images.jpgThe following players from Scranton have played in major league baseball.

Ed Barnowski P MLB 1965-1966
John Cavanaugh 3B MLB 1919-1919
Joe Collins 1B MLB 1948-1957 Yankees
Bill Coughlin 3B MLB 1903-1908
Paul Foytack P MLB 1953-1964
Charlie Gelbert SS-3B MLB 1929-1940
Joe Grzenda P MLB 1961-1972
Jim Kane 1B MLB 1908-1908 1
Gary Lavelle P MLB 1974-1987
Bob Lipski 7C MLB 1963-1963
Frank Loftus P MLB 1926-1926
Jerry Lynn 2B MLB 1937-1937
Jim Murray P MLB 1922-1922
Finners Quinlan OF MLB 1913-1915
Joe Samuels P MLB 1930-1930
Chick Shorten OF MLB 1915-1924

Jim Kane played in 55 games for the 1908 Pittsburgh Pirates. He went by Shamus and batted .241. He batted left-handed and threw left-handed. He never played in the major leagues after 1908.

Frank Loftus played for the 1926 Washington Senators. He pitched in one game, one inning, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and walked 2. He never again played in the Big Leagues.

Finners Quinlan was born on Friday, October 21, 1887, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Quinlan was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 6, 1913, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an outfielder and played part of the 1915 season with the Chicago White Sox. He batted .183 for his career. Finners was injured while serving in the U.S. Army during World War I and never returned to baseball. He later held several local elected positions in his hometown of Scranton. He is buried in Saint Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pa., right outside of Scranton.

Joe Collins
Given Name: Joseph Kollonige
1B-OF 1948-57 Yankees

Joe hit .256 with 86 home runs and 329 rbi for his career. Rather than play for the Phillies at the end of his career, Joe chose to retire. In the World Series, Joe played in 36 games he hit .163 4 HR and 10rbi.

Joe Grzenda was a reliever in all but three of his ML appearances. Grzenda, was known as Shaky Joe. He was a chain smoker. He threw the last pitch for the Senators in 1971 before the fans swarmed the field and the team (without Grzenda) moved to Texas to become the Rangers. He was 14-13 lifetime with a 4.01 ERA. He retired at the end of 1971. He pitched with the Tigers, A’s, Mets, Twins, Senators and Cardinals in his career.

Charles Henry Shorten is more famous for who he played with than his actual career. Chick Shorten played all three outfield positions. Shorten played with Babe Ruth in Boston and the Babe actually took his place in righ field. He also played with Ty Cobb in Detroit, George Sisler in St. Louis, and with Edd Roush in Cincinnati. Shorten was a career back-up outfielder.

Shorten hit .571 in the 1916 World Series. He was 4 for 7,seeing action in 2 games. He was caught stealing twice, which at the time negated his hits.

Chick had a career year in 1920 with The Tigers. He batted .288 with a homer and 40 RBI.

After baseball, he was a scout for the Cleveland Indians.