After 23 years without a team, professional baseball returned to Enid, OK in 1950. The Enid Giants played in the Western Association and finished 71-63-1, good for fourth in the 8-team league. The New York Giants farm team drew 40,713 fans, 7th in the league. The offensive star was player-manager Harold Kollar, who manned first base. Kollar hit .309/~.452/.577 with 111 runs, 30 doubles, 27 homers, 116 walks, 106 RBI and just 43 strikeouts. He hit one more homer than a youngster named Mickey Mantle and one less than league leader Bob Nieman; he was also third in walks, fourth in RBI and among the leaders in OBP and slugging. The club had one future major-leaguer, pitcher Bob Harrison. Harrison went 12-16 with a 3.64 ERA and led the WA with 29 wild pitches and 219 walks (in 215 innings!). He allowed just 152 hits, though, and struck out even more than he walked, with 249 batters whiffed, second in the association behind Bob Wiesler. Losing the affiliation with New York in 1951, they were renamed the Enid Buffaloes.
Source: 1951 Baseball Guide
|1950||71-63||4th||Harold Kollar||Lost in 1st round|