Al Evans

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Alfred Hubert Evans

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Biographical Information[edit]

Before the 1937 season, catcher Al Evans signed with the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent. The 20-year-old was assigned to the New Bern Bears of the class D Coastal Plain League and appeared in only 33 games, hitting .221. He then spent 1938 and 1939 with the class B Charlotte Hornets, hitting .302 and .298 respectively and got a late-season call-up with the Senators in 1939. Al appeared in seven games and hit .333; he would remain a fixture with the Washington club through 1950.

His only absence from the Senators during this long stretch was the time he spent with the United States Navy in World War II from November of 1942 until May of 1944. The wartime layoff did not hurt his game as in 1945 he hit at a .260 pace with a .339 OBP.

Evans was a light-hitting but stellar defensive catcher. He shared the Senators' receiving duties with fellow North Carolina native Jake Early during the 1940s. Evans had his best season late in his career in 1949 when he led all American League catchers in fielding while playing in over 100 games for the only time. Al concluded his major league playing time with the Boston Red Sox in 1951 with a .250 lifetime mark.

Evans played four more years in the high minors (1952-1955), ending an 18-year playing career with the Norfolk Tars in 1955. Spread out through the years, his minor league stats show that he appeared in 510 contests, had 1607 at-bats with 447 base hits for a .274 batting average.

After his playing days were over, he managed for eight years - one stint of five seasons from 1955-1959 and a three-year term from 1963-1965. After his managing days, he became a scout for the Senators, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants.

Evans's death came on April 6, 1979, at age 62 in Wilson, NC.

Sources[edit]

Baseball-Reference.com
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1955 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League 11-14 -- New York Yankees -- replaced by Alton Brown (2-1) on May 25
Seminole Oilers Sooner State League Kansas City A's replaced Charles Hopkins June 6
1956 Abilene Blue Sox Big State League 73-67 5th Kansas City A's
1957 Little Rock Travelers Southern Association 64-88 7th Kansas City A's
1958 Albany Senators Eastern League 57-70 7th Kansas City A's
1959 Albany Senators Eastern League 54-85 8th Kansas City A's
1963 Charlotte Hornets South Atlantic League 58-82 7th Minnesota Twins
1964 Charlotte Hornets Southern League 73-67 4th Minnesota Twins none
1965 Charlotte Hornets Southern League 72-68 5th Minnesota Twins none

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