Willie Eleanor Duke
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School North Carolina State University
Outfielder Willie Duke began his pro career relatively late, just before his 25th birthday in 1934. He played from 1934 to 1950, missing the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service. Duke led the 1937 Southern Association with 19 HR, the 1946 Tobacco State League with a .393 average, and the 1947 Carolina League with 42 doubles. For his career, Duke played 1,753 games, hitting .331 with 2,053 hits, 435 2B, 184 HR, and 103 SB.
Duke was a player/manager from 1946 to 1949.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1946||Clinton Blues||Tobacco State League||--||none||--||replaced by Van Lingle Mungo|
|1947||Durham Bulls||Carolina League||70-71||4th||none||Lost League Finals|
|1948||Durham Bulls||Carolina League||63-79||6th||Detroit Tigers|
|1949||Winston-Salem Cardinals||Carolina League||--||St. Louis Cardinals||--||replaced by George Ferrell June 11|