1943 Knoxville Smokies

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Overview of the 1943 Knoxville Smokies

The Class A-1 Southern Association of 1943 started and ended with eight teams, although the Chattanooga team moved to Montgomery in early July. The Smokies finished in fifth place with a 65-71-2 record at 17 games out of first place. Bill Lewis was Knoxville's manager. The Knoxville Club Secretary was Edgar Allen. The 1943 season opened on April 29 and and was scheduled to close on September 2, 1943. Nashville was declared the league champion.

Finals - Nashville 4 games, New Orleans 1.

News and Notes

  • The Knoxville Smokies purchased First Baseman Jake Theard from Atlanta, but he has refused to report. - The Sporting News - May 6, 1943, page 11
  • Mickey Urban, promising young second baseman of the Knoxville Smokies, was called to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., last week, to take his pre-induction Army physical examination. - The Sporting News - May 6, 1943, page 11
  • Further evidence of the effectiveness of President Billy Evans' speed-up rules: Chattanooga, 10, Knoxville, 8; 30 hits, nine errors and 11 walks - all in two hours and five minutes. - The Sporting News - May 6, 1943, page 11
  • Mickey Urban, second baseman of the Knoxville Smokies, who was called to his Wilkes-Barre, Pa., home by his draft board, was given a three-months deferment and returned to his team to play until summoned. - The Sporting News - May 13, 1943, page 10
  • Six circuit clouts, two of them by Jim Matthews of Knoxville, were made during the Chattanooga-Knoxville game which the Lookouts won, 23-9, May 6. Kvasnak, Frye, Aderhold and Seminick got the other homers. - The Sporting News - May 13, 1943, page 10
  • A protest by the Atlanta Crackers of a game, won by the Knoxville Smokies, 2 to 1, April 29, was thrown out by President Billy Evans. The kick came over an interference ruling by Umpire Dutch Hoffman, who called Outfielder Treadway of the Crackers out when he collided with Pitcher Coffman in running to first base, as the hurler was fielding the ball. Evans ruled the Atlanta protest lacked substantiation. - The Sporting News - May 13, 1943, page 10
  • Knoxville trades Outfielder Hubert Shelley to Kansas City of American Association for Outfielder Garrett McBryde. - The Sporting News - May 20, 1943, page 10
  • Knoxville Owner, Robert G. (Bob) Allen dies on May 14, 1943, in Little Rock, Arkansas. His son, Edgar C. Allen is expected to continue the operation of the Smokies. - The Sporting News - May 20, 1943, page 12
  • Herb Anderson pitches nifty ball for Knoxville against Atlanta, allowing only five hits and winning, 6 to 1, five errors by Crackers aiding his cause no little. Cozart, Cortes and Chitwood pitch for Atlanta, giving up ten hits.. - The Sporting News - May 27, 1943, page 15
  • Pushing across three runs in top of ninth against Reliefer Tom Murray, Knoxville stops second-place Barons, 9 to 7, when third Smoky pitcher, Herb Anderson, quells Birmingham threat to salvage game for Steve Warchol, winning Knoxville tallies coming on two passes, force play, Matthews' single and Cy Roberts' double. - The Sporting News - May 27, 1943, page 15

1943 League Standings

First Half Standings

Team W L T PCT
Nashville 49 26 0 .653
Little Rock 37 33 0 .529
New Orleans 38 36 0 .514
Atlanta 36 35 2 .507
Birmingham 39 38 2 .506
Montgomery 33 33 1 .500
Knoxville 28 39 2 .418
Memphis 24 44 1 .353

Second Half Standings

Team W L T PCT
New Orleans 40 22 0 .645
Little Rock 41 29 0 .586
Nashville 34 29 0 .540
Knoxville 37 32 0 .536
Montgomery 36 37 0 .493
Memphis 32 37 0 .464
Birmingham 24 38 0 .387
Atlanta 24 44 0 .353

Full Season Standings

Team W L T PCT
Nashville 83 55 0 .601
New Orleans 78 58 0 .574
Little Rock 78 62 0 .557
Montgomery 69 70 1 .496
Knoxville 65 71 2 .478
Birmingham 63 76 2 .453
Atlanta 60 79 2 .432
Memphis 56 81 1 .409

1943 Team Names and Managers

Team Manager 1 Manager 2
Atlanta Crackers Harry Hughes Al Leitz
Birmingham Barons Johnny Riddle
Chattanooga Lookouts / Montgomery Rebels Marv Olson
Knoxville Smokies Bill Lewis
Little Rock Travelers Buck Fausett
Memphis Chickasaws Doc Prothro
Nashville Volunteers Larry Gilbert
New Orleans Pelicans Ray Blades

Statistics

1943 League Batting

Team R/G G AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS PCT SLG TB SH OR LOB BB HB SO RBI
Nashville 6.34 138 4795 875 1481 287 47 37 76 34 .309 .413 1979 52 678 1138 594 45 484 774
Little Rock 5.36 140 4804 750 1468 228 55 16 69 31 .306 .386 1854 75 615 1131 477 22 339 674
New Orleans 5.07 136 4521 689 1330 190 73 36 88 13 .294 .392 1774 140 630 1003 398 23 410 620
Knoxville 5.08 138 4608 701 1305 210 48 71 44 12 .283 .396 1824 70 782 986 456 24 515 635
Montgomery 4.94 140 4595 692 1302 183 53 27 87 39 .283 .364 1672 86 662 1046 504 20 461 601
Birmingham 4.65 141 4679 655 1316 203 62 37 103 42 .281 .375 1754 120 718 1148 562 32 503 586
Atlanta 4.40 141 4743 620 1300 195 60 30 51 20 .274 .359 1705 68 739 1030 396 33 370 557
Memphis 3.93 138 4411 543 1173 213 48 17 67 40 .266 .348 1533 92 701 977 440 20 404 476

1943 Knoxville Individual Batting

Last Name First Name Team 1 Team 2 Bats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA SLG TB HBP SH Notes
Finley Robert E. Knoxville R 63 233 36 84 17 2 4 42 0 0 18 11 .361 .502 117 3 2
Benning Joseph Knoxville L 118 438 66 140 26 5 2 56 3 3 43 15 .320 .416 182 3 4
Vosheski Edmund Knoxville L 21 16 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 .313 .438 7 0 1
Seminick Andrew Knoxville R 133 429 80 130 15 7 16 83 3 2 49 62 .303 .483 207 2 10
Doyle Carl Knoxville R 15 10 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 .300 .400 4 0 1
Piet(rzak) Frank Knoxville R 131 480 68 143 32 2 4 57 3 1 39 30 .298 .398 191 5 3
Dunn Cecil A. Knoxville R 126 474 85 140 25 6 19 88 1 0 41 71 .295 .494 234 0 6
Urban Michael A. Knoxville R 82 291 46 85 5 0 0 32 2 0 27 25 .292 .309 90 0 2
Roberts E. Sidel Knoxville L 80 278 47 81 13 4 2 30 2 0 36 49 .291 .388 108 1 8
Collins Steve Knoxville R 78 293 47 83 19 1 0 28 5 0 36 14 .283 .355 104 1 4
Flick Lewis Knoxville L 21 92 11 26 3 3 1 9 1 0 2 5 .283 .413 38 0 1
McBryde Garrett V. Knoxville L 113 430 70 119 21 3 10 65 14 2 52 46 .277 .409 176 4 5
Lewis William H. Knoxville R 59 111 19 30 3 1 1 17 0 0 20 3 .270 .342 38 0 2
Matthews James A. Knoxville R 132 453 66 120 19 8 12 81 5 0 62 75 .265 .422 191 1 4
Warchol Steve Knoxville R 41 83 11 21 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 11 .253 .277 23 0 2
Manning Herbert Knoxville R 3 8 2 .250 .000
Busby Paul M. Knoxville L 40 161 19 39 4 3 0 15 4 2 3 13 .242 .304 49 1 3
Beck Walter W. Knoxville R 16 38 6 9 3 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 .237 .316 12 0 2
Lindsey E.M. Knoxville Knoxville R 36 68 7 16 4 0 1 13 0 0 1 18 .235 .338 23 0 0 24 Nashville – 12 Knoxville
Bush (Wojciechowski) Stanley Knoxville Memphis R 10 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 .222 .222 2 0 0 6 Knoxville – 4 Memphis
Williams Rich. Knoxville Memphis 39 122 15 27 8 1 0 6 0 3 13 30 .221 .303 37 1 2 7 Knoxville – 32 Memphis
O’Neil Bernard S. Knoxville R 31 29 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 .207 .207 6 1 1
Ogden Stanley Knoxville L 35 25 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 .200 .200 5 1 0
Anderson Herbert Knoxville R 40 71 4 14 2 1 0 8 1 0 5 6 .197 .254 18 0 2
Coffman Richard G. Knoxville R 33 59 2 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 24 .119 .119 7 0 4
Powers Joseph J. Knoxville R 25 40 5 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 14 .100 .100 4 0 2
Matthewson Dale Knoxville R 9 17 1 .059 .000
Garrett Glenn Knoxville R 4 0 0 .000

1943 League Fielding

Team G Ch DP TP PB PO A E Fld %
Little Rock 140 5390 150 0 20 3524 1691 175 .968
Nashville 138 5249 136 0 15 3520 1554 175 .967
New Orleans 136 5176 134 0 5 3419 1575 182 .965
Montgomery 140 5188 104 1 12 3470 1515 203 .961
Birmingham 141 5405 138 0 14 3575 1612 218 .960
Knoxville 138 5235 108 0 4 3452 1574 209 .960
Memphis 138 5086 102 0 13 3423 1447 216 .958
Atlanta 141 5365 141 0 17 3538 1589 238 .956

1943 Knoxville Individual Fielding

Last Name First Name Team 1 Team 2 Position G Ch PO A E DP PB Fld % RF/G Notes
Busby Paul M. Knoxville OF 39 108 102 5 1 0 .991 2.744
Dunn Cecil A. Knoxville 1B 124 1134 1052 64 18 84 .984 9.000
Finley Robert E. Knoxville C 55 186 142 41 3 8 1 .984 3.327
Flick Lewis Knoxville OF 21 55 51 3 1 0 .982 2.571
Lewis William H. Knoxville C 30 108 90 16 2 2 0 .981 3.533
Seminick Andrew Knoxville 1B 13 139 126 10 3 11 .978 10.462
Urban Michael A. Knoxville 2B 41 216 115 96 5 19 .977 5.146
Benning Joseph Knoxville 2B 94 589 269 305 15 56 .975 6.106
Anderson Herbert Knoxville P 37 40 6 33 1 3 .975 1.054
Roberts E. Sidel Knoxville OF 52 102 91 8 3 1 .971 1.904
Williams Rich. Knoxville Memphis OF 28 68 63 3 2 1 .971 2.357 7 Knoxville – 32 Memphis
Benning Joseph Knoxville SS 15 89 29 57 3 5 .966 5.733
McBryde Garrett V. Knoxville OF 113 336 315 8 13 2 .961 2.858
Matthews James A. Knoxville OF 131 316 291 11 14 2 .956 2.305
Piet(rzak) Frank Knoxville 3B 105 350 136 198 16 14 .954 3.181
Roberts E. Sidel Knoxville 3B 24 81 21 56 4 6 .951 3.208
Seminick Andrew Knoxville C 65 250 197 40 13 3 3 .948 3.646
Seminick Andrew Knoxville OF 46 88 77 6 5 0 .943 1.804
Warchol Steve Knoxville P 36 61 18 39 4 0 .934 1.583
Coffman Richard G. Knoxville P 33 44 9 32 3 3 .932 1.242
Beck Walter W. Knoxville P 12 14 1 12 1 0 .929 1.083
Urban Michael A. Knoxville SS 19 104 32 64 8 2 .923 5.053
Lindsey E.M. Nashville Knoxville P 28 25 5 18 2 1 .920 0.821 24 Nashville – 12 Knoxville
Collins Steve Knoxville SS 78 436 152 247 37 45 .915 5.115
O’Neil Bernard S. Knoxville P 28 22 2 18 2 0 .909 0.714
Ogden Stanley Knoxville P 35 22 6 14 2 0 .909 0.571
Bush (Wojciechowksi) Stanley Knoxville Memphis P 10 10 1 8 1 0 .900 0.900 6 Knoxville – 4 Memphis
Piet(rzak) Frank Knoxville SS 29 148 54 78 16 10 .892 4.552
Vosheski Edmund Knoxville P 21 14 1 11 2 2 .857 0.571

1943 Knoxville Individual Pitching

Last Name First Name Throws Team 1 Team 2 W L T Pct. ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HB BK WP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W AB Notes
Garrett Glen R Knoxville 1 0 1.000 4 4 8 7 5 3 0 0 0 0 2.750 18.0 6.8 0.0 0.0
O’Neil Bernard S. R Knoxville 3 1 1 .750 5.64 28 67 74 53 42 56 12 3 2 1.940 9.9 7.5 1.6 0.2 262
Matthewson Dale R Knoxville 4 2 .677 7 5 3 1 42 33 17 16 19 26 1 0 1 1.238 7.1 4.1 5.6 1.4
Vosheski Edmund L Knoxville 6 3 .667 4.06 21 3 2 0 51 44 28 23 28 15 1 7 1.412 7.8 4.9 2.6 0.5 185
Anderson Herbert R Knoxville 14 8 2 .636 4.28 37 29 11 2 204 208 118 97 126 107 5 7 1.637 9.2 5.6 4.7 0.8 802
Beck Walter W. R Knoxville 6 4 .600 3.07 12 11 8 1 82 91 37 28 21 30 2 0 1.366 10.0 2.3 3.3 1.4 328
Bush (Wojciechowski) Stanley R Knoxville Memphis 1 1 1 .500 10 3 1 0 29 35 26 12 16 12 3 0 2 1.759 10.9 5.0 3.7 0.8 Knoxville 6 – Memphis 4
Powers Joseph J. R Knoxville 6 7 .462 4.62 25 11 6 1 115 133 66 59 60 20 3 3 1.678 10.4 4.7 1.6 0.3 454
Coffman Dick R Knoxville 11 15 1 .423 4.87 33 29 12 1 192 285 137 104 25 42 1 2 1.615 13.4 1.2 2.0 1.7 844
Lindsey E.M. R Nashville Knoxville 8 12 .400 5.71 28 17 10 2 145 191 100 92 54 54 1 6 1.690 11.9 3.4 3.4 1.0 608 Nashville 19 – Knoxville 9
Warchol Steve R Knoxville 9 17 .346 5.65 36 30 10 0 204 270 159 128 88 37 11 5 1.755 11.9 3.9 1.6 0.4 862
Ogden Stanley L Knoxville 1 6 .143 6.44 35 5 1 0 95 137 88 68 53 23 5 3 2.000 13.0 5.0 2.2 0.4 415
Doyle Carl R Knoxville 0 3 .000 8 17 31 24 21 11 0 4 0 2 2.471 16.4 5.8 0.0 0.0

1943 Knoxville Individual Pitching - Additional Stats

Last Name First Name Throws Team 1 Team 2 W L T Pct. ERA G ExInn 0 H 1 H 2 H 3 H 4 H TO Fin IG * Notes
Garrett Glen R Knoxville 1 0 1.000 4
O’Neil Bernard S. R Knoxville 3 1 1 .750 5.64 28
Matthewson Dale R Knoxville 4 2 .677 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
Vosheski Edmund L Knoxville 6 3 .667 4.06 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 4
Anderson Herbert R Knoxville 14 8 2 .636 4.28 37 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 8 0
Beck Walter W. R Knoxville 6 4 .600 3.07 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0
Bush (Wojciechowski) Stanley R Knoxville Memphis 1 1 1 .500 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3 Knoxville 6 – Memphis 4
Powers Joseph J. R Knoxville 6 7 .462 4.62 25 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 8 6
Coffman Dick R Knoxville 11 15 1 .423 4.87 33 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 2 2
Lindsey E.M. R Nashville Knoxville 8 12 .400 5.71 28 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 11 0 Nashville 19 – Knoxville 9
Warchol Steve R Knoxville 9 17 .346 5.65 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 20 6 0
Ogden Stanley L Knoxville 1 6 .143 6.44 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 19 11
Doyle Carl R Knoxville 0 3 .000 8

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