Newark Indians

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Newark Sailors, later known as the Newark Indians, were a minor league baseball team in the early twentieth century. The team played its games at Wiedenmayer's Park in Newark, New Jersey. Newark played in the Eastern League between 1908 and 1911, and they played in the International League from 1912 to 1916.

The team featured strong pitching. In 1908, Tom Hughes led the Eastern League in strikeouts. In 1909, Joe McGinnity led in wins (29), games (55) and strikeouts (195) while allowing just 297 hits in 422 innings. In 1910, McGinnity won 30 games and Rube Waddell finished with a 5-3 record. McGinnity continued as player-manager for two more years.

The team won the International League pennant in 1913, but the following year they slipped to fifth. In 1915, the Indians suddenly had competition: the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the Federal League moved to town, renamed the Newark Peppers. The Indians could not compete with the major-league Peppers, and moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1915.

The following season, the Federal League was dead and the Indians returned to Newark, even playing in the Peppers' old (but still brand-new) ballpark, Harrison Park. But the Indians finished dead last in 1916, and were replaced by the Newark Bears in 1917. (The Bears would continue playing in the old FL stadium until it burned down in 1924.)

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1908 79-58 3rd George Stallings none
1909 86-67 2nd Harry Wolverton / Joe McGinnity none
1910 88-66 2nd Joe McGinnity none
1911 57-95 7th Joe McGinnity none
1912 80-72 3rd Joe McGinnity none
1913 95-57 1st Harry Smith none League Champs
1914 73-77 5th Harry Smith none
1915 26-26 (61-76 overall) -- Harry Smith none Team moved to Harrisburg July 2
1916 52-87 8th Fred Tenney none