1946 Knoxville Smokies

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Overview

The Class B Tri-State League of 1946 started and ended with six teams. This was the first season that the Knoxville team was in the Tri-State League. Knoxville was a farm team for the Detroit Tigers. Dale Alexander was the manager for the Smokies. The 1946 season opened on April 24 and closed on September 8, 1946. First Baseman Harold Kollar and Pitcher Porter Witt was selected to the Tri-State All-Star team. Charlotte was declared the league champion, defeating Knoxville in a seven game series.

Playoffs - Knoxville defeated Asheville, four games to one. Charlotte defeated Shelby four games to two. Charlotte defeated Knoxville, four games to three in the finals. Shelby won the one game play-off over Asheville for third place.

News and Notes

  • A judgment of $5,000 against Edgar and Robert Allen, co-owners of Mobile, for alleged failure to live up to contract agreements in the lease of Caswell Park, was awarded the city of Knoxville by Chancellor A.E. Mitchell, April 25. The Allens, who rented the Knoxville park for $1,800 a year, shifted their franchise to Mobile in July, 1944. - The Sporting News - May 2, 1946, page 29
  • Birmingham optioned Catcher Paul O'Neil to Knoxville - The Sporting News - May 2, 1946, page 29
  • Knoxville bought Pitcher Nick Beecheko, Infielders Jack Whitson and Carl Alexander from Greenveille. - The Sporting News - May 2, 1946, page 29
  • Birmingham assigned Catcher Paul O'Neil to Knoxville - The Sporting News - May 9, 1946, page 28
  • Carl Lyerly, Greenville businessman, became the sole owner of the Knoxville Smokies, May 9, when he purchased Dr. Hobart Ford's interest in the club. Ford retired because his Newport dental practice required much of his time and prevented him from driving to Knoxville for each home game. - The Sporting News - May 9, 1946, page 28
  • Jacksonville, Fla. - Sold Infielder Sindo Valle to Knoxville - The Sporting News - May 23, 1946, page 12
  • Walt Brickner, former manager of Greenville, has been sold to Knoxville of the Tri-State League - The Sporting News - May 23, 1946, page 27
  • Catcher Les McGarity of Knoxville and Pitcher Claude Crocker of Asheville worked the game at Asheville, May 22, when Umpires Ross Badger and E.T. Garner didn't show up, thinking it was a night contest, and the player duo ran the tilt off in 1:25, the fastest regulation game of the season. - The Sporting News - June 5, 1946, page 28
  • Albany, of the Georgia-Florida League, signed Outfielder John L. Dance of Knoxville, Tenn. - The Sporting News - June 5, 1946, page 30
  • Shortstop Sindo Valle of Knoxville suffered a fractured collarbone in a collision with Outfielder Hal Lee, June 6, while both were trying to catch a pop fly, and he will be out of the game for several weeks. - The Sporting News - June 19, 1946, page 28
  • A settlement in the involved affairs between the city and the former Knoxville Southern Association club, which was moved to Mobile by Bob and Edgar Allen, has been reached. The Allens recovered the lighting equipment the city sought to hold and are also freed of any further obligations. The club, during its latter years in Knoxville, was caught in a the middle of a political feud that also involved the press and the Allens found conditions so intolerable that they shifted the franchise to Mobile, following a demand from the city for $20,000 for repairs and a refusal to renew the contract for the stadium. Since then, a ndw administration was voted in and the compromise settlement resulted. - The Sporting News - July 10, 1946, page 28
  • After doubling three times, driving in a run and scoring two, Lazaro Bernal, Cuban outfielder of the Knoxville Tri-State League, got into a heated argument with Outfielder Fred Marsh, in the field, over a signal from manager Dale Alexander, June 24, with both Bernal and Marsh being ejected by Umpire Ellis Garner. Bernal failed to shift for a pull hitter and Marsh, catching the signal from his manager, told Bernal to move over and the Cuban, not understanding it was orders from Alexander, took exception and the two tangled. - The Sporting News - July 10, 1946, page 34
  • Charlotte - Sold Pitcher Al Rossi to Knoxville. - The Sporting News - July 24, 1946, page 29
  • A group of Knoxville fans planned to honor Owner Carl Lyerly of the Smokies, with an "Appreciation Day," July 15, but the president asked that the affair be postponed until the club bettered its third place position in the Tri-State League. - The Sporting News - July 24, 1946, page 30
  • Tri-State League sports writers elected Bob Wilson of the Knoxville News-Sentinel president at the organization meetin of their writers' chapter in Asheville, N.C., July 15. Irvin Cribb of the Spartanbur Herald was named vice-president; L.P. Miller of the Asheville Times, secretary-treasurer. - The Sporting News - July 24, 1946, page 32
  • Spartanburg turned the first triple play in the Tri-State League, July 26, when, with two Knoxville runners on bases. Second Baseman Lynn grabbed a liner and threw to First Baseman Lee for the second out, a relay to Shortstop Scott retiring the side. The Smokies won the game, however, 6 to 5. - The Sporting News - August 7, 1946, page 30
  • Until Knoxville scored in the eighth and ninth innings, August 20, Gaspar Del Monte, Charlotte Tri-State League hurler pitched 35 consecutive scoreless innings, but he won, 7 to 2, after registering three straight shutouts. - The Sporting News - September 4, 1946, page 30
  • Chico Bernal, Cuban outfielder, was given his outright release by Knoxville. - The Sporting News - October 9, 1946, page 36

1946 League Final Standings

Team W L PCT
Charlotte 93 46 .669
Asheville 83 57 .593
Knoxville 73 67 .521
Anderson 59 81 .421
Shelby 59 81 .421
Spartanburg 52 87 .374

1946 Team Names and Managers

Team Manager 1 Manager 2
Charlotte Hornets Spencer Abbot Jimmy Bloodworth
Asheville Tourists Bill Sayles
Knoxville Smokies Dale Alexander
Anderson A’s Robert Richards
Shelby Cubs Clyde McDowell
Spartanburg Peaches Ed Dancisak

Statistics

1946 League Batting

Team R/G G AB R H 2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI BA SLG TB HB SH OR LOB
Charlotte 5.27 139 4704 733 1298 220 68 22 78 504 632 624 .276 .366 1720 27 88 486 1081
Knoxville 4.81 140 4613 674 1247 187 54 26 117 458 555 559 .270 .351 1620 31 113 646 985
Asheville 4.62 140 4715 647 1257 175 41 19 80 547 536 559 .267 .333 1571 31 97 579 1084
Shelby 4.64 140 4732 649 1200 163 66 71 91 411 845 559 .254 .361 1708 36 54 688 1052
Spartanburg 4.27 139 4618 594 1160 184 40 45 87 510 697 516 .251 .338 1559 22 74 762 1056
Anderson 4.52 140 4572 633 1138 191 47 36 103 604 743 507 .249 .335 1531 39 71 742 995

1946 Knoxville Individual Batting

Last Name First Name Team 1 Team 2 Bats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA SLG TB HBP SH Notes
Marsh Fred Knoxville R 140 561 96 180 29 9 3 73 38 23 26 .321 .421 236 4 4
Jackson Rufus Knoxville L 65 132 7 42 3 1 0 17 0 20 7 .318 .356 47 0 1
Davis Greyson Knoxville L 123 444 72 140 34 4 5 68 8 53 21 .315 .444 197 3 6
Bernal Lazaro Knoxville R 127 498 89 154 22 7 8 56 29 27 48 .309 .430 214 1 4
Justice William Knoxville R 11 392 68 119 18 7 3 64 6 29 27 .304 .408 160 2 7
Peckman Howard Knoxville L 43 72 10 21 2 0 0 6 0 6 9 .292 .319 23 1 2
Vallee Sindo Knoxville R 95 317 44 87 11 4 0 47 2 45 35 .274 .334 106 4 8
Kollar Harold Knoxville R 135 489 75 127 17 4 2 62 8 55 45 .260 .323 158 4 23
Alexander Carl Knoxville R 134 443 53 113 18 7 5 56 8 58 61 .255 .361 160 1 19
Lee Harold Knoxville Spartanburg R 72 250 38 62 10 3 2 37 8 19 27 .248 .336 84 0 3 28 Knoxville – 44 Spartanburg
Rocek John Knoxville R 104 330 31 81 11 0 0 36 3 17 27 .245 .279 92 2 4
Pate Ralph Knoxville R 53 100 10 22 3 2 0 8 0 4 13 .220 .290 29 0 3
O’Shields Garland Knoxville R 56 167 17 35 4 3 0 15 1 8 38 .210 .269 45 0 5
Widmayer Walter Knoxville L 39 96 16 20 3 0 0 6 1 20 10 .208 .240 23 0 3
Bonine Charles Knoxville R 11 20 5 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 .200 .200 4 0 0
Frumin Zelig Knoxville R 22 86 9 17 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 .198 .209 18 0 3
Hice Paul Knoxville L 23 31 3 6 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 .194 .194 6 0 0
Sugrue Joseph Knoxville R 13 37 6 7 1 0 0 0 1 3 4 .189 .216 8 0 0
Rossi Alfred Charlotte Knoxville R 36 79 13 14 2 1 0 5 0 5 15 .177 .228 18 0 1 18 Charlotte – 18 Knoxville
Melton Dewey Knoxville R 28 38 3 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 10 .132 .184 7 0 5
Witt Porter Knoxville L 18 39 2 5 2 0 0 4 2 4 10 .128 .179 7 0 3
Wolfenbarger Burgess Knoxville R 12 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .087 .087 2 0 0
Calfee Howard Knoxville R 33 70 4 5 0 0 0 2 0 5 41 .071 .071 5 1 2
Dove Patric Knoxville L
DelToro Gazpar Knoxville R
O’Neil Paul Knoxville L
McGarity Leslie Knoxville L
Scott Marshall Knoxville L
Tobin Marion Knoxville R
Douthat Robert Knoxville L
Rogers Frank Knoxville L

1946 League Fielding

Team G Ch DP TP PB PO A E Fld %
Charlotte 139 5482 120 0 23 3654 1607 221 .960
Asheville 140 5536 106 1 19 3687 1595 254 .954
Knoxville 140 5309 81 1 14 3590 1474 245 .954
Anderson 140 5286 135 0 16 3573 1455 258 .951
Shelby 140 5490 128 0 8 3585 1624 281 .949
Spartanburg 139 5229 92 1 23 3514 1394 321 .939

1946 Knoxville Individual Fielding

Last Name First Name Throws Team 1 Team 2 Position G Ch PO A E DP TP PB Fld % RF/G Notes
Kollar Harold R Knoxville 1B 135 1174 1124 35 15 63 1 .987 8.585
Lee Harold R Knoxville Spartanburg 1B 21 175 157 10 8 13 .954 7.952 28 Knoxville – 44 Spartanburg
Justice William R Knoxville 2B 102 423 228 181 14 24 .967 4.010
Vallee Sindo R Knoxville 2B 18 89 34 51 4 1 .955 4.722
Alexander Carl R Knoxville 2B 31 136 54 73 9 9 1 .934 4.097
Frumin Zelig R Knoxville 2B 13 53 14 31 8 7 .849 3.462
Alexander Carl R Knoxville 3B 103 416 133 253 30 26 .928 3.748
O’Shields Garland R Knoxville 3B 16 62 15 42 5 3 .919 3.563
Lee Harold R Knoxville Spartanburg 3B 13 34 14 17 3 1 .912 2.385 28 Knoxville – 44 Spartanburg
Sugrue Joseph R Knoxville SS 10 32 12 18 2 2 .938 3.000
Vallee Sindo R Knoxville SS 77 439 155 247 37 30 1 .916 5.221
O’Shields Garland R Knoxville SS 18 103 35 56 12 4 .883 5.056
Widmayer Walter L Knoxville OF 26 30 29 1 0 0 1.000 1.154
Bonine Charles R Knoxville OF 10 10 8 2 0 0 1.000 1.000
Lee Harold R Knoxville Spartanburg OF 30 39 38 0 1 0 .974 1.267 28 Knoxville – 44 Spartanburg
Davis Greyson L Knoxville OF 123 212 192 13 7 2 .967 1.667
Bernal Lazaro R Knoxville OF 119 300 265 19 16 0 .947 2.387
Marsh Fred R Knoxville OF 136 315 286 10 19 0 .940 2.176
Wolfenbarger Burgess R Knoxville P 12 15 1 14 0 0 1.000 1.250
Calfee Howard R Knoxville P 33 33 2 30 1 1 .970 0.970
Rossi Alfred R Charlotte Knoxville P 33 73 6 64 3 2 .959 2.121 18 Charlotte – 15 Knoxville
Hice Paul L Knoxville P 23 19 3 15 1 0 .947 0.783
Melton Dewey R Knoxville P 28 34 5 27 2 2 .941 1.143
Pate Ralph R Knoxville P 34 42 7 32 3 3 .929 1.147
Witt Porter L Knoxville P 18 39 4 30 5 1 .872 1.889
Peckman Howard L Knoxville P 34 34 5 24 5 2 .853 0.853
Rocek John R Knoxville C 103 534 451 75 8 10 1 2 .985 5.107
Jackson Rufus R Knoxville C 41 173 149 20 4 2 2 .977 4.122

1946 Knoxville Individual Pitching

Last Name First Name Throws Team 1 Team 2 W L PCT ERA G CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HB Bk WP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W AB SH Notes
Witt Porter L Knoxville 8 6 .571 2.83 18 7 2 121 141 49 38 22 53 0 3 1.347 10.5 1.6 3.9 2.4 493 7
Pate Ralph R Knoxville 15 11 .577 2.90 34 21 236 212 90 76 101 135 13 1 6 1.326 8.1 3.9 5.1 1.3 888 14
Calfee Howard R Knoxville 16 8 .667 3.07 33 15 1 211 186 96 72 93 121 5 11 1.322 7.9 4.0 5.2 1.3 769 14
Rossi Alfred R Charlotte Knoxville 13 9 .591 3.55 33 18 208 215 94 82 60 68 4 2 3 1.322 9.3 2.6 2.9 1.1 806 17 18 Charlotte – 15 Knoxville
Melton Dewey R Knoxville 9 10 .474 4.14 28 7 123 128 67 57 41 65 6 2 8 1.374 9.4 3.0 4.8 1.6 501 8
Peckman Howard L Knoxville 11 10 .524 4.66 34 12 1 172 211 110 89 35 56 6 4 1.430 11.0 1.8 2.9 1.6 720 3
Wolfenbarger Burgess R Knoxville 1 3 .250 4.79 12 2 62 69 37 33 32 31 0 0 1.629 10.0 4.6 4.5 1.0 240 2
Hice Paul L Knoxville 3 7 .300 5.16 23 2 89 92 66 51 61 55 6 8 1.719 9.3 6.2 5.6 0.9 388 6
Douthat Robert L Knoxville 1 1 .500 9 0 0 19 29 28 9 7 1 0 2 2.000 13.7 4.3 3.3 0.8
Lee Harold R Knoxville 1 5
Bernal Lazaro R Knoxville 1 3
Tobin Marion R Knoxville 2 3
Rogers Frank L Knoxville 1 3

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