1940 Statistics 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

After a void of several years, the 1940 Southern League appointed a head scorekeeper, sports journalist Dave Dryburgh of the Regina Leader-Post. The result was the tabulation of final batting data for 1940 which appeared in the August 7 edition of the Leader-Post.

(August 7)  According to today's Regina Leader-Post, the title of "king of swat" in the 1940 Southern League belongs to outfielder Elmer Ekdahl of the Weyburn Beavers who ran up a fine average of .460 on the season's play. Slightly behind Ekdahl with a mark of .446 came Dave "Lefty" Logue, a pitcher and jack-of-all-trades with the Regina Red Sox. The two finished ahead of colored import "Red" Haley of the Liberty Eagles who batted .402 and was tied with teammate Bill Roney with the most base hits, 33. Roney went to bat the most times, 99 in posting a .333 average. Brown of Liberty scored 26 runs to lead in that department. Haley led in doubles with nine to his credit while Bill "Red" Tilson of Regina and "Butch" McDonald of Moose Jaw had four triples. Six different players, including Haley, ended up with two home runs. Two members of the Regina Red Sox, Frank Merk and Ken Charlton, were the leading base stealers with seven apiece.



Ave : Ekdahl WY - .460 
Hits : Haley, Rooney LIB - 33
2B : Haley LIB - 9
3B : Tilson RGR, McDonald MJ - 4
HR : Six tied with 2
SB - Merk, Charlton RGR - 7
SOUTHERN LEAGUE FINAL GP AB R H 2B 3B HR SB RBI PCT Ekdahl Elmer WY 16 50 15 23 4 2 1 1 .460 Logue Dave(Lefty) RGR 22 65 16 29 7 1 1 4 .446 Haley Red LIB 22 82 22 33 9 3 2 0 .402 Thomson Alex(Sandy) MJ 12 52 8 19 7 0 0 3 .365 Larson Norm MJ 17 58 6 21 4 0 1 2 .362 Levere Eldon LIB 14 59 15 21 3 0 0 0 .356 Roney Bill LIB 21 99 23 33 5 1 0 1 .333 Tilson Bill(Red) RGR 22 76 15 25 1 4 1 4 .329 Johnson Lefty LIB 18 74 6 24 7 0 0 0 .324 McDonald B MJ 16 51 8 15 0 4 1 2 .294

BURRARD BASEBALL LEAGUE

For the fourth straight summer, Kaz Suga is the batting leader of the Asahis.  Suga topped Frank Shiraishi by more than 100 points in 1940, finishing with a .490 batting mark in 44 games. Shiraishi hit .381. Suga also led the Asahis in hits, 74, runs, 50, doubles, 17, home runs, 4, runs batted in, 45, and stolen bases, 51. On the mound, Suga had an outstanding won-lost record of 13-3 in 113 innings pitched. Nag Nishihara finished with a 12-4 record.


 
   BURRARD BASEBALL LEAGUE         GP  AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  SB RBI   PCT
   (Only Asahis available)
   Suga Kaz VAS                    44 151  50  74  17   2   4  51  45  .490
   Shiraishi Frank VAS             43 139  38  53   8   4   0  46  26  .381
   Maruno Mike VAS                 40 117  32  42  15   2   3  20  34  .359
   Nakamura Ed VAS                 33  89  29  30  10   0   0  13  21  .337
   Kutsukake Ken VAS               40 117  22  37   1   0   0  17  20  .316
   Uno Yuki VAS                    42 132  42  38  12   1   1  11  23  .288
   Nishihara Nag VAS               43 140  24  40  11   2   0  20  29  .286
   Yamamura Roy VAS                39  96  45  25   3   1   2  35  19  .260
   Shishido George VAS             44 112  30  27   3   1   1  13  24  .241
   Mitsui Koei VAS                 25  65  14  15   2   2   0   6  12  .231
   Terada Chuck VAS                10  16   2   3   0   0   0   2   1  .188
   Kaminishi Kaye VAS              16  19   9   3   0   0   0   5   1  .158
   Sawayama Tom VAS                 4   7   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  .000
   Yoshinaka George VAS             2   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  .000
   Source :  Asahi : A Legend in Baseball, Pat Adachi
   BURRARD BASEBALL LEAGUE         G  W  L   PCT  IP   H   R  BB  SO    ERA
   (Only Asahis available)
   Suga Kaz VAS                   20 13  3  .813 113 116  50  44  85
   Nishihara Nag VAS              21 12  4  .750 106 141  76 414  88
   Maruno Mike VAS                 5  3  1  .750  30  36  16   5  27
   Shiraishi Frank VAS             5  3  0 1.000  27  21  12  12  11
   Sawayama Tommy VAS              3  1  1  .500  16  16  11   6  10
   Yoshinaka Geroge VAS            1  0  0  .000   0   0   0   1   0
   Source :  Asahi : A Legend in Baseball, Pat Adachi