1935 Newark Dodgers
1935 Newark Dodgers / Franchise: Newark Dodgers/ BR page
Record: 18-43-1, Finished 8th in Negro National League (1935 NNL)
Managed by Dick Lundy (3-17) and William Bell (12-24-1)
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1935 Newark Dodgers fell off drastically from the previous year's over-.500 team to last place and sub-.300. Following the season, they merged with the Brooklyn Eagles to form the Newark Eagles, who would become a power.
The team OPS+ of 81 was last in the league, but a few players did hit well - LF Jim Williams batted .320/.383/.516 with 15 doubles in 35 games for a 122 OPS+, while 1B Jim Starks was at .286/.364/.531 with six homers in 28 games for a 120 OPS+. Young 3B Ray Dandridge hit .300/.323/.427 (85 OPS+) but the future Cooperstown inductee showed off the glove, fielding .953 to .922 for the league's third basemen as a whole. Other starters were SS Ted Bond (.302/.385/.396, 95 OPS+, .960 FLD% to .925 league average), RF Bert Johnson (.316/.350/.480, 105 OPS+), C Johnny Hayes (.266/.344/.358, 75 OPS+), 2B Flash Miller (.235/.305/.328, 58 OPS+) and CF Paul Arnold (.232/.318/.284, 51 OPS+). Regular backups were OF Marvin Barker (.272/.297/.351, 61 OPS+), 2B Anthony Cooper (.277/.320/.340, 65 OPS+) and C Frank McCoy (.386/.449/.500, 136 OPS+).
The pitching was even worse with a 7.45 ERA (72 ERA+). Player-manager William Bell was the bright spot (2-1, 2 Sv, 4.15, 129 ERA+) but the other mainstays were Bob Evans (2-8, 6.92, 77 ERA+), Homer Craig (4-5, 6.85, 78 ERA+), Willie Burns (2-4, 7.84, 68 ERA+), Bun Hayes (2-4, 7.20, 74 ERA+) and Alonza Bailey (0-4, 12.24, 44 ERA+).
All stats listed are per the Seamheads database 1/27/2021
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Paul Arnold and Ray Dandridge
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