Johnstown Johnnies (1883–1961)

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Johnstown Johnnies
18831961
(1883-1884, 1887, 1892-1893, 1895, 1898, 1904-1912, 1925-1942, 1946-1950, 1955-1956, 1961)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Class-level
Previous
  • Class A (1955-1956, 1961)
  • Class C (1946-1950)
  • Class D (1939-1942)
  • Class C (1925-1938)
  • Class B (1892, 1895, 1907-1912)
Minor league affiliations
League Eastern League (1955-1956, 1961)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 3 (1925, 1926, 1930)
Team data
Previous names
  • Johnstown Red Sox (1961)
  • Johnstown Johnnies (1904-1912, 1925-1942, 1946-1950, 1955-1956)
  • Johnstown Mormans (1898)
  • Johnstown Buckskins (1895)
  • Johnstown Terrors (1893)
  • Johnstown Pirates (1892)
  • Johnstown Baseball Club (1883-1884, 1887)
Previous parks
Point Stadium

The Johnstown Johnnies were a minor league baseball team in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that existed in various forms from 1883 through 2002.

The first team to be based in Johnstown played in 1883 in the Western Interstate League and then in 1884 in the Iron & Oil Association. A few years later, the Johnstown Pirates/Terrors played in the Pennsylvania State League. The Johnstown Buckskins in 1895 and the Johnstown Mormans in 1898 both played in the New York State League.

The first version of the team named the Johnnies played in 1904 in the independent Pennsylvania League, which merged to become the Tri-State League the following year. This team moved to Chester, Pennsylvania during the 1912 season. The Johnnies resurfaced in the Middle Atlantic League in 1925 and played continuously through 1942, when they had to temporarily suspend playing due to World War II. After the war, the team started up again in 1946 before dissolving in 1950.

The Wilkes-Barre Barons moved to Johnstown during the 1955 season and became the latest version of the Johnnies but only lasted two seasons. In 1961, the Boston Red Sox had an affiliate in Johnstown named the Johnstown Red Sox. Eddie Popowski managed the team. Multiple notable players spent time with the Johnstown Red Sox, including Guido Grilli, Bob Heffner, Jerry Mallett, Al Moran, Dave Morehead, Ted Schreiber, Pete Smith, Bill Spanswick and Wilbur Wood.

A new version of the team, known first as the Steal and then the Johnnies played in the Frontier League from 1995-2002 before moving to Florence, Kentucky and becoming the Florence Freedom.

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