Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League by James P. Quigel

By James P. Quigel

Although many folks be aware of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, because the "birthplace of Little League Baseball," it's a urban with a wealthy specialist baseball culture. because the earliest days of the Pennsylvania nation organization within the 19th century, expert minor league baseball has flourished in Williamsport, and through the years thousands of gamers and executives have undergone historical Bowman box on their approach to the foremost leagues, together with Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, and Nolan Ryan. Gateway to the Majors is a accomplished heritage minor league baseball in Williamsport from the earliest days up till the present.

This booklet breaks new floor through weaving in social background and collective biography to trap the essence of the minor league adventure in a single urban. Drawing upon neighborhood Williamsport newspapers, large oral histories of former gamers, baseball directors, boosters and enthusiasts, infrequent photo collections, and first resource fabric from the Baseball corridor of repute Library and files, Gateway to the Majors reconstructs the totality of the pro baseball experience.

Beyond chronicling the seasons, this ebook sheds mild at the contributions of Williamsport local Tommy Richardson as a pioneering minor league administrator and promoter of the sport. The accompanying appendix of former Williamsport avid gamers who performed within the significant Leagues is a precious reference instrument for baseball historians. This ebook additionally illustrates how the city’s courting with baseball cast a different civic id and nationwide recognition as "Baseball city, USA."

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Players received a small stipend to defray their rent and other living expenses, but few were paid a living wage. According to a Grit account, the average monthly salary during the season for one of the team’s stars amounted to $80, most of which was paid in company scrip. All players were offered employment in the sewing machine factory during the off-season. ’’ Considered Williamsport’s best ball club, the team revived the old-time West Branch Susquehanna River regional rivalries—particularly with Lock Haven—dormant since 1887.

Grit) Town Ball to Pro Ball Williamsport Millionaires, it soon became apparent that those teams unwilling to maintain high salaries would fall by the wayside. The Tri-State League’s newer franchises displaced the bankrupted clubs and quickly gained parity with the free-spending Millionaires. Within a year, the hated White Roses of York folded and were replaced by Reading. In 1907, despite some mild protestations on the part of those owners who held out for favorable concessions, the Tri-State League returned to the fold of organized baseball by entering into the National Agreement.

According to an observer of the series, ‘‘All kinds of charges were hurled back and forth between the two clubs,’’ as Williamsport won eleven of the games. Three of those games lasted only to the seventh inning, owing to frequent disputes that erupted on the field and in the stands. Williamsport and the State Association Williamsport entered professional league play for the first time in 1886 when the club joined Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Lancaster, Lewistown, and Altoona as members of the 17 Gateway to the Majors Pennsylvania State Association or Pennsylvania State League.

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