1953 Forest City Owls Roster

Tar Heel League (THL) - Class: D
Team Record: 72-40
Finished 2nd in the THL
Manager: Leonard Cross (0-0), Robert McGimsey (0-0)
Location: Forest City, North Carolina
Ballpark: Memorial Park
Attendance: 48,812, Avg. 872
1953 Forest City Owls Statistics

Playoffs - Lexington Indians 4 games, Forest City Owls 2

The Forest City Owls of the Tar Heel League ended the 1953 season with a record of 72 wins and 40 losses, finishing second in the THL.

The Owls scored 711 runs and allowed 602 runs. Robert McGimsey paced all regular hitters by hitting .299. Jack Williamson topped Forest City with 13 wins, while Woody Rich recorded a 2.65 ERA, best among regularly-used pitchers.

Woody Rich and Kirby Higbe both played in Major League Baseball during their careers.

Leonard Cross and Robert McGimsey served as manager.


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Player Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Fred BiangardiRSeptember 7, 19276'0"210
Gerald BrackettRRJanuary 26, 19326'0"170Cleveland County, NC US
Jerry CaldwellRR6'2"200
John Calvert
Jose Castillo
John Cathey
Leonard CrossR6'0"215
Robert CrossMay 2, 1929Gaston County, NC US
William GreeneRR6'1"180
Billie HareR5'8"170
John HarringtonLMay 23, 19246'0"170
Kirby HigbeRRApril 8, 19155'11"190Columbia, SC US
Julio LopezR5'10"178
Anthony MazurekR5'10"160
Robert McGimseyLJune 14, 19186'1"200
Luis Meza
George OatesL6'0"180
Phillip OatesRR6'2"190
Hal Owens
Harold Reid
Norman ReinhardtRL6'1"180
Woody RichLRMarch 9, 19166'2"185Morganton, NC US
Gene RobinsonSeptember 12, 1931
Gerald Robinson
Lloyd Rochester
George RoseLJuly 16, 19306'1"190
Edward RychlakOctober 24, 1930Swedesburg, PA US
Jim SwiggettLRSeptember 10, 19305'11"190
Jack Triplett192
Dick WilliamsJune 9, 1928Morgantown, NC US
Jack Williamson
Robert WithrowFebruary 16, 1924
Thomas Wycoff

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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