Lon Warneke Stats

Lon Warneke was born on Sunday, March 28, 1909, in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Warneke was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1930, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Lon Warneke baseball stats page.

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"Brooklyn players recently held a discussion over the pitching merits of (Lon) Warneke and all of them agreed that he was just about the best hurler in the National League this year. 'Not many pitchers in our league will win as many as 20 games this season,' said Bill Clark , star southpaw of the Robins, 'but I think Warneke will reach that total. He may be the only one to win that many games. I've watched him closely in the games he pitched and I've him up as the sort of pitcher who will not go through a long period of ineffectiveness. He may lose two or three in a row, but if he does it will be because of a lack of batting support.'" - Sports Editor Bill Reed in The Reading Eagle (07/20/1932, 'How Warneke Got Control', Page 10)

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Lon "The Arkansas Hummingbird" Warneke Autograph on a TCMA Reprint Baseball Card

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Birth Name:
Lonnie Warneke
Nickname:
Lon - The Arkansas Hummingbird
Born On:
03-28-1909  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mount Ida, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-23-1976 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Cemetery:
Owley Cemetery, Mount Ida, Arkansas Click For Grave Photo
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-18-1930 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-29-1945
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Lon Warneke Pitching Stats

1930 21 Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 .000 33.76 0 0 0 1.1 11 2 5 5 0 5 - 0 1 0 0 -
1931 22 Cubs 20 7 7 2 4 .333 3.22 3 0 0 64.1 299 67 23 33 1 37 - 27 0 3 1 -
1932 23 Cubs 35 32 1 22 6 .786 2.37 25 4 0 277.0 1,117 247 73 84 12 64 - 106 5 2 0 -
1933 24 Cubs 36 34 1 18 13 .581 2.00 26 4 1 287.1 1,175 262 64 83 8 75 - 133 6 3 0 -
1934 25 Cubs 43 35 7 22 10 .688 3.21 23 3 3 291.1 1,198 273 104 116 16 66 - 143 4 2 0 -
1935 26 Cubs 42 30 11 20 13 .606 3.06 20 1 4 261.2 1,066 257 89 102 19 50 - 120 10 3 0 -
1936 27 Cubs 40 29 7 16 13 .552 3.45 13 4 1 240.1 1,024 246 92 108 10 76 - 113 5 4 0 -
1937 28 Cardinals 36 33 1 18 11 .621 4.53 18 2 0 238.2 1,051 280 120 139 32 69 - 87 6 0 0 -
1938 29 Cardinals 31 26 3 13 8 .619 3.97 12 4 0 197.0 855 199 87 102 14 64 - 89 6 2 0 -
1939 30 Cardinals 34 21 7 13 7 .650 3.78 6 2 2 162.0 675 160 68 73 14 49 - 59 2 2 0 -
1940 31 Cardinals 33 31 2 16 10 .615 3.14 17 1 0 232.0 969 235 81 103 17 47 - 85 3 3 0 -
1941 32 Cardinals 37 30 5 17 9 .654 3.15 12 4 0 246.0 1,014 227 86 100 19 82 - 83 0 3 0 -
1942 33 Cardinals 12 12 0 6 4 .600 3.29 5 0 0 82.0 336 76 30 34 8 15 - 31 0 0 0 -
1942 33 Cubs 15 12 3 5 7 .417 2.27 8 1 2 99.0 403 97 25 33 2 21 - 28 0 0 0 -
1943 34 Cubs 21 10 5 4 5 .444 3.16 4 0 0 88.1 354 82 31 40 3 18 - 30 0 0 0 -
1945 36 Cubs 9 1 5 0 1 .000 3.86 0 0 0 14.0 61 16 6 9 0 1 - 6 2 0 0 -
15 Years 445 343 65 192 121 .613 3.18 192 30 13 2,782.1 11,608 2,726 984 1,164 175 739 - 1,140 50 27 1 -

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Lon Warneke Hitting Stats

1930 21 Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1931 22 Cubs 20 19 3 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 5 0 - 0 - .263 .263 .368
1932 23 Cubs 35 99 8 19 1 1 0 0 9 3 - 20 4 - 0 - .192 .216 .222
1933 24 Cubs 39 100 9 30 6 1 2 0 13 3 - 13 3 - 0 4 .300 .320 .440
1934 25 Cubs 52 113 12 22 3 0 0 0 8 3 - 9 2 - 0 2 .195 .216 .221
1935 26 Cubs 44 91 9 20 1 0 0 0 15 3 - 9 7 - 1 4 .220 .253 .231
1936 27 Cubs 40 84 9 17 1 0 1 0 5 2 - 9 10 - 2 4 .202 .239 .250
1937 28 Cardinals 36 80 10 21 3 0 0 0 10 7 - 12 6 - 0 2 .263 .322 .300
1938 29 Cardinals 31 71 5 23 3 0 0 0 6 2 - 7 3 - 0 2 .324 .342 .366
1939 30 Cardinals 34 52 4 10 3 0 0 0 8 4 - 7 6 - 1 3 .192 .263 .250
1940 31 Cardinals 33 86 6 18 2 0 1 0 13 5 - 24 7 - 0 4 .209 .253 .267
1941 32 Cardinals 37 77 6 9 0 0 0 0 4 11 - 18 8 - 0 3 .117 .227 .117
1942 33 Cardinals 12 30 2 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 - 4 3 - 0 0 .333 .394 .333
1942 33 Cubs 15 32 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 5 2 - 0 2 .188 .188 .188
1943 34 Cubs 21 26 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 - 6 1 - 0 1 .192 .323 .231
1945 36 Cubs 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 0 0 - 0 0 .000 .333 .000
15 Years 459 962 87 215 26 2 4 0 97 52 - 148 62 - 4 31 .223 .266 .267

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Lon Warneke Fielding Stats

1930 Cubs P 1 0 4 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.75
1931 Cubs P 20 7 193 10 0.5 9 1 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.26
1932 Cubs P 35 32 831 67 1.9 66 11 55 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.14
1933 Cubs P 36 34 862 80 2.2 80 8 72 0 7 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.51
1934 Cubs P 43 35 874 73 1.7 73 15 58 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.26
1935 Cubs P 42 30 785 63 1.5 62 15 47 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.13
1936 Cubs P 40 29 721 60 1.5 59 15 44 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.21
1937 Cardinals P 36 33 716 52 1.4 50 10 40 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.89
1938 Cardinals P 31 26 591 40 1.3 38 4 34 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.74
1939 Cardinals P 34 21 486 37 1.1 37 9 28 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1940 Cardinals P 33 31 696 60 1.8 60 10 50 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.33
1941 Cardinals P 37 30 738 51 1.4 51 8 43 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.87
1942 Cardinals P 12 12 246 19 1.6 19 6 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.09
1942 Cubs P 15 12 297 28 1.9 28 8 20 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.55
1943 Cubs P 21 10 265 25 1.2 25 3 22 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.55
1945 Cubs P 9 1 42 6 0.7 6 3 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
P Totals 445 343 8,347 672 1.5 664 126 538 8 31 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.15
15 Years 445 343 8,347 672 1.5 664 126 538 8 31 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.15

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Lon Warneke Miscellaneous Stats

1930 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 33.76
1931 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 9.5 0.73 3.78 5.18
1932 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 11.0 1.66 3.44 2.08
1933 Cubs 0 - - 0 3 n/a 50.0 7.7 7.7 1.77 4.17 2.35
1934 Cubs 0 - - 1 8 n/a 0.0 12.6 14.1 2.17 4.42 2.04
1935 Cubs 0 - - 0 2 n/a 0.0 10.1 6.1 2.40 4.13 1.72
1936 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 84.0 9.3 16.8 1.49 4.23 2.85
1937 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.7 8.0 1.26 3.28 2.60
1938 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.1 11.8 1.39 4.07 2.92
1939 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.4 6.5 1.20 3.28 2.72
1940 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 86.0 3.6 6.6 1.81 3.30 1.82
1941 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 19.3 1.01 3.04 3.00
1942 Cardinals 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.5 10.0 2.07 3.40 1.65
1942 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.4 32.0 1.33 2.55 1.91
1943 Cubs 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 0.0 1.67 3.06 1.83
1945 Cubs 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.00 3.86 0.64
15 Years 1 - - 1 13 n/a 240.5 6.5 9.9 1.54 3.69 2.39

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Lon Warneke Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1930 Chicago Cubs n/a Undetermined n/a -
1931 Chicago Cubs n/a Undetermined n/a -
1932 Chicago Cubs 17 Undetermined n/a Stats
1933 Chicago Cubs 16 Undetermined Stats -
1934 Chicago Cubs 16 Undetermined Stats -
1935 Chicago Cubs 12 Undetermined - Stats
1936 Chicago Cubs 12 $15,500.00 Stats -
1937 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined - -
1938 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined - -
1939 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Undetermined Stats -
1940 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Undetermined - -
1941 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined Stats -
1942 St. Louis Cardinals 18 $15,000.00 - -
1942 Chicago Cubs 19 "     " - -
1943 Chicago Cubs 32 Undetermined - -
1945 Chicago Cubs 36 Undetermined n/a -
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Did you know that Lon Warneke hit the first triple in All-Star history? The 1933 All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 , at Chicago's Comiskey Park - the first Midsummer Classic in baseball history. Warneke, who had his first of three 20-win seasons the year before, made the inaugural senior circuit pitching staff and in the third inning relieved Bill Hallahan , with the junior circuit ahead 3-0. Warneke pitched through the sixth inning, gave up one run, allowed six hits, and struck out only two batters; Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig . During the sixth inning, Warneke sharply hit a ball past right-fielder Ruth , for a triple - the first ever during an All-Star Game .

Did you know that Lon Warneke, on April 14, 1936 , surrendered a home run to Eddie Morgan during his Major League debut, during his first at-bat , with the first pitch thrown to him, and , Morgan was pinch hitting?

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Lon Warneke | 1933 DeLong Baseball Card (#16) | Baseball Almanac Collection

The Arkansas Hummingbird threw a one-hitter on April 17, 1934 , Opening Day. During his second start of the 1934 season, on April 22, 1934 , Warneke threw another one-hitter, but a game which he will be known most for was August 30, 1941 , a no-hitter, the third in franchise history for the St. Louis Cardinals . Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of that no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), originally appearing in his book No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Lon Warneke', Page 146):

Lon Warneke (Box Score: 08-30-1941 )

The St. Louis Cards and the Brooklyn Dodgers waged a torrid battle for the pennant in 1941. The Cards trailed the Dodgers by one and one-half games when Lon Warneke faced the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, August 30 , before 9859 fans at Crosley Field. Warneke, with a 14-7 record, opposed the Reds' newest ace, Elmer Riddle , who had won 15, lost only two.

Warneke coasted through the first four innings, allowing only two balls to be hit to the outfield. Linus Frey closed the first inning with a high fly to center, and Frank McCormick lined to right at the start of the second.

Frank McCormick opened the fifth with a hard grounder to second which Frank Crespi fielded and then threw high over first baseman Johnny Mize's head for an error. Jim Gleeson fanned on a 3-2 pitch and McCormick was doubled trying to steal second.

Mike McCormick became Warneke's second and last strikeout victim for the second out in the seventh. Frey next drew Lon's lone walk, and Frank McCormick then hit the Red's only well-tagged ball of the game, lining one to deep left. Don Padgett backed against the left field wall to catch it.

Gleeson started the eighth with a high pop in back of third. Jimmy Brown backpedaled steadily, jumped, caught the ball, fell and dropped it. It was the kind of play that could have been scored either way. It was ruled an error. Ernie Lombardi followed with a grounder to second and Crespi started a double play via shortstop Marty Marion and Mize . Harry Craft ended the frame with a pop to Marion .

Now Warneke, with a 2-0 lead, had only three men to go. Four times before he had come within one hit of a no-hitter. Manager Bill McKechnie sent veteran Lloyd Waner to bat for Eddie Joost to start the ninth. Warneke got him on a pop to short. Ernie Koy batted for Riddle and hit one through the middle. But Marion glided over, made a fine stop and throw to nip the speedy Koy .

Warneke had relied on curves and a change of pace throughout the game, using his fast ball only 10 or 12 times and then usually as a waste pitch. Now, he threw Bill Werber a fast curve and the third baseman lifted a pop to Mize near first base to end the game.

The happy Cards mobbed Warneke and almost carried him to the clubhouse. The game was more than just a no-hitter, because the Dodgers had lost twice that day and the Cards were now in first place.

The Cards had threatened to score in the second, fourth and fifth, but it was not until the seventh that they got their two runs. Brown walked with two out and Johnny Hopp singled. Padgett then hit a terrific liner which kept curving away from center fielder Craft . Harry got both hands on the ball in right center but could not hold it and it went for a two-base eror, both runners scoring.

Warneke finished the season with a 17-9 record. The Cards lost the flag to Brooklyn by two and one-half games.

Lon Warneke was the thirty-fourth former Major League ballplayer who became a full-time Major League umpire and the only one in history has has both played and umpired in an All-Star Game (played in 1933 , 1934 & 1936 | umpired in 1952 ) and a World Series (played in 1932 & 1935 | umpired in 1954 ).

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