1959 Fort Worth Cats Roster

American Association (AA) - Class: AAA
Team Record: 81-81
Finished 2nd in the AA's West Division
Manager: Lou Klein (81-81)
Affiliation: Chicago Cubs
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Ballpark: LaGrave Field
Attendance: 97,315, Avg. 1,201
1959 Fort Worth Cats Statistics

Playoffs - Fort Worth Cats 4 games, Louisville Colonels 0
Finals - Minneapolis Millers 4 games, Fort Worth Cats 3

The Fort Worth Cats of the American Association ended the 1959 season with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses, finishing second in the league's West Division.

The Cats plated 636 runs and allowed 591 runs. Gabe Gabler and Ken Walters paced Fort Worth with 21 home runs apiece. Ken Walters drove in 92 runs. Bob Will topped hitters with significant playing time by hitting .336. Ben Johnson led the team with 17 wins, while Steve Ridzik added 15 or more wins, too Dick Ellsworth registered a 2.6 earned run average, tops among pitchers with enough qualifying appearances.

Members of the 1959 Fort Worth Cats who played in Major League Baseball during their careers were Lou Jackson, Morrie Martin, Elmer Singleton, Gabe Gabler, Bob Will, Steve Ridzik, Dick Bertell, Joe Schaffernoth, Seth Morehead, Ben Johnson, Don Eaddy, Jim Fanning, Dick Drott, Jim Woods, Dolan Nichols, Billy Williams, Moe Thacker, Art Ceccarelli, Dave Gerard, Ken Walters, Dick Ellsworth, Eddie Phillips, Ron Shoop, Al Lary, Lou Klein, Marcelino Solis, Gordon Massa, Moe Morhardt, Ken Hubbs, Don Taussig, Ed Donnelly and Jerry Kindall.

Lou Klein served as manager.

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Player Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Ray BellinoRRDecember 3, 19326'0"175Jersey City, NJ US
Dick BertellRRNovember 21, 19356'0"200Oak Park, IL US
Art CeccarelliRLApril 2, 19306'0"190New Haven, CT US
Alex CosmidisRRSeptember 22, 19285'7"165Fayetteville, NC US
Ed DonnellyRRDecember 10, 19326'0"175Allen, MI US
Dick DrottRRJuly 1, 19366'0"185Cincinnati, OH US
Don EaddyRRFebruary 16, 19345'11"165Grand Rapids, MI US
Dick EllsworthLLMarch 22, 19406'3"180Lusk, WY US
Jim FanningRRSeptember 14, 19275'11"180Chicago, IL US
Gabe GablerLRAugust 4, 19306'1"190St. Louis, MO US
Dave GerardRRAugust 6, 19366'2"205New York, NY US
Ken HubbsRRDecember 23, 19416'2"175Riverside, CA US
Lou JacksonLRJuly 26, 19355'10"168Riverton, LA US
Ben JohnsonRRMay 16, 19316'2"190Greenwood, SC US
Jerry KindallRRMay 27, 19356'2"175St. Paul, MN US
Lou KleinRROctober 22, 19185'11"167New Orleans, LA US
Al LaryRRSeptember 26, 19286'3"185Northport, AL US
Joe MackoRRFebruary 19, 19286'2"205Port Clinton, OH US
Morrie MartinLLSeptember 3, 19226'0"173Dixon, MO US
Gordon MassaLRSeptember 2, 19356'3"210Cincinnati, OH US
James MillerLR5'11"170
Seth MoreheadLLAugust 15, 19346'0"195Houston, TX US
Moe MorhardtLLJanuary 16, 19376'1"185Manchester, CT US
Dolan NicholsRRFebruary 28, 19306'0"195Tishomingo, MS US
Eddie PhillipsSRJuly 8, 19306'1"180St. Louis, MO US
Steve RidzikRRApril 29, 19295'11"170Yonkers, NY US
Jesse RogersRRFebruary 16, 19346'3"200Kansas City, MO US
Joe SchaffernothRRAugust 6, 19376'4"195Trenton, NJ US
Ron ShoopRRSeptember 19, 19315'11"180Rural Valley, PA US
Elmer SingletonRRJune 26, 19186'2"174Ogden, UT US
Marcelino SolisLLJuly 19, 19306'1"185Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi MX
Emil SyngelRR6'1"190
Don TaussigRRFebruary 19, 19326'0"180New York, NY US
Moe ThackerRRMay 21, 19346'3"205Louisville, KY US
Ken WaltersRRNovember 11, 19336'1"180Fresno, CA US
Bob WillLLJuly 15, 19315'10"175Berwyn, IL US
Billy WilliamsLRJune 15, 19386'1"175Whistler, AL US
Jim WoodsRRSeptember 17, 19396'0"175Chicago, IL US

Average attendance is based upon the number of actual home dates where known (most leagues from 1992 and later). Where the number of home dates is not known, the average is calculated using half the team's total games.

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