Ken Penner

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Kenneth William Penner

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ken Penner, a great minor league pitcher, was briefly in the majors in 1916 and 1929. With the Chicago Cubs in 1929 he posted an ERA of 2.84. The Cubs went on to win the pennant, but Penner did not appear in the World Series.

With the Cubs, he was the same age as teammate Rogers Hornsby.

He pitched professionally from 1913 to 1938 (with token appearances in 1942 and 1943). He accumulated a 330-284 minor league record to go with a 3.67 ERA in 5,571 innings. Penner led the 1916 Central Association with a 1.41 ERA and the 1927 Texas League with a 2.52 ERA.

Penner was a coach for the Sacramento Solons in 1941-1942 and a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1945 to 1957.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1934 Louisville Colonels American Association 49-40 4th none replaced Bruno Betzel (29-34) on June 22
1935 Louisville Colonels American Association 52-97 8th none none
1936 Crookston Pirates Northern League 54-68 7th Chicago White Sox
1937 Montgomery Bombers Southeastern League 38-60 -- Milwaukee Brewers -- replaced by Harry Griswold (0-4) on July 24
1938 Bellingham Chinooks Western International League 68-65 2nd Hollywood Stars League Champs
1939 Bellingham Chinooks Western International League 40-102 6th none
1940 Pocatello Cardinals Pioneer League 62-68 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1943 Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast League 41-114 8th St. Louis Cardinals
1944 Rochester Red Wings International League 71-82 7th St. Louis Cardinals

Further Reading[edit]

  • Chip Greene: "Ken Penner", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 140-144. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2

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