Photographs courtesy of Nicholas E. Petula "A History of Scranton Professional Baseball"
and the Lackawanna Historical Society
1941 was a tough year for the ballclub. They fell under heavy expectations and didn't fulfill them. They would still make the playoffs but at 71-68, they barely reached a level of consitancy. Lew Kensecki (14 2B, .320), Al Signaigo (20 2B, .313), Bill Sodd (25 2B, .310) and a returning Johnny Lazor (25 2B, .290) were the best in the box while future Philadelphia A's pitcher Lew Krausse (15-9, 2.89) was the ace on the mound. Future Red Sox' Randy Heflin (10-6, 2.40), Peter Blumette (10-3, 3.38) and future Red Sox' Joe Wood (6-2, 1.80) held up the back end of the rotation. Consistancy may have been what the Red Sox were lacking but by 1942, that was their middle name. Marvin Ulrich returned to go 15-7 (3.13), future Phillies' Eli Hodkey was 15-8 (1.96) and future 10 year MLB veteran Fritz Dorish was 12-8 with a 2.07 ERA. Butch Nieman batted only .206 but his 9 HRs were the most ever for the Scranton Red Sox. Together this team made a great run for the pennant, making the playoffs with a best yet record of 83-57, this time taking over the Championship of the Eastern League and finally bringing the title home for the first time to their new Scranton Dunmore Stadium.