1950 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1950 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 52 wins and 102 losses. It would be 88-year-old Connie Mack's 50th and last as A's manager, a North American professional sports record. During that year the team wore uniforms trimmed in blue and gold, in honor of the Golden Jubilee of "The Grand Old Man of Baseball."

1950 Philadelphia Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Earle Mack & Roy Mack
General manager(s)Mickey Cochrane, Art Ehlers
Manager(s)Connie Mack
Local televisionWPTZ/WCAU/WFIL
(George Walsh)
Local radioWIBG
(By Saam, Claude Haring)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Detroit Tigers 95 59 .617 3
Boston Red Sox 94 60 .610 4
Cleveland Indians 92 62 .597 6
Washington Senators 67 87 .435 31
Chicago White Sox 60 94 .390 38
St. Louis Browns 58 96 .377 40
Philadelphia Athletics 52 102 .338 46

Record vs. opponents

1950 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 15–7 10–12 10–12 9–13 19–3 19–3 12–10
Chicago 7–15 8–14 6–16–2 8–14 11–11 12–10 8–14
Cleveland 12–10 14–8 13–9–1 8–14 17–5 13–9 15–7
Detroit 12–10 16–6–2 9–13–1 11–11 17–5 17–5 13–9
New York 13–9 14–8 14–8 11–11 15–7 17–5 14–8–1
Philadelphia 3–19 11–11 5–17 5–17 7–15 8–14 13–9
St. Louis 3–19 10–12 9–13 5–17 5–17 14–8 12–10
Washington 10–12 14–8 7–15 9–13 8–14–1 9–13 10–12

Roster

1950 Philadelphia Athletics
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 Mike Guerra 87 252 71 .282 2 26
1B Ferris Fain 151 522 147 .282 10 83
3B Bob Dillinger 84 356 110 .309 3 41
SS Eddie Joost 131 476 111 .233 18 58
OF Elmer Valo 129 446 125 .280 10 46
OF Paul Lehner 114 427 132 .309 9 52
OF Sam Chapman 144 553 129 .251 23 95

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
Kermit Wahl 89 280 72 .257 2 27
Roberto Ortiz 6 14 1 .071 0 3

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
Lou Brissie 46 246 7 19 4.02 101
Alex Kellner 36 225.1 8 20 5.47 85
Dick Fowler 11 66.2 1 5 6.48 15

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
Bob Hooper 45 170.1 15 10 5.02 58
Joe Coleman 15 54 0 5 8.50 12
Joe Murray 8 30 0 3 5.70 8
Johnny Kucab 4 26 1 1 3.46 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
Moe Burtschy 9 0 1 0 7.11 12
Harry Byrd 6 0 0 0 16.88 2
Ed Klieman 5 0 0 0 9.53 0
Les McCrabb 2 0 0 0 27.00 2

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Frank Skaff and Ray Schalk
A Savannah Indians Sally League Red Norris
A Lincoln Athletics Western League Jimmie DeShong
B Fayetteville Athletics Carolina League Mule Haas and Tom Oliver
B West Palm Beach Indians Florida International League Clyde Smoll and Rudy Laskowski
B Sunbury Athletics Interstate League George Staller
C Youngstown Athletics Middle Atlantic League Buck Etchison
D Welch Miners Appalachian League Eddie Morgan and Woody Wheaton
D Tarboro Tars Coastal Plain League Joe Antolick
D Cordele A's Georgia–Florida League Bill Peterman
D Lexington A's North Carolina State League Homer Lee Cox
D Portsmouth A's Ohio–Indiana League Walt Van Grofski
D Red Springs Red Robins Tobacco State League Ducky Detweiler

References

  1. ^ Ray Coleman at Baseball-Reference

External links

Joe Murray (baseball)

Joseph Ambrose Murray (November 11, 1920 – October 19, 2001) was a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball during the 1950 season. Listed at 6' 0", 165 lb., Murray batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.At age 29, it had been a long journey to the major leagues for Joe Murray. The southpaw hurler debuted in 1940 with Class-D Easton, an Eastern Shore League affiliate team of the New York Yankees. He would spend his next three seasons with three clubs, compiling a 35–25 record and a 3.70 earned run average in four full seasons, but his baseball career was interrupted in 1943 after he entered service in the United States Navy during World War II.Following his discharge in 1946, Murray was part of successive transactions between the Yankees, Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics organizations. In 1947, he led the Class-B Colonial League with a 2.34 ERA while going 12–7 in 22 pitching appearances. His most productive season came in 1950, when he posted a 20–14 record with a 2.94 ERA and was selected for the Florida International League All-Star team.Finally, Murray had his chance to play in the major leagues when he joined the last-place Athletics on August 17, 1950. He lost all three of his decisions in eight games (two starts), allowing 20 runs (19 earned) on 34 hits and 21 walks while striking out eight batters. He registered a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings of work.After his brief stint with the Athletics, Murray returned to the minors and pitched from 1951 through 1953. In an eleven-season career, he finished with a 111–113 mark and a 3.87 ERA in 344 games. He later managed the Wytheville Statesmen of the Appalachian League in 1954.When his baseball career ended, Murray went to work for Union Carbide and later worked as a construction company roofing contractor. He was a long-time resident of San Clemente, California, where he died at the age of 80.

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