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1938 Negro League Batting Leaders

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Rk Age Tm Lg Lev BA G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 David Campbell -- NBY NNL NgM .418 56 55 6 23 2 0 0 3 0 0 .418 .455 .873 25 1
2 Dave Whatley 23 BBB,MRS NAL NgM .400 76 75 23 30 3 1 1 4 4 1 .408 .507 .915 38 0
3 Donald Reeves -- BC NAL NgM .396 101 101 18 40 5 3 2 15 3 0 .396 .564 .960 57 0
4 James Williams -- HG NNL NgM .377 69 69 11 26 4 0 0 2 0 0 .377 .435 .812 30 0
5 Harry Wiliams -- PC NNL NgM .372 78 78 18 29 4 1 2 7 3 0 .372 .526 .897 41 0
6 Neal Robinson 30 ABC,MRS NAL NgM .369 85 84 18 31 4 2 5 15 4 0 .369 .643 1.012 54 1
7 Jim West -- BEG NNL NgM .368 88 87 16 32 5 0 2 10 0 1 .375 .494 .869 43 0
8 Lloyd Davenport 26 MRS NAL NgM .360 76 75 16 27 5 1 0 1 2 0 .360 .453 .813 34 1
9 James Moore 21 NE,BC NNL,NAL NgM .355 109 107 18 38 4 1 1 18 1 0 .355 .439 .794 47 2
10 Buck Leonard 30 HG NNL NgM .354 82 82 19 29 0 0 2 3 0 0 .354 .427 .780 35 0
11 Olan Taylor 27 MRS NAL NgM .348 71 69 12 24 2 1 0 1 1 0 .348 .406 .754 28 2
12 Willard Brown 23 KCM NAL NgM .346 78 78 14 27 5 1 3 7 9 0 .346 .551 .897 43 0
13 Nat Rogers 45 MRS NAL NgM .344 62 61 12 21 3 1 0 5 0 0 .344 .426 .770 26 1
14 Ray Dandridge 24 NE NNL NgM .340 97 97 21 33 1 0 0 1 0 0 .340 .351 .691 34 0
15 Henry McCall 30 BBB NAL NgM .338 71 71 10 24 2 3 0 5 1 0 .338 .451 .789 32 0
16 Sammy Hughes 27 BEG NNL NgM .318 66 66 15 21 1 0 0 2 1 0 .318 .333 .652 22 0
17 Lennie Pearson 20 NE NNL NgM .311 90 90 14 28 1 2 1 3 1 0 .311 .400 .711 36 0
18 Josh Gibson 26 HG NNL NgM .308 91 91 25 28 3 1 0 2 0 0 .308 .363 .670 33 0
19 Jerry Benjamin 28 HG NNL NgM .306 85 85 17 26 1 1 1 2 1 0 .306 .376 .682 32 0
20 Burnis Wright 24 BEG NNL NgM .306 85 85 16 26 2 0 4 11 0 0 .306 .471 .776 40 0
21 Ed Stone 28 NE NNL NgM .305 108 105 18 32 2 0 5 11 1 1 .311 .467 .778 49 2
22 Bill Cooper -- BC NAL NgM .304 56 56 15 17 3 0 0 3 2 0 .304 .357 .661 20 0
23 Clyde Spearman -- PS NNL NgM .301 208 206 33 62 2 0 0 7 0 1 .304 .311 .615 64 1
24 Ches Williams 30 PC,PS NNL NgM .296 82 81 8 24 3 1 0 0 1 0 .296 .358 .654 29 1
25 James Kemp 19 JRC,BC NAL NgM .294 85 85 24 25 1 0 1 10 7 0 .294 .341 .635 29 0
26 Don Pelham -- BC NAL NgM .294 127 126 18 37 4 3 1 17 1 0 .294 .397 .690 50 1
27 Ray Brown 30 HG NNL NgM .293 58 58 12 17 5 0 1 2 0 0 .293 .431 .724 25 0
28 Willie Wells 32 NE NNL NgM .292 96 96 15 28 3 3 2 7 1 0 .292 .448 .740 43 0
29 Henry Kimbro 26 BEG NNL NgM .289 97 97 21 28 1 2 0 2 1 0 .289 .340 .629 33 0
30 Ernest Jones -- JRC,PS NAL,NNL NgM .286 77 77 9 22 0 0 1 5 0 0 .286 .325 .610 25 0
31 Jake Spearman 27 WBS,HG,NBY,PS NNL NgM .286 84 84 14 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .321 .607 27 0
32 Johnny Washington 22 NBY,PC NNL NgM .286 63 63 8 18 2 0 0 1 1 0 .286 .317 .603 20 0
33 Pat Patterson 26 PS,PC NNL NgM .284 142 141 28 40 4 1 3 11 1 1 .289 .390 .679 55 0
34 Marvin Barker -- NBY NNL NgM .279 68 68 8 19 2 0 0 0 1 0 .279 .309 .588 21 0
35 Fats Jenkins 40 NBY,WBS,PC NNL NgM .279 68 68 10 19 1 0 0 0 1 0 .279 .294 .574 20 0
36 Curtis Harris -- PS NNL NgM .277 155 155 27 43 0 0 3 8 0 0 .277 .335 .613 52 0
37 Ray Longley 28 MRS NAL NgM .273 66 66 5 18 3 0 0 3 0 0 .273 .318 .591 21 0
38 Jake Dunn 28 PS NNL NgM .270 189 189 35 51 4 1 1 6 0 0 .270 .317 .587 60 0
39 Byron Johnson 26 KCM NAL NgM .270 65 63 10 17 1 2 0 0 1 0 .270 .349 .619 22 2
40 Mule Suttles 37 NE NNL NgM .270 91 89 19 24 1 0 9 20 0 0 .270 .584 .854 52 2
41 Sam Bankhead 27 PC NNL NgM .266 64 64 7 17 2 0 0 1 6 0 .266 .297 .563 19 0
42 Zollie Wright 28 BEG,WBS,NBY NNL NgM .265 69 68 12 18 2 0 2 3 0 0 .265 .382 .647 26 1
43 Henry Milton 28 KCM NAL NgM .262 86 84 18 22 4 3 1 2 13 1 .271 .417 .687 35 1
44 George Giles 29 PC,PS NNL NgM .261 139 138 26 36 1 2 0 1 3 0 .261 .297 .558 41 1
45 Bubba Hyde 31 MRS NAL NgM .259 85 85 13 22 2 2 0 1 5 0 .259 .329 .588 28 0
46 Johnny Hayes 28 NE NNL NgM .258 62 62 5 16 0 1 2 6 0 0 .258 .387 .645 24 0
47 B. Williams -- BBB NAL NgM .258 62 62 6 16 1 2 0 4 0 0 .258 .339 .597 21 0
48 Fred Bankhead 25 MRS,BBB NAL NgM .257 71 70 8 18 1 2 0 5 3 0 .257 .329 .586 23 1
49 Bill Perkins 42 PS NNL NgM .256 168 168 29 43 0 0 3 8 0 0 .256 .310 .565 52 0
50 Napoleon Hairston -- PC NNL NgM .254 71 71 18 18 2 2 2 6 2 0 .254 .423 .676 30 0
51 Jimmy Davis 25 BC NAL NgM .253 173 170 28 43 8 3 0 13 4 1 .257 .335 .593 57 2
52 Biz Mackey 40 BEG NNL NgM .250 77 76 12 19 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260 .250 .510 19 0
53 Gene Benson 24 PS,PC NNL NgM .243 153 152 28 37 2 0 2 8 2 1 .248 .296 .544 45 0
54 Red Hadley -- BC NAL NgM .242 67 66 7 16 2 1 0 2 2 0 .242 .303 .545 20 1
55 Buzz Clarkson 23 PC NNL NgM .241 54 54 6 13 1 0 3 8 1 0 .241 .426 .667 23 0
56 Roy Parnell 32 PS NNL NgM .238 210 210 38 50 2 0 0 1 1 0 .238 .248 .486 52 0
57 Mel Carter 25 BC,MRS NAL NgM .237 59 59 13 14 3 0 0 3 0 0 .237 .288 .525 17 0
58 Jimmie Crutchfield 28 NE NNL NgM .235 102 102 10 24 2 0 0 1 0 0 .235 .255 .490 26 0
59 Jud Wilson 42 PS NNL NgM .234 94 94 15 22 0 1 3 11 0 0 .234 .351 .585 33 0
60 Vic Harris 33 HG NNL NgM .233 90 90 14 21 2 0 0 0 1 0 .233 .256 .489 23 0
61 Felton Snow 32 BEG NNL NgM .232 95 95 23 22 1 2 0 2 1 0 .232 .284 .516 27 0
62 Joe Greene 26 BC NAL NgM .230 74 74 15 17 3 3 0 4 0 0 .230 .351 .581 26 0
63 Buck O'Neil 26 KCM NAL NgM .225 72 71 12 16 3 0 0 0 6 0 .225 .268 .493 19 1
64 Dickie Seay 33 NE NNL NgM .221 95 95 12 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .221 .442 21 0
65 Thomas Butts 18 BC NAL NgM .219 73 73 9 16 0 0 0 4 0 0 .219 .219 .438 16 0
66 Benny Cox -- KCM NAL NgM .217 61 60 7 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 .217 .350 .567 21 1
67 Mickey Casey -- NE,PS,PC,WBS NNL NgM .213 61 61 5 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 .213 .213 .426 13 0
68 Norman Jackson 28 HG NNL NgM .213 89 89 14 19 0 1 1 1 0 0 .213 .270 .483 24 0
69 Dewitt Owens -- BBB NAL NgM .207 58 58 6 12 1 1 0 2 1 0 .207 .259 .466 15 0
70 Leroy Morney 29 NBY,BEG NNL NgM .203 59 59 9 12 2 1 0 3 2 0 .203 .271 .475 16 0
71 Parnell Woods 26 BBB NAL NgM .203 70 69 11 14 0 0 0 2 4 0 .203 .203 .406 14 1
72 Newt Allen 35 KCM NAL NgM .186 59 59 10 11 4 0 0 0 1 0 .186 .254 .441 15 0
73 A.D. Creacy 38 PS NNL NgM .185 119 119 15 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 .185 .202 .387 24 0
74 George Scales 37 BEG NNL NgM .185 54 54 10 10 0 0 0 1 1 0 .185 .185 .370 10 0
75 Dan Wilson 24 PC NNL NgM .183 60 60 9 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .183 .200 .383 12 0
76 Dick Dixon 30 PS NNL NgM .167 66 66 7 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .182 .348 12 0
77 Hap Glenn 24 BC NAL NgM .167 55 54 6 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 .182 .222 .404 12 0
78 Matthew Carlisle 28 HG NNL NgM .160 100 100 15 16 1 0 1 1 0 0 .160 .200 .360 20 0

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