Wilkes-Barre (minor league baseball club)
(1886–1889, 1892–1900, 1902, 1905–1917, 1923–1955)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Eastern League (1938–1955)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||7 (1909, 1910, 1911, 1917, 1930, 1932, 1950)|
The Wilkes-Barre Barons were a minor league team that existed on and off from 1886 to 1955. They began as an unnamed team in the Pennsylvania State Association in 1886.
The following season the team was known as the Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons and played in the Central League in 1888, but the league disbanded after that season. Two Wilkes-Barre team took the field in 1889 and 1892, with the later sharing representation with Pittsburgh, as Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons/Pittsburgh in the record books. The team then played from 1893 until 1898 in the Eastern League, and from 1898 to 1900 in the Atlantic League.
After spending the 1902 season in the Pennsylvania State League, as Wilkes-Barre/Mount Carmel. Their next incarnation came about in 1905, when they began playing in the New York State League, as the Wilkes-Barre Barons. They played in that league until 1917. From 1923 to 1937, they played in the New York–Pennsylvania League and from 1938 to 1948 they played in the Eastern League. Until 1939, they did not have any affiliations, however from 1939 to 1951 they were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. The team was briefly named the Wilkes-Barre Indians from 1949 to 1951 and were managed by Bill Norman. They won a league championship in 1950 and made the league playoffs each year they played between 1949 and 1951.
From 1953 to 1955 the team regained the Barons name and once again played in the Eastern League, and in 1954 they were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. In 1955, they were affiliated with the New York Giants.
One ballpark they played their home games at was Artillery Park.
(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|1888||59-48||3rd||James Donnelly / John Irwin||none|
|1906||52-76||8th||John Sharrott / Mike Donovan||none|
|1908||60-77||7th||Abel Lizotte / Robert Drury||none|
|1909||88-53||1st||Malachi Kittridge||League Champs|
|1910||85-53||1st||Bill Clymer||League Champs|
|1911||82-61||1st||Bill Clymer||League Champs|
|1917||81-37||1st||Jack Calhoun||League Champs|
|1924||51-82||7th||Tom Downey / Dutch Brannan / Joe Wall||none|
|1925||60-71||7th||James Sharp / George Maisel|
|1926||56-73||7th||George Maisel / Earl Potteiger||none|
|1929||50-86||8th||Mike Konnick / Don Sykes / Punch Knoll||none|
|1930||79-59||1st||Mike McNally||League Champs|
|1932||78-61||1st||Mike McNally||League Champs|
|1937||77-57||2nd||Mike McNally||Lost League Finals|
|1941||87-51||1st||Earl Wolgamot||Lost in 1st round|
|1942||79-61||4th||Earl Wolgamot||Lost in 1st round|
|1943||77-61||4th||Tony Lazzeri||Lost in 1st round|
|1945||78-59||2nd||Dick Porter / Mike McNally||Lost League Finals|
|1946||76-62||3rd||Dick Porter||Lost in 1st round|
|1947||80-60||3rd||Bill Norman||Lost in 1st round|
|1954||80-59||1st||Danny Carnevale||Lost in 1st round|
|1955||59-78 overall||--||Mike McCormick||Wilkes-Barre moved to Johnstown July 1|