Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The American Association Playoffs, 1947 to 1952

The American Association Almanac presents.... 

The American Association Playoffs, 1947-1952


This 35,000-word volume is the third in a series dedicated to the American Association playoffs, a postseason series which began in 1933 and continued through the 1962 season. Based on newspaper accounts and original research conducted by the author, this issue focuses on detailed game descriptions which help bring to life the spirit of each contest, using newspaper accounts and the data expunged from box scores to enhance the narrative.

In all, there are 110 game descriptions which are concerned primarily with how the scoring took place, with special emphasis on who was accountable for each game's deciding run. As in past issues of the Almanac, a smattering of anecdotal information is included as a way of adding a more human element to the otherwise repetitive descriptive elements. In this way the Almanac as a whole can be viewed as a continuous narrative or sampled in parts, depending upon the reader's interests.

Specific stylistic traits give the content uniformity. For example, in each game account, the starting pitcher for each team is fully named in boldface for each game, and includes his regular season record; other players are given their full name once per section (a section being defined as a playoff series, usually consisting of five to seven games at a stretch) which is boldfaced only once per section and listed by both first name and surname only once. Another example is the listing of each position player's field position, which is done once per section.

In addition, the author maintains a "present tense" writing style throughout the descriptions, allowing the reader to become more immersed in the action taking place on the field, as though they are listening to the game being called by a play-by-play announcer. A strict adherence to standard grammatical rules, as well as a particularly well-attuned sense of proofreading make this document an invaluable contribution to the annals of baseball history.

Because of the number of game included in this 60 page volume, subscribers to the Almanac may miss the statistical profiles which have accompanied each season series in past issues. Those profiles have been assembled into comprehensive, single-season leaderboards which have been published on this blog and are found immediately following this entry.

          Photographs of key players mark the end of the volume. 


          Finally, any reader wishing to obtain an online copy of the author's various data files (in spreadsheet format) may wish to contact the author to obtain an electronic copy.

          The following provides a sample game account from a 1952 playoff series as it appears on paper:





 Note how the entry is headed with the game number, the day, and the date, followed by the contestants and location. The score of each contest is included in bold face, as well as the number of innings for all extra-inning contests. Also, names such as Art Shallock and Dick Libby are not in bold because they were previously mentioned in an earlier game account for that series when their names were listed in boldface. This sample gives the reader a sense of the author's style which is maintained throughout the document consistently.


The cover for Volume 15, Number 2 as it appears on paper:





                    
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1952 American Association Playoff Series Leaderboard

1952 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION PLAYOFF SERIES LEADERBOARD

1952 Playoff Teams
(by pos. in final standings)

1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. Kansas City Blues
3. St. Paul Saints
4. Minneapolis Millers

Dates
Semifinals: Sept. 9 to Sept. 14
Final Round: Sept. 15 to Sept. 21


PLAYER RECORDS


Runs
13 - Don Bollweg, Kansas City
13 - Bill Bruton, Milwaukee

Hits
19 - Luis Marquez, Milwaukee

Doubles
5 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Triples
2 - Bill Bruton, Milwaukee
2 - Bob Cerv, Kansas City

Home Runs
5 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City

Runs Batted In
19 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City

Batting Average (min. 30 at-bats)
.367 - Mickey Owen, Kansas City (11/30)

Total Bases
31 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City

Slugging Percentage
.620 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City

Hitting Streak
9 games - Luis Marquez, Milwaukee
9 games - Vic Power, Milwaukee


FIELDING

Assists
43 - Billy Klaus (ss), Milwaukee

Infield Putouts*
28 - Kal Segrist (2b), Kansas City

Outfield Putouts
40 - Bill Renna (cf), Kansas City

*excluding first basemen


1952 SINGLE-GAME PLAYOFF RECORDS

Runs
3 - Jack Cassini, St. Paul
3 - Gene Mauch, Milwaukee
3 - Buzz Clarkson, Milwaukee
3 - Kermit Wahl, Kansas City
3 - Pete Whisenant, Milwaukee (twice)

Hits
4 - Gino Cimoli, St. Paul (4/4)
4 - Luis Marquez, Milwaukee (4/4)
4 - Gene Mauch, Milwaukee
4 - Mickey Owen, Kansas City
4 - Pete Whisenant, Milwaukee

Runs Batted In
6 - Pete Whisenant, Milwaukee

Assists
8 - Art Mazmanian (ss), Kansas City

Putouts - 1b
13 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Putouts - INF
5 - Daryl Spencer (ss), Minneapolis

Putouts - OF
6 - Chuck Diering (cf), Minneapolis
6 - Bill Renna (cf), Kansas City


1952 FINAL ROUND CONTESTANTS
COMBINED PLAYOFF RECORD
Milwaukee (1st) vs. Kansas City (2nd)


SCORING

Team Runs
71 - Kansas City (12 games)
77 - Milwaukee (11 games)

Opponent Runs
64 vs. Kansas City
63 vs. Milwaukee

Team vs. Opponent Runs Per Game
5.92 to 5.33 (Kansas City vs. Opp.)
7.00 to 5.73 (Milwaukee vs. Opp.)

Hi-Game Run Totals
12 - Milwaukee, Game 1, Semifinals vs. St. Paul
and Game 5, Finals at Kansas City
10 - Kansas City, Game 5, Semifinals at Minneapolis,
and Game 6, Finals at Milwaukee


GAME OUTCOMES

Winning/Losing Streaks
4 games won - Milwaukee
3 games won - Kansas City

Game Outcome Sequence
Milwaukee
W-W-W-W-L-W-W-L-W-L-L
Kansas City
W-W-L-W-W-W-L-L-W-L-W-W


BATTING

Team Batting Average
.314 - Milwaukee
.253 - Kansas City

Team Slugging Percentage
.475 - Milwaukee
.367 - Kansas City


Player Records

Leaders in Run Scoring
13 - Don Bollweg, Kansas City
13 - Bill Bruton, Milwaukee

Leaders in Batting Average (min. 30 at-bats)
.404 - Luis Marquez, Milwaukee (xx/xx)
.367 - Mickey Owen, Kansas City (xx/xx)

Leaders in Total Bases
31 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City
26 - Luis Marquez, Milwaukee

Leaders in Slugging Pct. (min. 30 at-bats)
.620 - Bill Skowron, Kansas City
.605 - Buzz Clarkson, Milwaukee



1952 FINAL ROUND RECORDS
(Sept. 15 to Sept. 21)


TEAM RECORDS
Kansas City defeated Milwaukee in 7 games



SCORING

Runs
47 - Milwaukee
40 - Kansas City

Runs Per Game
6.71 - Milwaukee
5.71  - Kansas City

Hi-Game Run Totals
12 - Milwaukee, Game 5, at Kansas City
10 - Kansas City, Game 6, at Milwaukee

Biggest Inning
7 runs - Kansas City, Game 4, 7th inning (for a 7-3 lead)
5 runs - Milwaukee, Game 2, 3rd inning (for a 5-1 lead);
Game 7, ninth inning (to make the score 8-7, Kansas City leading)

Maximum Consecutive Scoring Sequence
5 innings (inns. 4-8), 11 runs - Milwaukee, Game 5
3 innings - Kansas City (twice): 9 and 8 runs

Maximum Consecutive Scoreless Sequence
8 innings - Kansas City, inn. 8 (g.4) thru inn. 6 (g.5)
4 innings - Milwaukee, inns. 5-8 (g.7)

First Team to Score
In Games 1-4 the team scoring first lost:
Milwaukee in Game 1
Kansas City in Game 2
Kansas City in Game 3
Milwaukee in Game 4


TEAM HITTING

Batting Average
.314 - Milwaukee
.253 - Kansas City

Hi-game Batting Average
.432 - Milwaukee, Game 5
.325 - Kansas City, Game 6

Slugging Pct.
.475 - Milwaukee
.367 - Kansas City

Doubles
12 - Milwaukee
8 - Kansas City

Triples
3 - Milwaukee
1 - Kansas City

Home Runs
8 - Milwaukee
6 - Kansas City

Total Bases
261 - Milwaukee
245 - Kansas City

Left on Base
64 - Milwaukee
43 - Kansas City



PITCHING

Strikeouts to Walks
Milwaukee: 49-21
Kansas City: 46-27

Complete Games
Milwaukee: 3
Kansas City: 0

Hits Allowed
Kansas City: 82
Milwaukee: 60



FIELDING

Assists
66 - Milwaukee
59 - Kansas City

Double Plays
6 - Kansas City
4 - Milwaukee

Errors
11 - Milwaukee
10 - Kansas City
Kansas City performed errorless ball in three games, Milwaukee in two;
No errors were committed by either team in Game 1 and in Game 2;
Milwaukee committed a combined postseason high 4 errors in Game 3 and in Game 6

Fielding Pct.
.961 - Kansas City
.958 - Milwaukee


FINAL ROUND GAME OUTCOMES
(Sept. 15-21)

(no extra innings)

at Milwaukee
Game 1
Kansas City 4, Milwaukee 3

Game 2
Milwaukee 7, Kansas City 2

at Kansas City
Game 3
Milwaukee 10, Kansas City 8

Game 4
Kansas City 7, Milwaukee 4

Game 5
Milwaukee 12, Kansas City 1

at Milwaukee
Game 6
Kansas City 10, Milwaukee 4

Game 7*
Kansas City 8, Milwaukee 7

*played Sunday, September 21, the final game played
at Milwaukee’s Borchert Field; final game played by
the American Association Milwaukee Brewers

Walkoffs
None

HIGH ATTENDANCE
7,160 - at Kansas City, Game 4
6,427 - at Milwaukee, Game 7


VENUES
Kansas City: Blues Stadium (cap. 17,476)
LF - 350  CF - 450  RF - 350

Milwaukee: Borchert Field (cap. 10,000)
LF - 265   CF - 375   RF - 262
_______________________________

This leaderboard complements
the American Association Almanac,
Vol. 15, No. 2
Fall 2019

Released Sept. 9, 2019
on the topic of
The American Association Playoffs, 1947-1952

This 35,000 word volume presents a detailed description
of each of the 110 playoff contests
based on original newspaper accounts from
a variety of sources. It is backed by newly developed data which sheds light on the key figures involved in each series.
It contains no advertising.

Single copy: $15
60 pages, booklet format (paper)


To receive a copy of Vol. 15, No. 2
please contact the author
via email at
pureout@msn.com

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Published twice per year on paper for subscribers.
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1951 American Association Playoff Series Leaderboard

1951 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION PLAYOFF SERIES LEADERBOARD

1951 Playoff Teams
(by pos. in final standings)

1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. St. Paul Saints
3. Kansas City Blues
4. Louisville Colonels

Dates
Semifinals: Sept. 11 to Sept. 18
Final Round: Sept. 19 to Sept. 24


PLAYER RECORDS


Runs
13 - Buzz Clarkson, Milwaukee
13 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Hits
19 - George Crowe, Milwaukee
19 - Jim Pendleton, St. Paul
19 - Bob Thorpe, Milwaukee
19 - Dick Whitman, St. Paul

Doubles
4 - Jim Pendleton, St. Paul
4 - Dick Whitman, St. Paul

Triples
2 - Frank Marchio, St. Paul
2 - Tim Thompson, St. Paul

Home Runs
3 - George Crowe, Milwaukee
3 - Eric Tipton, St. Paul

Runs Batted In
15 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Batting Average
.463 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Total Bases
30 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Slugging Percentage
.732 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Hitting Streak
10 games - Dick Whitman, St. Paul


FIELDING

Assists
34 - Jim Pendleton (ss), St. Paul

Infield Putouts*
35 - Jack Cassini (2b), St. Paul

Outfield Putouts
29 - Bob Thorpe (lf), Milwaukee

*excluding first-basemen


1951 SINGLE-GAME PLAYOFF RECORDS

Runs
3 - George Crowe (twice), Milwaukee
3 - Buzz Clarkson, Milwaukee
3 - Billy Klaus, Milwaukee
3 - Bob Thorpe, Milwaukee

Hits
4 - Bob Scherbarth, Louisville (4/4)
4 - Bob Thorpe, Milwaukee (3 times; in 5, 6, and 6 at-bats)

Runs Batted In
5 - Jim Basso, Milwaukee

Assists
9 - Buzz Clarkson (ss), Milwaukee

Putouts - 1b
14 - George Crowe, Milwaukee

Putouts - INF
6 - Billy Reed (2b), Milwaukee

Putouts - OF
8 - Bob Thorpe (lf), Milwaukee


1951 FINAL ROUND CONTESTANTS
COMBINED PLAYOFF RECORD
Milwaukee (1st) vs. St. Paul (2nd)


Team Runs
81 - Milwaukee (11 games)
54 - St. Paul (12 games)

Opponent Runs
39 - vs. Milwaukee (11 games)
69 - vs. St. Paul (12 games)

Team vs. Opponent Runs Per Game
7.36 to  3.55 (Milwaukee)
4.50 to 5.75 (St. Paul)

Hi-Game Run Totals
11 - Milwaukee, Game 5, Semifinals at Kansas City
8 - St. Paul, Game 3, Semifinals vs. Louisville at St. Paul



GAME OUTCOMES

Winning/Losing Streaks
4 games won - Milwaukee
4 games won - St. Paul

Game Outcome Sequence
Milwaukee sequential postseason record:
W-W-L-W-W-W-W-L-W-L-W
St. Paul’s sequential postseason record:
T-L-W-W-W-W-L-L-W-L-W-L



BATTING

Team Batting Average
.287 - Milwaukee
.257 - St. Paul

Team Slugging Percentage
.390 - Milwaukee
.360 - St. Paul


Player Records


Leaders in Run Scoring
13 - George Crowe, Milwaukee
13 - Buzz Clarkson, Milwaukee
10 - Jim Pendleton, St. Paul

Leaders in Batting Average (min. 35 at-bats)
.463 - George Crowe (19/41), Milwaukee
.380 - Jim Pendleton (19/50), St. Paul

Leaders in Total Bases
30 - George Crowe, Milwaukee
25 - Jim Pendleton, St. Paul

Leaders in Slugging Pct. (min. 25 at-bats)
.732 - George Crowe, Milwaukee
.510 - Eric Tipton, St. Paul



1951 FINAL ROUND RECORDS
(Sept. 19 to Sept. 24)


TEAM RECORDS
Milwaukee defeated St. Paul in 6 games

SCORING

Runs
49 - Milwaukee
24 - St. Paul

Runs Per Game
8.17 - Milwaukee
3.83  - St. Paul

Hi-Game Run Totals
8 - Milwaukee, Game 1 at Milwaukee;
Game 4 at St. Paul
7 - St. Paul, Game 3 at St. Paul;
Game 5 at St. Paul

Biggest Inning
7 runs - Milwaukee, 6th inning, Game 6
(increased lead to 14-2)

Maximum Scoring Sequence
17 runs - Milwaukee, innings 3-7, Game 6

Maximum Consecutive Scoreless Sequence
12 innings - St. Paul, Game 4, innings 4-9,
through Game 5, inning 6

TEAM HITTING

Batting Average
.306 - Milwaukee
.248 - St. Paul

Hi-game Batting Average
.390 - Milwaukee, Game 6
.306 - St. Paul, Game 2

Slugging Pct.
.405 - Milwaukee
.361 - St. Paul

Doubles
10 - Milwaukee
5 - St. Paul

Triples
3 - St. Paul
2 - Milwaukee

Home Runs
4 - St. Paul
3 - Milwaukee

Total Bases
90 - Milwaukee
73 - St. Paul

Left on Base
37 - St. Paul
27 - Milwaukee



PITCHING

Strikeouts to Walks
Milwaukee: 32-24
St. Paul: 27-18

Complete Games
Milwaukee: 4
St. Paul: 0

Hits Allowed
St. Paul: 66
Milwaukee: 59



FIELDING

Assists
64 - St. Paul
54 - Milwaukee

Double Plays
5 - St. Paul
4 - Milwaukee

Errors
8 - St. Paul
5 - Milwaukee
Milwaukee played three error-free games
St. Paul played two error-free games
Milwaukee played without an error in consecutive games (Games 5 and 6)
Game 6 was played without an error by either team
 
Fielding Pct.
.977 - Milwaukee
.964 - St. Paul



OUTCOMES
(no extra innings)

at Milwaukee
Game 1
Milwaukee 8, St. Paul 4

Game 2
Milwaukee 6, St. Paul 2

at St. Paul
Game 3
St. Paul 7, Milwaukee 5

Game 4
Milwaukee 8, St. Paul 1

Game 5
St. Paul 7, Milwaukee 5

at Milwaukee
Game 6
Milwaukee 17, St. Paul 2

Walkoffs
None

Scoring First
In five of the six games, the team scoring first lost:
St. Paul in Game 2
Milwaukee in Game 3
St. Paul in Game 4
Milwaukee in Game 5
St. Paul in Game 6

HIGH ATTENDANCE
5,822 - Milwaukee, Game 1
2,837  - St. Paul, Game 4


VENUES
Milwaukee: Borchert Field (cap. 10,000)
LF - 265  CF - 375  RF - 262

St. Paul: Lexington Park (cap. 10,000)
LF - 315   CF - 470   RF - 365

______________________________

This leaderboard complements
the American Association Almanac,
Vol. 15, No. 2
Fall 2019

Released Sept. 9, 2019
on the topic of
The American Association Playoffs, 1947-1952.

This 35,000-word volume presents a detailed description
of each of the 110 contests based on original newspaper accounts from a variety of sources, and is backed by newly developed data. It contains no advertising.
60 pages, booklet format (paper)

To receive a copy of Vol. 15, No. 2
please contact the author
via email at
pureout@msn.com

Single copy: $15

Please subscribe to the American Association Almanac.
Published twice per year on paper for subscribers.
1 yr/$24   2 yrs/$42

Back issues of the Almanac are available.
For a listing, please contact Rex Hamann at

pureout@msn.com