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The Central Kansas League was a class D league that began play in 1908. After five years with that title, they switched to become the Kansas State League in 1913; the league had not moved geographically to any new cities, but the Kansas State League title had not been available earlier as it was in use by another circuit which folded. There were fifteen cities, all from Kansas, that represented the league during the league's five year existance. However, no city competed for the full 5 year run. The Minneapolis squad won the league's 1908 title but it was to be their only league championship. Ellsworth was the only community to win more than one crown. They were champs in 1909 and 1910. In 1910 Beloit moved to Chapman. In 1911, the league contracted from 8 teams to 4, but still closed up shop on July 23. The league returned with 6 teams in 1912, and Newton moved to Minneapolis on July 12. The CKL league was to close its doors after the 1912 season and not form again.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1908

President:NA

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Minneapolis Minnies 31 19 .620 0 Ben Young
Newton Browns 25 22 .532 4.5 Carl Becker
Ellsworth Blues 25 22 .532 4.5 F.S. Foster
Salina Trade Winners 24 23 .511 5.5 Frank Everhart
McPherson Merry Macks 20 27 .426 9.5 Davis
Little River 18 30 .375 12 G.W. Hamilton / I.C. Meyer
No Player Stats Available


[edit] 1909

President: Ralph W. Hoffman

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ellsworth Worthies 44 23 .657 0 George Seigle
Salina Trade Winners 40 28 .588 4.5 Ernie Quigley
Abilene Red Sox 37 30 .552 7 F.D. Parent / Affie Wilson
Minneapolis Minnies 36 32 .529 8.5 Harry Short / Roy Gafford
Junction City Soldiers 34 32 .515 9.5 Lewis Armstrong / Tom Campbell
Beloit 33 36 .478 12 Hi Ebright
Clay Center Cubs 32 37 .464 13 Lee Gramley
Manhattan Maroons 16 54 .229 29.5 Earle Bryant / Murphy
No Playoffs: Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Tom Campbell Junction City BA .335 Ora Williams Abilene W 19
James Whalen Junction City Runs 49 Ora Williams Abilene SO 178
Claude Jennings Minneapolis Hits 72 Ora Williams Abilene Pct .826; 19-4

[edit] 1910

President: J.H. Kreamer

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ellsworth Blues 53 28 .654 0 Dick Ford
Clay Center Cubs 48 33 .593 5 Lee Gramley
Abilene Reds 44 33 .571 7 Affie Wilson
Salina Trade Winners 44 34 .564 7.5 Elmer Meredith
Concordia Travelers 43 38 .531 10 Harry Short
Manhattan Maroons 35 43 .449 16.5 Jim Gardiner
Junction City Soldiers 34 48 .415 19.5 Cecil Bankhead
Beloit / Chapman # 18 62 .225 34.5 Ben Dimond
#Beloit moved to Chapman July 20. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
A.B. Conley Abilene BA .348 Paul Stokesberry Clay Center W 19
Walter Wentz Clay Center Runs 53 Otis Peebles Ellsworth Pct .769; 10-3
Mugsy Monroe Abiline Hits 110

[edit] 1911

President: C.A. Case / Roy C. Gafford

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Concordia Travelers 44 27 .620 0 Harry Short Roy Gafford
Junction City Soldiers 40 31 .563 4 Cecil Bankhead
Clay Center Cubs 33 38 .465 11 Lee Gramley
Manhattan Maroons 25 46 .352 19 Dee Poindexter
The league disbanded July 21.
Playoff: Concordia 4 games, Junction City 3. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Gilbert Britton Clay Center BA .347 G.H. Jepson Junction City W 21
Claude Jennings Clay Center Runs 53 G.H. Jepson Junction City Pct .724; 21-8
Gilbert Britton Clay Center Hits 90 Claude Jennings Clay Center SB 30

[edit] 1912

President: Roy C. Gafford

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Great Bend Millers 54 36 .600 0 Affie Wilson
Manhattan Giants 52 38 .578 2 Robert Kahl / Fred Moore
Newton Railroaders/Minneapolis Minnies# 50 40 .555 4 A. Stillwell
Junction City Soldiers 47 43 .522 7 Cecil Bankhead
Lyons Lions 36 54 .400 18 Fred Wilson
Salina Insurgents 31 59 .344 23 Bert Lamb
#Newton moved to Minneapolis July 12.
No Playoffs: Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Muggsy Monroe Newt/Minn BA .352 Fred Hagg Manhattan W 18
Burnham Smith Manhattan Runs 88 Elmer Brown Great Bend W 18
Muggsy Monroe Newt/Minn Hits 118 Fred Hagg Manhattan Pct .750; 18-6

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition

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