Canadian League

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The Canadian League was a minor league baseball league that operated in Canada in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The first version of the league operated from 1885–1899, becoming a Class-D league in 1899 and merging into the International League in 1900.

In 1905 there was a four-team class D loop known as the Canadian League. Another league using that title ran from 1911 through 1915 — it was originally ranked a D league as well, moved to a C rating a year later and in 1914 got a B classification. Frank Shaughnessy managed the Ottawa team from 1913 to 1915.

The league briefly returned in 1905 and then operated again from 1911 to 1915.

Cities represented, teams and statistics[edit]

1899[edit]

1899 Canadian League
Secretary: Cal Davis

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
London Cockneys 64 28 .696 0 Pete Lohman
Hamilton Blackbirds 49 43 .533 15 Bill Collins
Guelph Maple Leafs 42 48 .467 21 Bob Black
Stratford #Woodstock 34 53 .391 27.5 NA
Chatham Reds ## 19 23 .452 NA Leslie Snyder
St. Thomas Saints ## 11 24 .314 NA Joe Knight

#Stratford (5-20) moved to Woodstock June 8.
##Chatham and St. Thomas disbanded July 4. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bunk Congalton Hamilton BA .391 Thomas Cooper London W 23
Kid Mohler London Runs 73 Thomas Cooper London SO 103
Billy Reed London Hits 99 Thomas Cooper London Pct .885: 23-3

Home Runs, four players tied with 5.

1905[edit]

1905 D Canadian League
President: NA

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Woodstock Maroons 48 32 .600 0 Will Roche
Ingersoll 45 38 .542 4.5 Weldon
St. Thomas Saints 39 39 .500 8 Ponsford
Brantford Indians 31 38 .449 11.5 Watty Lee
Simcoe # 10 27 .270 NA Barwell

#Simcoe disbanded around July 15.
No Individual Statistics Available.

1911-1915[edit]

1911 D Canadian League
President: Donald Ferguson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Berlin Green Sox 70 40 .637 0 George Deneau
London Cockneys 59 51 .536 11 Lou Bierbauer / Jim Keenan
Hamilton Kolts 58 52 .527 12 Watty Lee
Bradford Red Sox 53 58 .477 17.5 Harry Kane
Guelph Maple Leafs 45 62 .421 23.5 Abbie Johnson / William Lane / Frank Shannon
St. Thomas Saints 43 65 .398 26 Chaucer Elliott

No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Lou Bierbauer London BA .367 Shad Barry Brantford Hits 141
Jack Cameron Berlin Runs 89 Harry Kane Brantford HR 7

1912 C Canadian League
President: J. P. Fitzgerald

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ottawa Senators 63 35 .643 0 Doc Cook
Brantford Red Sox 54 44 .551 9 Harry Kane
Hamilton Kolts 51 46 .526 11.5 Watty Lee
London Tecumsehs 48 49 .495 14.5 Frank Bowerman / Jimmy Barrett
St. Thomas Saints 46 50 .479 16 Joe Stewart
Berlin Busy Bees 42 50 .457 18 George Deneau
Guelph Maple Leafs 39 51 .433 20 George Needham / Fred Applegate
Peterborough Whitecaps 40 58 .408 23 Curtis Templin / Dave Rowan

No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Jack Fryer Guelph BA .372 Pat Hynes London W 19
Frank Burke Ottawa Runs 79 Tom Donovan Brantford SO 138
Harry Corns Hamilton Hits 113 Joe McManus Ottawa Pct .875; 14-2

1913 C Canadian League
President: J. P. Fitzgerald

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ottawa Senators 66 39 .629 0 Frank Shaughnessy
London Tecumsehs 64 39 .621 1 George Deneau
St. Thomas Saints 56 48 .538 9.5 Al Orth
Peterborough Petes 55 48 .534 10 John Barthold
Guelph Maple Leafs 54 49 .524 11 Doc Cook
Hamilton Hams 52 52 .500 13.5 Watty Lee
Berlin Busy Bees 38 66 .365 27.5 Jim Keenan
Brantford Red Sox 30 74 .288 35.5 Harry Kane / Bill Wagner

No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Wright Guelph BA .396 Bob Heck London W 24
Merlin Kopp St. Thomas Runs 104 Erwin Renfer Ottawa SO 185
Bill Wright Guelph Hits 152 Bob Heck London Pct .800; 24-6
Bill Wright Guelph HR 10

1914 B Canadian League
President: J. P. Fitzgerald

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ottawa Senators 76 45 .628 0 Frank Shaughnessy
London Tecumsehs 71 43 .623 1.5 Frank Reisling
Erie Yankees 64 57 .529 12 Charlie Smith / Frank Gygli
Toronto Beavers 55 55 .500 15.5 Jim Keenan / Watty Lee
St. Thomas Saints 48 60 .444 21.5 Al Orth / Midge Craven
Peterborough Petes 49 62 .441 22 John Barthold / Curley Blount
Hamilton Hams 47 66 .416 25 Robert Yates / Jack White
Brantford Red Sox 46 68 .404 26.5 Bill Wagner / George Deneau

No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
J. Trout Toronto BA .349 Urban Shocker Ottawa W 20
Rex Dawson Erie Runs 90 Lou Shettler Peterborough W 20
Owen Harris Erie Hits 138 Lou Shettler Peterborough SO 174
George Deneau Brantford HR 7 Joe McManus Ottawa Pct .875; 14-2

1915 B Canadian League
President: J. P. Fitzgerald

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ottawa Senators 72 39 .649 0 Frank Shaughnessy
Guelph Maple Leafs 59 51 .537 12.5 Watty Lee
Hamilton Hams/Tigers 55 48 .534 13 Bill Cristall / Gus Ziemer
Brantford Red Sox 52 55 .485 18 George Deneau / John Warner
London Tecumsehs 50 58 .463 20.5 Doc Reisling / Walter Hartwell
St. Thomas Saints 38 75 .337 35 Mark Stewart / Lou Bierbauer

No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ralph Burrill Brantford BA .344 Urban Shocker Ottawa W 15
Buzz Murphy Guelph Runs 66 Urban Shocker Ottawa SO 186
D.J. Bullock Ottawa Hits 130 Tom Caesar London Pct .727; 8-3

League Records 1911-1915[edit]

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Frank Dolan Ottawa GA 125 14 Bill Wright Guelph BA .396 13
Frank Shaughnessy Ottawa AB 446 14 Merlin Kopp St. Thomas RUNS 104 13
Bill Wright Guelph HITS 152 13 Hackenbush Hamilton 2B 28 11
E.T. Rogers Ottawa 3B 16 13 Bill Wright Guelph HR 10 13
Bill Wright Guelph EBH 44 13 Bill Wright Guelph TB 231 13
Matty Matteson London SAC 36 13 A.E. Schwind Ottawa SAC 36 12
Merlin Kopp St. Thomas SB 63 13 Merlin Kopp St. Thomas BB 83 13
George Deneau London SO 71 13
Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Urban Shocker Ottawa GA 36 14 Ernest Chase Brantford CG 26 14
Ray Keating Hamilton W 25 13 Howick St. Thomas L 20 15
Bob Heck London PCT .800 13 Urban Shocker Ottawa IP 303 15
Joe McManus Ottawa WS 14 12 Urban Shocker Ottawa SO 186 15
Joe Lill Ottawa/Brantford BB 140 13

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