The All-Franchise Team 1941-1950

Although there were a couple of winning seasons in the 1940’s, most notable 1945, overall the decade was not kind to the Nats.

C Jake Early 1941-1943, 1946, 1948-1949 14.8 WARP3
Maybe best known for the running commentary he did behind the plate, Early is one of those “what ifs” who missed his prime years due to the war.

1B Mickey Vernon 1941-1948, 1950 32.7 WARP3
Griffith thought he was expendable Vernon was traded away in 1948, but the fact that the Old Fox gave up a highly-regarded pitching prospect to get Vernon back tells the story.

2B Jerry Priddy 1943, 1946-1947 20.3 WARP3
Priddy was a very good acquisition in the middle of a decade that was mostly a revolving door at second base.

SS John Sullivan 1942-1944, 1947-1948 10.0 WARP3
The fact that Sullivan played so many games at short stop for the Nats is an indication of how weak the position was for them in the decade.

3B Eddie Yost 1944, 1946-1950 16.0 WARP3
Yost got a lot of playing time but didn’t really come into his own until the last year of the decade.

LF George Case 1941-1945, 1947 24.1 WARP3
One of the best base stealers in franchise history.

CF Stan Spence 1942-1944, 1946-1947 36.7 WARP3
A very consistent performer in center field, led the team’s hitters in WARP3 for the decade.

RF Buddy Lewis 1941, 1945-1947, 1949 24 WARP3
One of the team’s better hitters in the decade despite missing what might have been his prime years due to the war.

SP Ray Scarborough 1942-1943, 1946-1950 22.2 WARP3
His best season was 1948.

SP Dutch Leonard 1941-1946 23.2 WARP3
The knuckleballer was key to Washington’s success during the war.

SP Sid Hudson 1941-1942, 1946-1950 27.6 WARP3
Hudson’s W-L totals didn’t look very impressive, but he pitched well for some very bad teams.

SP Early Wynn 1941-1944, 1946-1948 24.3 WARP3
He went on to have a Hall of Fame career elsewhere.

RP Tom Ferrick 1947-1948 5.5 WARP3
Ferrick only played for two seasons, but was one of the few effective relievers to throw for Washington in the decade.


2 Responses to The All-Franchise Team 1941-1950

  1. Beau says:

    To say Buddy Lewis wasn’t the same after the war isn’t fair unless you have some other evidence to back it up. He had a brilliant half season after coming back, and the year after had another line similar to the rest of his career. It was only when he hit 30 did he start to tank, and that phenemonon isn’t exclusive to the war vets.

  2. Scot says:

    Beau- you’re right. In my haste to get this published I think I temporarily confused Lewis’ situation with Cecil Travis. I’ll fix it in the text, thanks for the catch.

    Lewis’ decline can probably be traced to his hip injury in 1947, but you’re right, he was at the age where he likely would have started a decline even without the injury.

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