The Missing Shut Outs for the 1937 American Association
I have wondered for a long time why the Shut Outs for pitchers for the 1937 American Association were not ever published. There is Shut Out information for 1932, 1935, & 1936 and after 1937 for the American Association but why wasn't there Shut Outs recorded for 1937!
So I compiled the Shut Outs for the 1937 American Association, there was 63 Shut Outs pitched that year!
Along the way I found some errors with the pitching stats from the 1938 Spalding's Baseball Guide, I do not have access to the 1938 Reach's Baseball Guide.
1. Wilson Hayes is not listed with the pitchers with "0" decisions, he is listed however in the less than 10 games for batting.
2. Wilmer Schroeder did start 4 games, he is listed as starting "0" games. He started games on May 20, May 23, June 2, & June 6.
3. James Crandall did start 2 games, he is listed as starting "0" games. He started games on June 6 & June 13.
4. Sal Gliatto did start 2 games, he is listed as starting "0" games. He started games on May 19 & June 7.
5. Fred Shaffer only started 11 games, he is listed as starting 18 games.
6. Leon Pettit only started 7 games and only completed 3 games, he is listed as starting 8 games and completing 4 games.
7. Bill Burwell should be credited with 1 tie game, he is listed with "0" tie game.
My research project on the 1937 American Association consists of the following items.
1. Shut Outs by Team.
2. Shut Outs by Pitcher.
3. Games Started information for the 30 Pitchers who pitched less than 45 innings.
4. GS, CG, ShO, W, L, & T break down by team for Carl Boone, Garland Braxton, Don French, & Emmett Nelson who each pitched for two teams that year.
5. Hits, Walks, and Strikeouts for the 13 Pitchers who did not have a decision.
6. Home Runs hit by each of the 9 Pitchers who played in less than 10 games but had a least one hit.
7. Tie games pitched that year.
Tie games are an interesting but seldom used statistics when compiling pitching records for baseball players, I compiled them just to make sure that I have all the games recorded. There was 10 tie games in the American Association that year. I have always thought that only the last pitcher for both teams in a tie game would get credited with a tie game in their pitching stats. Not so in the American Association! Each pitcher who pitched in a tie game that year got credit for a tie game in their pitching stats.
Unlike the lower Minor Leagues, the American Association had only one position player pitch a game that year. The player was Ed Coleman who was an Outfielder for the Toledo club. He started the game on July 8 for Toledo against Louisville. The first batter got a hit, he then walked the next two batters, after two wild pitches he was out of the game. Toledo finally won that game by a score of 19 to 8. The Toledo club did obtained "Firpo" Marberry the next day for their pitching staff.
September 30, 2005