1932 East-West League

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The 1932 East-West League was the only major league that did not last through a whole season. With the collapse of the Negro National League during the Great Depression, there was no longer a major Negro League. Cum Posey tried to solve this by setting up the East-West League, bridging the long Negro League divide between midwest and east (represented by the NNL and Eastern Colored League respectively from 1923-1928 and the Negro American League and NNL respectively from 1937-1948). He only drew three established teams, the Baltimore Black Sox and Hilldale along with his own Homestead Grays. Other former NNL members either joined the 1932 Negro Southern League or functioned as independents (Pittsburgh, Kansas City). The Detroit Wolves (built from the ashes of the St. Louis Stars) were the top team in the East-West League - until they folded and merged with the Grays. The league collapsed later in the year, a victim of its large scope, lack of established teams and the Great Depression. Given the somewhat lower talent than in the NNL (both pre-1932 and post-1932), several less prominent players made it onto league leader lists than would be common; league OPS leader Tom Finley, for instance, had a career OPS+ of 94.

Standings[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Dewey Creacy Detroit Wolves/Washington Pilots 63
At Bats Bert Johnson Washington Pilots 234
Runs Scored Vic Harris Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 48
Hits Tom Finley Baltimore Black Sox 70
Doubles Tom Finley
Mule Suttles
Baltimore Black Sox
Detroit Wolves/Washington Pilots
22
Triples Bert Johnson
Buddy Burbage
Washington Pilots
Baltimore Black Sox
6
Home Runs Tom Finley Baltimore Black Sox 7
Runs Batted In Mule Suttles Detroit Wolves/Washington Pilots 48
Stolen Bases Willie O'Bryant Washington Pilots 21
Walks Dewey Creacy Detroit Wolves/Washington Pilots 33
Hit-by-Pitch Dick Seay Baltimore Black Sox 6
Sacrifice Hits Willie O'Bryant
George Giles
Washington Pilots
Homestead Grays
21
Batting Average Judy Johnson Hilldale Club .356
On-Base Percentage Branch Russell Cleveland Stars .452
Slugging Percentage Tom Finley Baltimore Black Sox .557
On-Base plus Slugging Tom Finley Baltimore Black Sox 946
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mule Suttles Detroit Wolves/Washington Pilots 157

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Bert Hunter Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 10
Losses Paul Carter
Tom Richardson
Hilldale/Baltimore Black Sox
Washington Pilots
8
Win-Loss Percentage Lefty Williams Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 1.000
Appearances Lefty Holmes Baltimore Black Sox 18
Games Started Tom Richardson Washington Pilots 14
Complete Games Tom Richardson
Ray Brown
Washington Pilots
Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays
11
Shutouts Half Pint Allen
Ted Trent
Harry Salmon
Baltimore Black Sox
Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays
Homestead Grays
2
Saves Five tied 1
Innings Pitched Lefty Holmes Baltimore Black Sox 116
Batters Faced Ray Brown Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 507
Hits Allowed Tom Richardson Washington Pilots 140
Home Runs Allowed Bun Hayes Washington Pilots 7
Base-on-Balls Allowed Lefty Holmes Baltimore Black Sox 50
Hit Batsmen Webster McDonald Washington Pilots 6
Strikeouts Bert Hunter Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 72
Wild Pitches Chet Brewer Washington Pilots 5
Runs Allowed Tom Richardson Washington Pilots 88
Earned Runs Allowed Tom Richardson Washington Pilots 72
Earned Run Average Joe Strong Homestead Grays 2.07
WHIP William Bell Detroit Wolves/Homestead Grays 1.14

Sources: The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway, Seamheads database (accessed 3/16/2021), Seamheads article on the league by Gary Ashwill