May 28th, 2024

 

The Northwoods League opened up with the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters defeating the Fon Du Lac Lake Spiders 8-7. The winning pitcher was Pierce Boles from LSU Eunice as he  is a freshman righthander. The offense was led by sophomore outfielder Quintin Purelli from Elizabethtown College. The right fielder went 2-for-3 with 2 runs batted in with a huge triple in the game.  The losing pitcher of record was lefty Elden Santana from Lawrence University.

 

In the Western Canadian League openers, the Regina Red Sox edged out Saskatoon Berries 5-4. Carter Beck led the offense with 2 hits in 4 at-bats including a double and a walk. Landon Nunes added on with  2 runs batted in  for the sophomore from Cal.

The Prospect League will open up today  and we will let the readers know what prevailed.

Division 1 SEC tourney- Since nine clubs are moving on to the College World Series, here are the bracket and results from the 2024 tourney:

Wednesday, May 21

Game 1: No. 11 LSU 9, No. 6 Georgia 1
Game 2: No. 10 South Carolina 10, No. 7 Alabama 5
Game 3: No. 8 Vanderbilt 6, No. 9 Florida 3
Game 4: No. 5 Mississippi State 2, No. 12 Ole Miss 1
Wednesday, May 22

Game 5: No. 11 LSU 11, No. 3 Kentucky 0
Game 6: No. 10 South Carolina 6, No. 2 Arkansas 5
Game 7: No. 8 Vanderbilt 13, No. 1 Tennessee 4
Game 8: No. 5 Mississippi State 5, No. 4 Texas A&M 3
Thursday, May 23

Game 9: No. 3 Kentucky 9, No. 2 Arkansas 6
Game 10: No. 1 Tennessee 7, No. 4 Texas A&M 4
Game 11: No. 11 LSU 11, No. 10 South Carolina 10
Game 12: No. 8 Vanderbilt 4, No. 5 Mississippi State 3
Friday, May 24

Game 13: No. 10 South Carolina 6, No. 3 Kentucky 5
Game 14: No. 1 Tennessee 6, No. 5 Mississippi State 5
Saturday, May 25

Game 15: No. 11 LSU 12, No. 10 South Carolina 11
Game 16: No. 1 Tennessee 6, No. 8 Vanderbilt 4

 

After all or most of the leagues open, we will be mainly covering the Florida League, the Cape Cod League and the Hampton League.

COLLEGE BASEBALL NOW!

Welcome to College Baseball Now! This will be an almost daily report on the happenings in collegiate baseball. I will be giving the latest information of the D1 and D2 NCAA baseball news along with a dose of over twenty summer collegiate leagues around the country. Strap in and let’s go!

There are nearly twenty leagues that I will cover (not each one every day) but some of the latest results and who is getting it done this summer.

Collegiate Baseball Leagues

Atlantic- started May 23
Cape Cod- June 13
Hampton – June 13
California CBL- June 6
Cal Ripken CBL- June 1
Futures Leagues – started May 24
Florida CBL- May 30
Great Lakes- June 4
Jayhawk League –
Northwoods- May 27
NY CBL – June 6
Perfect Game- May 30
Prospect- May 29
Southern CBL- May 30
Florida CBL- June 1
South Florida League- June 1
Texas CBL- May 30
Valley League – May 31
Western Canadian- May 27

From Last Night– In the Ten Team Atlantic League, the High Point Dirty Birds split a doubleheader as Delino DeShields, Jr. hit his first home run of the summer for a 6-0 win over Charleston. In the nightcap, Rusber Estrada stroked his 9th long ball as the catcher from Gascara, Venezuela leads the league.
Also, right handed hurler Hayden Mutz, a senior from AIC, fanned five and tossed 6 innings for the Vermont Lake Monsters to secure the win.

Summer League action returns tomorrow with openers in the Northwoods and Western Canadian Leagues.

Division 2 NCAA Tournament-

This tourney will run June 1-8 in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Here is the bracket for that event.

Saturday, June 1
Game 1: (4) Point Loma vs. (5) Indiana (PA), 1:30 p.m.
Game 2: (1) Central Mo. vs. (8) Angelo State, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 2
Game 3: (3) Catawba vs. (6) Southern N.H., 1:30 p.m.
Game 4: (2) Tampa vs. (7) UIndy, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 3
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Game 7: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5
Game 9: Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 5, 1:30 p.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7, 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 7
Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6, TBA
Game 14: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8, TBA
Saturday, June 8
Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14

D1 NCAA tournament
This College World Series is being held in Omaha, Nebraska
The selection for the Field of 64 is Monday, May 27th

Selection show: Monday, May 27 at noon ET | ESPN2/ESPNU
Regionals: Friday-Monday, May 31-June 3
Super regionals: Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 or Saturday-Monday, June 8-10
First day of MCWS games: Start Friday, June 14
MCWS finals: Saturday-Monday, June 22-23-24

Look for more tomorrow……

A Few BIOS of Stars of Yesteryear in Baseball

These stars of the 19th century of baseball are almost forgotten. But not quite as
I have selected a dozen to highlight that were on top of their game. In fact, many of these are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In no particular order:

 

John Clarkson – He was born on July 1, 1861 as one of five sons of a jeweler in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had two brothers, Walter Clarkson and Dad Clarkson that also played in the major leagues.

Clarkson compiled a career 328–178 record, placing him twelfth on the MLB list of all-time wins. Clarkson pitched over 600 innings in a season twice and won a career-high 53 games in 1885. In MLB history, only Charles Radbourne has won more games in a single season (59 in 1884). In just five seasons from 1885 to 1889, Clarkson won 209 games.

Clarkson had a wide variety of curve balls and was considered to be a calculating, scientific pitcher who carefully analyzed every hitter’s weaknesses. Hall of Fame hitter Sam Thompson said of Clarkson: “I faced him in scores of games and I can truthfully say that never in all that time did I get a pitch that came where I expected it or in the way in which I guessed it was coming.”

At the time Clarkson retired from the game, he was the winningest pitcher in National League history.

Aside from being a great pitcher, Clarkson was also a fair hitter. His 24 career home runs ranks 7th on the List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers. He also had 232 career RBIs and 254 runs scored.

Total Baseball ranked Clarkson as the fourth best pitcher of all time behind Hall of Famers Cy Young, Christy Mathewson and Lefty Grove. He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963 by the Veterans Committee.

 

Sam Thompson– He was born on March 6, 1860 in Danville, Indiana. He was the fifth of eleven children in the family and he grew up in the town he was born in. After graduating from high school, Sam became a carpenter. He was a big and strong guy that played a bit of local baseball. People were in awe of his size and strength.

A scout came to see “Big Sam’ on a referral. Even though, Sam was working on a roof and not playing baseball, he was offered a contract. He wasn’t sure he wanted to give up a steady job, Thompson went to a scouting camp and was persuaded to play baseball.

Thompson signed with the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the newly formed Western League in 1885. He compiled a .321 average in 30 games with the Hoosiers He was approached by a Union Association team and offered more money, but in a show of “steadfastness to his word”, Thompson refused the offer and remained with Indianapolis at a pay of $100 per month. The Hoosiers were the dominant team in the Western League, compiling an .880 winning percentage.

MLB statistics
Batting average .331
Home runs 126
Runs batted in 1,308
He played as a right fielder in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Wolverines (1885–1888), Philadelphia Phillies (1889–1898) and Detroit Tigers (1906). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Thompson had a .331 career batting average and was one of the most prolific run producers in baseball history. His career run batted in (RBI) to games played ratio of .923 (1,305 RBIs in 1,410 games) remains the highest in major league history. In 1895, Thompson averaged 1.44 RBIs per game, and his 166 RBIs in 1887 (in only 127 games) remained the major league record until 1921 when Babe Ruth collected 168 (albeit in 152 games). Thompson still holds the major league record for most RBIs in a single month with 61 in August 1894 while playing for the Phillies. Manager Bill Watkins in 1922 called Thompson “the greatest natural hitter of all time.”

In 1974, he was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Deacon McGuire

James Thomas “Deacon” McGuire was born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 18, 1863  and died at Duck Lake on  October 31, 1936 at the age of 72. Deacon was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach whose career spanned the years 1883 to 1915. He played 26 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a catcher, for 11 different major league clubs. His longest stretches were with the Washington Statesmen/Senators (901 games, 1892–99), Brooklyn Superbas (202 games, 1899–1901) and New York Highlanders (225 games, 1904–07). He played on Brooklyn teams that won National League pennants in 1899 and 1900.

McGuire was the most durable catcher of his era, setting major league catching records for most career games caught (1,612), putouts (6,856), assists (1,860), double plays turned (143), runners caught stealing (1,459), and stolen bases allowed (2,529). His assist, caught stealing, and stolen bases allowed totals ue record 133 games and compiled a .336 batting average with 10 home runs, 97 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

McGuire was also the manager of the Washington Senators (1898), Boston Red Sox (1907–08) and Cleveland Indians (1909–11). He compiled a 210–287 (.423) as a major league manager.

 

Chub Collins– Born as Charles Augustus “Chub” Collins  on October 12, 1857 in Cnada. He died on  May 20, 1914 was a Canadian professional baseball player and politician. He played two seasons in Major League Baseball from 1884 to 1885 as a second baseman and shortstop for the Buffalo Bisons, Indianapolis Hoosiers, and Detroit Wolverines. He later served as the mayor of Dundas, Ontario, from 1901 to 1902.

Collins compiled a .182 batting average and .901 fielding percentage in his major league career. In its obituary of Collins, Sporting Life wrote: “Charles ‘Chub’ Collins was a brainy ball player, a mediocre hitter, and one of the fastest base runners in America.”

Collins also played and managed in baseball’s minor leagues from 1885 to 1890 and 1896 to 1900, including stints with the International League and Canadian League teams in Hamilton, Ontario (1885-1887, 1897-1900), Rochester, New York (1888-1889), and Galt, Ontario (1896). He stole 45 bases in 1886, 85 bases in 1888, and 81 bases in 1889. His 1898 Hamilton team won the league championship “with one of the strongest minor league aggregations ever seen In Hamilton.” He also served as an umpire in the Western Association in 1891.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE COMING SOON!

Brilliant and Fantastic. I am a solid baseball fan and fairly well versed in college baseball. I knew of Ron Fraser but that story just blew me away. That is the first words I think of in reading the book by David Brauer. It is a well researched book with plenty of stories about the life of and experience of Ron Fraser, former Head Baseball coach at Miami University.

Fraser was an innovator and an excellent motivator along with a top promotions person. When Fraser was hired at Miami with his experience being as the Head Coach of the Dutch National Team. The field was full of rocks, the team was bad, so bad they University was considering dropping the program but they hired Ron Fraser to take over the helm. He was basically in shock when he arrived to find a poor diamond, no scoreboard, no lights and most importantly no fan base.

Fraser became the PT Barnum of college baseball. He was always thinking of ways to advance the program. I a few years, he was the first to use bat girls, which were called Sugarcanes. He took pride in keeping them knowledgeable and dressed and manicured well. He wanted to reach families.
He had the first hat night in baseball. The list of his promotions is many. The book will get you in touch with many more.

Fraser made connections in the city that helped him put in lights and a scoreboard. That connection stayed with him throughout his time in Miami. The people and media began to take notice as this was now the place to be seen at in the Miami sports scene.

With this came media notice with games on the radio and later televised the Hurricanes games. This was not done anywhere else. A priority of Ron Fraser was family entertainment. He centered his promotions around getting the families to the games. He stated if the restrooms were clean, the food was good and the ballpark and the kids were having fun, then the moms would approve of their  kids attending the games.

This is one of the best books I have read in many years. It is informative and delightful for this Central Illinois baseball fan. I have new respect for Hurricanes baseball.

I would like to thank the University of Nebraska Press for send the book to me in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

The Author:

David Brauer is a communications, public relations, and marketing professional with more than two decades in the sports industry. His experience includes leadership in the NCAA Division 1 athletics and summer Collegiate baseball. A former college publicist at two Division 1 schools. he is a longtime college baseball aficionado and twenty plus year College World Series season ticket holder. He is a University of Illinois graduate, who currently lives in Mahomet, Illinois. with his wife and two children.

The 15 week season is complete. It is now time for the postseason to get underway.  In a day or two the brackets will be filled and the tourneys shall begin. Here is Tom’s Top 25 after the completion of the 2024 season.

 

1- Tennessee 46-10

2. Texas A&M 44-11

3. Kentucky 39-12

4. Clemson 40-13

5. Arkansas- 43-13

6. Oregon State 41-13

7. UNC       41-12

8. Florida State 39-13

0. Oklahoma 34-18

10. East Carolina    40-13

11. Georgia 39-14

12. UCSB      39-12

13. UC Irvine   41-11

14. Virginia     43-11

15. Miss State    36-19

16. NC State   32-19

17. Oklahoma State   36-16

18. Duke      39-18

19. Arizona    33-20

20. Wake Forest   36-19

21 Indiana State   36-16

22. Louisiana    40-16

23. Texas   38-20

24. Oregon    37-16

25. Southern Miss    37-18

 

 

Very soon I will post information on the postseason. Thanks for reading!

 

-Tom

 

Looking Back: Women And Baseball

This series is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. As a baseball history enthusiast, it dawned on me that it wasn’t complete without adding in the contributions the women made into baseball. It certainly is noteworthy that they added to and continued the love of the game during World War II as shown in movies.
There are many very good books written on this subject and I recommend you find a few and give them a good read. This listing of bios is not done in any order of abilities. It is just random players and what they accomplished in the great game of baseball.

Shirley Burkovich- She was born on February 4, 1934 in Pittsburgh but grew up and spent her childhood in Swissvale, PA. It was here she began to play baseball with the boys in the neighborhood. Organized sports came much later. In her high school years, she played field hockey and basketball,
She went to Pittsburgh at the age of 16 for tryouts to play in the AAGPB for tryouts but needed the permission of her parents and the school since it was still in session which she got from both. She made the cut and played for three teams from 1949-1951 which were the Chicago Colleens, Springfield Sallies and the Rockford Peaches. She had a .375 on-base percentage and hit .229 from the plate in 37 games. She was a pitcher and had three relief appearances with no decisions.
After her playing days, she actively championed the AAGPBL and was part of the film A League of Their Own and was a Board member of the AAGPBL. Shirley passed on March 31, 2022 at the age of 89.

Gertrude Dunn- Born on September 30, 1933,in Sharon Hill, PA. She moved straight from high school in 1951 to the AAGLBP. She played for two teams which were the Battle Creek Belles and the South Bend Blue sox. In 1952, She was named Rookie of the Year. She finished with a .261 batting average in 320 games as the women’s leagues were beginning to disband. As that was happening, when joined an All-American All Star team to travel the nation. She played with many of the great players in women’s baseball on this team. This team played over 100 games and traveled over 10,000 miles in a Ford Station Wagon owned by the manager.
She died when her Piper Archer airplane she was co-piloting crashed on September 29, 2004 in Avondale, Pennsylvania. She was 70 years of age.

Joan Berger- She was born on October 9, 1933 in Passaic New Jersey. She was an infielder and outfielder. Although she was only 5’3”, she joined her father’s softball team, the Garfield Flashettes. By the time she was 16, she tried out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was deemed too young to play.
After she graduated from high school, she was accepted and sent to play for the Rockford Peaches. In her first year she played in 40 games in right field and hit .261. She maintained her rookie stair and her second season saw her switch to second base where she was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors and the only rookie to be named to the league All Star team in 1952, the next season she split her time between shortstop and third base and hit .280 for the Peaches.
The league folded and she joined a barnstorming team that played male teams around the country. They played over 200 games and traveled over 10,000 miles in a station wagon. She was part of the AAGPBL permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, opened in 1988, which is dedicated to the entire league rather than any individual player.Joan died on September 11. 2021 at the age of 87.

Jeanie Descombes- was born on March 28, 1935 in Springfield, Ogio. She was 135 lbs n her rookie season, Descombes posted a 0–1 record with a 7.45 earned run average in seven relief appearances and was a member of the Champion Team, even though she did not pitch during the postseason.In her final season of 1954, Descombes collected a 10–9 record and a 5.00 ERA in 22 appearances, tying for eight place in the league for the most wins while ending fifth in strikeouts (63). She also helped herself with the bat, going 7-for-39 for a .179 average and threw and batted left handed for the Grand Rapid Chicks.
Jeanie wrote this:

actually had no pitching participation and had never played organized baseball… I had practiced baseball with our school team all through high school, but of course, they would not let me play in the games. I was also the batgirl for our town team of men and practiced with them and went to all the games. I loved the game and had a strong arm, she recalled in her autobiography

Betty Foss-She began her baseball career as Betty Weaver after getting married. She was born on May 10, 1929 in Metropolis, Illinois. Standing at 5’10” and 180 lbs, she was a switch hitter and threw as a right hander.
Her sisters Jean and Joan all played in the AAGPBL. In 1950, sh was offered a contract wih the Chicago White Sox but opted to play in the women’s league.n the AAGLBP, she won back-to-back batting crowns and was almost in the Top leaders in stolen bases and slugging.Her teammates called her Fossie. She was a speedy outfield and a stellar defensive whiz at first base.
She collected 294 stolen bases and is only one of six players to have hit 30 or more career home runs (32). Her career .963 fielding average as an infielder would have been higher except for her rookie season at third base, when she committed 47 errors in 374 chances. She and her sister Joanne combined for five batting titles.
After her playing days, she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she work until retirement and moved back to her hometown of Metropolis for three years before she died of Lou Gehig’s disease in 1998. Her sister Joanne died of the same disease two years later in 2000.

Mary Froning- she was born on August 26. 1934 in Munster. Ohio. She enjoyed most things outdoors and at age 16 bean playing softball in a local Catholic League as a shortstop. She was spotted by an AAGPBL representative and invited to a tryout.She went to South Bend Indiana with her parents and vied for five spots with 200 girls in the tryouts. Mary was selected and was sent a contract for $50 a month. She stated that her dad, for the first time, realized it was for baseball and not softball.
The Battle Creek team had a dispute with the coach and Froning stayed while the majority quit the team. She now had a regular spot on the team and Froning appeared in a career-high 108 games in 1953, collecting a .108 average and a .295 on-base percentage. She also posted career numbers in runs scored (50) and RBI (26), while her 32 stolen bases ranked for the tenth best in the league.
In 1954 Froning hit .234 with three home runs and 44 RBI, tying for fifth in stolen bases (26), while managing to place second for the most outfield assists (20), being surpassed only by Kalamazoo Lassies’ Jenny Romatowski.
She went on a brainstorming tour where they played men’s teams and traveled many miles. She played with many of the best players to ever play in the AAGPBL.
Mary died in November of 2014 at age 80.

Audrey Haine- was born on May 9, 1927 in Winnipeg Canada. She was one of 47 players in the AAGPBL that hailed from Canada. She was 5’9” and 15 lbs when she decided she began playing. At first, she played for the St. Anthony Brown Bombers in Winnipeg Catholic League.
She was a right handed hitter and pitcher and on several occasions in the 1940’s, she struck out 21 consecutive batters in district play. She had a very good curveball and a rising fastball that she delivered in the sidearm mode. She also had control issues at times. However, he was a winning pitcher four seasons when she also pitched two no hitters and 15 wins or more.
In 1944, she joined the expansion team known as the Minneapolis Millerettes. This team finished 26 and half games out of first place but Haine had some decent numbers . She led the league in ERA at 4.58 and a no-hitter despite only getting eight wins.
In 1945, she suited up for the Fort Wayne Daisies where hings were better, Haine improved in a most positive environment as part of a top three pitching rotation that included Annabelle Lee and Dorothy Wiltse, going 16–10 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 decisions. She finished sixth in the league with a .615 winning percentage and tied for eight in wins. In addition, she hurled her second career no-hitter on June 15, in a rain-shortened, six-inning game.
She continued to play for Grand Rapids, Peoria and the Rockford Peaches. When she retired in 192, she got married and had six children. She was inducted both into the Canadian and the Manitoba Baseball Halls of Fame. She was a longtime resident of Bay Village, Ohio.[
Haine died on September 11, 2021

Katie Horstman- she was born on April 14, 1935 in Minster, Ohio. She was one of six children that played ball all the time as a family. She began playing softball in her hometown for the Catholic Youth Services team at the age of a fifth grader. At age 16, he was asked to tryout for the All-American Girls League of Baseball Players. She was accepted and was assigned to Kenosha comets in 1951. She was 5’7” and 150 lbs and threw right handed. She was traded to the Fort Wayne Comets at midseason and played for them until the league folded in 1954. She had a lifetime .256 batting average and played
She also went 11–5 with 57 strikeouts and a 2.32 ERA in 17 games, being selected for the All-Star Team at third base. The Daisies won the title with a 66–39 mark.
After baseball, In the 1960s, Horstman graduated from Medical Record Librarian School. She later joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart religious order for five years, to become the first nun in the United States to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. For the next decade, she taught physical education in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio before returning to her hometown of Minster, where she initiated girls sports programs, including volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, cross country and softball. By 1980, she focused in coaching on track and cross country. For the next five years, her girls teams never lost a track meet. After being runner-up State Champions in 1975, the inaugural year of girls track and field, her track team won five consecutive state championships (eight overall). She also guided her cross-country running squad to two state championships. Ending up 25 years in Minster, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she oriented a clinical social work method to the sports area. Katie is living in Palm Desert in a retirement community.

Maxine Kline- was born on September 16,1929 in North Adams, Michigan She grew up in a German home with seven brothers and two sisters and began playing softball at a young age.and was a very good basketball player that led her highschool team to three undefeated seasons. She attended an AAGPBL tryout and earned a contract to play for the fort Wayne Daisies after her high school graduation.
Kline relied on a fastball–changeup combination, mixing in her curveball sparingly. A five-time member of the All-Star Team, she hurled two no-hitters, averaged 17 wins per season with a career-high, league-leading 23 in 1950, and again led all pitchers with 18 wins in 1954, during what turned out to be the AAGPBL’s final season. She ranks third in the All-Time list with a .678 winning percentage and fifth with 116 wins. In three seasons her earned run average dropped below 2.00, for a cumulative 2.05 ERA in 1,518 innings of work.
She joined the Bill Allington All Stars and brainstormed around the country playing against men’s teams. They traveled over 10,000 miles in a station wagon and played up to and over one hundred games per year.

 

Delores Lee- was born April 21, 1935 in Jersey City. New Jersey. She was 5’6” and 130 lbs and threw and batted with the right hand. She played baseball with her brothers and the other boys in the streets of her neighborhood. Like many youths of her generation, she also played stickball and basketball with the boys before playing competitively at age 12 for the Santora’s Village Boys ballclub. She was discovered while still attending St. Dominic Academy.
in Jersey City. Though her school had no sports for girls, the local area provided a wide range of opportunities through the Catholic Youth Organization leagues.Dee, a ahe was called. Spent five seasons playing for the Flashettes which was managed by Slim Berger, the father of Joan Berger also a player in the AAGLBP.
It was coach Berger that recommended her to go to a tryout where at the age of 16, whe was offered and accepted to play for the Racine Belles, which was managed by ill Allington. After the folding of the league in 1954, she went on a barnstorming tour with the Bill Allington All Stars to play men’s teams all over the county.
She became a police officer in her hometown of Jersey City in 1958 and married twice with one son. She died on May 14, 2024 in New Mexico.

Magdalen Redman- she was born on July 2, 1930 in Waupan, Wisconsin. She stood 5’” and was 150 lbs.She played baseball with the neighborhood boys and never played an organized game until she was seventeen years of age. She received an invitation to a tryout in Florida by a local spout. She was offered to play for the Kenosha comets. Two years later she was traded to the Grand Rapid Chicks where she played from 1950-1954 when the league folded.
Redman enjoyed a solid career during her seven years in the league, being noted by her enthusiastic and great knowledge of the game. In her rookie season she played every fielding position except pitcher. After that she played at infield, mainly at third base, before converting to catcher for the rest of her career. She had a stellar defense, being able to catch low balls and block home plate well, which combined with a strong and secure throwing arm.
After retirement, she received he college degree and taught physical education and high school math.She was an avid golfer and also traveled long distances to teach Bible Studies to adult groups. Mamie died in Oconomowoc on August 22, 2020.

Dottie Schroeder – was born April 11, 1928 in Sadorus, Illinois. She stood 5’7” and was 150lbs. She played shortstop and hot and threw with the right hand. Dottie Schroeder probably received more media attention and signed more autographs than any other All-American. An appropriate symbol of the feminine character of a league which wanted girls to look like women but play ball like men, her pretty portrait adorned the cover of Parade Magazine in August 1948.
Dottie played for the South BandBlue Soc from 1943-1945 and Kenosha Comets for two seasons followed by the Fort Wayne Daisies In 1947-1952 and finished her career with the Kalamazoo Lassies.
She received many awards and accolades in her career such as three time all Star, Her team won championships twice, Dottoe was the all time leader in games played, runs driven in and walks. She was second in hits, and third in home runs. She is part of the Women in Baseball display for the AAGPBL in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dottie died in 1996 at the age of 68.

Dolly Vanderlip- was born June 4,1937 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She stood 5’8” and was 180 lbs. Dolly Vanderlip [Ozburn] (born June 4, 1937) is a former pitcher who played from 1952 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Dolly Vanderlip was one of the youngest players signed by the AAGPBL during its 12-year existence. At first, she attended a tryout for the league in 1950. She was 13 years old, by far one of the youngest girls in the training camp. She signed a contract with the Fort Wayne Daisies the next year, and debuted with the team on June 5, 1952, one day after her 15th birthday, under Jimmie Foxx management.
She played for Fort Wayne and South Bend in her career Her best year was in 2954 when she was turned into a starter for manger Karl Wensch. Lippy as she was known, had 19 starts she finished with an 11–6 record in a high-career 120 innings. Her 2.80 ERA was the second best in the league, being surpassed only by teammate Janet Rumsey, who finished with a 2.13 ERA. Vanderlip also finished fifth in winning percentage (.647), sixth in wins, and tied for third for the most shutouts.
“Lippy ” toured with the famous Bill Allington barnstormers after the league folded.After baseball, she met a man on tour that she married and they had two children but Dolly went to college and received three degrees from three separate universities.

 

By Tom Knuppel

 

NOTE: This is the first of two parts to Women and Baseball. ASs you can figure out, I concentrated on the players that toured with Bill Allington and his barnstormers.

 

With the month of May looming, it is time to check out the Road to Omaha and college baseball

Selection show: Monday, May 27 at noon ET | ESPN2/ESPNU
Regionals: Friday-Monday, May 31-June 3
Super regionals: Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 or Saturday-Monday, June 8-10
First day of MCWS games: Start Friday, June 14
MCWS finals: Saturday-Monday, June 22-23/24

 

 

College Baseball 2024

The 2024 Men's College World Series bracket

This is my second week of following along with the college softball teams and the Top 25. Here is my lists after Week 11 of the schedule.

My Top 25 College Baseball

 

Collegiate Softball

#1- Texas- The Longhorns are 35-6 for the season and face Iowa State for a series next.

#2- Oklahoma 42-4 will travel to Orlando and face UCF.

#3- Stanford 34-7  face a Top ten team in Washington.

#4- Duke 32-4 The Blue Devils will face NC State

#5- Tennessee 32-7  The Vols face a Top 25 teams in Alabama

#6- Washington 28-7 They take on 33 Stanford in a huge three game series.

#7- Oklahoma State 35-8 will be at home facing Kansas.

#8- LSU 36-8 Gets a challenge by playing Arkansas.

#9- Florida 35-9 The Gators play another ranked squad in Georgia.

#10- UCLA 29-9 has a regional match-up facing Arizona.

#11- Texas A&M 33-9 faces SamHouston.

#12- Missouri 33-11 and Mississippi State have a three game series this weekend.

#13- Arkansas 30-11 The Razorback

#14- Georgia 33-13

#15- Virginia Tech 31-9=1

#16- Florida State 31-10

#17- Miss State 29-12

#18- alabama-30-10

#19- Arizona 28-13-1

#20- Louisiana 29-14

#21- Northwestern 26-8

#22- Clemson 28-14

#23- Boston University  35-11

#24- Kentucky 36-15

#25- Oregon 26-15

 

another top  game this week include a Pac-12 contest between Arizona and UCLA. Also,here is last weeks Top 20 in college softball.

Please send me a note if you read or enjoy this segment on women’s softball.

by Tom Knuppel

 

Teams That are Now Defunct

 

Throughout baseball history, teams have come and gone. We know of the recent ones in our lifetime. However, long before that there were hundreds of teams that played and disbanded in the early days of professional baseball. Let’s take a look at many of those but not all of those played and became defunct by 1950.

If you are interested in others,let me know at tknuppel@gmail.com

 

Wilmington Quicksteps

  This club began in 1883 when the Inter-State Association was founded and a charter was made in Wilmington Delaware to put together a team to be known as the Wilmington Quicksteps or also known by many as the Quickstep Club of Wilmington. They began play in 1884 in the Eastern League. 

   By August, they were 50-12 and very good with 400 average attendance daily.  In fact, they have sewn up their league easily. Many top professional traveling teams would stop in Wilmington to play the Quicksteps.Two of the pro teams were defeated. The manager of the team was Joe Simmons. After easily winning the Eastern League, they were persuaded to leave and join the Union Association to replace a folded team.

   Success wasn’t as easy in this league and the players thought more highly of themselves. After winning their first game 4-3 over Washington on August 18, it was all downhill for the Quicksteps, as many players no longer felt bound by their contracts and signed for more money with other teams in their new league. Shortstop and team captain Oyster Burns jumped to the Baltimore Monumentals for $900 a month, followed by outfielder Dennis Casey for $700 a month, while Catcher Andy Cusick jumped to the Philadelphia Phillies for $375 a month; each had been making about $150 a month in Wilmington.

   On September 21, 1884, Joe Simmons pulled his team off the field when he realized he didn’t have the gate fee of $60 to pay the Kansas City Cowboys as the attendance at the game was zero. 

Th team played their home games in Union Street Park in Wilmington, Delaware.

The ballpark was located on the southwest corner of Union Street and Front Street (now Lancaster Avenue), which at the time was just outside the city limits.The ballpark’s life extended well beyond 1884, hosting minor league games until the 1910s.

 

2. Altoona Mountain Citys

 

   They played baseball in the Union association for about six weeks in Altoona, Pennsylvania. They started with a 6-25 record. The team had several alternate name such as The Ottawas. The Altoona Pride,The Famous Altoonas and by the end of the season they became the Altoona Unfortunates.  

   The manager of the team was Ed Curtis and their home was in Columbia Park which was also sometimes called Fourth Avenue Grounds, was located at Lower Sixth Street, Fourth Avenue, and Mill Run Road.The co-owners of the team wee Arthur Dively and william Ritz. 

   The team began the season playing the top two teams in the league which were the St Louis Maroons and the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds. They began the season with no wins in eleven games. They gave up 92 runs and made 53 errors in those games. After winning their first game on May 10, the team went 5-8 before folding on May 31, 1884. Attendance ranged from 200 to 1000 on weekends. 

 

3. Kansas City Cowboys

 

    The Cowboys were only a team for one season. They took over for Altoona when they folded. They began by acquiring the same schedule and just played the games in their place. This team had no official nickname but the local press called them the Unions, since they were in the Union Association and the press of other cities referred to them as the Kaycees. Since took over for the Altoona team they got their win-loss record and finished last in an eight team league.

     Only the St Louis Maroons and Kansas City team made a profit that season. All the rest lost money. That caused the Union Association to dissolve. 

    Matthew Porter was the manager in Kansas City and played their games at Athletic Park which is located in the vicinity of Southwest Boulevard and Summit Street. The site today is occupied by various commercial businesses.

 

4. Baltimore Monumentals

 

This team finished in fourth place in the one year of the Union Association. Their record was 58-47 and they were managed by Bill Henderson, The Monumentals had some very good player in the league which included Emmett Seery, the left fielder that hit .311 for the season and pitcher Bill Sweeney who  was 40-21 on the year with a 2.54 ERA and 58 complete games. 

   The home games were played at the BelAir Lot. It was across Forrest Street from the Belair Market, and another of its boundaries was Low Street. Baltimore had more statues and monuments per capita than any other city in the United States in 1884.Therefore, they were named the Monumentals.

 

5. Providence Grays

 

     This team played in Providence, Rhode Island from 1878- until 1885 in the National League,\. They won in 1879 and 1884 and then went on to win the first ever World Series in 1884 by defeating the New York Metropolitans. 

   They played there home games at Messer Street Grounds and the park opened to the public on May 1, 1878. The following account from the Providence Morning Star provides a very detailed description of the park:

 

“The large grandstand held twelve hundred people, among them hundreds of ladies. The long semi-circular tiers of seats were black with men and boys, and hundreds were standing, unable to get seats. The commodious space for carriages was completely filled, and one or two May Day riding parties also graced that part of the grounds…Two registering turnstiles gates admit the patrons to the grounds, and as each ticket holder passes through the gate he steps on a raised platform, and by a mechanical arrangement is registered, and only one person can pass through the gate at a time. Near the gate are two ticket offices, and a large entrance through which the crowd can pass at the end of the game. At the southeast corner there is a large gate to admit carriages to the park. The ground, which contains nearly six acres of land, is enclosed by a fence twelve feet high. The diamond is as level as constant rolling by heavy stone and iron rollers can make it. Inside of the base lines is turfed, except a space nine feet in width, reaching from the pitcher’s position to the home plate. Twenty-two feet are sodded outside of the diamond. Paths leading to and from the bases have been rolled hard, and the out-field is sown with grass seed. The grand stand which will seat nearly 1200 people, is 151 x 40 feet (12 m), and in the rear is raised 34 feet (10 m). The stand is reached by steps at both ends. It will be covered by canvass, requiring nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 m). Seats are arranged in a circle at the eastern and western sides of the field. A platform 60 x 8 feet (2.4 m) has been erected for the reporters, scorers and invited guests, seating nearly 60 persons. Under the grand stand for the visiting and local clubs are rooms 20 feet (6.1 m) square and fitted up with wardrobes, dressing rooms 20 feet (6.1 m) square, a wash room supplied with Pawtucket water, closet, etc. The Western Union Telegraph Company have a room 8 x 10 feet (3.0 m). There is a stockholders’ room 20 feet (6.1 m) square, and a refreshment saloon 40 x 20 to be managed by caterer Ardoene. A fence with gateways has been erected in front of the club rooms, thereby preventing the crowd from having any talk with the players. The grounds are without doubt as fine as any in the country, and Harry Wright said yesterday, ‘They are beautiful.”

 

Benjamin Douglas became the general manager when the team was formed on January 16,1878. The president was  Henry Root and on January 18th they applied to enter the National League. They were accepted on February 6th.

   On April 10, Root took over ownership of the team, fired Douglas for incompetence and insubordination, and hired Tom York to replace Carey as captain. On May 30, the Providence Base Ball Association was incorporated by the Rhode Island General Assembly.

   The star pitcher for the Grays was “Old Hoss” Radbourn as he went on to win 60 games in 1884 and succeeded in winning the newly minted World Series over the New York Metropolitans. After the conclusion of the season in 1884, The Grays disbanded due to financial constraints. 

 

6. Chicago Whales

 

   This team has one of the more interesting stories of any defunct team. They began play in Chicag0 in 1913  in the Federal League. In 1915, they won their division by decimal points over the St Louis Maroons.

     They began without a nickname but when Burt Keeley became manager, they were given the name as Chicago Keeleys. They finished in fourth place 17.5 games behind the leader. After that season, the Federal League had visions of grandeur and wanted to be part of the major league. Chicago already had the Cubs and White Sox in the city.

    Chicago businessman James Gilmore became president of the Federal league and he sought investment owners of stature for many of the other teams in the league. It was in 1914 that the team became the Chicago Federals to keep them separate of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.Majority owner Charles Weegham in 1914 decided to build a new stadium for his team. Weegham failed to purchase the St Louis Cardinals in 1911 and turned his money towards Chicago. It was name Weegham Park. 

     At the start of the 1915 season, The renamed themselves the Chicago Whales. The hat was a large C with a whale in the middle of it. The team disbanded in 1915 and Weegham became a part owner of the Chicago Cubs. He moved his team into his park and they played there until  1920. Weegham was forced out as a Cubs owner due to financial issues and in 1920 the steel and concrete stadium was known as Wrigley Field. It is the only Federal League ballpark still being used today. Many Whales players had American and National League experience, including manager Joe Tinker, Dutch Willing, Mordecai Brown, and Rollie Zeider.

As the Federals, they played the first game at Wrigley Field on April 23, 1914.

 

7. Brooklyn Bridegrooms

   On October 29,1887, the Brooklyn Grays became the Brooklyn Bridegrooms when Jim Donahue purchased the team for $25,000 from the New York Metropolitans to play in the American Association.. On the same day, Donahue also purchased players : Bill Fagan, Frank Hankinson, Bill Holbert, Al Mays, Darby O’Brien and Paul Radford were purchased by the Bridegrooms from the New York Metropolitans. Then in November he bought more players from the St Louis Band in 1888, he purchased a plethora of players from the newly defunct Kansas City Cowboys.

In 1888, the Bridegrooms finished in second place 6.5 games behind the first place St. Louis Browns. The name Bridegrooms was given because at the time of formation, many of the players were getting married.  The Bridegrooms played in the 1889 World Series representing the American Association against the New York Giants, champions of the National League. The Giants won the series, 6 games to 3. This series would be the first meeting between the two teams. It was after the 1899 season they became the Brookly Suprbas. 

 

8. Philadelphia Keystones

 

   The team was also known as the Keystone Club of Philadelphia. Tom Pratt, a former player, was the owner. The team began play in 1884 in the Union Association. In their first year, they finished eighth in a twelve team league with a paltry 21-46 record under the management of catcher Fergy Malone.

    The organization ceased operations on August 7,1884 like most of the other teams in the Union Association. The team became defunct.   

 

9 All Cubans

 

The All Cubans team was organized by Abel Linares and managed by Tinti Molina. The players were all Cuban born players and toured the
United States in 1899 and again from 1902 to 1905. In the tour, they primarily played against semi pro teams and Negro league teams. Linares tells the story of arriving in the USA with 12 players and $25. They had so little money when the tour ended in New York that they couldn’t pay to send them all home. Two players had to stay and wait for money to be sent from Cuba for them to get home. 

 

On July 28,1899 the All Cubans got their first win. It was against a semi pro team from Weehawken, NJ. by the score of 12-4. On July 31, they followed that up with a loss to the West New York Field Club 8-5 with 1900 people in the stands. Another win came at the hands of the Mountain AC team 9-3.

Perhaps the most famous game in the history of the All Cubans was against the Cuban X-Giants (they had no Cubans on the squad), a top Negro League team with a 7-3 victory. 

The tour of 1902-05 was different for the first time they allowed black Cubans to play. 

. In 1903, there were reports the team had run into trouble in Florida because it was carrying three black players.These teams continued to play successfully against independent white semi-pro teams and Negro League teams, such as the Cuban X-Giants and the Philadelphia Giants.

 

10. Pittsburgh Crawfords

 

The Crawfords played in Pittsburgh from 1932-1938. They were a professional team that played in the Negro league in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally, they were first known as the Crawford colored Giants. They were named after the Crawford Bath House, which was a recreation center in the Crawford Neighborhood in the Hill District within the city.

Their games were played at Greenlee Field which was located at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Junilla Street in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Greenlee Field was 375 in right field. 345 feet in left field and 500 feet in straight away center. The backstop is 60 feet from the plate and the foul territory off the sides from first and third were 25 feet. It was a big ballpark. 

In 1933, Gus Greenlee bought the team and had the stadium built and named after himself and they became one of the strongest teams around. as the major African-American leagues of the 1920s, the Negro National League and the Eastern Colored League, had fallen apart under pressures of the Great Depression. By late that year, Greenlee signed many of the top African-American stars to his team, most notably Satchel Paige. The next year, in 1932, Greenlee hired Hall of Fame player Oscar Charleston as playing manager, and added Hall of Famers Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, and Cool Papa Bell, along with other notable players such as William Bell, Jimmie Crutchfield, Rap Dixon, Sam Bankhead, and Ted Radcliffe. Playing as an independent club, the Crawfords immediately established themselves as perhaps the best black team in the United States.

In 1938, white members of the board forced Greenlee to not hire blacks for jobs as ticket takers and ushers. He sold the team in 1938. They demolished the stadium and moved for one year to Toledo and the next season to Indianapolis before shutting down forever. 

 

11. Covington Blue Sox

 

   This team originated in Covington, Kentucky. They played in the short lived Federal League and were also known as the Covington Federal or Covington Colonels in the newspaper clippings. Baseball of the amateur variety had been around Covington for quite some time.

   The amateur team hosted a professional exhibition contest between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Hartford Dark Blues on September 21, 1875. It was a popular and successful venture with 800 in attendance. 

   It was in late 1912 or early 1913, that the Covington city leaders attempted to garner a team in the Class D Blue Grass League. They were blocked by the Cincinnati Reds that were a mere five miles away across the river. However, they were accepted into the maverick Federal League instead. 

   The next step involved the city raising money. They got $13,500 and they used $6000 to build a new ballpark and was built to hold 6,000 fans. The ballpark was bounded by East 2nd Street, East 3rd Street, Madison Avenue and Scott Boulevard.the park was built with small dimensions, possibly the smallest ever built for any pro baseball It had a distance of just 194 feet down the right-field line, 267 feet to dead center, and 218 feet down the left-field line.Pro ballparks had a required minimum of 325 feet down the foul lines. Construction did not begin until a month before opening day.

 

The home opener was a sellout and many were turned away on May 9. The mayor proclaimed ita half-holiday and all the city offices were closed. The Blue Sox pitcher Walt Justis  shut out the St. Louis Terriers for the win.However, the city wasn’t large enough to sustain the attendance and average plateaued to 650 per game.The league voted to move the team to Kansas City, where it was renamed the Packers. The owners of the Covington team yielded their rights to their creditors.

 

12. Cincinnati Outlaw Reds

 

      This team began in 1886 in the Union Association and finished in second place with 69 wins. They were only one of a few that played a full schedule and didn’t quit before the year was over. 

    They only had two pitchers on the rosters and they were George Bradley and Jim Mc Cormick. The best player on the squad and the one that had the best career was infielder Jack Glasscock. The team cease to exist more than one season due to the Union Association folding. 

13. Pittsburgh Rebels

   This team joined the Union Association in 1913 and played their games at Exposition Park, which was on the north side of  the Allegheny River.  Later after many decades, this became the spot where they built Three Rivers Stadium. The Union League folded after one season and they joined the Federal league. The Pittsburgh team had some good players that eventually became players in the National and American League. 

   The 1914 version had more issues in the Federal League and couldn’t sustain revenue and the team had to cease to exist after the 1914 season.

 

14. Atlanta Black Crackers 

     This team began as a collection of black college students that were named the Atlanta Cubs in 1919. They changed their name due to many of the fans referring to them as Black Crackers. There was already a team in Atlanta known as the Crackers and it was an all white squad. 

    The Black Crackers joined the Negro Southern League in 1920. The league was more popular in the north than the south, therefore, attendance wasn’t particularly good. They hung around until the mid 1920’s but due to the popularity of the Birmingham Barons  and the Memphis Red Sox in the Negro National League, the Black Crackers began to cease operations in 1936,

 

15. Troy Trojans

     For four years the Trojans were a major league team and that was from 1879-1882. They played their home contests at Putnam Grounds and Haymaker Grounds in the city of Troy in the state of New York. 

    Roger Connor is credited with hitting the very first grand slam ever in major league history. The Trojans and the Worcester National League team were expelled from the league before the completion of the season in 1882. The team had won 131 games and lost 194. They were just a bad baseball team. They were kicked out for being too small and too few attendance for the ambitious league. 

They had six in attendance on September 28, 1883 when they played Worcester and the following game saw them have one paid attendee. On their team were three future Hall of Famers in Mickey Welch, Buck Ewing and Roger Connor.  

 

17. Minneapolis Millers

In 1864, the Northwestern League was formed and the Minneapolis Millers was one od the first teams to join it. That league failed and it was replaced by the Western League and the Millers were part of it. That league had financial issues and folded. In 1884, a new western League was formed by Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey. Minneapolis continued to play in 1900 but the league changed their name and approach to the American League and looked to boot out the smaller markets in favor of the larger cities.  

   A different version of the Millers took part around 1902 in the American Association. This franchise seemed to go in and out for years but the Millers are not around anymore. It is unsure if the present day Minnesota Twins have any connection to the old Minneapolis Millers roots. 

18. Louisville Black Caps

This team was in existence from 1930-1932 in the Negro National Laegue. They were based in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1931 they were known as the Louisville white Sox and in 1932, they Were part of the Southern League where they played for five months as the Black Caps and folded due to low attendance with about six weeks left in the season. 

19. Dayton Marcos

      This team began as an independent before the Negro Leagues really were in existence.The team was young black men that played in the Ohio-Indiana League in the early 1900’s. The team was formed by real estate agent Moses Moore. He was owner of the Marcos Hotel and apparently named the team after his business venture. The team was originally formed to provide entertainment at  Dahomey Park. This was the first black owned and operated amusement park in the United States.

    They began play at West Side Park and then moved to Westwood Park to make it closer to the amusement area.  The local newspaper referred to them as Moses Morre’s Marcos. 

   In 1913, there was a catastrophic flood and star pitcher ill Sloan took over a boat and saved as many as 300 Daytonians. 

20. St Louis Terriers

    This team played in 1914 and 1915 in the Federal League.  Phil Ball owned the team . He was an ice magnate and later owned the st. Louis Browns. The team played their games at Hanlan’s Park It was surrounded by Grand Avenue on the west and Laclede Avenue on the north in St, Louis Missouri. 

   In 1914, they finished in last place and then the following year they finished one game out of first place. It was then the Federal League folded after pressure from the American and National leagues. 

21. Buffalo Blues

This team played in the Federal League in 1913 and the newspapers referred to this team as BufFeds. They played in the major leagues in 1913 and 1914 and then discontinued operations. 

   They played their home contests at Internationals Fair Association Grounds. The fairgrounds property was originally a large block bounded by Northland Avenue (north); Humboldt Parkway (east); Ferry Street (south); Dupont Street, and Jefferson Avenue (west). The grounds included a horse race track and grandstand, and a bicycle track within the horserace rack.     William E Robertson was President of the league and manager of concessions at Griffith Stadium. 

     

22. Brooklyn Tip Tops

This team in Brooklyn, New York was in the short lived Federal League in 1914 and 1915. They were owned by Robert Ward, owner of Ward Baking company that made Tip Top bread.. Had this team succeeded, it is likely they would have played the first night games as they had made plans a year in advance of introducing the games. 

23. St Louis Maroons

  Henry Lucas formed the Maroons in 1884 and they played in the Union Association. They were as near a major league team as any for the time period. One year was it for the Union Association and the Maroons became part of the Nationals League.

   The Maroons debuted on April 20,1884 at the Union base Ball Park and later became known as Lucas Park. The ballpark was bounded by Jefferson Avenue (west, first base); Howard Street (north, third base); 25th Street (east, left field); and Cass Avenue (south, right field). Mullanphy Street now cuts through what was once right and center field.

 

There are many more teams that have gone defunct over the previous seasons. Most of them came during the Union Association era and the Federal league time. The Federal League is an interesting case to read as they were successful but got pressured by the National and American Leagues to have their teams joined them. This was necessary because top players were jumping around from team to team looking for more money.Hope you enjoyed the defunct article. There are likely another 60-80 teams that could be included at KnupSports. 

 

26. Cleveland Spiders

27. Homestead Grays

28. Jacksonville Red Caps

29. Bachrach Giants

30. Washington Potomacs

One more week left in April as the season is grinding down to a halt. These are my opinions on college baseball. Also, check in at tomknuppel.com for other college sports such as, volleyball, football(on Fridays) and college basketball will be back. Let’s take a look at the Top 25 according to Tom and how they fared this week.

 

#1 Texas A&M – The Aggies are 35-5 overall and went 3-1 this  week as they beat Air Force in a mid week contest and defeated Alabama 10-5, 18-9 and lost the final contest on Sunday 10-9.

#2- Arkansas – We find the Razorbacks are 34-6 and was 4-1 on the week. They defeated Texas Tech 9-8 and 5-4 in midweek games and won  2-1 on Friday against South Carolina and lost Saturday  6-3 but took the rubber game of the series 9-6.

#3- Tennessee –  is 33-7 on the year. They were 3-1 this week after destroying Bellarmine 20-5 then won two of three against a good Kentucky team with a loss on Friday 5-3 but wins over the Saturday/Sunday contests with 9-4 and 13-11 wins.

#4- Clemson- the Tigers are 32-7 overall and 13-5 in the ACC conference. They defeated Pittsburgh two of three this weekend with a loss on Saturday. They are on the road at Georgia on Tueday and again on the road for the weekend series at Louisville.

#5- Florida State is 31-8 and lost two of three to a former #1 team in Wake Forest this weekend with all three contests decided in the final inning.  They will next face Duke next weekend.

#6 – Duke – The Blue Devils are 29-11 on the year and won all three in close affairs over Virginia Tech. They face Florida State in an important weekend series.

#7- Kentucky – The Wildcats are 32-7 and 2-2 on the week. They opened up with a midweek win 17-13 over in-state rival Louisville but then won on Friday and lost twice to Tennessee. It doesn’t get any easier as they face the South Carolina Gamecocks for three next weekend.

#8-  East Carolina- The Pirates are impressive with an overall record at 32-7. They were dominant with three wins over Wichita State and now look ahead to play North Carolina in a midweek game and then host Memphis.

#9- Wake Forest – The former #1 team is back to playing stellar baseball as their overall record is now 26-13. They were productive with a 2 of 3 wins over the weekend against Florida State. They next will travel to Notre Dame for a weekend series.

#10- Vanderbilt – The Commodores are 29-11 and had a successful weekend by winning 2 of 3 games against the Florida Gators. They next play at home at Hawkins Filed to take on Mississippi State next weekend.

#11- North Carolina- The tar Heels are 30-10 on the season and finished a tough week after losing midweek at home to Coastal Carolina. This snapped a 27 game home streak. Then they lost 2 of 3 to NC State in a pair of one run games but came back on Sunday to salvage the series with a 14-3 win. They will face Virginia Tech at home for a three game series.

#12- Virginia- is 29-11 on the year with a 12-9 ACC record. They had a bad midweek loss to Old Dominion and they dropped two of three against Georgia Tech over the weekend. The Cavaliers travel to Boston College for a weekend series.

#13- UC Irvine – They are 28-8 overall and lost in a midweek game to USC 12-4 but came back to sweep a series against San Diego State. Next up is a week day game at UCLA followed by traveling to UC Riverside for the weekend series.

#14- Oregon State – They are 30-9 on the season and 10-7 in the Pac 12. They were swept three games over the weekend by Cal. Next up they host the Oregon Ducks for a weekend series.

#15- Coastal Carolina jumped up in the polls after a 3-1 week. The Chants are currently 27-12 overall and beat two ranked opponents in North Carolina and 2 of 3 from Louisiana. They travel to Creighton for a midweek game and host Troy for a series n the weekend.

#16-  Oklahoma- The Sooners are 24-14 overall and 14-7 in the Big-12 conference. They swept BYU and now take on Wichita State and Texas.

#17- NC State is 22-15 overall but lost two of three to UNC. This coming midweek, they face a ranked East Carolina team and then host Ball State for the weekend series.

#18-  Oregon is 27-12 and won 2 of 3 at Stanford after defeating Gonzaga in a midweek contest. Now the Ducks will travel to Oregon State for a weekend series.

#19 – Oklahoma State dropped two of three to Kansas State to drop their overall record to 26-4. A crucial weekend series is looming this week as they host BYU.

#20- Alabama- the Tide are 25-15 over but a poor  7-11 in the SEC.  They took one of three from the top team in the nation in Texas A&M and now they get to face Mississippi on the road.

#21- South Carolina- The Gamecocks are currently 27-13 overall and 9-9 in the SEC..They lost a pair to Arkansas over the weekend. Next up is the Kentucky Wildcats.

#22- West Virginia finished the weekend with a 23-26 overall record after getting swept by Texas Tech. Going forward, the Mountaineers will have Penn State for one game and Baylor for a weekend series.

#23- Arizona enters the rankings after sweeping Washington State even though they lost a week day game to Grand Canyon. Their next weekend event will be traveling to face the Washington Huskies. for three games.

#24- Indiana Tate enters the Top 25 with an overall record of 12-3 in the Missouri  Valley and 29-8 overall. They travel to Carbondale to face Southern Illinois in the weekend series.

#25- Louisiana- the Ragin’ Cajun are 31-11 and 15=3 in the Sun Belt conference. They lost two of three against Coastal Carolina over the weekend series. Now, they host Houston Christian midweek and Southern Miss in the weekend bout.

 

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