Sumter Indians

From BR Bullpen

In 1970, Sumter, SC was home to professional baseball for the first time in 20 years with the arrival of the Sumter Indians, who played in the Western Carolinas League. After a last-place, 23-43 first half, the Cleveland Indians farm club went 38-26 in the second half, only one and a half games behind the first-place Greenville Red Sox. Managed by Len Johnston, Sumter was outscored 694-648 on the year. The team had one All-Star, 1B Dan Covert (.295/~.396/.466), who was fifth in the league in average and tied for second with 16 homers. Future big-leaguers included 3B Buddy Bell (.265/~.333/.403, 81 runs, 75 RBI, .902 fielding), OF Tommy Smith (.366/~.396/.536 in 53 games, .844 fielding) and Jim Kern (5-6, 4.88, 70 walks and 71 K in 72 innings, a league-worst 25 wild pitches). Dan Hatchell (10-5, 3.25) was fourth in the circuit in ERA while Richard Ray (3-3, 13 Sv, 4.01) had the most saves. They drew 33,196 fans, 4th in the six-team WCL. The team switched affiliations in 1971 and became the Sumter Astros.

Source: 1971 Baseball Guide

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1970 61-68 4th Len Johnston none