1931 Louisville White Sox

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1931 Louisville White Sox / Franchise: Louisville Black Caps / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 24-33-1, Finished 5th in Negro National League (1931 NNL)

Managed by Poindexter Williams

Ballpark: Parkway Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1931 Louisville White Sox had their lone season under the White Sox name, as they were called the Black Caps in both 1930 and 1932. They had a respectable pitching staff (in the 30 games for which box scores have been found; data is missing for about half their games), with a 96 ERA+ being 5th in the NNL. James Pope (2-0, 3.21, 136 ERA+) and Elbert Williams (2-1, 3.16, 139 ERA+) did well in limited time while Lefty Capers (6-4, 3.86, 114 ERA+) pitched the most. Less sharp were Clarence White (2-4, Sv, 5.04, 87 ERA+) and Willie Gisentaner (2-4, 6.42, 68 ERA+).

The offense had a lower OPS+ (84) but a higher ranking (4th in the league). 20-year-old 2B Sammy Hughes led the way (.337/.389/.506, 146 OPS+), helped by 1B Joe Scott (.353/.409/.405, 125 OPS+) and C-Mgr Poindexter Williams (.315/.358/.449, 122 OPS+). When not pitching, Gisentaner often played right, hitting .303/.354/.416 for a 112 OPS+. Others to see regular time were SS/CF Anthony Cooper (.286/.330/.330, 82 OPS+), SS/2B Joe Cates (.223/.305/.287, 64 OPS+), 3B Felton Snow (.231/.255/.253, 40 OPS+), OF Red McNeal (.270/.348/.340, 90 OPS+), LF Alex Clark (.150/.227/.225, 25 OPS+) and backup C Louis English (.343/.361/.429, 117 OPS+).

All stats listed are per the Seamheads database 5/26/2021