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Charlie English

Charles Dewie English
Born: April 8, 1910 in Darlington, S.C.
Died: June 25, 1999 in Pasadena, Calif.
Debut: 1932 | Pos: 3B
H: 5’9.5″ | W: 160 | B: R | T: R

4 50 136 10 39 1 13 0 .287

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Charles “Dewey” Dewie English didn’t have many chances in the major leagues, but he certainly made the most of  them.

The infielder, who was born in Darlington, S.C., died on June 25, 1999 in Pasadena, Calif. He played in 50 major league games, in parts of four seasons. His career numbers include a home run and 13 RBI in 136 at-bats.

English had gained some notoriety as an all-star third baseman with Hutchinson (Kansas) in the Western Association when the Chicago White Sox purchased his contract on July 22, 1932. On July 23, he made his debut in a major league uniform and he played a key role when his single in the 12th inning helped the Sox rally to a 4-2 win over the Indians. According to other reports, his only major-league home run came that season and it proved to be the difference in a 3-1 win over the Tigers.

He played in 24 games for Chicago that season, hitting .317 with a home run and eight RBI. In January 1933, however, he was one of three players the White Sox optioned to Galveston of the Texas League. He reappeared in the major leagues in 1933, collecting four hits in nine at-bats for Chicago.

The 1934 season proved to be one of his most successful as he hit .330 for Galveston and drove in 111 runs. The feats were enough for the second baseman to be named the Texas League MVP. One wire report of English’s season said that he drove in six runs in a single game against New Orleans in the playoffs. On Sept. 9 of that year, the Philadelphia Athletics purchased his contract, but he did not appear in any games that season.

English was a part of the Philadelphia roster into Spring Training in 1935, but he was released and returned to Galveston where he hit .309 in 160 games.

He had another shot at the major leagues in 1936 when he was invited to Spring Training with the New York Giants. According to “English of Texas a New Giant Hope,” published in the New York Times, English “first gained prominence in 1934 when he was voted the most valuable player in the Texas League.”

“He is only 25 now and seems ready to make a real bid for a major league berth.”

When the Giants started the season, English was still on the roster. However, he appeared in just six games and was hitless in a single at-bat. On May 8, English was sent back to Galveston of the Texas League.

In October 1936, he was was involved in a minor league draft of talent and his name had to be drawn from a hat when both Kansas City and Indianapolis claimed him. Kansas City came away with his rights. That season, he also made his final appearance on a major league roster — this time with the Reds — and he collected 15 hits in 63 at-bats and drove in four runs.

He took his talents to the West Coast in 1938 joining Los Angeles of the Pacific Coast League. He had another standout season, driving in 143 runs. He returned with Los Angeles in 1939 and then moved to Milwaukee in 1940.

In 1941, he joined Nashville and won the league’s batting title in 1942 when he hit .341. He also led the league with 139 RBI and 50 doubles.

On Feb. 28, 1943, Nashville sold his contract back to Los Angeles. That 1943 Los Angeles team finished with a  110-45 record and English hit .323 with 15 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games.

The final seasons of his career included a stop in Portland.

According to his daughter, English worked in trucking following his playing career. His jobs after baseball included working in sales for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and later working as a freight broker in Southern California.

“English Among Best Hitters in Minor Leagues”, Los Angeles Times. April 7, 1943. P. A11
“Player are picked by draw from hat,” New York Times. Oct. 13, 1936. P. 37
“English of Texas a Giant Hope,” by John Drebinger. New York Times. Feb. 29, 1936. P. 18
“White Sox Buy Two Players”, New York Times. July 23, 1932. P 7
“Sox score 2 with 2 outs in the 12th”, Chicago Daily Tribune. July 24, 1932. P A1
“Sox send three Rookies to Galveston on Option”, Chicago Daily Tribune. Jan. 10, 1933. P 20.
“Two Galveston infield stars bought by A’s”, Washington Post. Sept. 9, 1934. P 17
“Athletics Release Two”, New York Times. March 22, 1935. P 29
“Giants release Fred Marberry, Charles English”, Chicago Daily Tribune. May 9, 1936. P. 23
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