Ohio State League

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The first Ohio State League was a baseball league in 1887 before changing names to the Tri-State League.

The first 20th century Ohio State League started in 1908 as a class D loop and ran through 1916. Another Ohio State League was formed in 1936 and ran through 1947 except for a break in '42-'43 due to World War II. In 1945, the OSL was one of just four class D circuits in operation, yet it was one of the first of dozens of leagues to collapse after World War II. The class D Ohio-Indiana League was formed in 1948 with eight teams, with seven of the eight cities coming from the Ohio State League. Six teams made their home in Ohio and the remaining two where from Indiana. This league lasted through 1951.

Cities represented and stats[edit]

1887[edit]

Secretary: L. A. Moore

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Kalamazoo Kazoos 73 34 .682 0 Al Buckenberger
Zanesville Kickapoos 58 46 .558 13.5 Patrick Welsh /Pete McShannic
Wheeling 53 48 .525 17 Cronin / English / Nicholson / Henry Myers
Sandusky Suds 53 49 .520 17.5 George Curry
Columbus Buckeyes 50 55 .476 22 Calhoun / John Morrissey / Gifford / Buck West
Mansfield 46 56 .451 24.5 Sandy McDermott / Bob Allen / Frank O'Brien
Canton # 22 14 .611 NA H.H. Kerr / William Zecher
Acron Acorns ## 32 60 .348 NA Showers / Hastings / McDermott / Irwin
Stubenville Stubbs ### 9 34 .209 NA Parson Nicholson / Pete Woods / Jimmy Wood

#Canton entered the league August 4. ## Akron disbanded September 3.
###Stubenville disbanded June 29.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ed Hutchinson Columbus BA .395 Mother Watson Kalamazoo W 29
Ed Stapleton Kalamazoo Runs 121 Bill Irwin Akron/Kalamazoo SO 283
John Crogan Wheeling Hits 184 Mother Watson Kalamazoo Pct 763: 29-9
Ed Stapleton Kalamazoo HR 12

Cities Represented and stats[edit]

1908–1916[edit]

Portsmouth, OH was the only city around for all 9 seasons. The league disbanded July 19, 1916

1908 President: Robert Quinn

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Lancaster Red Roses 92 57 .617 0 Kurt Ellston / Paddy Fox
Lima Cigarmakers 80 67 .544 11 Nick Kahl /Jim Jackson
Marion Diggers 78 71 .523 14 Charles O'Day
Mansfield Pioneers 76 73 .510 16 Cal McVey / Tim Flood
Newark Newks 74 75 .497 18 Bob Berryhill / Harry Eells
Springfield / Portsmouth # 46 103 .309 46 Ed Ranskick / John Quinn

# Springfield moved to Portsmouth June 16.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hughie Tate Marion BA .320 Kirby White Lancaster W 28
Hughie Tate Marion Hits 169 Walt Justis Lancaster SO 293
Curly Brown Lancaster Runs 103 Charlie Pickett Lima Pct 700: 21-9
Frank Foutz Lima HR 12 Jim Riley Lima SB 80

1909 President: Robert Quinn

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Lima Cigarmakers 79 50 .612 0 Lee Fohl
Marion Diggers 71 59 .546 8.5 Charles O'Day /Jack Lewis
Mansfield Pioneers 63 58 .521 12 Tim Flood
Portsmouth Cobblers 48 76 .387 28.5 William Doyle / Jack McCallister / Charles O'Day
Lancaster Lanks # 53 53 .500 NA Paddy Fox
Newark Newks # 46 64 .418 NA Homer Davidson / Erve Wratten

# Newark and Lancaster disbanded August 23.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Red Farrell Marion BA .316 Ed Zmich Marion W 21
Joe Stanley Marion Hits 142 Andy Nelson Lima Pct .800; 8-2
Charles Fink Lima Runs 91 Ed Willett Marion HR 6

1910 President: Robert W. Read

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Portsmouth Cobblers 86 52 .623 0 Pete Childs
Lima Cigarmakers 82 56 .594 4 Alfred Newnham
Marion Diggers 80 58 .580 6 Jack Lewis
Newark Newks 58 80 .420 28 Bob Berryhill / Charles Riehl / Hank O'Day
Lancaster Lanks 55 82 .401 30.5 Al McClintock / Guy Sample / Heinie Peitz
Chillicothe Infants 52 85 .380 33.5 Cochhran / Grubb / Kibler / Wrigley

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hank O'Day Portsmouth BA .324 Ted Goulait Marion W 24
Henry "Dick" Breen Portsmouth Hits 151 Pop Lloyd Lima Pct .769; 10-3
Henry "Dick" Breen Portsmouth Runs 88 Frank Nesser Lima HR 6

1911 President: Robert W. Read

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Springfield Reapers 84 55 .604 0 Hank O'Day
Marion Diggers 80 59 .576 4 Jack Lewis
Portsmouth Cobblers 78 61 .561 6 Pete Childs
Chillicothe Infants 78 62 .557 6.5 Zeke Wrigley
Newark Newks/Piqua Picks # 72 65 .526 11 Alfred Newnham
Lima Cigarmakers 62 77 .446 22 Frank Nesser
Lancaster Links 53 84 .387 30 Charles Riehl / Gus Epler
Hamilton Mechanics 48 92 .343 36.5 James Barton

#Newark moved to piqua June 22.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bert Blue Newark/Piqua BA .347 Roy Ashenfelder Hamil/Spring W 24
Bert Blue Newark/Piqua Hits 176 H. McCall Marion Pct .800; 8-2
W. Colligan Marion Runs 119 Billy Kelly Marion HR 12

1912 President: Robert W. Read

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Portsmouth Cobblers 81 52 .609 0 Pete Childs
Mansfield Brownies 72 67 .518 12 McCormick / East / Easterly
Newark Skeeters 70 68 .507 13.5 Grim / Murray / McCormick
Marion / Ironton # 65 72 .474 18 Johnston / Odwell / Moore
Lima Cigarmakers 64 73 .467 19 Zeke Wrigley
Chillicothe Infants 57 77 .425 24.5 Jack Ryan / Tannehill / Newnham

#Marion moved to Ironton July 15.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Waldo Jackley Mar/Iron BA .357 George Boehler Newark W 27
Frank Nesser Lima Hits 170 Sandy Burk Mar/Iron Pct .769; 20-6
John Shovelin Newark Runs 80 Waldo Jackley Mar/Iron HR 11

1913 President: Robert W. Read

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Chillicothe Babes 83 49 .629 0 Alfred Newnham
Charleston Senators 84 50 .627 0 Henry "Buzz" Wetzel
Portsmouth Cobblers 83 55 .601 3 Pete Childs
Huntington Blue Sox 68 68 .500 17 Sam Wright / S. Redman
Lexington Colts 68 70 .483 18 Bill Reynolds / W. McKernan / Rex Dawson
Ironton Nailers 63 75 .456 23 Al McClintock / Archie Osborn
Hamilton Maroons 55 79 .441 29 Zeke Wrigley
Maysville 38 96 .284 46 George Moore

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Carl Ray Charleston BA .366 Ed Donalds Portsmouth W 30
John Baggan Portsmouth Runs 105 Ed Donalds Portsmouth Pct .789; 30-8
Frank Nesser Chillicothe Hits 178 Carl Ray Charleston HR 33

1914 President: Robert W. Read

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Portsmouth Cobblers 86 53 .723 0 Pete Childs
Charleston Senators 79 62 .560 8 Henry "Buzz" Wetzel / Biddy Beers
Chillicothe Babes 73 64 .533 12 Alfred Newnham
Lexington Colts 66 68 .493 17.5 Howard Guyn
Ironton Nailers# 35 33 .514 NA Dick Smith
Huntington Blue Sox ## 39 47 .453 NA John Siegle / Nixey Callahan
Maysville ## 30 51 .370 NA Harry Chapman / Ray Montgomery
Newport/Paris ### 19 49 .279 NA Fred Applegate / Red Munson

#Ironton disbanded July 5. ###Newport/Paris disbanded July 5. ##Huntington & Maysville disbanded July 22.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Crouch Lexing/Ports BA .327 Abel Applegate Charleston W 22
John Baggan Portsmouth Runs 116 Paul Carter Portsmouth W 22
John Baggan Portsmouth Hits 182 Ernie Calbert Hunting/Charles HR 17

1915 President: Joseph T. Carr

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Portsmouth Cobblers 71 42 .628 0 Chet Spencer
Lexington Colts 63 48 .568 7 Howard Guyn
Chillicothe / Huntington / Maysville # 58 55 .513 13 Josh Devore
Charleston Senators 58 63 .479 17 Biddy Beers
Frankfort Old Taylors 45 65 .409 24.5 Pat Bohen /Jack Hayden
Ironton Nailers 47 69 .405 25.5 Dick Smith

#Chillicothe moved to Huntington July 13: Huntington moved to Maysville July 19.

Playoff: Portsmouth 4 games, Maysville 1.
Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ralph Sharman Portsmouth BA .374 Hubert Test Portsmouth W 21
Pickles Dilhofer Portsmouth Runs 83 Howard McGraner Chil/Hunt Pct .800: 12-3
Ralph Sharman Portsmouth Hits 147 Ernie Calbert Ironton HR 13

1916 President: Joseph T. Carr

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Portsmouth Truckers 47 19 .712 0 Chet Spencer
Maysville Burley Cubs 26 36 .419 19 Jimmy Jones
Charleston Senators / Chillicothe Babes ## 29 35 .453 NA Bill Powell
Frankfort Old Taylors # 24 35 .407 NA Howard "Ducky" Holmes
Huntington Blue Sox # 22 38 .367 NA Charlie DeArmond /Ezra Midkiff
Lexington Colts ### 39 24 .619 NA Howard Guyn

#Huntington & Frankfort disbanded July 16. ##Charleston moved to Chillicothe July 13. ###Lexington disbanded July 16. The league disbanded July 19.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Stewart Dilts Portsmouth BA .420 John Ferguson Portsmouth W 12
Stewart Dilts Portsmouth Runs 57 Paul Carpenter Chil/Charl SO 95
Stewart Dilts Portsmouth Hits 95 Rube Lindholm Frankfort HR 6

Cities Represented & Stats[edit]

1936-1947[edit]

1936 President: Harry Smith

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Tiffin Mud Hens 60 35 .635 0 Myles Thomas
Sandusky Sailors 51 47 .520 10.5 Chappie Geygan
Fostoria Cardinals 45 50 .474 15 Harry Aldrick / George Silvey
Fremont Reds 42 56 .429 19.5 Marty Purtell
New Philadelphia Red Birds # 2 6 .250 NA George Silvey
Mansfield Tigers # 2 8 .200 NA Jack Orr

#Mansfield & New Philadelphia disbanded May 26.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Zipay Fostoria BA .419 Edward Bastian Tiffin W 18
John Clements Tiffin Runs 97 Steve Vargo Fostoria SO 156
Jack Suydam Tiffin Hits 141 Charles Cronin Tiffin ERA 3.27
John Clements Tiffin RBI 112 John Clements Tiffin HR 37

1937 President: Harry Smith

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Mansfield Red Sox 59 24 .711 0 Dewey Stover
Sandusky / Marion # 61 30 .670 2 Chappie Geygan
Tiffin Mud Hens 43 38 .531 15 Emilio Palmero / Al Eckert
Findlay Browns 43 47 .478 19.5 Grover Hartley
Fremont Reds 36 55 .396 27 Howard Bohl
Fostoria Red Birds 20 68 .227 41.5 Cavanaugh / Jenkins / Bowen / Aldrick

#Sandusky moved to Marion June22.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Dewey Stover Mansfield BA .383 Gordon Mann Sand/Mar W 18-2
Johnny Barrett Mansfield Runs 97 Marion Spence Sand/Mar W 18
Johnny Barrett Mansfield Hits 129 Charles Cronin Tiffin SO 178
Chappie Geygan Sand/Mar RBI 91 Gordon Mann Sand/Mar ERA 2.30

1938 President: Paul Shank

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Fostoria Red Birds 55 41 .573 0 Jack Farmer
Fremont Reds/Green Sox 51 43 .543 3 Chappie Geygan
Findlay Browns 44 54 .449 12 Grover Hartley
Tiffin Mud Hens 44 56 .440 13 Tony Rogala

Playoff: Freemont 3 games, Fostoria 0.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Peter Kraus Fostoria BA .372 Glen Fletcher Free/Find W 15
Peter Kraus Fostoria Runs 100 Jack Farmer Fostoria SO 164
Peter Kraus Fostoria Hits 137 Frederick Berger Fostoria Pct .818; 9-2
Del Wilber Findlay RBI 83 Chappie Geygan Fremont HR 18

1939 President: Paul H. Shank

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Findlay Oilers 68 62 .523 0 Grover Hartley
Fremont Green Sox 66 63 .512 1.5 Chappie Geygan
Fostoria Red Birds 66 63 .512 1.5 Jack Farmer
Lima Pandas 64 66 .492 4 Dick Ward
Tiffin Mud Hens 64 66 .492 4 Jim Lawrence
Mansfield Braves 61 69 .469 7 Ray French

Playoff: Lima defeated Tiffin in a one game playoff for fourth place. Freemont won 2nd place by coin toss. Findley 2 games, Fostoria 0; Lima 2 games, Fremont 1; Finals:Lima 4 games, Findlay 3;

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hank Edwards Mansfield BA .395 Glen Fletcher Findlay W 22
Hank Edwards Mansfield Runs 135 Fred Berger Fostoria SO 231
Hank Edwards Mansfield Hits 209 Red Evans Lima Pct .846; 11-2
Del Wilber Findlay RBI 145 Hank Edwards Mansfield HR 18

1940 President: Paul H. Shank

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Lima Pandas 85 34 .714 0 Merle Settlemire
Findlay Oilers 70 46 .603 13.5 Grover Hartley /George Ruley
Mansfield Braves 59 59 .500 25.5 Dewey Strong
Tiffin Mud Hens 50 64 .429 32.5 Myles Thomas
Fostoria Red Birds 44 73 .376 40 Bobby Jones
Fremont Green Sox 43 75 .364 41.5 Ray Caldwell / Garland Sewell

Playoff: Lima 3 games, Mansfield 0; Findley 3 games, Tiffin 1; Finals: Lima 4 Games, Findley 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Gene Woodling Mansfield BA .398 Frank Biscan Lima W 26
John Cindric Lima Runs 141 Frank Biscan Lima SO 243
Stanley Mazgay Findlay Hits 175 Merle Settlemire Lima Pct .1000; 15-0
John Cindric Lima RBI 150 John Cindric Lima HR 39

1941 President: Joe Donnelly

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Fremont Green Sox 69 34 .670 0 Chappie Geygan
Mansfield Braves 67 40 .626 4 Alex Clowson
Tiffin Mud Hens 50 55 .476 20 Charles LeCrone / Harry Taylor
Fostoria Red Birds 49 57 .462 21.5 Lee Ellison / Jim Cronin
Lima Pandas 43 64 .402 28 Otis Brannan / Merle Settlemire
Findlay Browns 37 65 .363 31.5 Grover Hartley

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Johnny Gerlach Tiffin BA .340 J.G. Stasaitis Fremont W 19
Jim Pruett Fostoria BA .340 Don Bayliss Tiffin SO 198
Johnny Gerlach Tiffin Hits 137 Lloyd Fisher Fremont Pct .857; 18-3
Henry Miesle Fremont RBI 86 Ed Mutryn Mansfield HR 22

No League play 1942 & 1943 due to WW II.

1944 President: Joe Donnelly

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Springfield Giants 76 54 .585 0 Earl Wolgamot
Newark Moundsmen 71 58 .550 4.5 Clay Bryant
Middletown Red Sox 66 61 .520 8.5 Red Barnes
Lima Red Birds 65 62 .512 9.5 Runt Marr / Leo Norris
Zanesville Dodgers 58 71 .450 17.5 Jack Knight
Marion Diggers 50 80 .385 26 Grover Hartley

Playoffs: Newark 3 games, Lima 1;Middletown 3 games, Springfield 2; Finals: Newark 4 games, Middletown 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Luke Majorki Newark BA .355 Ned Garver Newark W 21
Neal Reside Lima Runs 120 Ned Garver Newark SO 221
Neal Reside Lima Hits 173 Ned Garver Newark ERA 1.21
Harvey Zernia Lima RBI 114 Eddie Volan Newark HR 20

1945 President: Frank M. Colley

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Middletown Rockets 89 50 .640 0 Ivy Griffin
Zanesville Dodgers 74 66 .529 15.5 Knight / Mikesell / Hayworth / McNair /

Bryant

Lima Reds 72 68 .514 17.5 Cap Crossley
Springfield Giants 64 75 .460 25 Earl Wolgamot
Marion Cardinals 62 77 .446 27 Grover Hartley / Wally Schang
Newark Moundsmen 57 82 .410 32 Mickey O'Neil

Playoffs: Middletown 4 games, Springfield 2; Zanesville 4 games, Lima 2; Finals: Zanesville 3 games, Middletown 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Albert Kaiser Newark BA .368 Ray Janikowski Middletown W 25
William Scott Middletown Runs 113 Ray Janikowski Middletown SO 274
Albert Kaiser Newark Hits 171 Ray Janikowski Middletown ERA 1.71
Troy Bolick Springfield RBI 103 Albert Kaiser Newark HR 12

1946 President: Frank M. Colley

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Springfield Giants 82 57 .590 0 Don Ramsey
Zanesville Dodgers 78 60 .565 3.5 Clay Bryant
Richmond Roses 76 63 .547 6 Merle Settlemire
Newark Moundsmen 74 65 .532 8 Bob Boken
Lima Terriers 67 71 .486 14.5 Charlie E. Moore
Marion Cardinals 63 76 .453 19 Wally Schang / Bob Kline
Dayton Indians 58 79 .423 23 Frank Parenti / Ival Goodman
Middletown Rockets 56 83 .403 26 Mike Blazo

Playoffs: Zanesville 4 games, Richmond 0; Springfield 4 games, Newark 2. Finals: Zanesville 4 games, Springfield 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Maynard DeWitt Zanesville BA .351 Hardy Holt Zanesville W 23
Maynard DeWitt Zanesville Runs 151 Merlin Williams Lima SO 275
Maynard DeWitt Zanesville Hits 187 Ewen Bryden Springfield ERA 2.14
Wayne Reside Lima/Spring RBI 118 Wayne Reside Lima/Spring HR 21

1947 President: Frank M. Colley

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Zanesville Dodgers 89 50 .640 0 102,250 Clay Bryant
Marion Cardinals 79 60 .568 10 92,088 Nelson Burbrink
Muncie Reds 75 62 .547 13 51,834 Mike Blazo
Springfield Giants 73 65 .529 15.5 72,462 Don Ramsey
Richmond Roses 62 72 .463 24.5 53,050 Rex Carr
Dayton Indians 62 73 .459 25 65,420 Ival Goodman
Newark Moundsmen 64 76 .457 25.5 58,935 Eddie Dancisak
Lima Terriers 47 93 .336 42.5 56,466 Merle Settlemire

Playoffs: Zanesville 4 games, Springfield 0; Marion 4 games, Muncie 1;
Finals: Zanesville 4 games, Marion 2.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Nelson Burbrink Marion BA .378 Clayton Lambert Zanesville W 23
Robert Verrier Richmond Runs 127 Clayton Lambert Zanesville SO 232
Jack Maisch Lima Hits 194 Edward Post Muncie ERA 2.02
Ed Fowler Newark RBI 119 Bob Montag Muncie HR 14

League Records 1887-1951[edit]

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Bill Henry Springfield GA 141 46 Joe Pattison Springfield GA 141 46
John Zipay Fostoria BA .419 36 Andrew Rellick Springfield AB 585 50
Marvin Stender Marion Runs 158 51 Henry Edwards Mansfield H 209 39
John Cindric Lima Rbi 150 40 Jim Engleman Newark 2B 62 50
Charles Frey Marion 3B 20 46 Keith Jones Richmond 3B 20 50
John Cindric Lima HR 39 40 Jim Engleman Newark TB 350 50
Maynard DeWitt Zanesville SB 110 46 Wayne Yoder Springfield BB 142 49
Charles Hopkins Newark SO 136 47
Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Joe Bielemeier Zanesville CG 31 45 Richard McEvoy Newark G 55 48
Ed Donalds Portsmouth W 30 13 Bob Jenkins Newark L 19 44
Bob McCormick Zanesville L 19 45 Merle Settlemire (15-0) Lima Pct 1.000 40
Walt Justis Lancaster SO 293 08 Merlin Williams Lima IP 307 46
Joe Bielemeier Zanesville ShO 7 45 Merle Settlemire Lima WS 15 40
Bob Purcell Springfield BB 182 50 Ned Garver Newark ERA 1.21 46

See the Ohio-Indiana League for 1948-51

Hall of Fame alumni[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Craig Lammers: "Death in the Ohio State League", in The National Pastime - A Review of Baseball History, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, number 26 (May, 2006), pp. 125–128.

Sources[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball; Second Edition
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External links[edit]

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