Satchel by the Numbers

Negro Leagues

Year Team W/L CG IP SO/BB ERA
1927 Birmingham Black Barons 7-1 5 89.3 69/26 3.32
1928 Birmingham 12-5 11 134.3 112/21 2.95
1929 Birmingham 10-9 15 188.3 176/31 4.92
1930 Baltimore Black Sox 3-1 3 31.0 17/6 3.48
Birmingham 7-4 9 96.3 69/9 3.27
1931 Cleveland Cubs 1-2 1 32.7 18/4 3.31
Pittsburgh Crawfords 0-1 1 8.0 0/1 3.38
1932 Pittsburgh 10-4 12 132.7 92/35 3.19
1933 Pittsburgh 5-7 8 95.0 55/12 3.69
1934 Pittsburgh 14-2 15 154.0 144/26 2.16
1935 Kansas City Monarchs 0-0 1 9.0 11/1 0.00
1936 Pittsburgh 5-0 5 47.7 47/9 3.21
1937 Trujillo All-Stars 0-1 1 11.0 11/1 4.09
1940 Kansas City Monarchs 1-0 1 11.0 8/0 0.82
1941 New York Black Yankees 1-0 1 9.0 8/0 3.00
Kansas City 4-0 2 55.0 42/6 3.44
1942 Kansas City 4-5 5 95.0 79/11 2.84
1943 Kansas City 6-8 3 102.0 74/22 4.59
Memphis Red Sox 1-0 0 5.0 7/2 0.00
1944 Kansas City 4-5 5 82.7 76/13 1.96
1945 Kansas City 2-4 2 51.7 54/14 5.05
1946 Kansas City 5-1 2 47.0 45/3 2.11
1947 Kansas City 1-1 2 19.0 17/0 0.95
Totals: 103-61 110 1506.7 1231/253 3.31

Source: Compiled by Negro League researchers Larry Lester and Dick Clark for a study supported by Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame, and published in Shades of Glory, 406-407. While historians continue to disagree on Satchel’s statistics, these figures — including only league-sanctioned games where box scores were found — are the most authoritative available.

Satchel’s records understate his wins because he often left the game after three or four innings, which was too short an appearance to be credited with a win but long enough to be stuck with a loss. There are no reliable records for 1938 and 1939, when he was injured and on the comeback trail with the Baby Monarchs.

 

East-West All-Star Games

Year W/L CG IP SO/BB ERA
1934 1-0 0 4.0 5/0 0.00
1936 0-0 0 3.0 0/0 3.00
1941 0-0 0 2.0 2/1 0.00
1942 0-1 0 3.0 2/2 9.00
1943 1-0 0 3.0 4/1 0.00
Totals 2-1 0 15.0 13/4 2.41

Source: Larry Lester, Black Baseball’s National Showcase, 445.

 

Bismarck, ND

1933 Bismarck 6-0 7 72.0 119/11 1.25
1935 Bismarck 29-2 18 229.2 321/16 1.96
Totals 35-2 25 301.2 440/27 1.79

Source: Assembled by author from newspaper records and box scores. Some clippings did not include complete game stats.

 

California Winter League

Year Team W/L CG IP SO/BB
1931-32 Philadelphia Giants 6-0 6 58.0 70/NA
1932-33 Tom Wilson’s Elite Giants 7-0 7 63.0 91/NA
1933-34 Wilson Elite Giants 16-2 18 172.0 244/47
1934-35 Wilson Elite Giants 8-0 7 69.0 104/20
1935-36 Wilson Elite Giants 13-0 6 94.0 113/28
1943-44 Baltimore Elite Giants 3-1 1 36.0 39/10
1945 Kansas City Royals 1-1 1 27.0 27/12
1946 Kansas City 0-2 0 15.0 21/7
1947 Kansas City 2-1 1 35.0 60/14
Totals 56-7 47 569.0 769/138

Source: William F. McNeil, California Winter League, 166, 269.

 

Latin Leagues

Year Team W/L IP SO/BB ERA
1929-30 Cuba, Santa Clara Leopards 6-5
1938 Mexico, Agrario of Mexico City 1-1 19 7/12 5.21
1939-40 Puerto Rico, Guayama Witches 19-3 205.0 208/54 1.93
1940-41 Witches 4-5 70/26 3.89
1947-48 Santurce Crabbers 0-3 34.0 26/13 2.91
Totals 23-11 304/93

Sources: Jorge S. Figueredo, Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball; Mexican Encyclopedia of Baseball; Jorge Coln Delgado; Angel Torres; and Ray Nemec.

 

Major Leagues

Year Team W/L IP SO/BB ERA
1948 Cleveland Indians 6-1 73.0 43/22 2.47
1949 Cleveland 4-7 83.0 54/33 3.04
1951 St. Louis Browns 3-4 62.0 48/29 4.79
1952 St. Louis 12-10 138.0 91/57 3.07
1953 St. Louis 3-9 117.0 51/39 3.54
1965 Kansas City Athletics 0-0 3.0 1/0 0.00
Totals 28-31 476 288/180 3.29

Source: Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Minor Leagues

Year Team W/L IP SO/BB ERA
1956 Miami Marlins 11-4 111.0 79/28 1.86
1957 Marlins 10-8 119.0 76/11 2.42
1958 Marlins 10-10 110.0 40/15 2.95
Totals 31-22 340.0 195/54 2.73

Source: Ray Nemec.

 

Glossary:

W/L: wins/losses
CG: complete games
IP: innings pitched
SO/BB: strikeouts/bases on balls
ERA: earned runs per nine innings