Teams Alfred DeRenne Played On

1935: Superior Blues (Superior, Wisconsin), Northern League. DeRenne's batting average was .233 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI for the season. He played outfield. The Blues finished in 4th place that year out of 8 teams. They were managed by Dick "Rip" Wade. Teams in the league that year were: Brainerd (MN) Blues, Crookston (MN) Pirates, Duluth (MN) Dukes, East Grand Forks (MN) Chiefs, Eau Claire (WI) Muskies, Fargo (ND)-Moorhead (MN) Twins, and the Winnipeg (Manitoba) Maroons. 


1936: Jeannette Little Pirates (Jeannette, Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania State Association. The Little Pirates were a Class D affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1936 they were managed by former Pirate pitching great Wilbur Cooper, who would become DeRenne's father-in-law. The Little Pirates finished first in the league in 1936 with a record of 65-44.  Alfred DeRenne led in runs, with 106, and played outfield. DeRenne's teammate, Ken Heintzelman, who had pitched for Cooper the year before, led in wins (20) and strikeouts (229). Teams that year were: Butler Yankees, Charleroi Tigers, Greensburg Red Wings, Jeannette Little Pirates, McKeesport Tubers and the Monessen Indians.


1937: Hutchinson Larks (Hutchinson, Kansas), Western Association. The Larks were a Class C affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and were managed by Richard Goldberg, Dick Klinger, and Hugh McMullen in 1936. The Larks finished in 2nd place with a record of 78-64, 2 games behind the Muskogee Reds. Derenne played outfield, and batted in 143 games and finished the year with an average of .302. Teams in the Western Association that year were: Bartlesville (OK) Blues, Hutchinson Larks, Joplin (MO) Miners, Muskogee (OK) Reds, Ponca City (OK) Angels and Springfield (IL) Cardinals.

Derenne started off 1938 with the Larks, but was later signed by the Savannah Indians.


1938: Hutchinson Larks, Western Association. The Larks, managed by Hugh McMullen, were to finish in 4th place, 13.5 games behind the Ponca City Angels.Derenne, again playing outfield, and batting .305 in 407 appearances at the plate.


1938: Savannah Indians (Savannah, Georgia), South Atlantic League. Derenne was moved up to a Class B affiliate of Pittsburgh. The team was managed by Chick Autry, and finished in 1st place with a record of 81-60. Derenne only played in 30 games, and batted .261 in 111 at bats. Other teams in the league that year were: Augusta (GA) Tigers, Columbia (SC) Reds, Columbus (GA) Red Birds, Greenville (SC) Spinners, Jacksonville (FL) Tars, Macon (GA) Peaches, and Spartanburg (SC) Spartans.


1939: Gadsden Pilots (Gadsden, Alabama), Southeastern League. Derenne played for another Class B affiliate of Pittsburgh. The team was managed by Charlie Moss and Yam Yaryan. Derenne batted .304 in 156 games. Other teams in the league that year were: Anniston (AL) Rams, Jackson (MS) Senators, Meridian (MS) Scrappers, Mobile (AL) Shippers, Montgomery (AL) Rebels, Pensacola (FL) Pilots, and the Selma (AL) Cloverleafs.


1940 would be the last year for professional baseball for Al Derenne. He played for two teams, the Pine Bluff Judges and the Gadsden Pilots.

1940: Pine Bluff Judges (Pine Bluff, Arkansas), Cotton States League. The Judges were a Class C unaffiliated team, managed by Red Rollings. Derenne played in 62 games and batted .271. League teams that year were: Clarksdale (MS) Red Sox, El Dorado (AR) Lions, Greenville (MS) Buckshots, Greenwood (MS) Chocktaws, Helena (AR) Seaporters, Hot Springs (AR) Bathers, and the Monroe (LA) White Sox.


1940: Gadsden Pilots (Gadsden, Alabama), Southeastern League. Billy Bancroft was the manager that year. Derenne finished up his career batting .209 in 51 games. Other teams in the league that year were: Anniston (AL) Rams, Jackson (MS) Senators, Meridian (MS) Bears, Mobile (AL) Shippers, Montgomery (AL) Rebels, Pensacola (FL) Pilots, and the Selma (AL) Cloverleafs.

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