Twin Falls Cowboys
The Twin Falls Cowboys were a minor league baseball team from 1939 up until 1951 in the Pioneer Baseball League. Their affiliation was with the New York Yankees. The Cowboys home stadium was in Twin Falls, Idaho. Statistics for the team between the 1939 and 1949 seasons are poorly kept. The Twin Falls Cowboys were second in the pioneer league in 1950 posting a 76-50 record under manager Wally Berger. Ray Posipanka hit 32 home runs for the Cowboys, leading the team in 1950; Svend Jessen contributed 25 more home runs en route to posting a league leading 141 team home runs on the 136 game season. Second baseman Don Trower took over as manager in the 1951 season, in which the Cowboys went 71-68; however the team lost its biggest offensive threat in Dick Conway: a 6-foot, 3 inch catcher from Lynn, MA. Conway, 19, was in first season of professional baseball and leading the Pioneer League in home runs (12) at the time of his death. He was killed during a pre-game warm-up on June 29, 1951. Conway was struck over the heart by the throw from Trower while distracted. He died within minutes of the impact. In 1952, the Twin Falls Cowboys left the Pioneer League. Catcher Gus Treandus was sent to the Washington Senators, and Infielder Gil MacDougal was sent to the Yankees during the 1940s
Gus Treandas, and Gil MacDougal
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