1947 Knoxville Smokies

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Overview

The Class B Tri-State League of 1947 started and ended with eight teams. This was the second season that the Knoxville team was in the Tri-State League. Dale Alexander was the manager in both 1946 and 1947. The 1947 season opened on April 15 and closed on September 5, 1947. Charlotte was declared the league champion.

Playoffs - Charlotte defeated Spartanburg, four games to one; Anderson defeated Knoxville, four games to two; Charlotte defeated Anderson, four games to three.

News and Notes

  • Outfielder Cheno Bernal made a free agent by Knoxville of the Tri-State League, has signed with Charlotte of the same circuit. - The Sporting News - February 12, 1947, page 29
  • Jim Poole, Jr., son of Jim Poole, Sr., former first baseman for the Philadelphia A's and manager of numerous minor league clubs, has signed to play with Knoxville in the Tri-State League. Young Poole is a secondbaseman and recently returned from the service. He was with Fort Pierce, Greensboro and Roanoke before joining the armed forces. - The Sporting News - March 26, 1947, page 25
  • Atlanta sent ... outfielder Joe Moody to Knoxville. - The Sporting News - April 9, 1947, page 29
  • Umpire Ellish Garner and Bill Kovach cleared the Knoxville bench in the Tri-State's first major rhubarb at Charlotte, April 26. After Fred March had been chased for protesting a third strike, the Smokies fired such a tirade at the two arbiters that every man on the bench, except Manager Dale Alexander, was ordered out. - The Sporting News - May 7, 1947, page 31
  • Second Baseman Jim Poole of the Knoxville Tri-State League club has quite the game and asked to go on the voluntary retired list in or to re-enter the University of North Carolina. He has another year of university work to gain his degree and also will assist the Tarheel football coaching staff. - The Sporting News - May 14, 1947, page 31
  • Knoxville - Bought Pitcher Woody Johnson from Portsmouth; released Pitchers Dick Douthat and Howard Peckman - The Sporting News - May 14, 1947, page 36
  • A 19-game winner for Charlotte of the Tri-State League las season, Sonny Dixon made his first start for the Hornets, after his return from Chattanooga of the Southern Association, May 17, and lost to Knoxville, 5 to 2. - The Sporting News - May 28, 1947 - page 32
  • Pitching his first shutout of the season, Gaspare Del Monte of the Charlotte Tri-State League club registered his fifth win, May 17, with a 3 to 0 decision over Knoxville, yielding only five hits to the Smokies. - The Sporting News - May 28, 1947 - page 32
  • Knoxville - Sent Pitcher Paul Hice to Leaksville, released Outfielder Fred Marsh, Infielder Red Hawkins and Utilityman Bill Justicel acquired Outfielder Bob Churchill and Infielders George Gribble and Lloyd Moore from Greensvillel Signed Outfielder J.V. Oliver. - The Sporting News - June 11, 1947. page 32
  • Memphis sold ... Outfielder William Burgo to Knoxville. - The Sporting News - June 18, 1947, page 16
  • A home run by Roy Peeler with two on in the ninth ining gave Knoxvile a 7 to 6 Tri-State League victory over Charlotte, June 8, and enabled Lacy James to notch his ninth win of the season. Jame went the routhe, although the Hornets got to him for five runs in the second frame. - The Sporting News - June 18, 1947, page 37
  • The city council at Knoxville, Tenn., took a step toward the return of Southern Association ball, instead of being content with the Tri-State variety, by agreeing to spend $75,000 in renovating Smithson Stadium grandstand, when and if a Double-A franchise is obtained. - The Sporting News - July 9, 1947, page 38
  • Third Baseman Motto of Reidsville started a triple play against Knoxville in a Tri-State League game, June 26, snaring a line drive, with the relay catching runners off second and first. The play only kept down the score, as Knoxville won, 12 to 4. Leonard Cross made a home run, triple and double. - The Sporting News - July 9, 1947, page 38
  • Roy Peeler of Knoxville, who was blasted out of the Tri-State League all-star game by Anderson, two nights before, took the mound against the same team, July 18, and turned in a 7 to 4 victory on a six-hit performance. - The Sporting News - July 30, 1947, page 32
  • Spartanburg and Knoxville completed a Tri-State League night game at Spartanburg, S.C., July 11, 1947, after all of the fans had left the park. A prankster switched off the lights in the ninth inning when Pete Milne apparently singled a runner home with the winning run for Spartanburg. Manager Dale Alexander of Knoxville protested that the light failure nullified the hit, but Plate Umpire Eddie Hearn held the tally counted and 2,355 cash customers filed out of the park. Later, the official scorer was hastily summoned from his residence to the park, where Umpire Hearn explained that League President C.M. Llewellyn, in a telephone conversation, had ordered play resumed at the point before Milne made his hit, with the bases loaded. Milne then grounded out and Lew Urcho flied out to force the game into an extra inning. Knoxville then tallied six times in the tenth to win, 13 to 7. - 1948 The Sporting News Baseball Guide and Record Book, page 341 - at archive.org
  • Overruling President D.M. Llewellyn's disapproval of Spartanburg's protest against a replay of the game with Knoxville, halted when a prankster switched off the lights as the winning run crossed the plate, the Tri-State League's board of directors awarded the contest to the Spartans. The Smokies, originally won, 13 to 7. Erasure of the replay left Jim Kreckley with only three defeats and he celebrated July 31, by notching his fifteenth triumph. - The Sporting News - August 13, 1947, page 32
  • A spectator at Spartanburg was arrested during a Tri-State League game with Knoxville, August 29, for throwing a pop bottle that hit Outfielder Joe Moody of the Smokies on the arm. - The Sporting News - September 10, 1947, page 32

League Final Standings

Team W L T PCT
Spartanburg 88 51 1 .633
Anderson 84 55 1 .604
Knoxville 73 67 0 .521
Charlotte 72 68 0 .514
Rock Hill 68 71 0 .489
Asheville 65 74 0 .468
Fayetteville 61 78 0 .439
Reidsville 45 92 0 .328

Team Names and Managers

Team Names Manager 1 Manager 2
Spartanburg Peaches Kerby Ferrell
Anderson Rebels Bob Richards
Knoxville Smokies Dale Alexander
Charlotte Hornets Spencer Abbott Cal Ermer
Rock Hill Chiefs Dan Carnavale
Asheville Tourists William Sayles
Fayetteville Cubs Clyde McDowell
Reidsville Luckies Lee Gamble

Statistics

League Batting

Team R/G G AB R H 2B 3B HR SB BB SO RBI BA SLG TB HB SH OR LOB
Knoxville 5.39 140 4830 755 1380 255 82 58 125 525 527 695 .286 .408 1973 36 95 716 1074
Spartanburg 6.11 140 4822 856 1377 230 68 64 113 641 668 770 .286 .401 1935 38 131 659 1162
Asheville 5.47 139 4809 761 1372 187 71 48 105 585 565 676 .285 .384 1845 40 87 726 1149
Fayetteville 5.36 139 4863 745 1348 255 41 66 122 516 716 659 .277 .387 1883 27 56 798 1110
Anderson 5.64 140 4702 790 1289 221 54 83 142 588 574 591 .274 .397 1867 25 73 687 1023
Rock Hill 5.06 139 4775 703 1305 215 69 52 66 567 668 648 .273 .380 1814 29 51 778 1107
Reidsville 4.82 137 4657 661 1259 226 40 45 44 490 513 574 .270 .365 1700 44 70 920 1052
Charlotte 5.06 140 4744 709 1253 205 65 26 72 551 624 641 .264 .351 1666 59 95 696 1128

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 HB SH Notes
Kollar Harold Knoxville L 140 548 106 181 35 12 11 108 13 83 37 .330 .498 273 7 6
Moody Joseph Knoxville R 133 496 97 159 43 11 5 87 9 68 50 .321 .482 239 2 10
Moore Lloyd Knoxville R 71 266 55 85 23 1 2 38 11 43 10 .320 .436 116 0 6
Peeler Roy Knoxville L 85 198 28 63 16 6 6 37 1 24 35 .318 .551 109 0 3 32 G at Char, 106 at Knox
Mincy Russell Charlotte Knoxville L 138 522 85 164 35 11 2 90 3 74 20 .314 .435 227 5 11
Poole James Jr. Knoxville R 15 55 7 17 3 0 0 2 0 2 12 .309 .364 20 0 4
Davis Lewis Knoxville R 138 558 104 170 21 20 6 79 49 65 52 .305 .446 249 1 7
Gribble George Knoxville L 96 370 72 109 9 1 0 33 13 48 23 .295 .324 120 4 12
Rocek James Knoxville R 115 396 48 108 15 2 3 37 5 17 28 .273 .343 136 0 4
Cross Leonard Knoxville R 114 438 69 119 26 11 21 78 7 29 84 .272 .525 230 4 3
Marsh Frederick Knoxville R 41 169 16 44 8 2 1 24 9 5 11 .260 .349 59 2 4
Jackson Rufus Knoxville L 55 135 11 35 5 1 0 22 0 11 15 .259 .311 42 1 0
Frye Dean Knoxville R 27 95 18 24 7 2 0 10 3 4 5 .253 .368 35 5 4
Oliver Jefferson Knoxville R 58 176 20 44 7 0 0 17 2 16 22 .250 .290 51 3 2
Justice William Knoxville R 13 44 3 10 2 0 0 2 0 1 6 .227 .273 12 0 0
James Lacy Knoxville L 13 108 12 24 0 2 1 17 0 5 21 .222 .287 31 0 1
O’Shields Garland Knoxville R 12 23 3 5 1 0 1 7 0 1 8 .217 .391 9 0 2
Pate Ralph Knoxville R 41 78 5 16 2 0 0 11 0 3 10 .205 .231 18 0 5
Hawkins Fred Knoxville L 13 44 2 9 2 0 0 4 0 9 6 .205 .250 11 1 1
Ennis Robert Knoxville L 35 74 9 12 3 1 0 4 0 4 18 .162 .230 17 2 3
Rossi Alfred Knoxville R 45 64 9 9 0 1 0 2 0 8 18 .141 .172 11 0 1
Bankston Thomas Knoxville R 20 16 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 4 .125 .125 2 0 1
Calfee Howard F. Knoxville R 23 49 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 5 28 .122 .122 6 0 3

League Fielding

Team G Ch DP TP PB PO A E Fld %
Charlotte 140 5264 132 0 11 3629 1430 205 .961
Asheville 139 5350 117 0 15 3615 1521 214 .960
Knoxville 140 5451 103 1 15 3652 1577 222 .959
Anderson 140 5264 114 3 16 3604 1421 239 .955
Rock Hill 139 5431 102 0 23 3604 1577 250 .954
Fayetteville 139 5312 98 1 18 3573 1490 249 .953
Spartanburg 140 5403 134 0 15 3659 1481 263 .951
Reidsville 137 5343 117 2 30 3459 1614 270 .949

Knoxville Individual Fielding

Last Name First Name Throwing
Hand
Team 1 Team 2 Position G Ch PO A E DP PB TP PCT RF/G
Jackson Rufus R Knoxville C 43 208 192 15 1 0 3 0 .995 4.814
Rocek James R Knoxville C 112 754 671 73 10 7 12 1 .987 6.643
Kollar Harold L Knoxville 1B 140 1304 1214 68 22 93 1 .983 9.157
Rossi Alfred R Knoxville P 39 55 12 42 1 1 0 .982 1.385
Peeler Roy L Knoxville P 35 51 4 46 1 2 0 .980 1.429
Ennis Robert R Knoxville P 35 43 8 34 1 0 0 .977 1.200
Moore Lloyd R Knoxville 2B 71 390 180 200 10 36 0 .974 5.352
Davis Lewis R Knoxville OF 108 291 269 13 9 4 0 .969 2.611
Oliver Jefferson R Knoxville 2B 19 84 33 48 3 7 0 .964 4.263
Davis Lewis R Knoxville 2B 26 134 61 67 6 9 0 .955 4.923
Moody Joseph R Knoxville OF 132 221 196 13 12 1 0 .946 1.583
Poole James Jr. R Knoxville 2B 15 89 43 41 5 11 0 .944 5.600
Oliver Jefferson R Knoxville 3B 31 88 34 49 5 4 0 .943 2.677
Gribble George R Knoxville SS 96 482 148 306 28 38 0 .942 4.729
Frye Dean R Knoxville SS 22 112 37 68 7 16 0 .938 4.773
Mincy Russell L Charlotte Knoxville OF 138 258 226 16 16 1 0 .938 1.754
James Lacy L Knoxville P 31 32 6 24 2 0 0 .938 0.968
Pate Ralph R Knoxville P 31 30 8 20 2 2 0 .933 0.903
Hawkins Fred R Knoxville SS 13 68 29 33 6 4 1 .912 4.769
Marsh Frederick R Knoxville OF 38 96 86 1 9 0 0 .906 2.289
Cross Leonard R Knoxville 3B 114 371 124 211 36 18 0 .903 2.939
Bankston Thomas R Knoxville P 18 19 1 16 2 1 0 .895 0.944
Peeler Roy L Knoxville OF 38 64 57 0 7 0 0 .891 1.500
Calfee Howard F. R Knoxville P 23 25 1 18 6 0 0 .760 0.826

Knoxville Individual Pitching

Last Name First Name Throwing
Hand
Team W L Pct. ERA G CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HBP BK WP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W AB SH
Peeler Roy L Knoxville 10 6 .625 3.99 35 10 0 185 188 97 82 82 167 4 1 6 1.459 9.1 4.0 8.1 2.0 716 18
Calfee Howard F. R Knoxville 9 11 .450 4.19 23 8 0 144 158 88 67 64 89 9 1 3 1.542 9.9 4.0 5.6 1.4 582 8
Ennis Robert R Knoxville 16 9 .640 4.20 35 14 0 197 205 105 92 79 138 7 0 4 1.442 9.4 3.6 6.3 1.7 775 9
Bankston Thomas R Knoxville 2 2 .500 4.24 18 1 0 51 55 26 24 21 24 2 0 1 1.490 9.7 3.7 4.2 1.1 195 4
Rossi Alfred R Knoxville 10 13 .435 4.25 39 6 0 182 179 108 86 69 83 6 0 6 1.363 8.9 3.4 4.1 1.2 716 10
James Lacy L Knoxville 13 11 .542 4.39 31 17 1 203 225 110 99 83 136 19 0 3 1.517 10.0 3.7 6.0 1.6 809 8
Pate Ralph R Knoxville 8 12 .400 5.60 31 10 0 167 207 119 104 76 78 16 0 5 1.695 11.2 4.1 4.2 1.0 699 7

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This page was assembled and presented by Mark D. Aubrey.

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