Lancaster Red Roses
|Lancaster Red Roses
(1884–1886, 1889–1890, 1894–1902, 1905–1914, 1932, 1940–1961)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Eastern League (1958–1961)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||6 (1909),(1940),(1943),(1944),(1945),(1955)|
The Lancaster Red Roses baseball team, originally known as the Maroons, changed its name at the start of the 1906 season during a bitter match with the York, Pennsylvania-based White Roses. Some sources indicate that the rival teams were named for the opposing factions in England's historic Wars of the Roses. The Lancaster Red Roses played at Stumpf Field, which is still used today by local baseball and softball leagues.
Early baseball in Lancaster
Organized baseball first came to Lancaster in 1884 when Lancaster had two teams for a brief period of time. The Lancaster Red Stockings played 19 games as a member of the short-lived Keystone Association before the league broke up in June 1884. The Lancaster Ironsides played in the Eastern League beginning in 1884. The team remained in Lancaster for the 1885 season under a new name, the Lancaster Lancasters. Baseball returned for Lancaster in the 1894 season when the Pennsylvania State League Altoona, Pennsylvania franchise moved to Lancaster for most of the 1894 season and the 1895 season.
In 1896, the Atlantic League Lancaster Maroons began play when the New Haven, Connecticut team moved to Lancaster. The Maroons became very popular and became one of the powerhouse teams in the Atlantic League. On field successes didn't save the franchise, due to player salaries being higher than the team income. The team folded at the end of the 1899 season. In 1904 a local businessman built a new ballpark and began an independent team to test the local demand for baseball. After a success with local fans and businesses the team joined the Tri-State League for the 1905 season as the Lancaster Maroons. The Franchise became the Red Roses in 1906.
The first era
The year 1906 brought the Lancaster Red Roses, who changed their name from the Maroons. The new name was unveiled to the public a few days before the season and drew heavy criticism from the rival York White Roses from nearby York. The White Roses manager predicted, in spite, that the Red Roses would be at the bottom of the standings column. The Red Roses went on to win the first game, 9-4, and an even heavier rivalry began. Some sources[who?] indicate that the rival teams were named for the opposing factions in England's historic Wars of the Roses.
In 1909, the team secured its first championship in the Tri-State League, under the leadership of ex-outfielder Marty Hogan. That same year, the Red Roses signed on future Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski.
The second era
In 1932, a new team by the name of the Lancaster Red Sox, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, played in the city but the economic problems related to the Great Depression lead to the team folding on June 17, 1932 after only 23 games in the 1932 season. The league disbanded a few days later on the 20th. The league returned in 1939 with only 4 teams and the Lancaster Red Roses followed in 1940 entering the league with four other teams doubling the league. The team returned to its original name of Red Roses in 1940. The Lancaster Red Roses played in the Interstate League from 1940 to 1952, and were affiliated with the Philadelphia Athletics from 1944 to 1947 and the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948 to 1952. The Red Roses joined the Piedmont League in 1954, and were affiliated with the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics from 1954–1955 season. They became members of the Eastern League in 1958, and were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers for the 1958–1959 season, the Chicago Cubs from 1959 to 1961, and spent their last season ever in 1961 as an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Lancaster Maroons unveiled new uniforms with new colors, this was soon followed by a name change to the Lancaster Red Roses original Uniforms included white shirt and pants, dark blue stockings, and dark blue cap with a white "L" embroidered across the front.
Tri-State League (1906–1912, 1914) records
|1909||75-39||1st||Marty Hogan||none League Champs|
|1912||15-19 (59-92 overall)||--||John Castle||none||Lancaster moved to Atlantic City June 18|
|1914||10-46 (26-83 overall)||6th||George Heckert / Eddie Hooper||none||York (16-37) moved to Lancaster July 8|
Interstate League (1940–1952)
|1940||43-39 (62-56 overall)||4th||Cy Perkins||League Champs||Hazleton (19-17) moved to Lancaster June 12|
|1941||43-83||8th||Billy Rogell / Jimmy Archer|
|1943||83-55||1st||Elwood Wheaton||League Champs|
|1944||66-72||4th||Lena Blackburne||League Champs|
|1945||87-52||1st||Lena Blackburne||League Champs|
|1947||64-73||6th||Charlie English / Clayton Sheedy|
|1948||50-89||8th||Dib Williams / Jack Knight (interim, 5/29-?)|
|1952||75-65||4th||James Bivin||Lost League Finals|
Piedmont League (1954–1955)
|1954||62-78||7th||Kemp Wicker / Lena Blackburne / Buddy Walker|
|1955||72-54||2nd||Hank Biasatti||League Champs|
Eastern League (1958–1961)
|1958||75-57||1st||Johnny Pesky||Lost League Finals|
Notable Red Roses
- Stan Coveleski, Baseball Hall of Famer
- Nellie Fox, Baseball Hall of Famer
- George Kell, Baseball Hall of Fame
- *The International League: Year-by-year Statistics, 1884–1953 (ISBN 0-7864-2267-X)
- 1896-1905: Maroon-ed in the Economy of Baseball
- "Lancaster's Roses Bloom and Wither". Lancaster County Historical Society. Archived from the original on May 3, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2006.
- Spalding's Official Athletic Library Baseball Guide (New York: American Sports Publishing Co., 1910), p. 181.
- "Three Coveleski Boys Sign". The Ogden (Utah) Standard. February 8, 1909. p. 5.
- "Rose Seeds Resown". Lancaster County Historical Society. Archived from the original on May 3, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2006.
- 1932 - 1961: The Red Roses and the Nation