Jewel Winklemeyer Ens
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut April 28, 1922
- Final Game June 15, 1925
- Born August 24, 1889 in St. Louis, MO USA
- Died January 17, 1950 in Syracuse, NY USA
Jewel Ens played four seasons in the major leagues, managed three seasons in the major leagues, and also was a major league coach and minor league manager.
Born in 1889, he was 32 when he first broke in with the 1922 Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .296 in 142 at-bats. A second baseman, he did not take away the job from Cotton Tierney, who hit .345 that year. Ens' remaining three years with the Pirates were just cups of coffee, as he had only 44 at-bats total during the three years, but he was part of the Pirates' World Championship team in 1925. Between his major and minor league days, he played 15 years.
He came back to the Pirates in 1926 to coach under Donie Bush and in 1929 took over as manager for the last part of the season, going 21-14. Ens continued to manage the team in 1930 and 1931, finishing over .500 the first year but under .500 the next. In addition to Pie Traynor, he had Paul Waner and Lloyd Waner on the team.
Ens spent 1932 as a Detroit Tigers coach. When Donie Bush became manager of the 1933 Cincinnati Reds, he picked Ens as a coach. Ens was a member of the Boston Braves staff in 1934. Later, when Pie Traynor was the manager of the Pirates, Ens coached there from 1935 to 1939 and helped Traynor hash over the games.
He was then manager of Indianapolis in the American Association. In 1941 he again coached with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1942 he joined the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League as manager, a job he held until his death at age 60 from pneumonia. His brother Mutz Ens also played briefly in the Major Leagues.
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