1940 Nashville Vols

In conjunction with its 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2001, Minor League Baseball named the 1940 Nashville Vols as the 47th best minor league team of all time.

Nashville_Vols_1940_2Included on the roster were Cletus “Boots” Poffenburger, Tom Drake, John Milhalic, Oris Hockett, Gus Dugas, George Jeffcoat, Ace Adams, Russ Meers, Dick Culler, Charley “Greek” George, Mickey Rocco, Robert Boken, Arnold Moser, Johnny Sain, Tommy Tatum, Marv Felderman, and Leo Twardy.

After leading the league from opening day until season’s end, Larry Gilbert’s team won 101 games.  The team’s batting average totaled .311 for the year, Boots Poffenberger won 26 games, and reliever Ace Adams stuck out 122 rival batters.

George Jeffcoat struck out 18 Chattanooga Lookouts on September 10, 1940 in a Shaughnessy Playoff game for Nashville at the end of the season.  The Vols beat Houston of the Texas League four games to one in the Dixie Series.

Ironically, the team roster stayed intact for the entire season.

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