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Willie Eleanor Duke

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[edit] Biographical Information

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.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
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
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