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BNN Stats: Single-Season Records
Monday, January 17th , 1938
Who holds the single season record in the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues for sacrifice flies?

Carl Ames, PHI, 15, 1931
Smith Mazzotta, CHC, 14, 1908
Rankin Kellogg, PHI, 14, 1935
Al Wheeler, DET, 13, 1933
Red Brown, PHS, 13, 1927
Dan Barrell Calls It Quits - Joins OSA
Thursday, January 13th , 1938
Today Dan Barrell the Brooklyn Kings first baseman decided to hang up his cleats. Barrell, a former Olympic decathlete who suffered a terrible leg injury while playing college football for Chicago Polytechnic, announced his retirement as a player today.

"I've been blessed, truly blessed, to have been a professional baseball player," Barrell said. "But not only that, but in my personal life as well. From my parents, to Powell Slocum, to my brothers and team mates, I've been the luckiest guy in the world."

Asked why he was retiring at the age of 33, Barrell admitted it was because of the long ago knee injury. "The docs told me I basically have no cartilege in my knee. And boy, I can sure feel it. It's just constant pain whenever I run or have to move quickly. Heaven knows it's cut down my range in the field," he admitted, drawing smiles from an audience that included his team mates and siblings Fred, Tom and Harry Barrell.

"My career in the game is not finished," Barrell continued. "I will be joining the OSA as a scout where I will get to work for my father and continue to be around the game I love."

The final book on Dan Barrell will include a World Championship (he hit .500 in the Kings' 1937 title run), a .320 career batting average in 762 FABL games. A late bloomer who didn't become a full-time FABL player until the age of 27, Dan was a clutch performer whose bat more than made up for his limitations as a fielder.
Marner Enshrined in HOF
Monday, January 10th , 1938
The hallowed halls of baseball have been enlarged. Today a great pitcher was added to its list of legends as perennial all-star Mike Marner was inducted into the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues Hall of Fame.

He was famous for his quirky motion. Marner baffled hitters with a rocking, twisting windup and an assortment of release points that ranged from over the top to nearly underhand. Many batters said, "He threw everything at me but the ball."

Marner posted a lifetime 325-162 record with a 2.06 ERA and whiffed 2667 batters in 4343 innings. He retired at age 32.
LEAGUE LEADERS AVG
Mel Carrol - WAS
.409
2 Fred McCormick STL .373
3 Jim Beard WAS .360
4 Jack Flint STL .348
5 Moxie Pidgeon WAS .344
LEAGUE LEADERS HR
Sal Pestilli - DET
33
2 Al Wheeler BRK 30
3 Mel Carrol WAS 26
3 Leon Drake DET 26
3 Moxie Pidgeon WAS 26
LEAGUE LEADERS RBI
Mel Carrol - WAS
130
2 Al Wheeler BRK 122
3 Moxie Pidgeon WAS 118
4 Gail Gifford STL 110
5 John Lawson CHC 108
LEAGUE LEADERS W
2 tied with
22
1 Lefty Allen PIT 22
1 Sam Sheppard STL 22
3 Sergio Gonzales CLE 20
3 5 more tied with   20
LEAGUE LEADERS ERA
Joe Shaffner - BRK
2.32
2 William Jones PHS 3.15
3 Sergio Gonzales CLE 3.19
4 Rabbit Day CHI 3.23
5 2 tied with   3.27
LEAGUE LEADERS K
Lefty Allen - PIT
230
2 David Abalo STL 170
3 Charlie Stedman PIT 165
4 Rabbit Day CHI 163
5 Al Miller CHI 150
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FEDERAL ASSOCIATION STANDINGS
W L PCT GB
Pittsburgh Miners 87 67 .565 -
Philadelphia Keystones 85 69 .552 2.0
Chicago Chiefs 83 71 .539 4.0
St. Louis Pioneers 82 72 .532 5.0
Boston Minutemen 81 73 .526 6.0
Washington Eagles 81 73 .526 6.0
Detroit Dynamos 63 91 .409 24.0
New York Gothams 54 100 .351 33.0
CONTINENTAL ASSOCIATION STANDINGS
W L PCT GB
Brooklyn Kings 92 63 .594 -
Philadelphia Sailors 91 64 .587 1.0
Chicago Cougars 83 71 .539 8.5
Cleveland Foresters 82 72 .532 9.5
Montreal Saints 74 80 .481 17.5
Toronto Wolves 72 82 .468 19.5
New York Stars 63 91 .409 28.5
Baltimore Cannons 60 94 .390 31.5
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