Columbus (OH) Red Birds

From BR Bullpen


In 1931 the St. Louis Cardinals acquired the former Columbus Senators and renamed them the Columbus Red Birds. The team, which had finished between 6th and 8th for the prior seven years, finished fourth in '31, then in '32 improved to second. In '33, they won the pennant, won the playoffs in the American Association then claimed the Junior World Series, the first such title for the AA titlist. In '34, they repeated as Junior World Series champs, becoming the first two-time JWS winner. Other teams began to match the Cardinals in farm system depth and the team won only 3 more pennants in the next 20 years ('37, '41 and '50). In '41 and '50 they won the Junior World Series.

Among the players developed during the years were Paul Dean (the top pitcher in the American Association in '33), Terry Moore, Enos Slaughter, Max Lanier, Harry Brecheen, Murry Dickson, Walker Cooper, Harry Walker, Preacher Roe and Harvey Haddix.

In '55, the Cardinals moved their AA club to Omaha, where they became the Omaha Cardinals. Eleven local fans each contributed $10,000 to buy the Ottawa A's and Red Bird Stadium and give Columbus the Columbus Jets in the International League to replace the Red Birds.

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1931 84-82 4th Nemo Leibold none
1932 88-77 2nd Nemo Leibold (46-42) / Billy Southworth (42-35) none
1933 101-51 1st Ray Blades League Champs
1934 85-68 2nd Ray Blades League Champs
1935 84-70 3rd (t) Ray Blades none
1936 76-78 6th Burt Shotton
1937 90-64 1st Burt Shotton League Champs
1938 64-89 7th Burt Shotton
1939 62-92 7th Burt Shotton
1940 90-60 2nd Burt Shotton Lost in 1st round
1941 95-58 1st Burt Shotton League Champs
1942 82-72 3rd Eddie Dyer League Champs
1943 84-67 3rd Nick Cullop League Champs
1944 86-67 5th Nick Cullop
1945 63-90 8th Charley Root
1946 64-90 8th Charley Root
1947 76-78 5th Hal Anderson
1948 81-73 4th Hal Anderson Lost League Finals
1949 70-83 7th Hal Anderson
1950 84-69 3rd Rollie Hemsley League Champs
1951 53-101 8th Harry Walker
1952 68-85 7th Johnny Keane
1953 64-90 7th Johnny Keane
1954 77-76 4th Johnny Keane Lost in 1st round