1932 Baltimore Black Sox

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1932 Baltimore Black Sox / Franchise: Baltimore Black Sox / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 29-26-0, Finished 3rd in the East-West League (1932 EWL)

Managed by Dick Lundy

Ballpark: Maryland Park, Bugle Field

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The 1932 Baltimore Black Sox were the second-best team to finish the 1932 East-West League season, third overall (#1 Detroit folded during the year, before the league itself collapsed due to the Depression).

The team had a 91 OPS+ but it was still good for third in the league given the dominance of Detroit and Homestead. 3B Tom Finley (.333/.389/.557, 150 OPS+) led the league in homers (7), doubles (22, tied), hits (70), slugging and OPS a year before his tragic death. Player-manager Dick Lundy manned short next to him and hit about as well at .381/.431/.494 for a 145 OPS+. Buddy Burbage led the team in games played in both RF and LF and batted .268/.347/.420 for a 103 OPS+; his 6 triples tied for the EWL lead. The other regular with a OPS+ over 100 was CF Pete Washington at 102 (.294/.355/.408), though Chaney White played almost as much in left as Burbage and hit .358/.443/.434 (133 OPS+). Other regulars were 2B Dick Seay (.288/.361/.365, 93 OPS+), C Bob Clarke (.203/.274/.287, 49 OPS+) and 1B Dave Thomas (.241/.301/.278, 54 OPS+). Others with 50+ at-bats were UT Mickey Casey (.258/.332/.318, 73 OPS+), LF/P Terris McDuffie (.238/.304/.270, 53 OPS+), 1B Eli Juran (.250/.379/.458, 122 OPS+) and 3B Joe Wiggins (.278/.304/.352, 74 OPS+).

The pitching had a 95 ERA+, 6th in the EWL. They had a strong trio of Willis Flournoy (3-7, 3.40, 122 ERA+), Herb Smith (6-2, 3.47, 120 ERA+) and Lefty Holmes (4-5, 3.65, 114 ERA+) as their three most-used hurlers. Half Pint Allen was 6-6 with a 6.95 ERA (60 ERA+) but tied for the league lead with two shutouts. McDuffie (4-2, 2.68, 155 ERA+) was much better on the mound than at the plate, while Jimmy Cooke (2-1, 4.74, 88 ERA+) was their other hurler with at least ten appearances.

All stats listed are per the Seamheads database 3/23/2021