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Western League 1952
Lincoln Athletics

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The Western League was a class "A" league in 1952. In 1952 the Pacific Coast League was classified as an "Open" league in anticipation of it becoming a third major league. Of course the moves of the Dodgers to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco stopped the move of the PCL to major league status. There were two "AAA" leagues, two "AA" leagues and four class "A" leagues in 1952.

Western League 1952 Standings
President: Senator Edwin C. Johnson
Standings Wins Losses Games
Affiliation Attendance Manager
Denver Bears 88 66 -- Pittsburg Pirates 471,419 Andy Cohen
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 87 67 1 Chicago White Sox 170,041 Don Gutteridge
Omaha Cardinals 86 68 2 St. Louis Cardinals 137,378 George Kissell
Sioux City Soos 83 71 5 New York Giants 103,004 Ray Mueller
Pueblo Dodgers 81 73 7 Brooklyn Dodgers 122,746 William McCahan
Wichita Indians 67 87 21 Cleveland Indians 116,703 Ralph Winegarner
Lincoln Athletics 67 87 21 Philadelphia Athletics 61,483 Les Bell
Des Moines Bruins 57 97 31 Chicago Cubs 62,597 Harry Strohm

Denver beat Sioux City 3 games to 1.
Omaha beat Colorado Springs 3 games to 1.
Denver beat Omaha in the finals 3 games to 0.

BA: Ed Phillips, Omaha, .320
Runs: Ken Landenberger, Colorado Springs, 112
Hits: Ken Landenberger, Colorado Springs, 183
RBI's: Ken Landenberger, Colorado Springs, 133
HR's: Bill Pinckard, Denver, 35
Wins: Alberto Osorio, Denver, 20
SO's: Connie Johnson, Colorado Springs, 233
ERA: Jim Singleton, Sioux City, 2.73

Western League All Stars 1952

Lincoln was a class "A" farm club of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1952. Les Bell was named manager of the Lincoln Athletics in 1952. He had a nine season major league career from 1923 to 1931.

The Chiefs played at Sherman Field on 2nd and South Street in Lincoln.

For the season, Lincoln was second to last in batting and last in fielding. They wound up in seventh place, 21 games out of first. They only had one player Ed Hrabcsak named to the all star team.

First base for the Athletics was held down by Joseph Mangini . The southpaw played in 154 games for Lincoln and averaged .265.

James Trew played in 71 games in the infield for Lincoln. The port side hitter averaged .244 for the year.

Third base was held down by Robert J. Williams . He played in 66 games and averaged .208.

In the dirt at short stop for the Athletics was Robert Gardner . He played at short, second and third for the Athletics and avearaged .270.

Others who played some games in the infield were Gerald Schypinski who played in 18 games and averaged .271, Tom Butts who never was above the Mendoza line at .170 and Don Davis who averaged .184.

Lewis Richardson played in 65 games. He split his time between catcher and the infield. He averaged .214.

Behind the mask for the Athletics was Wilmer "Billy" Shantz . The Pottstown Pennsylvania born catcher averaged .246 for the year. He made it to the majors in 1954 with the Philadelphia Athletics and moved with the team to Kansas City for 1955. He also had a brief stint with the Yankees in 1960.

Bill Stewart was the leading hitter on the team with a .290 average.

Fleming Reedy played 133 games in the outfield. The left handed hitter averaged .281 for the Athletics. Magliolio also played in the outfield garden at Landis field.

James Bell appeared in 20 games and had a 9-10 record.

Ed Hrabcsak was the only Athletic to make the all star team in 1952. He appeared in 27 games had a 13-8 record and pitched 3 shutouts during the year.

Allen "Dutch" Romberger played in 39 games for the Athletics and had a 13-18 record. The Pennsylvania born flinger appeared in 10 games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1954 and managed a 1-1 record.

John Michael "Mike" Kume was a 26 year old from Premier West Virginia. He appeared in 27 games and had an 8-11 record. In 1955 he played in six games with the Kansas City Athletics and had a 0-2 lifetime major league record.

Oscar "Ozzie" Van Brabant pitched in 37 games and had a 14-10 record in 1952. The Canadian made it to the majors in 1954 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He also moved with the team to Kansas City in 1955. Overall he appeared in 11 major league games and had a 0-2 record.

William Hockenbury pitched in 19 games for Lincoln and had a 4-8 record. He also played some in the field and averaged .267

Mason Bowes who was an all star in 1950 and 1951 could not repeat in 1952. He appeared in 26 games and had a 2-12 record.

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