The Philadelphia Athletics hold the all-time record for turning double plays in a season with 217 in 1949. Equally impressive, the 1952 Nashville Vols infield set a Southern Association record of 202 double plays for a season.
Although the team finished in sixth place with a 73-79 record, 13 games behind the pennant-winning Chattanooga Lookouts, the stalwart infield consisted of four players who made their mark on the defensive side:
RANCE PLESS. In 1952 third baseman Pless led the Southern Association with 196 hits and a .364 batting average. He returned to the league in 1960, playing a total of 85 games with Birmingham and Little Rock after a brief appearance in the majors with the Kansas City Athletics in 1956.
FRANK “ZIGGY” JASINSKI. In his only season with the Nashville Vols Jasinski played shortstop in 120 games and batted .259 for the season.
JIM MARSHALL. This future major league manager was the first baseman during the 1952 Vols season. Batting .296 and slamming 24 home runs, he knocked in 98 runs and had 38 triples. He also led the team in total bases with 287. Marshall went on to manage the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics and later became a scout.
HAROLD “BUSTER” BOGUSKIE. In 1952 Boguskie anchored second base. His best year at the plate came in 1951 when he batted .322 for the season, and in 1952 hit for a .255 average.