Alf Anderson Essentials

Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 71 Weight: 165
Born: Wednesday, January 28, 1914 in Gainesville, GA USA
Died: 6 23 1985 in Albany, GA USA
Debut: 4/20/1941
Last Game: 4/21/1946
Full Name: Alfred Walton Anderson

Alf Anderson, shortstop for the Pirates in 1941-42 and 1946. Anderson was in his third season of minor league ball when the Pirates traded longtime infielder Pep Young to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association on September 30,1940 in exchange for his contract. He hit .351 with 41 doubles in 148 games during that 1940 season. He started six of the first 11 games of the 1941 season at shortstop for the Pirates, then went 47 games straight without a start before taking over the starting shortstop job for the rest of the year. He played a total of 70 games, hitting .215 with 32 runs scored and his defense was below average, making 19 errors in 58 games at shortstop. He was the backup shortstop for most of 1942 getting a majority of his games in early June and in September. In 54 games he hit .271 and drew 18 walks. He spent the next three seasons working a wartime job in the states, before joining the Navy. He returned to the Pirates in 1946, but only appeared as a pinch-hitter twice before they released him to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, where he finished his playing career later that year.