Mogan Reads the Almanac

I got your latest Almanac and obviously it is great from my standpoint living in the area all my life. Through my research on 19th century Columbus it has always been fun to drive by the sites where the ball parks were…including Neil Park. You did a great job on the Columbus Parks issues.

Jim Mogan
Circleville, Ohio

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Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Minneapolis Millers 1910 File

I’m continuing with my work on the research project for helping answer the question of how the Minneapolis Millers were able to win the American Association pennant three years running. The current “spoke” of this wheel is my development of a game-by-game record of the 1910 season using box scores from the perennial sports publication Sporting Life. I have now revised my data collection sheet four times. It includes Game # (Opening Day being #1, etc.), the opposing team, the Millers’ record after each game, the number of runs scored in each game by each team, the starting pitcher for each team and if the pitcher threw left or right, and a space for notes (where I keep track of things such as extra inning games and big innings. The record will be organized by home and road dates. One thing which makes this last part a bit more complicated is the fact that there were certain periods during the season when the Millers would play the St. Paul Saints for one game (technically a homestand) in Minneapolis in the morning/early afternoon game, and then play another game the same day in St. Paul (a one-game road trip). Last night I made great headway and have about two more weeks worth of data to compile before I enter it into the spreadsheet which is where the real work begins, adding things up, organizing data, reconfiguring data, etc. Then I’ll get to work on 1911. Want to have most of my file work done by June 1 so writing the next Almanac can begin at that point.

Published in: on March 30, 2007 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Husman enjoys Almanac

Rex:
You have outdone yourself with your latest — well researched and well written. Thanks, too, for the piece you sent along about Armory Park. Great stuff and something I did not know about. I really enjoy your detailed necrology section. How do you get that info so timely? I noted that you included Billy Klaus‘ 1953 at Toledo even though that is beyond the 1952 scope of the Almanac. FYI, Buddy Kerr was at Toledo 1953 and 1954. I tried for years to contact him, but never could.

John Husman
Team Historian for the Toledo Mud Hens

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Back and Front Cover of the Spring 2007 edition of The American Association Almanac

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 1:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Minneapolis Millers, 1910-12

Today I will be starting to compile a new set of data for my project on the Minneapolis Millers 1910-1912 teams during which they won the American Association crown. Last night I set up a spreadsheet for gathering home/road splits for each game during this time period, including wins/losses, runs, home runs, and attendance. This is one segment in my continuing project, funded in part by a Yoseloff grant provided through SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and I’m hoping to provide the results of my efforts in two parts, first for the Summer 2007 Almanac, and the second half in the Fall issue. Other underlying key factors I’ll be presenting for this project are player age (both individually and as a team average) and player major league experience.

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Message from Almanac Reader Don Follett on Clem Labine and Others

Got your latest issue of AA almanac. Nice job, I always enjoy them. I saw the item on Lew Riggs, page 52. I know he was with the Saints in 1947,as i saw him; maybe 1937,too, as you say.

It’s amazing the number of minor league baseball research web sites out there. I was just exploring a few today. But I couldn’t verify Riggs’ minor league teams. (Do you have back copies of Who’s Who in the American Association? basically, a photo album of each team member taken in the spring. Lineups change by the end of the year. I have a couple of the years.) Was there a Billy Klaus who played with the Millers, (or Twins, my memory is gone) too?

I was in Vero Beach two years ago in March, watching the Dodgers vs. the Mets, and woundup by accident sitting behind Clem Labine and his wife (I first noticed the 1955 Dodgers World Championship ring on his finger, but couldn’t tell who it was, until I asked him. He was quite the hero in St Paul along with reliefer Lee Griffith. Maybe I mentioned I was a St. Paul kid when the Dodgers had the aaa farm club. Excellent baseball and the Dodgers had so many prospects who never made it with the big league club. (Rocky Nelson ( in your spring issue) was one example with Montreal, right after the Rifle Man, Chuck Connors.)

Good Job, Rex

Don Follett

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 12:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring 2007: Neil Park II

VOLUME 6 NO. 1 NEIL PARK II
by Rex Hamann

Finally Done!

Yesterday was wrap up day, getting the Almanac assembled (killed my arm stapling, will try a new technique next time), all 14 sheets, my biggest issue ever. Folding was fun too, as I had to make the initial crease, then run my thumb hard down the “spine” and use a rolling pin to “iron in” the crease. Then had to edit the mailing list, sort out the ones whose subscription had lapsed (as they require a note), run the notes, write 35 separate notes, add the return mail address to the envelope, stick on the label and the postage stamp, stick the copy into it and then seal it shut. My tongue would probably have run out of saliva had it not been for the copious quantity of bock beer I happened to have on hand. This morning the postal carrier came and took them all away, so tonight it’s celebration time with a six-pack of Point Cascade Pale Ale.

Here is a description of this Spring’s Almanac:

The Spring 2007 edition of the American Association Almanac covers the topic of Neil Park II in Columbus, Ohio from its inception to its demolition. This is a detailed chronological accounting of the history of the park, and provides a focus on the important games played there, for example, the first and last American Association games. There are also several images of both the interior and exterior of the park. An architectural rendering of the “proposed grandstand” is included. Also includes a look at the opening homestand attendance figures from 1905-07 (1905 was the first year the club used the park). Finally, a necrology section describes the baseball lives of 15 former American Association players who have gone with the great majority; includes their American Association batting/pitching line. This issue represents my finest work to date. Over 27,000 words, 54 pages in booklet format with color cover/back cover. Available from Rex Hamann, email address: pureout@msn.com for $8.00 post paid, $6.00 for subscribers.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  


Neil Park II in Columbus, Ohio, circa 1915.

Published in: on March 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Neil Park II in Columbus, Ohio, circa 1915.

Neil Park, in Columbus, Ohio one of the earliest concrete-and-steel grandstands to be built in the nation, . Note the three flagpoles (without flags, indicating that this may have been taken during spring training) and the player benches. There were never dugouts per se at Neil Park, and there was never a baseball game radio broadcast from this park. Its original capacity was in the neighborhood of 4,500 in 1905 but a new grandstand section was built in 1910 which would have added roughly two thousand more people. The American Association Columbus Senators played here through 1930 at which time the team became the Columbus Red Birds who used this venue as their through June 2, 1932. The Franklin Brewing Company brewed beer just north of this site. Columbus Senator outfielder Bill Hinchman was the only player during the deadball era to hit a ball over the 25′ wall in left-center field and out of the park, with the ball landing on the roof of one of the brewery buildings. In 1914 Hinchman led the American Association in batting (.366), runs (139), hits (227), doubles (57) and triples (21). This park was torn down in 1937 and is now a parking lot owned in part by the Kroger Baking Company and Ross Laboratories.

Published in: on March 12, 2007 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Next Issue Underway

I’m still roughly 10 days away from the Spring issue of the American Association Almanac. At this point I’m wrapping up the section on Neil Park II, home park for the American Association’s Columbus Senators and Red Birds from 1905-1932, which is the focus for the entire issue, adding miscellaneous items of interest. This week I will be taking inventory and making sure my stock is ready for the print run. I’ve already exceeded 21,000 words, with several things to add yet, so I’m sure this will be another 25,000 word issue with some fun graphics.

Published in: on March 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm  Leave a Comment