1938 St. Louis Browns season

1938 St. Louis Browns
Major League affiliations
Record 55–97 (.362)
League place 7th
Other information
Owner(s) Donald Lee Barnes
General manager(s) Bill DeWitt
Manager(s) Gabby Street and Ski Melillo
Local radio KMOX
(France Laux, Jim Alt)
(Johnny O'Hara, Allan Anthony)
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The 1938 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 55 wins and 97 losses.


Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9953.651--
Boston Red Sox8861.5919.5
Cleveland Indians8666.56613.0
Detroit Tigers8470.54516.0
Washington Senators7576.49723.5
Chicago White Sox6583.43932.0
St. Louis Browns5597.36244.0
Philadelphia Athletics5399.34946.0

Record vs. opponents

1938 American League Records

Boston 12–612–1010–1211–11–114–817–512–9
Chicago 6–129–137–158–1412–1013–8–110–11
Cleveland 10–1213–912–108–1318–413–9–112–9
Detroit 12–1015–710–128–1414–812–10–113–9
New York 11–11–114–813–814–816–5–215–7–116–6–1
Philadelphia 8–1410–124–188–145–16–212–96–16
St. Louis 5–178–13–19–13–110–12–17–15–19–127–15
Washington 9–1211–109–129–136–16–116–615–7

Notable transactions


1938 St. Louis Browns
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBilly Sullivan111375104.277749
1BGeorge McQuinn148602195.3241282
2BDon Heffner141473116.245269
SSRed Kress150566171.302779
3BHarlond Clift149534155.29034118
OFMel Almada102436149.342337
OFBuster Mills123466133.285346
OFBeau Bell147526138.2621384

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tommy Heath7019444.227222
Roy Hughes589627.281213
Joe Grace124716.34004
Ethan Allen193310.30304
Sam Harshany11247.29200


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bobo Newsom44329.220165.08226
Oral Hildebrand231638105.6966
Harry Kimberlin18003.381
Bill Trotter18015.621
Jim Weaver17019.004

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Walkup18941126.8028
Ed Cole3688.2155.1826
Fred Johnson1769375.6124
Bill Cox2263147.0016
Jack Knott730124.808
Emil Bildilli521.2127.0611

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ed Linke211707.9418
Julio Bonetti172306.357
Glenn Liebhardt20006.001

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Toledo Mud Hens American Association Fred Haney
A1 San Antonio Missions Texas League Zack Taylor
B Meridian Scrappers Southeastern League Harry Whitehouse
B Springfield Browns Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Walter Holke
C Palestine Pals East Texas League Abe Miller, Neil Andrews and John Kosey
C Johnstown Johnnies Middle Atlantic League Bobby Goff
D Pennington Gap Lee Bears Appalachian League Ralph Goldsmith and Lynn Lunsford
D Siloam Springs Travelers Arkansas–Missouri League Vince "Moon" Mullen, Runt Marr
and Mike Serlick
D Easton Browns Eastern Shore League George Jacobs
D Lafayette White Sox Evangeline League Frank Oceak
D Mayfield Clothiers KITTY League Bennie Tate
D Lincoln Links Nebraska State League Pug Griffin
D Batesville White Sox Northeast Arkansas League Elmer Kirchoff
D Findlay Browns Ohio State League Grover Hartley
D Beaver Falls Browns Pennsylvania State Association Howard Shanks
D Corpus Christi Spudders Texas Valley League Rod Whitney



  1. Ed Linke page at Baseball Reference
  2. Red Kress page at Baseball Reference
  3. Bill Cox page at Baseball Reference
  4. Joe Grace page at Baseball Reference
  5. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997
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