The Far West League Record Book: Part 2, Individual Pitching

A couple of notes here…

Games started was tracked only in the FWL’s last season, 1951. Cliff Keeley of Redding led the league that year with 28. I would love to be able to assemble a complete set of newspaper box scores from the league and put together a list of games started from 1949 through 1950.

In listing ERA leaders, I have used as the qualifying standard a minimum of one inning pitched per team game. But according to the 1951 Sporting News Baseball Guide, the FWL’s ERA champion in 1950 was Gene Valentine of Pittsburg. Valentine pitched 109 innings in the team’s 140 games. It’s true he had the most dominant season in league history, completing 12 of his 15 appearances with a record of 12-1 and a 1.82 ERA. He had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than two-to-one in a league that had more walks than strikeouts. And he never pitched in Organized Ball again after that season.

And now for your list of league leaders in the categories for which stats were kept:

GAMES PITCHED
51 William Seward Reno 1950
45 Vincent S. DiMaggio Eugene 1950
44 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
43 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 1950
42 3 players
Annual Leaders
1948 Larry Guelfo Klamath Falls 42
1949 Clarence Heck Pittsburg 37
1950 William Seward Reno 51
1951 Robert Perez Reno 42
COMPLETE GAMES
23 Elwood Clear Willows 1948
22 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1951
Ray Malgradi Willows 1950
21 Pete Hernandez Pittsburg 1949
Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 1950
Pete Swain Marysville 1949
Annual Leaders
1948 Elwood Clear Willows 23
1949 Pete Hernandez Pittsburg 21
1950 Ray Malgradi Willows 22
1951 Lavere Herrmann Medford 22
WINS
22 Larry Shepard Medford 1948
Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 1950
21 Bill Carr Pittsburg 1949
19 Niles Jordan Klamath Falls 1949
17 Elwood Clear Willows 1948
Clyde DeWitt Klamath Falls 1950
Annual Leaders
1948 Larry Shepard Medford 22
1949 Bill Carr Pittsburg 21
1950 Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 22
1951 Gordon Tench Redding 16
LOSSES
18 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
17 Marcos Torres Reno 1951
15 Charles Forrest Willows 1950
14 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 1948
13 6 players
Annual Leaders
1948 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 14
1949 James Howard Redding 12
William Olsson Medford 12
Curtis Schmidt Willows 12
1950 Lavere Herrmann Medford 18
1951 Marcos Torres Reno 17
INNINGS PITCHED
269 Vincent S. DiMaggio Eugene 1950
241 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
239 Bill Carr Pittsburg 1949
Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 1950
232 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 1950
Annual Leaders
1948 Elwood Clear Willows 219
1949 Bill Carr Pittsburg 239
1950 Vincent S. DiMaggio Eugene 269
1951 Wayne Hamaker Eugene 225
AT BATS AGAINST
952 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 1950
Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
943 Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 1950
938 Bill Carr Pittsburg 1949
934 Ray Malgradi Willows 1950
Annual Leaders
1948 Larry Shepard Medford 834
1949 Bill Carr Pittsburg 938
1950 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 952
Lavere Herrmann Medford 952
1951 Wayne Hamaker Eugene 898
HITS ALLOWED
285 Ray Malgradi Willows 1950
267 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 1950
260 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
252 Marcos Torres Reno 1951
249 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 1949
Annual Leaders
1948 Edwin Pager Santa Rosa/Roseville 220
1949 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 249
1950 Ray Malgradi Willows 285
1951 Marcos Torres Reno 1951
RUNS ALLOWED
174 Marcos Torres Reno 1951
171 Herb Hamilt Marysville 1949
Ray Malgradi Willows 1950
167 Vincent S. DiMaggio Eugene 1950
161 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 1949
Annual Leaders
1948 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 142
Robert Hughes Medford 142
1949 Herb Hamilt Marysville 171
1950 Ray Malgradi Willows 171
1951 Marcos Torres Reno 174
EARNED RUNS ALLOWED
139 Ray Malgradi Willows 1950
135 Vincent S. DiMaggio Eugene 1950
129 Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
Jim Howard Redding 1949
127 Herb Hamilt Marysville 1949
Annual Leaders
1948 John Lopeman Klamath Falls 111
1949 Jim Howard Redding 129
1950 Ray Malgradi Willows 139
1951 Marcos Torres Reno 121
SACRIFICE HITS ALLOWED
20 Edwin Pager Santa Rosa/Roseville 1948
19 Lawrence Smith Marysville 1948
18 Wayne Hamaker Eugene 1951
16 Pete Swain Marysville 1949
15 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 1950
Vertis Elmore Medford 1951
Annual Leaders
1948 Edwin Pager Santa Rosa/Roseville 20
1949 Pete Swain Marysville 16
1950 Bill Carr Pittsburg/Marysville 15
1951 Wayne Hamaker Eugene 18
WALKS ALLOWED
181 Garrett Scott Redding 1950
174 Jim Howard Redding 1949
163 Gordon Tench Redding 1951
162 Lawrence Smith Marysville 1948
159 Jules Hudson Oroville 1948
Annual Leaders
1948 Lawrence Smith Marysville 162
1949 Jim Howard Redding 174
1950 Garrett Scott Redding 181
1951 Gordon Tench Redding 163
STRIKEOUTS
258 Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 1950
237 Jules Hudson Oroville 1948
226 Jim Howard Redding 1949
217 Larry Shepard Medford 1948
188 Niles Jordan Klamath Falls 1949
Annual Leaders
1948 Jules Hudson Oroville 237
1949 Jim Howard Redding 226
1950 Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 258
1951 Ransome Rolfe Redding 178
HIT BATSMEN
19 Cliff Keeley Redding 1951
18 Joe Nicholas Klamath Falls 1949
16 William Cox Willows 1950
15 Lawrence Smith Marysville 1948
14 4 players
Annual Leaders
1948 Lawrence Smith Marysville 15
1949 Joe Nicholas Klamath Falls 18
1950 William Cox Willows 16
1951 Cliff Keeley Redding 19
WILD PITCHES
23 Jim Howard Redding 1949
17 Dossen Dillon Redding 1950
Garrett Scott Redding 1950
16 Vertis Elmore Medford 1951
Jim Rogers Medford 1948
Annual Leaders
1948 Jim Rogers Medford 16
1949 Jim Howard Redding 23
1950 Dossen Dillon Redding 17
Garrett Scott Redding 17
1951 Vertis Elmore Medford 16
EARNED RUN AVERAGE
2.53 Ron Lee Medford 1948
2.89 Larry Shepard Medford 1948
3.28 Bill Carr Pittsburg 1949
3.34 William LaThorpe Santa Rosa 1948
3.40 Joe Carroll Willows 1948
Annual Leaders
1948 Ron Lee Medford 2.53
1949 Bill Carr Pittsburg 3.28
1950 Andy Sierra Klamath Falls 3.46
1951 Lavere Herrmann Medford 4.03
SHUTOUTS
4 William LaThorpe Santa Rosa 1948
Henry Pippen Reno 1951
3 Joe Angel Pittsburg 1950
Bill Carr Pittsburg 1949
Lavere Herrmann Medford 1950
Annual Leaders
1948 William LaThorpe Santa Rosa 4
1949 Bill Carr Pittsburg 3
1950 Joe Angel Pittsburg 3
Lavere Herrmann Medford 3
1951 Henry Pippen Reno 4
BALKS
9 Garrett Scott Redding 1950
8 Ernie Telles Eugene/Pittsburg 1950
6 Hub Kittle Klamath Falls 1950
5 Russ Foster Klamath Falls 1951
4 Eldon Russell Redding 1951
Annual Leaders
1948 Archie Hayes Oroville 3
Ben Lorino Marysville 3
1949 Ralph Lineberger Redding 3
1950 Garrett Scott Redding 9
1951 Russ Foster Klamath Falls 5
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One thought on “The Far West League Record Book: Part 2, Individual Pitching

  1. Jason Matlock

    Hello –

    I am with the Chico Outlaws baseball team. We are trying to put a game together deidcated to the Redding Browns of the Far West League. I was hoping you might be able to help me with this event. Can you please shoot me an email on the best way to contact you.

    Thank You

    Jason Matlock
    jmatlock@goldenbaseball.com

    Reply

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