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The Tar Heel League was established in 1939. A class D league, it had six members. It continued through 1940 then folded. In 1953 the North Carolina State League and Western Carolina League merged and took over the available name for their new circuit - also a class D league which lasted two years. After the '53 season, the 6 teams from the old NCSL left, leaving 4 former WCL members. After 1954 the Tar Heel League was extinct once more.

Contents

[edit] Cities Represented 1939 - 1940

[edit] Yearly Standings

[edit] 1939

President: M. C. Campbell

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Gastonia Cardinals 72 36 .667 - Al Unser
Lenoir Indians 61 46 .570 10.5 Clarence Roper
Statesville Owls 56 51 .523 15.5 Stuffy McCrone
Shelby Nationals 50 59 .459 22.5 Edward Montague
Hickory Rebels 48 62 .436 25 Louis Viau
Newton-Conover Twins 36 69 .343 34.5 Mack Arnette
Playoffs: Gastonia 3 games, Shelby 1.

Statesville 3 games, Lenoir 0. (1 tie.) Finals: Gastonia 4 games, Statesville 3.
Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hooper Triplett Gastonia BA .391 Ralph Fox Newton/Conover W 17
James Guinn Shelby Hits 161 Miles Gardner Gastonia W 17
Birch Douglas Lenoir Runs 127 Lefty Guise Lenoir ERA 2.82
Hooper Triplett Gastonia RBI 115 William Skinner Hickory SO 212
Hooper Triplett Gastonia HR 27 Miles Gardner Gastonia PCT .773 17-5

[edit] 1940

President: M. C. Campbell

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Statesville Owls 73 37 .664 - Stuffy McCrone
Gastonia Cardinals 64 44 .593 8 Milt Bocek
Hickory Rebels 54 52 .509 17 Woodrow Traylor
Lenoir Reds 53 55 .491 19 Ray Rice
Newton-Conover Twins # 27 45 .375 NA Arthur Hauger / Ginger Watts
Shelby Colonels # 16 54 .229 NA Lou Haneles / Art Patchin

# Newton-Conover and Shelby disbanded July 19.
Playoffs: Hickory 3 games, Gastonia 0. Statesville 3 games, Lenoir 2.
Finals: Statesville 4 games, Hickory 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Milt Bocek Gastonia BA .364 Herman Drefs Statesville W 17
Milt Bocek Gastonia Hits 157 Frank Motley Newton-Conover SO 174
Milt Bocek Gastonia Runs 98 Robert Bailey Lenoir ERA 1.99
Milt Bocek Gastonia RBI 109 Price Ferguson Statesville PCT .824 14-3
Frank Shoue Lenoir HR 16
Robert Traylor Hickory HR 16

[edit] Cities Represented 1953 - 1954

[edit] Yearly Standings

[edit] 1953

President: Walter H. Woodson, Jr.

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Marion Marauders 74 35 .679 - 35,322 Bob Beal
Forest City Owls 72 40 .643 3.5 48,812 Len Cross / Boger McGimsey
Shelby Clippers 60 49 .550 14 19,247 David Coble
Lexington Indians 59 54 .522 17 39,453 Alex Monchak
Mooresville Moors 58 55 .513 18 19,413 Jim Mills
Lincolnton ##/Statesville 47 64 .423 28 27,866 Storie / Rudisill /Dodgin / Knight
Hickory Rebels 46 66 .411 29.5 22,742 William Parker
Salisbury Rocots 44 67 .396 31 21,690 Sheriff Robinson
High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms # 13 28 .317 NA 5,862 Jim Gruzdis / John Lybrand
Statesville Blues # 13 28 .317 NA 20,925 Fred Chapman / Charley Knight

# High-Point-Thomasville & Statesville disbanded June 11.
## Lincolnton moved to Statesville July 12.
Playoffs: Marion 4 games, Shelby 2. Lexington 4 games, Forest City 2.
Finals: Lexington 4 games, Marion 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Stafford Hi-Toms/Lexington BA .374 Kelly Jack Swift Marion W 30
Bob Barker Marion Hits 166 Kelly Jack Swift Marion SO 321
Carl Miller Marion Runs 129 Jose Nakamura Shelby ERA 2.40
Don Stafford Hi-Toms/Lexington RBI 124 Jim Smiley Marion PCT .857 12-2
Carl Miller Marion HR 21

[edit] 1954

President: Lawson Brown

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Hickory Rebels 34 18 .654 - 8,598 Charles Teague
Marion Marauders 26 26 .500 8 8,203 Robert Knoke
Forest City Owls 24 24 .500 8 8,147 Woody Rich / Richard McKeithan
Shelby Clippers 16 32 .333 16 12,000 Harold Kollar
The League disbanded June 21.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Mike Yaremchuk Hickory BA .376 Russell Wingo Hickory W 11
Mike Yaremchuk Hickory Hits 74 John Cathey Forest City SO 95
Mike Yaremchuk Hickory RBI 45 Leo Davis Hickory ERA 1.82
Lou McCotter Hickory Runs 52 Russell Wingo Hickory PCT .733 11-4
Joe Cristello Forest City HR 5
Harold Kollar Shelby HR 5

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions

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