Jewel Ens

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Jewel Winklemeyer Ens

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jewel Ens played four seasons in the major leagues, managed three seasons in the major leagues, and also was a major league coach and minor league manager.

Born in 1889, he was 32 when he first broke in with the 1922 Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .296 in 142 at-bats. A second baseman, he did not take away the job from Cotton Tierney, who hit .345 that year. Ens' remaining three years with the Pirates were just cups of coffee, as he had only 44 at-bats total during the three years, but he was part of the Pirates' World Championship team in 1925. Between his major and minor league days, he played 15 years.

He came back to the Pirates in 1926 to coach under Donie Bush and in 1929 took over as manager for the last part of the season, going 21-14. Ens continued to manage the team in 1930 and 1931, finishing over .500 the first year but under .500 the next. In addition to Pie Traynor, he had Paul Waner and Lloyd Waner on the team.

In October 1930, Ens and Dave Bancroft managed teams in a seven-game exhibition series in Havana, Cuba. The teams contained nine future Hall of Famers.[1]

Ens spent 1932 as a Detroit Tigers coach. When Donie Bush became manager of the 1933 Cincinnati Reds, he picked Ens as a coach. Ens was a member of the Boston Braves staff in 1934. Later, when Pie Traynor was the manager of the Pirates, Ens coached there from 1935 to 1939 and helped Traynor hash over the games.

He was then manager of Indianapolis in the American Association. In 1941 he again coached with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1942 he joined the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League as manager, a job he held until his death at age 60 from pneumonia. His brother Mutz Ens also played briefly in the Major Leagues.

Ens received one vote in the 1950 Baseball Hall of Fame election, but was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Preceded by
Donie Bush
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
George Gibson

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1920 Houston Buffaloes Texas League 50-101 7th St. Louis Cardinals none
1929 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 21-14 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Donie Bush (67-51) on August 28
1930 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 80-74 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1931 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 75-79 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1940 Indianapolis Indians American Association 36-46 6th Cincinnati Reds replaced Wes Griffin (26-38) on June 30
1942 Syracuse Chiefs International League 78-74 3rd Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1943 Syracuse Chiefs International League 82-71 3rd Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1944 Syracuse Chiefs International League 68-84 8th Cincinnati Reds
1945 Syracuse Chiefs International League 64-89 6th (t) Cincinnati Reds
1946 Syracuse Chiefs International League 81-72 2nd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1947 Syracuse Chiefs International League 88-65 3rd Cincinnati Reds League Champs
1948 Syracuse Chiefs International League 77-73 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1949 Syracuse Chiefs International League 73-80 6th Cincinnati Reds

Further reading[edit]


  1. The National Pastime 25, SABR, 2005

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