Today in baseball: Female ump files civic lawsuit against MiLB

Today (March 19) in 1969 a woman filed a lawsuit against what is known today as Minor League Baseball, as the governing body refused to give her a job because of her gender. Bernie Gera, a secretary from Jackson Heights, New York, filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball today in 1969. The baseball-crazed woman …

Minor League history: Middle Atlantic League (1925-1930)

In this edition of Minor League history we are talking about the Middle Atlantic League. The league a continuous run from  1925 - 1942 and later from 1946-1951. The league was mainly located in Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania but also had offshoots in New York, Maryland and West Virginia. The first edition of the Middle …

Minor League history: Michigan Ontario League

The Michigan Ontario League was a Class B league that started in 1919 and lasted for six and a part of a seventh season. The end of the league came halfway 1926 when it merged with the Central League to form the Michigan State League. The Michigan Ontario League or Mint League (MIchigan-oNTario) as it …

Minor League history: Michigan State League

Through the decades, there have been seven leagues that adopted the name Michigan State League. The first one ran two seasons from 1889 through 1890. The second run was during the 1895 season. In 1897 the third edition lasted only one season. The 1902 run was the fourth one. From 1902, it lasted nine years …

Minor League history: Mandak League

The Mandak League (Man-Dak League) or Manitoba Dakota League was a refuge for former Negro League players that got too old to be picked up by MLB clubs. The league's teams were located in the Canadian province of Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota. The Mandak League was founded in 1950 as a …

Minor League history: Lone Star League (1947-1948)

In this edition of Minor League history, we pay attention to the second run of the Lone Star League. The Lone Star League was one of the many upstart leagues that reared up after World War II. In contrast to other contemporary leagues, the Lone Star League didn't last longer than two years. The Lone …

Minor League history: Lone Star League (1927-1929)

Through the decades, there have been many minor leagues in the state of Texas. The Lone Star League was one of them. The first one saw the light in 1927 and would last two seasons before disbanding during the 1929 season. The Lone Star League that started in 1927 was rated as a class D …

Minor League history: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1946-1955)

In today's chapter of Minor League history we pay attention to the sixth and final run of the KITTY League. The game returned after WWII but like many minor leagues it did not survive the advance of television and folded in 1955. Just like the previous editions, the 1946-1955 KITTY League was a Class D …

San Antonio Missions: An era comes to an end

With the 3-0 sweep by the Tulsa Drillers in the championship series, a Texas League era in San Antonio comes to an end. An era that began in 1888 and with some hiatuses, the city was a long-lasting member of the Texas League until yesterday. Until yesterday as the AA San Antonio Missions are no …

Minor League history: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1922-1924 and 1937-1942)

In this episode of Minor League history we pay attention to the fourth and fifth run of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (KITTY League). After the previous edition folded in 1916, President Dr. Frank H. Bassett made another attempt to revive the league in 1922.  In 1922 and 1923 the league contained eight teams but in the …

Minor League History: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1903-1906 and 1910-1916)

In today's edition of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League or KITTY League. The KITTY League had various runs. The first edition ran from 1903 through 1906, the second one from 1910 through 1914, the third edition lasted only one season (1916), edition four lasted three seasons from (1922-1924), the fifth …

Minor League History: Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League

tThe Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri league or KOM for short was founded in 1946 in a period in which minor leagues popped up like mushrooms. Like many of those minor leagues, the KOM league did not last a full decade as it folded at the end of the 1952 season. The Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League got a class D rating …

Minor League History: Kansas State League

In this edition of Minor League History, I pay attention to the Kansas State League. The league had several runs of which the first was in 1887. The last started in 1909 and would last three seasons. After the league folded for the final time, the Central Kansas League adopted the vacant name in 1913. …

Spokane Indians land in Hall of Fame

The Spokane Indians have earned a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Since 2006 the team is cooperating with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. This cooperation now has earned a place in the HOF.  The Spokane Indians (A-Short Season affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Northwest League) signed a deal with the …

The story of the 1906 Texas League champions, the Cleburne Railroaders

The Cleburne Railroaders were a minor league team that landed in the Texas League in 1906. In the previous season, the team played in Temple, but the financially strapped owner, Doak Roberts, was forced to move the team to Cleburne. The team had two future major leaguers in its ranks, of which one would end …

Minor League history: How a dead guy won the PCL batting title

This is one of those special stories of the dead ball era. In 1912, Heinie Heitmuller of the Los Angeles Angels won the batting crown of the Pacific Coast League with a batting average of .335. Nothing special you would say. But this batting title had a bizarre twist. Heinie Heitmuller was a career minor leaguer, …

Minor League history: Illinois State League

The Illinois State League saw the light in 1947 and lasted two years before it changed its name in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League in 1947. Eventually, the league became the current Midwest League.  In its two years of existence, the Illinois State League operated as a class D league. The league was created with completely new …