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Batting Stats 1949 Philadelphia Athletics Batting Stats 1949 Philadelphia Athletics
Veteran outfielder Sam Chapman paced the 1949 Athletics in home runs and RBIs. Eddie Joost led team with 128 runs scored. Elmer Valo led team in batting .283, with 14 stolen bases, with 27 doubles and with 12 triples.

Philadelphia Athletics 1949 Batting Stats:

Eddie Joost .263 BA, 25 Ds, 23 Hrs, 128 Runs, 81 RBIs in 144 Games… Sam Chapman .278, 24 Ds, 24 Hrs, 89 Runs, 108 RBIs in 154 G… Elmer Valo .283, 27 Ds, 5 Hrs, 86 Runs, 85 RBIs in 150 G.

Wally Moses .276, 19 Ds, 1 Hrs, 49 Runs, 25 RBIs in 110 G… Ferris Fain .263, 21 Ds, 3 Hrs, 81 Runs, 78 RBIs in 150 G… Pete Suder .267, 24 Ds, 10 Hrs, 44 Runs, 75 RBIs in 118 G… Nellie Fox .255, 6 Ds, 0 Hrs, 42 Runs, 21 RBIs in 88 G… Mike Guerra .265, 14 Ds, 3 Hrs, 41 Runs, 31 RBIs in 98 G.

Hank Majeski .277, 26 Ds, 9 Hrs, 62 Runs, 67 RBIs in 110G... Taffy Wright .235, 2 Ds, 5 Ts, 2 Hrs, 14 Runs, 25 RBIs in 59 G… Don White .213, 6 DS, 12 Runs, 10 RBIs in 57 G… Buddy Rosar .200, 0 Hrs, 6 RBIs in 32 G… Joe Astroth .243, 4 Ds, 18 runs, 12 RBIs in 55 G… Hank Biasatti .083, 0 Hrs, 2 RBIs in 21 G… Tod Davis .267, 1 Hr, 6 RBIs in 31 G… Bob Estalella .250, 0 Hrs, 3 RBIs in 8 G… Augie Galan .308, 0 RBIs In 12 G.




Player Reviews 1949 Philadelphia Athletics Player Reviews 1949 Philadelphia Athletics
A few wise moves made the 1949 Athletics pennant contenders - Baseball History

Player Reviews from 18th Edition of Whos Who Magazine actual words as follows:

Philadelphia Athletics 1949 Players

* Dick Fowler pitcher RH 6 ft 4 inches, 195 lbs. Had his best year with team last season with a 15-12 WL record despite bursitis. Uses knuckleball to baffle hitters though sometimes hitters baffle him.

* Carl Scheib pitcher RH 6 ft 1 inch, 192 lbs The fast baller can do better than his 9-12 record. He is used as a pinch hitter, too.

* Joe Astroth catcher 5 ft 9 inches, 187 lbs The young catcher hopes to be in line for first string job before too long. Born in East Alton Illinois.

* Joe Coleman pitcher RH 6 ft 2 inches, 193 lbs He W 13 L 14 last season which was not as good as his great work in 1948 promised. This year (1950) he is in fine shape, and all primed for a big season. Note: Joe Coleman was 14-13 in 1948.

* Phil Marchildon pitcher RH 5 ft 11 inches, 175 lbs The big question mark of the pitching staff. Troubled with sore arm and jangling nerves last season, he did not win a game, after coping 19 in 1948. Docs say he will be fit again.

* Tom Davis shortstop Right-handed 6 ft 2 inches, 195 lbs The stand in for Eddie Joost at short, played only 31 games last year, hit .267.

* Ferris Fain first baseman Left handed 5 ft 11 inches, 183 lbs. He is rated one of the top first sackers of the league and sparks the infield. His hitting fell off to .263 last season but he can easily boost it.




Joe Coleman Joe Coleman
Pitcher RH Philadelphia Athletics 1942, 1946-1953; Baltimore Orioles 1954-55, Tigers 1955 - Proudly served in US Military during World War II

A hard-working, mound master Joe Coleman pitched one game for the old Philadelphia Athletics in 1942 then spent the next 3 years proudly serving in the US Military.

Joe Coleman returned to the Philadelphia Athletics and appeared in 4 games in ’46. From 1947-49, Joe Coleman was one of the team’s starting pitchers. He completed 9-of-21 games in 1947, with a 6-12 record, 4.32 ERA. In 1948, he rang up a 14-13 record, completing 13 of 29 games, working 215 2/3 innings and was picked for the All Star Game. Joe Coleman went 13-14 w/l with a 3.86 ERA in 1949, completed a career-high 18-of-30 games and worked a career-high 249 innings.

Nagged by arm injuries Joe Coleman pitched as a starter and reliever 1950-51, 1953, missing the entire 1952 season.

Joe Coleman joined the expansion team the Baltimore Orioles in 1954 and posted 13-17 w/l, completing 15-of-32 games, 221 1/3 innings.

A good hitting pitcher he lined 4 career homers, had 66 hits in 223 at bats, a .182 batting average.

He’s the father of Joe Coleman who pitched in the majors from 1965-79.

Joe Coleman career stats: 52-76, 4.38 ERA, 223 Games, 140 GS, 60 GC, 6 saves. 1172 hits in 1134 innings, 566 Walks, 444 Ks.

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1950 Rookies  Philadelphia Athletics 1950 Rookies Philadelphia Athletics
Coaches and scouts were high on rookies for the upcoming 1950 season

Following from Who’s Who Magazine 18th Edition… Actual words as follows

Philadelphia Athletics 1950 Rookies

* Robert Betz outfielder RH – 6 ft ½ inches, 182 lbs – Outfielder from Youngstown (minors). Hit .345 last year, made 45 doubles, 18 homers, batted in 135 runs. Might win job with A’s.

* Ben Guintini outfielder RH – 6 ft 1 inch, 199 lbs – From Dallas (minors). He batted .306, drove in 95 tallies last year, and looks like a comer.

* Bob Hooper pitcher RH – 6 ft, 190 lbs – Pitcher from Buffalo (minors). He won 19, lost only 3 last year, and could win a starting berth. Has fine fast ball, good control.

* Ed Hrabczak pitcher RH – Pitcher from Stamford (minors). His ’49 record included 226 innings pitched and 234 strikeouts, tops for the Colonial league. His 19 victories tied for high, he started most games (27).

* Louis Limmer first baseman LH – 6 ft 2 inches, 185 lbs – 1st baseman from Lincoln (minors). He could make it if he keeps going like he did in ’49. He hit .315, led the league in homers (29), drove in 105 runs and scored 100 himself.

* Gene Markland infielder RH – 1 ft 10 inches, 150 lbs – Infielder from Buffalo (minors) Did right well at both second and third base last season, playing half in ’49 at each station. He hit a nice .305 for 151 games, drew 155 walks, tops for the league.

* Angelo Nardella pitcher RH – 5 ft 11 inches 170 lbs – Pitcher from Portsmouth (minors). He may be one youngster to make the grade this season. He worked in 36 games last year, won 20, lost 7 and had a top bracket ERA of 2.26.

* Kermit Wahl infielder RH – 5 ft 11 inches, 170 lbs – Infielder From Montreal (minors) He was formerly on the Cincinnati Reds roster, and performed very efficiently for Montreal last season. His defensive play is excellent, and he boomed his BA to .286 in ’49.

* Bob Wellman outfielder RH – 6 ft 4 inches, 210 lbs – Outfielder from Savannah (minors). The youthful giant played in 111 games last year, hit .283, drove in 63 runs.

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Charlie Lau - 'The Art of Hitting .300'
Catcher, PH; Detroit Tigers 1956, 1958-59; Milwaukee Braves 1960-61; Baltimore Orioles 1962-63, 1965-67; Kansas City Athletics 1964; Atlanta Braves 1967.

During his 11-year big league career, Charlie Lau played for five different teams and was used mainly as a backup catcher and occasionally as a pinch-hitter. Despite scoring only 105 career runs with 140 RBIs, and batting only .255 Lau ranks as one of baseball's best batting coach of all-time. During his 15 years as a major league batting coach, Lau was credited with helping the careers of a group of outstanding hitters, including batting champions Willie Wilson, George Brett, and Hal McRae. He also helped Reggie Jackson, Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk obtain stardom.

In 1956, his second season in the minors, he hit .293 and went deep with 18 home runs, along with 75 RBIs. However, he never was able to hit major league pitching. He played only 2 games in late-56 with the Tigers, then spent the next few years between the Tigers and Charleson, their Class Triple-A farm club.

Lau's fine defense behind home plate and the fact that he batted left-handed enabled him to stay in the majors as long as he did. He was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in '60, then sold to the Orioles, where he found more playing time. After mostly pinch-hitting and appearing in games as a late inning defensive catcher he retired at the end of 1967.

However, Lau's second career was just starting. In 1968 he managed Shreveport of the Texas League and then became the batting coach of the Baltimore Orioles. He moved on to the Oakland A's, then to Kansas City Royals in 1972, where he developed his unique theories about batting. During the next 8 years as the hitting instructor for the Royals' major league team and their minor league clubs, Lau became almost a living-legend. His hitting approach combined sound bio-mechanical principles with constant repetition and analysis.

Lau taught Brett, McRae and Wilson to stay well-balanced and use the whole field as their targets, hitting down and through the ball to prevent hitting weak pop-ups, and then finish high, pulling the lead arm up and through the ball. Lau's pupils are easy to spot - as they hit off their back-toe and their front arms seem to follow through in an exaggerated "helicopter blade spinning arc."

As Lau's disciples became more successful his reputation grew, he started teaching his' hitting methods to other players and coaches during off-season classes. He coached for the New York Yankees from 1979-1981 and then signed with the Chicago White Sox for what he referred to as "extremely generous money."

Charlie Lau's sucess continued in Chicago, where Carlton Fisk and Harold Baines flourished under his teachings. He published two of the most influential and best-selling books about hitting, "The Art of Hitting .300" and "The Winning Hitter." Lau then became sick with cancer and died in March 1984. As we enter the 2000s, his theories of hitting continue to influence the great hitters of today.

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