1976-1977 Scranton Apollos, EBA Champions, coach Stan Novack

1976-77 EBA                        W   L  Pct.  GB
Allentown Jets                    21   5  .808  ..
Scranton Apollos                  20   6  .769   1
Lancaster Red Roses               12  10  .545   7
Brooklyn Pros/Wilkes-Barre Barons  8  10  .444   9
Hartford Downtowners               5  19  .208  15
Hazleton Bullets/Shore Bullets     3  18  .143  15.5
Syracuse Centennials*              8   9  .471  ..

*Syracuse quite the league in season

EBA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Allentown 124, Scranton 123
Scranton 139, Allentown 128
Scranton 127, Allentown 123
Scranton 102, Allentown 101

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Doc Graham played against the Boston Beaneaters and Eddie Cicotte 1908 and the Reds

” Well, you know I… I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn’t. That’s what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases — stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That’s my wish, Ray Kinsella. That’s my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?  ”

Burt Lancaster as Doc Graham

From the movie Field of Dreams

 Interesting tie to the movie Field of Dreams or just a coincidence? It turns out Doc Graham had a chance to stare down a big league pitcher.  In fact it was the pitcher from the movie,  Field of Dreams, Eddie Cicotte, also known as Knuckles.

” Hey Knuckles, what’d you throw at the kid for?”

“He winked at me” Eddie “Knuckles” Cicotte

On April 26, 1908 the Scranton Miners took on the Boston Red Sox in an exhibiton game. The paper referred to them as the Boston Beaneaters and the Boston Americans. They were managed by Deacon McGuire.  ( Scranton Republican April 27, 1908 p.7)  On the mound for Boston was Eddie Cicotte.  ( Eddie would later become infamous as a member of the Black Sox, he was one of the men banned from baseball for cheating .)   In 1919, Eddie Cicotte won 29 games for the White Sox. The White Sox won the American League in 1919.  Eddie won 209 games in his career and had a 2.38 ERA.

Doc Graham had one hit in 3 tries, he also had a sacrifice.  Scranton won the game, 2-0.  A good day for ” Doc” Graham. He was referred to as Doc Graham in the Scranton Republican never as Moonlight.

Also in 1908, the Scranton team took on the Cincinatti Reds in an exhibition.  On June 7, 1908 the Scranton Miners took on the Cincinatti Reds.  The pitcher for the Reds was Charlie Rhoades. Charlie pitched in only one game for the Reds in 1908.  Charlie had a career record of 7 wins 11 loses.  The Reds won the game 14-6. Doc Graham was 2 for 3.  He also had an error in the field.  The game was played at the Minooka park.  Minooka was the Sunday home to the Scranton team in 1908.

In 1908, against big league pitchers Doc Graham was 3 for 6.

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“Gentleman” Jim Corbett, 1b Scranton Baseball

James Corbett and his brother, Joe, played baseball for Scranton in a game in 1895. Scranton competed in the Eastern League in 1895. According to baseballreference.com, Scranton’s team was named the Coalheavers.  Buffalo was nicknamed the Bison.  On August 12, 1895 Heavyweight World Champion Boxer Jim Corbett played 1b for Scranton against Buffalo.  He was 28 years old. He helped Scranton to a 6-3. His brother, Joe was a member of the Scranton team and he played SS. Big Jim had 2 hits in 4 trips. “The Kid” as Jim called his brother was 1 for 3.  A crowd of 6,000 attended the game.  (Scranton Republican August 13, 1895 p. 7)

In 1897, Jim Corbett was now the ex-heavyweight Champion of the World. Corbett had lost his title to Bob Fitzsimmons in March of 1897. He played at least 2 games for Scranton this year. He played many games in the minors for multiple teams over his career.

In 1906, Jim is listed as a member of the Scranton franchise. He was 39 years old.  He played on game against Wilkes-Barre. He was hitless and retired after the 6th inning. He played alongside Archbald “Moonlight” Graham, also known as Doc.  He was replaced in the Scranton lineup by Ed Ashenback.

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First Major League Team to play in Scranton? 1896 Baltimore Orioles vs. Scranton Coalheavers

  On September 28, 1896 the legendary Baltimore Orioles came to town to play the Scranton Coal Heavers.   The Orioles were managed by Ned Hanlon. They were the Champions of the National League. They won the Temple Cup Series  ( Predecessor of the World Series)  over the Cleveland Spiders. This series was played between the first and second place teams in the National League. The Orioles batted .328 as a team, led by “Wee” Willie Keeler’s .432  and Hughie ” EE ya” Jennings’ .401 batting average.

The Orioles won the game 4-2. On the roster of the Orioles that day were future Hall of Famers, Hughie Jennings SS from Scranton, John McGraw 3B, Wee Willies Keeler OF , Joe Kelley OF  and Wilbert Robinson catcher. Joe Corbett did the pitching for Baltimore. Joe Corbett had pitched with the Scranton club during the 1896. Joe was the brother of Jim Corbett, the famous boxer. Joe finished with 3 wins and zero loses for the Orioles during the year.  He would follow that up the following year with 24 wins. (Scranton Republican September 29, 1896)  Willie Clarke of the Scranton club, would also play 5 years in the Big Leagues, hitting .286 .

Scranton had Piggy Ward on its roster, he had played with Pittsburgh and Washington before Scranton.  Thomas Johnson did the pitching for Scranton.

The Scranton connection of Hughie Jennings seemed to be the reason for Orioles game bing played in Scranton.  In 1895, Hughie Jennings and John McGraw were part of an exhibition game. They played as part of the Moosic squad which played against the Y.M.C.A. champions. The Moosic team won the game with the help of McGraw and Jennings, 3-1.This game was played on October 27, 1895. (Scranton Republican October 28, 1895 p 7)

Thomas “Finners” Quinlan, Scranton Miner, politician and WW I veteran

FinnerQThomas Finners Quinlan was born on October 21, 1887. He was the son of Michael and Mary Evers Quinlan. He is listed in many newspapers accounts of the time as Tommy but in baseball reference as Finners Quinlan. Quinlan batted and threw left-handed. He was 5 feet 8 inches and weighed 154 lbs.

His baseball career started in the Old Catholic temperance leagues. The temperance movement was a movement in the Church to promote abstaining from liquor. The church sponsored baseball teams. Finners’ first team was St. John’s, next St. Peter’s and finally with the legendary Minooka Blues. The Blues were virtually unbeatable and known for their bunting and speed. The Blues produced several big league players as well as minor league players. These players included: Minooka Mike McNally, Chick Shorten, Festus Higgins, Jack O’Neil, Mike O’Neil, Jimmy O’Neil and Steve O’Neil. ( Scranton Times)

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Thomas got his first taste of pro ball when he played in one minor league game for Scranton in 1908.  He played the outfield and had an assist to go with a single in 4 at bats. He played for the Steubenville Stubs of the Ohio-Pennsylvania League and his hometown Scranton Miners of the NY State League in 1911. His manger in Scranton was Monte Cross. He hit a combined .257 (Baseballreference.com) Finners also pitched in 5 games with an 0-3 record. He surrendered 29 hits, 13 walks and 25 runs.  He remained with Scranton for the 1912 season. He was managed by former major league HR champ, Buck Freeman. He finished the season hitting .273.

 

In 1913, Finners was again a Scranton Miner. The Miners had 2 managers John Kelly and Dick Smith. Other future major league players on the 1913 Miners included Wally Pipp  .Finners hit.283 playing the outfield for the Miners in NY State League. The Miners finished dead last winning only 49 games. His over-all play earned Quinlan his first shot in the majors with St. Louis Cardinals in 1913. Finners’ first game September 6th of 1913 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a  4-2  loss. In 13 games, he hit .160 with one RBI.  His one RBI was against the New York Giants’ Christy Matthewson.

 

Quinlan had some disputes over money with the Cardinal Organization. An article in winter of 1914 in the Elmira Star Gazette stated he was still the property of the Cardinals.

 

It was back to the minors in 1914. The Sporting Life announced Finners signing with Oakland in a small article on February 14th of 1914. Finners played Centerfield for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. This was the equivalent of AA baseball today. Again, Finners played solid hitting .290 in a 180 games. He also had 700 plate appearances. The Pittsburgh Press reported that Tommy Quinlan was likely to be drafted.  He was “a corking good hitter, a fair man on the paths and a good fielder”. Tommy would not get a chance in the major leagues in 1914.  (August 4,1914 Pittsburgh Press)

 

February 27, 1915 Finners made the front page of the Sporting Life, a very small article. He had returned his contract to the Chicago Club and Mr. Comiskey unsigned because he was not satisfied with the amount he was being paid.

 

In 1915, Finners had another shot in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox.  Finners hit .193 in 42 games. He did play outstanding defense.  He committed no errors in 42 chances and had 5 outfield assists, including 2 double plays. Finners was also hit by a pitch 8 times while collecting 4 base on balls. He played his last game for the White Sox on July 15, 1915. This would also be his last in the Majors.

Quinlan played the rest of 1915 in the Pacific Coast League again, this time for the Salt Lake City Bees.  Salt Lake City finished second in 1915 winning 108 games.  They were managed by Cliff  Blankenship and played their home games in Bonnelville Park. In 71 games with the Bees, Finners hit .306.  This was the 19th best average in the league and he also had 18 doubles.

 

In 1916, Finners was back in Salt Lake City. He played in 181 games and had his best season of his career. He hit .313 with 241 hits. He had the most hits in the PCL in 1916. His average was 6th best in the league. His 49 doubles were tied for 3rd best in the Pacific Coast League.  He also led the league with 43 outfield assists and 22 errors. Salt Lake City finished with a 99-96 record which was good for 3rd place.

 

1917 was Finners last year in baseball. He played with Salt Lake City,   in a 182 games batting .254.

In 1918 Finners was traded from Salt Lake City to Columbus Senators of the American Association for Larry Chappell.. There is no record of Finners playing for Columbus. Joe Tinker was the manager of Columbus.

In 1918 the United States was in the middle of World War I. Thomas enlisted in the Army. He trained at Camp Lee in Virginia in August of 1918.  He served in Company K, 28th Infantry/1st Division.  Finners fought in the biggest offensive of World War I. He was injured in Argonne Drive in France. He lost his left eye and left arm, ending his baseball career.  “I lasted only one inning in the big game,” Quinlan said. He was hit with an explosive shell only 2 or 3 hours after the battle had started. (Sporting Life, September 9,1918). “ We went from one shell hole to another…shells, high explosives and gas fell all about us.” (Binghamton Press, March 10, 1919). Sadly, the battle occurred 2 days before armistice came.

In November of 1918 he was convalescing in Europe. He returned to Scranton in March of 1919. Quinlan was offered a job by Joe Tinker of the Columbus team if he wanted it. (Pittsburgh Press) Finners had other plans.

In October 18, 1919 a charity game was played for Finners at Scranton’s Athletic Park. The event raised $1413.20 . Cleveland Indians’ stars Joe Wood and Steve O’Neil played as  well as Bucky Harris and Jimmy O’Neil of the Washington Senators, Chick Shorten of the Detroit Tigers, Festus Higgins of the Binghamton Bingoes and Mike McNally of the Boston Red Sox.

T.F. Quinlan entered the political realm in 1919 when he ran for county commissioner of Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania. A political new comer, he emerged as the top vote getter for county commissioner.

This was the start of a long career of public service. He was re-elected Commissioner in 1923. He ran for and was elected a Scranton city councilman in 1929. He served one term. He re-entered County politics to run for Register of Wills in 1933 and held this position until his retirement for health reasons in 1949. His wife was Louise Leyh Quinlan. They had one daughter, Mrs. Paul R. Krupski, and 5 grandchildren.

T.F. Quinlan was admitted to Mercy Hospital on February 6, 1966. He died on the February 17, 1966. He is buried in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.  (February 18, 1966 Scranton Times p. 3)

 

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1902 Night Baseball in the Electric City, Scranton

1902 Scranton Miners – Pennsylvania State League

Night Baseball in Scranton, Pa.

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Al Lawson

The Pennsylvania State League was organized in January of 1902. There was no minor league team in Scranton, Pa. in 1901.  Al Lawson was the manager/owner of the Scranton franchise.  The secretary of the team was Frank B. Resse.  It was a 6 team league: The teams included Lancaster, Lebanon,  Reading, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. There is little information in basebalreference.com about the 1902 PSL.

A February 6, 1902 Scranton Tribune article detailed A.W. Lawson’s career. He was born in London, England. He had been a pitcher for several teams including the Boston Beaneaters (1890) and  Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1890).  Alfred William Lawson never won a major league game. His career totals were 0-3 with a 6.63 ERA .He had been the manager of Easton the prior year.  He pitched several years in the minor leagues with mixed success. (Scranton Tribune February 6, 1902)

Al was a relentless self promoter.  He was always full of money making schemes and electric lights for night baseball was one of his innovations. ( See below) For more information on Al Lawson and his brother, check out  Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines: The Many Lives and Outrageous Times of George and Alfred Lawson  bu Jeffery Kuntz. 

Dan B. Sullivan of Portland was reported in February Sporting Life as the first player signed by Scranton. Frank Quigley of Chicago was reported as signed as well.  Roger Gorton and William Blakely were signed as well (Sporting Life Feb 8 ,1902)

The nicknames of the teams were as follows : (March 30,1902 Reading Eagle)

Reading Brewers

Lancaster Stogies

Lebanon Iron Puddlers

Williamsport Boomers

Scranton Miners

Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons

Al Lawson was to lease the ball field. It was known as Athletic Park and it was located on Providence Road. The uniforms of the Scrantons have arrived and are on display at Florey and Brooks. (April 19th Sporting Life)  The uniform colors were maroon and Yale Grey.

A parade from the Hollywood section of Scranton to the ballpark would begin at 1:30 PM. The players would arrive at the ballpark at 2:30 PM and the game begins at 3:15 sharp.   Pitcher Wiltse and catcher Steinberg had their pictures in the article in the Scranton Times.

The season opened with a win for Scranton over Williamsport, 3-2. George Wiltse was the pitcher. Al Blandin of Scranton was the umpire.   The Scranton Times said the Scranton Miners scored all of their runs in the first inning . Wiltse pitched well and hung on for the win.

May 14, 1902 Night Baseball

Scranton may have been the one of the first towns to host night baseball. It attracted a large crowd too. The game was between Lancaster and Scranton at Athletic Park. The lights were placed 20 feet apart. Spectators and ballplayers could see the ball.  There were 5 errors committed total. The lights were placed at short intervals on twenty foot poles.  Scranton won the game 8-6. (Sporting Life May 1902)

The Scranton Times account of the game provides more details. The Headline read Electric Light Game. The baseball used in the game was bigger than the usual ball, nearly twice the size. The diameter of the ball was 6 inches. The writer wondered, How a man could strike out using a ball that size? The crowd was announced at 3,000 or 3,500.  “It was a farce comedy.”  The fielders waded in a murky darkness. The outfield was darker than the infield. Details of the game were impossible .  Scranton did win 12-7.

 May 14th it was noted in the Tribune that Wilkes-Barre had missed the train and therefore would not play its scheduled game. There was also a new manager for Wilkes-Barre which made a change in schedule necessary.

May 15th Wiilamsport claimed the game against Reading because the Reading team never showed up for the game.

May 17 Scranton defeated Wilkes-Barre 17-8. Rainey threw out 2 baserunners.

May 20th State league games will be suspended until Wednesday when Mount Carmel will take Wilkes-Barre’s place.

May 21st President of the league dropped Williamsport because it did not produce a forfeit and Mount Carmel so it would have an even number of teams.

On May 22nd Scranton was 7-5 in the 4 team league.

The teams were Scranton, Lancaster, Lebanon and Reading. Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport are listed as league participants in the Tribune.

May 23, 1902

Reading 6 Scranton 5

The headline in the Scranton Tribune read

“Played against 10 men?”

A near riot after Scranton lost to Reading 6-5 at Reading. Scranton claimed poor umpiring. Only one umpire was used at the time. Early in the game , Gorton tore the indicator out of the umpire’s hand. Later in the game, the umpire called Stroh out for cutting third base. Blakey of Scranton rushed, shook and then punched the Umpire  Sehl. A unit of police had to restore order as nearly 100’s  fans rushed the field. Blakey was “put off the field”. Blakey was nearly mobbed after the game.

May 27, 1902

Headline announced State League gives up the Ghost. It was on page 9 of the Tribune. The Lebanon team had called a strike because of lack of payment.  The PSL was left with 3 teams. Scranton went down in defeat in the last game to Lancaster 8-4. The Reading players were paid off and given their release. The paper said that Lancaster and Scranton may continue as independents. This did not happen.

The Wilkes-Barre club claimed it had not been paid a cent since the season started.

George Wiltse pitched for Albany in 1902, after the Pennsylvania State League disbanded. William Blakely went there as well. The manager of the Johnstown team protested  William Blakely going to Albany because he had accepted terms with Johnstown.

Johnstown signed Roger Gorton, Syracuse picked up catcher Edward Rainey.

Scranton Players:

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George “Hook” Wiltse would go onto pitch for the New York Giants. He won his first 12 decisions for the Giants. George was the brother of Snake Wilse (a successful pitcher too).  George also played 3b in the PA State League.

Paul Steinberg or Twister Steinberg was a back-up catcher and physical trainer for the team. He was a professional football player as well in the early 1900’s. He was very good player. He also played basketball for Syracuse.

Other players:

Williamsport “Billies” Boomers

Charles “Mother” Booth

Fred “Snitz” Apregate

Lou Willig

Henry Willig

Jack Maley

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Harvery Ritter

George Rust OF

Landegraf Manager

Billy Hofner

Tommy Reynold

Fred LaFontaine P

Chris LeBar C

LaFontaine and LeBar were credited in the Reading Eagle as the league’s only French batter. Both players were French Canadians.

Lebanon Iron Puddlers

Andy Costello

“Jolly Pat” Rollins

Wilkes-Barre

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Ed Walsh pitched the opening day game for the Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons against the Reading Brewers. There were approximately 2,000 people in attendance.  Reading won the game 7-6. Ed did have 7 strikeouts, 2 walks and one wild pitch. He had mixed success in the month he pitched for Wilkes-Barre. He won at least 3 games.

Ed went on to win 17 games in the Connecticut State League in 1902 and had a Hall of Fame career with the Chicago White Sox. Ed won 40 games in 1908 and won 195 for his career.

SCRANTON MINERS 1902

RESULTS

May 3, 1902

Scranton 3 Williamsport 2

May5, 1902

Scranton 14 Williamsport 5  W McGarry

May 6 , 1902

Wilkes-Barre 8 Scranton 5 L

May 7, 1902   

The paper did not provide many details but the Pennsylvania State League provided one very interesting pitching matchup. Big Ed Walsh pitched against Hooks Wiltse.  Scranton and Wiltse won the game 5-4.

Scranton 5 Wilkes-Barre 4  W- Wiltse  L- Walsh

Hook Wiltse had 9 strikeouts, Ed Walsh had 6 strikeouts.

May 9, 1902

Lancaster 14  Scranton 9  L – Hardy

May 11, 1902 Scranton @ Lancaster

Scranton 11  Lancaster 6   W – Wiltse

May 12, 1902

Scranton @ Reading

Scranton 8        Reading 3   W McGarry    L  Fred Lafontaine

May 13, 1902

Scranton @ Reading Rainout

May 14, 1902

Lancaster @ Scranton

Scranton 19   Lancaster  8

May 14, 1902 

Lancaster @ Scranton Night Exhibition

Scranton 12 Lancaster 7

May 15, 1902

Lancaster @ Scranton

Lancaster 12    Scranton 3. Lancaster won the game with 7 runs in the eighth.

May 16, 1902

Wilkes-Barre @ Scranton

Scranton 17  Wilkes-Barre 8

Logan was 4 for 5, with 2 doubles.

May 17, 1902

Wilkes-Barre @ Scranton

Wilkes Barre 12  Scranton 1

May 21, 1902

Lebanon @ Scranton

Lebanon 12 Scranton 11   Wiltse L

May 22, 1902

Lebanon @Scranton

Scranton 11 Lebanon 5 McGarry W

May 23, 1902

Scranton @ Reading

Reading 6 Scranton 5  Wiltse L

May 24, 1902

Scranton @ Reading

Scranton 7 Reading 3

May 24, 1902 Night Exhibition

May 26, 1902

Lancaster 8 Scranton 4  Wiltse L

May 31, 1902 @ Scranton  

Scranton 8 Lancaster 6  Morning Game

Lancaster 22 Scranton 5 Afternoon Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Lynn, Scranton’s one game wonder

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Although Archbald “Moonlight” Graham is baseball’s most noted “one game wonder”, Scranton’s Jerry Lynn is an even more compelling story because of his success in his one appearance.  Graham, who played in Scranton for several seasons, never got to bat in the big leagues. He was made famous by the movie, Field of Dreams.

Jerome Edward Lynn was born on Friday, April 14, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  His parents were Thomas A. and Alice Mangan Lynn. He had 5 brothers are 1 sister. He is listed as 5’ 10’ and 164 lbs. He threw right-handed and batted right-handed. His primary position was second base.  He also caught later in his career. He pitched one inning in 1934. He was described in the Scranton Republican as “the freckle-faced, North Scranton second sacker.” (Scranton Republican May 23, 1935).

Jerry started his pro career playing as an 18 year old in 1934 with the Jeanette Reds of the Pennsylvania State Association. His manager was Ray Reynolds. He batted .263 in 64 games with the Reds’ affiliate. The Scranton Republican filled in the rest of his 1934 season, Jerry played with Beckley in the Middle Atlantic League and Mt. Airy in the Bi-State League of North Carolina and Virginia.  In 1935, Jerry received a tryout with the Scranton Miners managed by Joe Shaute.  He appeared in at least 2 exhibitions games.  A  May 6th, 1935 (Scranton Republican p 14) article in the Scranton Republican announced that Jerry was among 30 who tried out. Jerry was among the final cuts. Jerry latched on with the Stroudsburg Poconos, a semi-pro baseball team managed by “Honest” Eddie Murphy (of Chicago “Black” Sox fame) for the 1935 season. (Scranton Republican May 23, 1935).

In 1936 Mike McNally’s Williamsport team picked up Jerry. No record shows he played.  He is listed on baseball reference as a member of the Wilkes-Barre franchise.  He played in a handful of games for Wilkes- Barre filling in for an injured players. He played mainly 3rd base for Wilke-Barre and was released when the injured player returned.  A March 25, 1936 states that Jerry Lynn may go to the semi-pro circuit in the Metropolitian sector.  A May 23rd article in the Scranton Republican stated that Jerry Lynn formerly of North Scranton, now of Daleville would man 2nd base for Bay Ridge a Brooklyn semi-pro outfit. Later that same year, Jerry helped Moscow beat Moosic for the right to play Tobyhanna in a local baseball league.

The 1937 season was the highlight of Jerry’s career.  Jerry played for the Salisbury Indians.  The team was managed by Jake Flowers. The Indians were part of the Eastern Shore League. The Indians forfeited 26 games due to violating Baseball’s old class rule. The Indians played an ineligible player. The rule stated that any team in the league could field only 3 players who had played at higher level than D ball. First baseman Bob Brady’s ineligible play proved costly.

It was decided by league President, J. Thomas Kilber that Salisbury would forfeit all the games he was on the roster, even the ones he did not play.  Kibler said, “If we can’t play baseball according to the rules of the National Association, let’s break up the league.” The Indians had been 21-5. After Kibler’s decision, The Indians record was 0-26.  The Indians played amazing after the decision.  The won 49 games and lost just 10, after the 0-26 start. They won their league with a victory over The Centreville Colts on September 9, 1937. Jerry led the league in hitting. Jerry batted .342-7-60 in 93 games. Salisbury’s achievement in 1937 is unbelievable.

The owner of the Washington franchise was Clark Griffith; he purchased 5 of the Salisbury Indians’ contracts at the end of the year. Jerry’s double play partner, Frank Trechock from the Indians, was also playing for Washington. Lynn was 21 years old when he played in his only major league game on September 19, 1937, with the Washington Senators. He played second base that day and went 2 for 3 with a double. He also played a flawless second base having 7 total chances. 4 putouts, 3 assists and 2 double plays.  This was Jerry’s one and only game in the majors.

Jerry also got to play against the Philadelphia A’s that season. This exhibition game was played after the 1937 season on September 20, 1937 at Salisbury’s Gordy Park.  Salisbury won the game, 3-2. Jerry was not nearly as successful with the bat in this game going 0-4. Philadelphia used 3 pitchers: Delaney, Woodend, and Kalfass.  (Salisbury beats A’s in exhibition, p22 Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 1937)

Jerry played for Charlotte of the Class B Piedmont League in 1938; they were an affiliate of Washington and managed by Calvin Griffith.  Jerry batted .297.  He also hit a career high 10 HRs. (basseballreference.com)

Jerry played for Springfield Gems of the Eastern League in 1939. This team was Washington’s Class A entry in the Eastern League.  He played against Scranton.  Over 11,000 fans came out to see Jerry play on August 4, 1939. He helped the Springfield club with his double play partner Fred Chapman start 3 twin killings in the Gems victory over Scranton. (Reading Eagle August 5, 1939)  Jerry had a successful season batting .271

Lynn played for Williamsport Grays of the Eastern League in 1940, which was an afillliate of the Philadelphia A’s.  The team was managed by Fresco Thompson. Jerry was playing 2b for Williamsport. He hit .223 in only 73 games. (basseballreference.com)

He then spent five years in the service during the Second World War.  Jerry served as a military policeman in ETO, European Theatre of Operations from 1940-1945.

After the war, Jerry was in spring training with Elmira, an affiliate of the St. Louis Browns. He never played with the team that year. Jerry played in the Class B Tri-State League.  In 1946, he played for the Spartanburg Peaches.  Spartanburg was also an affiliate of the St. Louis Browns and was managed by Ed Dancisak.  They played their home games at Duncan Park. Jerry’s bat showed no rust, hitting .312 for the season. He also switched positions and was now primarily a catcher.  He was 30 years old this season.

In 1947, Jerry played for the Rock Hill Chiefs also of the Tri-State League. They were managed by Ed Freed and Danny Carnevale. The Chiefs played their home games at Legion Park. Jerry played in 55 games and hit a robust .304.

1948 was Jerry’s last in organized baseball. He was again on the Chiefs and played in 78 games and hit .263. He had switched back to second base from catcher to finish out his career. He was 32 years old when he retired from baseball

Jerry was married to the former Alice York, a native of South Carolina. She was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and Cecil’s Business College. She served in the Woman’s Army Corps in Europe.  She worked as a secretary for the Pennsylvania State College. She preceded him in death passing on August 3rd 1952 at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  She was only 34 years old.  Jerry was a bartender after his playing days were over.

Jerome died on September 25, 1972.  He is buried in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pa.

 

Spartanburg Herald Journal 1947 1948 1952

Bill James Historical Abstract

History of the Eastern Shore League

Wlkes-Barre Sunday Independent

Scranton Republican