1939 Cleveland Indians season

The 1939 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the American League with a record of 86–66, 13 games behind the New York Yankees.

1939 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Alva Bradley
General manager(s)Cy Slapnicka
Manager(s)Ossie Vitt
Local radioWCLE
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Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 106 45 .702 --
Boston Red Sox 89 62 .589 17
Cleveland Indians 87 67 .565 20.5
Chicago White Sox 85 69 .552 22.5
Detroit Tigers 81 73 .526 26.5
Washington Senators 65 87 .428 41.5
Philadelphia Athletics 55 97 .362 51.5
St. Louis Browns 43 111 .279 64.5

Record vs. opponents

1939 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 8–14 11–11 10–12 11–8–1 18–4 16–6 15–7
Chicago 14–8 12–10 12–10 4–18 11–11 18–4 14–8–1
Cleveland 11–11 10–12 11–11 7–15 18–4 16–6 14–8
Detroit 12–10 10–12 11–11 9–13 11–11 14–8–1 14–8
New York 8–11–1 18–4 15–7 13–9 18–4 19–3 15–7
Philadelphia 4–18 11–11 4–18 11–11 4–18 13–9–1 8–12
St. Louis 6–16 4–18 6–16 8–14–1 3–19 9–13–1 7–15
Washington 7–15 8–14–1 8–14 8–14 7–15 12–8 15–7

Roster

1939 Cleveland Indians
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
C Rollie Hemsley 107 395 104 .263 2 36
1B Hal Trosky 122 448 150 .335 25 104
2B Odell Hale 108 253 79 .312 4 48
SS Skeeter Webb 81 269 71 .264 2 26
3B Ken Keltner 154 587 191 .325 13 97
OF Jeff Heath 121 431 126 .292 14 69
OF Bruce Campbell 130 450 129 .287 8 72
OF Ben Chapman 149 545 158 .290 6 82

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
Oscar Grimes 119 364 98 .269 4 56
Roy Weatherly 95 323 100 .310 1 32
Lou Boudreau 53 225 58 .258 0 19
Frankie Pytlak 63 183 49 .268 0 14
Ray Mack 36 112 17 .152 1 6
Moose Solters 41 102 28 .275 2 19
Jim Shilling 31 98 27 .276 0 12
Earl Averill 24 55 15 .273 1 7
Luke Sewell 16 20 3 .150 0 1
Lyn Lary 3 2 0 .000 0 0

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
Bob Feller 39 296.2 24 9 2.85 246
Al Milnar 37 209.0 14 12 3.79 76
Mel Harder 29 208.0 15 9 3.50 67
Johnny Allen 28 175.0 9 7 4.58 79
Willis Hudlin 27 143.0 9 10 4.91 28

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
Tom Drake 8 15.0 0 1 9.00 1
Floyd Stromme 5 13.0 0 1 4.85 4
Lefty Sullivan 7 12.2 0 1 4.26 4
Mike Naymick 2 4.2 0 1 1.93 3

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
Harry Eisenstat 26 6 7 2 3.30 38
Joe Dobson 35 2 3 1 5.88 27
Johnny Broaca 22 4 2 0 4.70 13
Bill Zuber 16 2 0 0 5.97 16
Johnny Humphries 15 2 4 2 8.26 12

Awards & Honors

All Star Game

Bob Feller, Pitcher

Rollie Hemsley, Catcher

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Buffalo Bisons International League Steve O'Neill
A1 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association Roger Peckinpaugh
A Wilkes-Barre Barons Eastern League Eddie Phillips
B Cedar Rapids Raiders Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Ollie Marquardt
B Winston-Salem Twins Piedmont League Charles Clancy and Alvin Crowder
B Spartanburg Spartans Sally League Leon Pettit
C Tyler Trojans East Texas League Bobby Goff
C Springfield Indians Middle Atlantic League Earl Wolgamot
D Troy Trojans Alabama–Florida League Bloomer Milner
D Greeneville Burley Cubs Appalachian League Sam Alexander
D Leaksville-Draper-Spray Triplets Bi-State League Arnold Anderson
D Opelousas Indians Evangeline League Joe Woodard
D Logan Indians Mountain State League Eddie Hock
D Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Jack Knight
D Mansfield Indians Ohio State League Ray French and Dewey Stover
D Niagara Falls Rainbows PONY League Tim Murchison

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References

  1. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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