Jeff Emerson

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Jeffrey W. Emerson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Jeff Emerson played in the minor leagues for eight seasons - in 1929, 1931, from 1933 to 1934 and from 1936 to 1939. He might have also played in 1928 and 1930.[1] Not an offensive powerhouse, he frequently hit below .250. Perhaps his best season, offensively, was his first - in 1929, he hit a combined .258 in a year split between the Keokuk Indians (.291/.329/.367 in 56 G) and Quincy Indians (.203/.227/.237 SLG in 48 G). In 1931, he was 16 for 70 with a double and a triple between the Burlington Bees and Davenport Blue Sox.

In 1933, Emerson reached his highest level, with the AA Jersey City Giants (AA was then the top tier of the minors). He hit .202/.240/.232 as the backup catcher behind Tony Rensa. With the '34 Columbia Sandlappers/Asheville Tourists, the veteran batted .251 and slugged .346.

Emerson spent his final four seasons in the low-offense Florida State League. In 1936, he hit .237 and slugged .292 between the Palatka Azaleas and St. Augustine Saints, while going 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA as a pitcher. He also managed Palatka for part of the year. In 1937, he had a 6-4, 0.82 record between the Azaleas and the DeLand Reds, while going 20 for 97 (all singles). He had the lowest ERA of any FSL pitcher with 10+ outings yet did not pitch in either of his last two campaigns.

In 1938, Jeff put up a .247/.319/.300 line as Palatka's backup catcher. With the same club in '39, he hit .194 and slugged .221 as the starting backstop for the Azaleas.

Emerson was later president of the Palatka club [2]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1936 Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 45-43 -- Detroit Tigers -- replaced by Teen Gallegos (15-17) on July 25
1939 Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 2-3 -- none -- replaced Bill Leitz (8-25) on May 19
replaced by Cowboy Jones (26-71) on May 25