Previewing the Newark Eagles and the New York Black Yankees – the 1936 Playoffs Continue
Shortly, we’ll be beginning the next second round wild card series – the Newark Eagles vs. the New York Black Yankees. The Eagles boast three Hall of Famers in their lineup. Leon Ruffin and Johnny Hayes split the catching duty – Ruffin hit only .107 and Hayes hit .192. Hall of Famer Mule Suttles hit .404 for the season with 12 home runs. Second baseman Harry Williams hit .227. The third baseman was Hall of Famer Ray Dandridge, who hit .304. Hall of Famer Willie Wells was the Eagles’ regular shortstop – he hit .315. Left fielder Thad Christopher hit .261. Center fielder Paul Dixon hit .261. And right fielder Ed Stone hit .299.
The Eagles’ ace was Leon Day, who finished the year with an ERA of 3.30. Starters William Bell and Bob Evans had somewhat more difficult seasons, with ERAs of 4.50 and 4.80, respectively. Terris McDuffie had a difficult season – 0-3 with an ERA of 8.31.
The Black Yankees’ catcher was Bob Clarke. First baseman George Giles hit .274. Second baseman Walter Cannady hit .310. Third baseman George Scales was the second leading hitter on the team, hitting .358 with 5 home runs. Shortstop Jake Stephens hit .212 for the season. The Black Yankees’ regular left fielder was 38-year old Fats Jenkins, who hit .323. Center fielder Marvin Barker hit .207. Right fielder Jim Williams was the leading hitter on the team, hitting .382 for the season.
Roosevelt Davis was the Black Yankees’ ace starter, with an ERA of 4.19. Number two starter Bill Holland was 6-5 with an ERA of 3.18. Henry McHenry had an ERA of 3.33 for the season. Number four starter Barney Brown had an ERA of 3.35 for the season.