
SS DeMaestri, JoeJoe DeMaestri 81 186 42 .226 1 18

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
Goldsberry, GordonGordon Goldsberry 86 227 52 .229 3 17
Wright, TomTom Wright 29 66 16 .242 1 6
Coleman, RayRay Coleman 20 46 9 .196 0 1

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
Byrne, TommyTommy Byrne 29 176 9 14 4.68 91
Caine, BobBob Caine 29 170 12 10 4.13 70
Littlefield, DickDick Littlefield 7 46.1 2 3 2.72 34

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
Bearden, GeneGene Bearden 34 150.2 7 8 4.30 45

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
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Joe Becker and Burleigh Grimes
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Jo-Jo White
A Scranton Miners Eastern League Zack Taylor
B York White Roses Interstate League Jim Crandall
B Anderson Rebels Tri-State League George Hausmann
C Stockton Ports California League Harry Clements and Tony Freitas
C Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League Hillis Layne
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Bruce Ogrodowski
C Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League Ed Fernandes
D Independence Browns Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League Fred Collins
D Wellsville Rockets PONY League Gene Crumling and Rocco Sgro
D Ada Herefords Sooner State League Bill Enos, Virl Loman and James England

Notes

References

  • 1952 St. Louis Browns team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1952 St. Louis Browns season at baseball-almanac.com
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