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1959 Knoxville Smokies

1959 > Class A > 1959 South Atlantic League
Overall: 78-62
Scored 659 runs, Allowed 550 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 81-59

Affiliation: Detroit Tigers-AL
Manager: Johnny Pesky
Represented: Knoxville, TN
Ballpark: Bill Meyer Stadium (Knoxville, TN), Bill Meyer Stadium (Knoxville, TN) and Bill Meyer Stadium (Knoxville, TN)
Attendance: n/a
Other Years: 1958 / 1960

Team Batting

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer
1Gene Bacque212947444700010112.
2Richard Beck24451.200
3Moby Benedict24520.000
4Alfred Benza2612450542959112177147706069.261.354.431.7851855568
5Jack Bowen229264.154
6Ted Brzenk21154844361115128.
7Richard Day*2211109241012012.444.500.8891.38980000
8Manuel Diaz294416214319416301701714.287.364.371.735531013
9Bob Dustal234270576600050522.
10Jack Feller22268268310100201313.
11Blas Fernandez265522619426496121623013.253.350.325.674630025Stats for 2 teams
12Larry Foster*21340.000
13Doug Gallagher199182.111
14Fred Gladding*232027251200010013.
15Arnold Hallgren265523920724579323822535.275.356.377.733782322
16David Justus22530.000
17Howie Koplitz213162466620130913.
18Frank Kostro2177339297518913465263228.300.370.431.8011284153
19Jerry Kudajeski*2551180167144511011201216.269.318.353.672590101
20Mickey Lolich#18112422231002019.
21Eugene Luck2613052948869136253106253147.279.320.404.7241971453
22Don Lumley*2213958350280138257117447154.275.366.418.78421034311
23Dick McAuliffe*19112726140103015.
24George McCue*251195134496711721534055443.261.344.350.6941574512
25Bob McDaniel26251716030000006.
26Tex Nelson*223816013318306082402338.226.344.451.795602023Stats for 2 teams
27Ron Nischwitz#212035333610030112.
28Jim Proctor2329736151022030117.
29Jesse Queen224817915627406222042129.256.341.359.700560023
30Pablo Rivera251054744017211720613776932.292.394.379.7731520221
31Buck Rodgers#201054133555310218675534738.287.366.431.7971531373
32J. Sells23102423462101015.261.292.435.726100000
33Frankie Shell#25461741362244413211307.324.450.434.884592511
34Malcolm Simmons24111211010000002.
35Gerald Thomas2450745858100201017.
36Jake Wood225822620732627652951559.300.347.464.810961121
36 Players23.814053534648659121319557715874538563679.261.341.373.714173524694945
* - bats left-handed, # - bats both, else - bats right, ? - unknown, for minors bold indicates they appeared in majors
Only players for whom we have stats are shown. See roster for more complete team list.

Team Pitching

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer
1Gene Bacque2147.3644.11261851127.0132745812524995051.4499.
2Alfred Benza2601.0001
3Richard Day*2212.3334.051131040.03122183140142011.1257.
4Bob Dustal23149.6092.63372193185.01757254125731242031.2548.
5Larry Foster21101.0003
6Doug Gallagher*1915.1674.42993153.04828263370682041.6048.20.56.311.51.84
7Fred Gladding2362.7503.5620111081.09242321422529061.65410.
8David Justus2212.3335
9Phillip Kliewer*21001
10Howie Koplitz2196.6003.66281992145.01236759156011261151.2627.
11Mickey Lolich*1836.3332.5511112167.05129191531423161.5526.
12George McCue*25001
13Bob McDaniel2643.5713.002510045.04316150222332021.4448.
14Ron Nischwitz*2162.7502.4917104183.07129232261451101.1697.
15Jim Proctor23155.7502.192820152181.0139524455541313031.0726.
16Malcolm Simmons24301.0003.441130034.03120130160313001.3828.
17Gerald Thomas241012.4553.2948931175.0160706412738884041.3318.
17 Players22.37862.5573.211401408456131231.011305504397253717872444441.3548.
* - throws left-handed, # - throws both, else - throws right, ? - unknown, for minors bold indicates they appeared in majors

Team Fielding--By Pos

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer


Buck Rodgers90547581112.9826.7214
Frankie Shell2917811021.0006.524
Jack Feller221451527.9887.272


Don Lumley7758435954.9868.04
Jerry Kudajeski4436315642.9848.59
Tex Nelson3632018622.9839.39Stats for 2 teams


Pablo Rivera59160148841.9755.22
Alfred Benza391241401435.9506.77
Jake Wood285579910.9374.79
Blas Fernandez257572418.9745.88Stats for 2 teams


Alfred Benza79651391414.9362.58
Manuel Diaz38237797.9172.63
Blas Fernandez13112253.8682.54Stats for 2 teams
Ted Brzenk12112827.9513.25
Frankie Shell106720.8671.30


Frank Kostro761182183751.9014.42
Pablo Rivera40781081424.9304.65
Jake Wood1926481012.8813.89
Blas Fernandez13202897.8423.69Stats for 2 teams


Eugene Luck1282351545.9841.95
George McCue1172711961.9802.48
Don Lumley611291232.9792.31
Arnold Hallgren55107541.9662.04
Jesse Queen4374140.9491.74
Buck Rodgers1118220.9091.82


Gerald Thomas4871811.9620.52
Bob Dustal37132513.9741.03
Howie Koplitz28512021.0000.61
Jim Proctor2842332.9000.96
Gene Bacque2621720.9050.73
Bob McDaniel2519001.0000.40
Fred Gladding2031123.8750.70
Ron Nischwitz17216011.0001.06
Richard Day11113011.0001.27
Mickey Lolich1141221.8891.45
Malcolm Simmons1115011.0000.55
Doug Gallagher9
David Justus5
Larry Foster3
Alfred Benza1
Phillip Kliewer1
George McCue1

Team Roster

Bold indicates they played in the majors
Gene Bacque21RR6' 3.0"195Aug 12, 1937
Richard Beck24RR6' 0.0"1901935
Moby Benedict24R5' 8.0"170Mar 29, 1935Detroit, MI, US
Alfred Benza26RR6' 1.0"1851933
Jack Bowen22RR6' 0.0"1851937
Ted Brzenk21RR6' 0.0"1851938
Richard Day22LL6' 0.0"1851937
Manuel Diaz29RR5' 11.0"1801930
Bob Dustal23RR6' 0.0"172Sep 28, 1935Sayreville, NJ, US
Jack Feller22RR5' 10.0"185Dec 10, 1936Adrian, MI, US
Blas Fernandez26R5' 10.0"1701933
Larry Foster21LR6' 0.0"185Dec 24, 1937Lansing, MI, US
Doug Gallagher19RL6' 3.0"195Feb 21, 1940Fremont, OH, US
Fred Gladding23LR6' 1.0"220Jun 28, 1936Flat Rock, MI, US
Arnold Hallgren26RR6' 1.0"190Apr 12, 1933Windfield, AB, CA
David Justus22RR5' 10.0"1701937
Phillip Kliewer21RL6' 3.0"1701938
Howie Koplitz21RR5' 10.0"190May 4, 1938Oshkosh, WI, US
Frank Kostro21RR6' 2.0"190Aug 4, 1937Windber, PA, US
Jerry Kudajeski25L6' 1.0"2051934
Mickey Lolich18SL6' 1.0"170Sep 12, 1940Portland, OR, US
Eugene Luck26RR5' 11.0"1701933
Don Lumley22LL5' 11.0"185Dec 30, 1936Sacramento, CA, US
Dick McAuliffe19LR5' 11.0"176Nov 29, 1939Hartford, CT, US
George McCue25LL5' 10.0"1601934
Bob McDaniel26RR6' 1.0"190Apr 5, 1933Fort Worth, TX, US
Tex Nelson22LL6' 3.0"205Aug 7, 1936Dallas, TX, US
Ron Nischwitz21SL6' 3.0"205Jul 1, 1937Dayton, OH, US
Jim Proctor23RR6' 0.0"165Sep 9, 1935Brandywine, MD, US
Jesse Queen22RR5' 9.0"170Jun 7, 1937Cuthbert, GA, US
Pablo Rivera25RR5' 10.0"1651934
Buck Rodgers20SR6' 2.0"190Aug 16, 1938Delaware, OH, US
J. Sells23R6' 1.0"1851936
Frankie Shell25SR5' 11.0"175Jul 6, 1933Sage, AR, US
Malcolm Simmons24RR6' 1.0"1751935
Gerald Thomas24RR5' 10.0"1801935
Jake Wood22RR6' 1.0"163Jun 22, 1937Elizabeth, NJ, US

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