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The Cotton States League name was used five different times in baseball history. The first Cotton States League ran from 1902 through 1908 as a class D league. After the league shut down, another Cotton States League was reformulated in 1910, with three of the six '08 members returning for the new campaign and three new teams joining them. This league ran for four seasons, through 1913.

In 1922 the Cotton States League got another shot after 9 years of nonexistance. This time, despite disbanding July 24, 1923 and restarting the next year, the league held itself together for 11 seasons before folding for good on July 13,1932.

The next revival of the CSL took place in 1936 and lasted six seasons before collapsing before many other minor leagues did when World War II began. This time it operated as a class C circuit.

The league got its final shot in 1947. Again placed as a class C league, the Cotton States League survived through 1955 before folding for the fifth time in under half a century. In 1953 the Cotton States League tried to evict the Hot Springs Bathers for daring to try to include a black player, Jim Tugerson. Minor league baseball officials stepped in to fight for justice and deny the CSL its racist intentions.

Contents

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1902-1913 - Class D

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1902-1908

1902 Cotton States League
President: R. W. Tilford

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Natchez Indians 55 51 .519 - George Blackburn
Baton Rouge Cajuns 53 54 .495 2.5 Robert Pender
Vicksburg Hill Climbers 52 53 .495 2.5 Jesse Reynolds
Greenville Cotton Pickers 53 55 .491 3 Bell Hebron
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot
Howard Murphy Baton Rouge BA .400


1903 Cotton States League
President: George Wheatley

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Baton Rouge Red Sticks 74 42 .638 - Robert Pender
Vicksburg Hill Billies 70 46 .603 4 Billy Earle
Natchez Indians 59 59 .500 16 Albert Haupt
Pine Bluff Lumbermen 54 60 .474 19 George Blackburn / Frank Christian
Greenville Grays 53 64 .453 21.5 William A. Smith
Monroe Hill Cities 36 75 .324 35.5 Henry Hunt / Con Strothers / Jim McDermott
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
William A. Smith Greenville BA .308 Howie Camnitz Vicksburg W 26
Ed Zinram Natchez Hits 144 Howie Camnitz Vicksburg SO 294
Howie Camnitz Vicksburg Pct .788; 26-7


1904 Cotton States League
President: George Wheatley

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Pine Bluff Lumbermen 73 43 .629 - Bert Blue / George Reed
Vicksburg Hill Climbers 68 48 .586 5 Billy Earle
Monroe Hill Citys 62 56 .525 12 George Leidy
Greenville Cotton Pickers 51 61 .455 20 Bobby Rothermel
Baton Rouge Red Sticks 49 63 .438 22 Robert Pender
Natchez Indians 42 74 .362 31 George Blackburn / William Breitenstein
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Howard Murphy Pine Bluff BA .343 Robert Lee Vernuelle Pine Bluff W 24
Ollie Gfroerer Pine Bluff Runs 102 Gordon Hickman Monroe W 24
Howard Murphy Pine Bluff Hits 156 Ross Helm Monroe SO 221
Forrest Plass Vicksburg SB 72 Walt Deaver Pine Bluff Pct .762; 16-5


1905 Cotton States League
President: George Wheatley

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenville Cotton Pickers 50 25 .667 - George Reed
Meridian White Ribbons 49 35 .583 5.5 Tom Stouch
Pine Bluff Lumbermen 42 31 .575 7 Guy Sample
Jackson Blind Tigers 46 37 .554 8 Thomas Reynolds / Ace Stewart
Baton Rouge Cajuns 44 38 .537 9.5 Wilson Matthews
Vicksburg Hill Climbers 32 43 .427 18 Frank Belt / Kid Keenan
Hattiesburg Tar Heels ## 21 46 .313 25 Cooney Best / Perry Werden
Natchez / Mobile # 24 53 .312 27 George "King" Kelley / George Reed
#Natchez (18-27) moved to Mobile June 26.
##Hattiesburg surrendered its franchise to the league July 8, but the league kept
the team playing through July 17. At a league meeting held July 16, it was decided
to drop the Hattiesburg and Pine Bluff teams to even out the league.
The league disbanded July 31, with National Association approval,
due to the Yellow Fever epidemic. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Mike Welday Greenville BA .349 Slim Sallee Meridian W 10
Mike Welday Greenville Runs 62 Slim Sallee Meridian Pct .714; 10-4
Mike Welday Greenville Hits 99


1906 Cotton States League
President: D. Stacey Compton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Mobile Sea Gulls 74 44 .627 - George Reed / Joe Wright / Charles Miller
Meridian Ribboners 65 54 .546 9.5 Guy Sample
Jackson Senators 58 60 .492 16 Ace Stewart
Gulfport Crabs 58 61 .487 16.5 Eric Miller / John Bolin / Link Stickney
Baton Rouge Cajuns 57 63 .475 18 Bernie McCay
Vicksburg Hill Billies 44 74 .373 30 Billy Earle / Cy Hooker
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Guy Woodruff Baton Rouge BA .314 Robert Lee Venuelle Mobile W 26
J.D. Jefferies Jackson Runs 73 McCain Robinson Jackson SO 197
Curt Gardner Meridian Hits 137 Bill Phillips Mobile Pct .917; 11-1


1907 Cotton States League
President: A. C. Crowder

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Mobile Sea Gulls 82 52 .612 - Bernie McCay
Vicksburg Hill Billies 77 57 .575 5 George Blackburn
Jackson Senators 71 62 .534 10.5 Harry Salliard / Roy Montgomery
Gulfport Crabs 68 67 .504 14.5 Bob Gilks
Meridian White Ribbons 64 70 .478 18 Guy Sample
Columbus Discoverers 42 96 .304 42 Jack Law
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Roy Montgomery Jackson BA .340 William Bruner Mobile W 25
Woodie Thornton Mobile Runs 76 Jack Ryan Gulfport SO 220
Woodie Thornton Mobile Hits 150 Rufus Nolley Mobile Pct .767; 23-7


1908 Cotton States League
President: A. C. Crowder

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jackson Senators 68 42 .618 - Roy Montgomery
Vicksburg Hill Climbers 66 49 .574 4.5 George Blackburn
Gulfport-Biloxi Sand Crabs 63 52 .548 7.5 Bob Gilks
Columbus Discoverers 58 56 .509 12 John Toft / Ace Stewart / Bill May / Louis Hall
Meridian White Ribbons 46 68 .404 24 Fred Schmidt / John Hankey / Charles Fuller
Monroe Municipals 41 75 .353 30 Jack Auslet / Dan Collins / W. Dobard
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Frank Manush Columbus BA .296 Al Demaree Columbus W 23
Frank Manush Columbus Runs 74 Guy Sample Vicksburg Pct .760; 19-6
Frank Manush Columbus Hits 136


The league did not play in 1909

[edit] 1910-1913

1910 Cotton States League
President: A. C. Crowder

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenwood Scouts 71 36 .664 - Walter Thornton
Jackson Tigers 71 37 .658 .5 Doc Nance
Hattiesburg Timberjacks 50 60 .455 22.5 Link Stickney
Yazoo City ZuZus 44 62 .415 26.5 Walter Hickey
Vicksburg Hill Billies 46 65 .414 27 Bruce Hayes / Otto Mills
Meridian White Ribbons 45 67 .402 28.5 Reeve McCay
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charles Bates Jackson BA .340 Robert Lee Vernuelle Greenwood W 24
Bert Graham Jackson Runs 91 Bill Sorrells Jackson Pct .742; 23-8
Bert Graham Jackson Hits 122


1911 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Vicksburg Hill Billies 73 42 .635 - Otto Mills
Hattiesburg Woodpeckers 65 51 .560 8.5 B.D. Moore / Carlos Smith
Yazoo City Zoos 60 54 .526 12.5 Dom Mullaney
Jackson Drummers 58 60 .492 16.5 Frank Norcum
Greenwood Scouts 46 68 .404 26.5 Woodie Thornton
Meridian White Ribbons 46 73 .387 29 Forrest Plass
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Carlos Smith Vick/Hatttie BA .401 Jim Bagby Hattiesburg W 22
Otto Mills Vicksburg Runs 87 Joe Martina Yazoo City SO 205
Guy Tutweiler Hattiesburg Runs 87 Ralph Comstock Vicksburg Pct .840; 21-4
Otto Mills Vicksburg Hits 155 Guy Tutweiler Hattiesburg HR 11


1912 Cotton States League
President: Lewis

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Vicksburg Hill Billies#### 66 42 .611 - Otto Mills
Meridian Metropolitans ### 52 46 .531 9 Bob Kennedy / Harry Steinfeldt / Orth Collins
Jackson Senators 57 55 .509 11 Roy Montgomery
Hattiesburg ##/ Columbus 56 59 .487 13.5 Carlos Smith
Greenwood Scouts 51 64 .443 18.5 Orth Collins / Martin Dudley
New Orleans #/ Yazoo City 41 57 .418 20 Gene DeMontreville
#New Orleans moved to Yazoo City May 9 then disbanded August 3.
##Hattiesburg moved to Columbus June 5.
###Meridian disbanded August3.
####Vicksburg disbanded August 13.
Playoff: Greenwood was declared champion as first half champion Vicksburg had disbanded. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
J.J. Cox Yazoo City BA .361 Walt Kinney Vicksburg/Columbus W 22
Walter Blanchfield Hatt/Colum Runs 116 Larry Cheney NO/YC/Jac W 22
Walter Blanchfield Hatt/Colum Hits 140 Walter Hirsch Meridian Pct 1.000; 12-0
Will Kuhn Vick/Colum Hits 140


1913 Cotton States League
President: S. J. Redus

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jackson Lawmakers 71 24 .748 - Otto Mills
Pensacola Snappers 67 29 .698 4.5 James Hamilton
Selma Centralites 49 46 .516 22 Arthur Riggs / Harry Spratt
Columbus Joy Riders 40 57 .412 32 Bob Kennedy
Clarksdale Swamp Angels 40 58 .408 32.5 Edward Kerr / Carlos Smith
Meridian Metropolitans 22 75 .227 50 Carlos Smith / Walter Hirsch
The season was shortened to August 15. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Carlos Smith Merid/Clark BA .361 Henry Benn Pensacola W 26
Charles Miller Pensacola Runs 74 Ed Poole Columbus SO 163
Dutch Bernsen Clarksdale Hits 117 Henry Benn Pensacola Pct .867; 26-4

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1922-1932 - Class D

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1922-1927

1922 Cotton States League
President: Syd L. Dodds

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenwood Indians 73 40 .646 - Charles Bell
Meridian Mets 72 40 .643 .5 Frank Kohlbecker
Greenville Bucks 60 56 .517 14.5 Buck Stapleton
Vicksburg Hill Billies 56 60 .483 18.5 Les Crichlow / Red Torkelson
Clarksdale Cubs 49 70 .412 27 Tommy Toland / Harry Collenberger
Jackson Red Sox 35 79 .307 38.5 Red McDermott / Jack Steele
Playoff: Greenwood 4 games, Meridian 0. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Frank Kohlbecker Meridian BA .324 Hugh Boyd Greenwood W 24
Jake Propst Greenwood Runs 75 Dee Hunter Meridian SO 163
William Waldron Greenwood Runs 75 Win Ballou Vicksburg Pct .818; 9-2
William Waldron Greenwood Hits 141
William Waldron Greenwood HR 4

1923 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenville Swamp Angels 46 35 .563 - Hal Irelan
Laurel Lumberjacks 43 35 .544 1.5 Charles Hodge / Bill Statham
Greenwood Indians 43 35 .544 1.5 Tom Toland
Clarksdale Cubs 41 38 .519 4 Baxter Sparks
Jackson Red Sox 37 40 .489 7 Charles Bell
Vicksburg Hill Billies 37 43 .481 8.5 Cy Slapnicka / Ollie Mills
Meridian Mets 36 43 .456 9 John Jones / Bill Bongeno
Hattiesburg Hubmen 31 45 .408 12.5 Red Torkelson / Fred Smith
The league disbanded July 24. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Art Bourg Laurel BA .370 Bill Statham Laurel W 17
Leonard Glassbrenner Clarksdale Runs 56 Bill Statham Laurel Pct .773; 17-5
Chap Marable Greenville Hits 93

1924 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Hattiesburg Hubmen 64 33 .660 - Herschel Bobo
Monroe Drillers 59 39 .602 5.5 Bill Wise / Rip Ripperton
Jackson Red Sox 46 52 .469 18.5 Nemo Cannon / Buck Stapleton
Brookhaven Truckers 43 50 .462 19 Sammy Vick
Laurel Lumberjacks 43 57 .430 22.5 Baxter Sparks / Pat Boyd / Ed McDonald
Vicksburg Hill Billies 38 62 .380 27.5 Red Torkelson / Ollie Mills / Johnson / Adkins
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Freeman Jackson BA .366 Al Williamson Hattiesburg W 21
Herschel Bobo Hattiesburg Runs 91 Chief Youngblood Brookhaven SO 131
Charlie Gibson Hattiesburg Hits 141 Al Williamson Hattiesburg Pct .808; 21-5
Sammy Vick Brookhaven HR 16


1925 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Meridian Mets 71 53 .573 - Dutch Quellmalz / Pat Patterson
Hattiesburg Hubbers 70 53 .569 .5 Herschel Bobo
Jackson Red Sox 68 54 .557 2 Bill Pierre / Fred Heck
Vicksburg Hill Billies 60 62 .492 10 Runt Marr
Laurel Lumberjacks 58 64 .475 12 Jake Propst / Jim Moore / Devereaux / Vick
Monroe Drillers 56 65 .463 13.5 Bill Wise / Paul Trammell
Brookhaven Truckers 56 69 .448 15.5 Tom Toland / Tex Covington
Alexandria Reds 51 70 .421 18.5 Patsy Flaherty / Phil Wells
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charles Gibson Hattiesburg BA .351 Jim Patterson Meridian W 19
J. Poland Hattiesburg Runs 90 Stan Anderson Meridian SO 168
Charles Gibson Hattiesburg Hits 164 Roger Williams Jackson Pct .733; 11-4
Herschel Bobo Hattiesburg HR 17
Mel Simons Meridian 3B 21

1926 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Hattiesburg Pinetoppers 77 46 .626 - Herschel Bobo
Meridian Mets 67 57 .540 10.5 Spoke Emery
Jackson Red Sox 65 64 .504 15 Frank Heck / Ray Gilwater / Walter Barbare
Alexandria Reds 64 65 .496 16 Bill Pierre
Laurel Lumberjacks 59 61 .492 16.5 Sammy Vick / Bill Statham
Gulfport Tarpons 57 67 .460 20.5 Cotton Knaupp / Jack Ryan (ryanja02) / Clarence Nimitz
Vicksburg Hill Billies 58 71 .450 22 Bob Clark / Bunny Fabrique
Monroe Drillers 56 72 .438 23.5 Chick Carroll / L.M. Hollocher / Eddie Palmer
Playoffs: None were played due to second half irregularities. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Sammy Vick Hattiesburg BA .376 Ed Greer Meridian W 24
Sammy Mack Hattiesburg Runs 98 Lester Rouprich Gulf/Jacks SO 146
Charles Gibson Hattiesburg Runs 98 Merle Settlemire Meridian Pct .875; 14-2
Mel Simons Meridian Hits 161
George Ferrell Monroe HR 20

1927 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jackson Red Sox 76 47 .618 - Walter Barbare
Monroe Drillers 74 48 .607 1.5 Eddie Palmer
Hattiesburg Pinetoppers 68 52 .557 6.5 Herschel Bobo
Alexandria Reds 59 60 .496 15 Bill Pierre / Sam Barnes
Gulfport Tarpons 57 64 .471 18 Joe Evans
Vicksburg Hill Billies 54 70 .435 22.5 Bunny Fabrique / John Wooley
Meridian Mets 48 66 .421 23.5 Spoke Emery / Cotton Klindworth
Laurel Lumberjacks 41 70 .369 29 Wid Matthews / Buck Stapleton
Playoffs: Jackson 4 games, Monroe 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charles Gibson Hattiesburg BA .358 Ed Greer Jackson W 23
Fred Polvogt Alexandria Runs 94 Wayne LaMaster Jackson SO 139
Joe Granade Monroe Hits 180 Philip Hensick Monroe Pct .759; 22-7
Charles Gibson Hattiesburg HR 12

[edit] 1928-1932

1928 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jackson Red Sox 77 45 .631 - Snipe Conley / Buck Stapleton
Meridian Mets 71 52 .577 6.5 Howie Camp//Dee Payne
Hattiesburg Pinetoppers 66 52 .559 9 Herschel Bobo
Vicksburg Hill Billies 67 56 .545 10.5 Bob Taggert / Wray Query
Monroe Drillers 64 56 .533 12 Eddie Palmer
Gulfport Tarpons 50 65 .435 23.5 Cotton Knaupp
Laurel Cardinals 44 78 .361 33 John Ganzel / Bobby Schang
Alexandria Reds 42 77 .353 33.5 Sam Barnes / Frank Karpp
Playoffs: Vicksburg 4 games, Hattiesburg 3. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Mike Powers Gulf/Jack BA .383 Ed Greer Jackson W 20
Joe Granade Monroe Runs 96 Ed Durham Jackson SO 114
Joe Granade Monroe Hits 174 Charlie Perkins Meridian Pct .800; 16-4
Mike Powers Gulf/Jack Hits 174
Horace Long Jackson HR 21

1929 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Alexandria Reds 74 50 .597 - Pete Kilduff
Jackson Senators 70 57 .551 5.5 Herschel Bobo
El Dorado Lions 66 55 .545 6.5 George Jackson
Laurel Cardinals 59 63 .484 14 Clay Hopper
Hattiesburg #/ Baton Rouge 57 61 .483 14 Dee Cousineau / Bill Pierre
Monroe Drillers 55 63 .466 16 Art Ewold / Tillie Metteer / John Kane
Vicksburg Hill Billies 55 68 .447 18.5 Wray Query
Meridian ##/ Lake Charles 51 70 .421 21.5 Jake Hurt
#Hattiesburg (15-19) moved to Baton Rouge May 30.
##Meridian (23-27) moved to Lake Charles June 17, first home game June 24.
Playoff: El Dorado 4 games, Jackson 3.
Pitcher Jackie Reid won all four games for El Dorado.
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Granade Monroe BA .367 Joe Berry Vicksburg W 21
Odell Hale Monroe Runs 116 Gus Burleson El Dorado SO 114
Joe Hutcheson Jackson Hits 171 Joe Berry Vicksburg ERA 2.66
Stormy Davis Lake Charles HR 28 Leon Petit
Decatur Jones
El Dorado
Jackson
PCT .750 15-5
.750 12-4

1930 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
El Dorado Lions 83 51 .619 - George Jackson
Monroe Drillers 67 61 .523 13 Jim Bagby / Clarence Huber
Pine Bluff Judges 68 63 .519 13.5 Wray Query
Baton Rouge Highlanders 68 65 .511 14.5 H.E. "Babe" Irwin
Jackson Senators 64 68 .485 18 Herschel Bobo
Vicksburg Hill Billies 48 82 .369 33 John Brock / Rod Murphy / John King
Alexandria Reds # 35 30 .538 NA Josh Billings
Lake Charles Newporters # 24 37 .393 NA Al Nixon / Clyde Glass
#Alexandria & Lake Charles disbanded June 17, at the end of the first half.
Playoff: Pine Bluff 4 games, El Dorado 3.
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Dick Luckey Alex/Monroe BA .358 Tex Nugent El Dorado W 21
Buster Wisrock El Dorado Hits 181 Jackie Reid El Dorado SO 181
Thomas Morris Jackson Runs 112 John Singleton Vicksburg ERA 3.11
Ralph Winegarner El Dorado RBI 128 Tex Nugent El Dorado PCT .724 21-8
Ralph Winegarner El Dorado HR 40

1931 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jackson Senators 79 45 .637 - Herschel Bobo
Vicksburg Hill Billies 66 52 .559 10 Joe Schepner
Pine Bluff Judges 62 62 .500 17 Wray Query
Baton Rouge Standards 58 62 .483 19 Joe Martina / Bud Davis
Monroe Twins 54 66 .450 23 Eddie Palmer / Frank Meyers / Ted Jourdan
El Dorado Lions 44 76 .367 33 George Jackson
Playoff: Jackson 4 games, Vicksburg 0.
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hugh Ferrell Jackson BA .345 Gus Burleson El Dorado/Monroe W 20
Herschel Bobo Jackson Runs 103 Abe White Monroe SO 163
Hugh Ferrell Jackson Hits 161 Abe White Monroe ERA 2.56
Stormy Davis Pine Bluff RBI 100 Jackie Reid Jacksonville PCT .762 16-5
Horace Long Jackson HR 17


1932 Cotton States League
President: Frank A. Scott

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Baton Rouge Senators 51 20 .718 - Josh Billings
Pine Bluff Judges 39 29 .574 10.5 Wray Query
Vicksburg #/ Jackson 30 33 .476 17 Don McShane / Buck Stapleton / Joe Schepner
El Dorado Lions 33 36 .478 17 George Jackson / Clyde Glass
Monroe Twins 30 37 .448 19 Frank "Pop" Kitchens / Clay Hopper
Port Arthur ##/ DeQuincey / Opelousas 17 45 .274 29.5 Meyers / Jones / Delmas
#Vicksburg moved to Jackson June 1.
##Port Arthur moved to DeQuincey June 19.
DeQuincey moved to Opelousas July 7.
The league disbanded July 13. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Glass El Dorado BA .416 Otho Nitcholas Baton Rouge W 12
Earl Persons Pine Bluff Runs 65 Gus Burleson El Dorado SO 87
Calvin Chapman Baton Rouge Hits 93 Arthur Galeria Pine Bluff ERA 2.33
Horace Long El Dorado HR 12 Otho Nitcholas Baton Rouge PCT .857 12-2

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1936-1955 - Class C

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1936-1941

1936 Cotton States League
President: J. Walter Morris

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenwood Giants 79 61 .564 - Frank Brazill
Greenville Bucks 78 62 .557 1 Lena Styles
Pine Bluff Judges 77 62 .554 1.5 Cowboy Jones
El Dorado Lions 75 64 .540 3.5 Frank O'Rourke
Helena Seaporters 68 70 .493 10 Rod Whitney
Jackson Senators 66 71 .482 11.5 Guy Lacey
Cleveland A's 57 80 .416 20.5 Slim Brewer / Mays Copeland
Clarksdale Ginners 54 84 .391 24 Harry Strohm / Slim Brewer
League attendance was announced as 250,000
Playoffs: El Dorado 3 games, Greenwood 1; Greenville 3 games, Pine Bluff 1.
Finals: El Dorado 4 games, Greenville 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Curt Sutherlin Clarksdale BA .364 Whitey Moore El Dorado W 20
Doodle Harper Helena Runs 120 Les Willis Pine Bluff W 20
Curt Sutherlin Clarksdale Hits 190 Whitey Moore El Dorado SO 2.44
Milt Stroner El Dorado RBI 131 Tom Ferrick Greenwood ERA 2.17
Milt Stroner El Dorado HR 29 Whitey Moore El Dorado PCT .800 20-5


1937 Cotton States League
President: J. Walter Morris

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Pine Bluff Judges 87 51 .630 - Cowboy Jones
El Dorado Lions 78 62 .557 10 Frank O'Rourke
Greenwood Giants 76 62 .551 11 Frank Brazill
Greenville Bucks 72 66 .522 15 Lena Styles
Helena Seaporters 70 69 .504 17.5 Rod Whitney
Clarksdale Red Sox 64 76 .457 24 Red Barnes
Vicksburg Hill Billies 55 84 .396 32.5 Ray Brubaker / Al Libke
Monroe Twins 53 85 .384 34 Ed Hock / Walt Butler / Buford Rhea
Playoffs: Pine Bluff 4 games, Greenville 1; El Dorado 4 games, Greenwood 2.
Finals: El Dorado 4 games, Pine Bluff 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Harry Chozen El Dorado BA .339 Henry Zajac Pine Bluff W 24
Jack C. Murphy Pine Bluff Runs 125 Les Willis Pine Bluff SO 200
Larry Kinzer Greenville Hits 169 Henry Zajac Pine Bluff ERA 2.59
Kermit Lewis El Dorado Hits 169 Henry Zajac Pine Bluff PCT .800 24-6
Larry Kinzer Greenville RBI 123
Kermit Lewis El Dorado HR 26


1938 Cotton States League
President: J. Walter Morris / F.F. Bustany

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greenville Bucks 88 50 .638 - Jimmy Powell
Helena Seaporters 80 57 .584 7.5 Riggs Stephenson
Monroe White Sox 78 60 .565 10 Luther Harvel / Doug Taitt
El Dorado Lions 74 61 .548 12.5 Frank O'Rourke
Clarksdale Red Sox 66 71 .482 21.5 Nemo Leibold
Pine Bluff Judges 60 73 .451 25.5 Cowboy Jones
Greenwood Dodgers 55 83 .399 33 Elmer Yoter
Hot Springs Bathers 45 91 .331 42 Miles Hunter / Hal Grant / Joe Barnett
Playoffs: Monroe 3 games, Helena 1; Greenville 3 games, El Dorado 1.
Finals: Monroe 4 games, Greenville 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Orace Powers El Dorado BA .345 Chuck Hawley El Dorado W 22
Rudy Tone El Dorado Runs 139 Chuck Hawley El Dorado SO 174
Kirby Farrell Greenville Hits 182 Tom Perry Monroe ERA 1.71
Orace Powers El Dorado RBI 111 Tom Perry Monroe Pct .895; 17-2
Jay Kirke, Jr. Pine Bluff HR 18
Buford Rhea Monroe SB 79


1939 Cotton States League
President: Judge Emmet Harty

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Monroe White Sox 92 46 .667 - 51,945 Doug Taitt
Clarksdale Red Sox 77 63 .550 16 56,284 Cowboy Jones
Greenwood Crackers 71 63 .530 19 41,873 Cecil Rhodes
Hot Springs Bathers 71 67 .514 21 33,810 Conrad Fisher
Greenville Buckshots 61 75 .449 30 30,958 Harry Whitehouse/Paul Archiopoli/James Powell
El Dorado Lions 59 75 .440 31 32,291 Frank O'Rourke
Pine Bluff Judges 57 76 .429 32.5 23,555 Jimmie Sherlin / Andy Cohen
Helena Seaporters 58 81 .417 34.5 19,986 Buster Blakeney
Playoffs: Hot Springs 3 games, Monroe 2; Greenville 3 games, Clarksdale 1.
Finals: Greenville 4 games, Hot Springs 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Steve Carter Hot Springs BA .369 John Yelovic Monroe W 21
Andy Gilbert Clarksdale Runs 136 Earl Harrist El Dorado SO 223
John Rowe Helena Hits 202 James Hogan Helena ERA 3.14
Steve Carter Hot Springs RBI 132 Kelton Maxfield Monroe PCT .800 16-4
Al Gardella Hot Springs HR 32

1940 Cotton States League
President: Judge Emmet Harty

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Monroe White Sox 82 45 .646 - Doug Taitt
El Dorado Lions 78 57 .578 8 Guy Sturdy
Helena Seaporters 71 60 .542 13 Bud Clancy
Greenville Buckshots 70 69 .504 18 Andy Reese
Hot Springs Bathers 67 71 .486 20.5 Cecil Coombs
Clarksdale Red Sox 61 75 .449 25.5 Cowboy Jones
Greenwood Choctaws 58 76 .433 27.5 L.B. Jones / Walter Carson/Nig Lipscombe Jr.
Pine Bluff Judges 49 83 .371 35.5 Red Rollings
Playoffs: Monroe 3 games, Greenville 1; El Dorado 3 games, Helena 1.
Finals: Monroe 4 games, El Dorado 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Thurman Tucker Clarksdale BA .390 Tom Perry Monroe W 21
Monte Duncan Hot Springs Runs 127 Carl Wentz El Dorado SO 238
Jack Grantham Clarksdale Hits 194 Tom Perry Greenville ERA 2.96
Eddie Zydowsky Hot Springs RBI 157 Lloyd Finck Helena PCT .800 20-5
Monte Duncan Hot Springs HR 25
Eddie Zydowsky Hot Springs HR 25

1941 Cotton States League
President: Judge Emmet Harty

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Monroe White Sox 83 55 .601 - Doug Taitt
Hot Springs Bathers 77 60 .562 5.5 Mike Powers
Greenville Buckshots 76 63 .547 7.5 Dave Coble
Vicksburg Hill Billies 76 64 .543 8 Rip Fanning / Al Baker
Helena Seaporters 72 66 .522 11 Jimmy Adair
Texarkana Twins 65 73 .471 18 Walter Kopp / Jake Atz Jr.
El Dorado Oilers 54 82 .397 28 Ray Rice / Guy Sturdy / Sam Hancock
Clarksdale / Marshall# 48 88 .353 34 Cowboy Jones / Guy Sturdy
#Clarksdale (33-47) moved to Marshall July 10.

Playoffs: Vicksburg 3 games, Monroe 2; Hot Springs 3 games, Greenville 0.
Finals: Hot Springs 4 games, Vicksburg 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Roy Bueschen Greenville BA .370 Alfred Kelley Vicksburg W 22
Colman Powell Hot Springs Runs 137 Bill Reeder Monroe SO 189
Roy Marion Hot Springs Hits 207 Charles Pescod Hot Springs ERA 3.00
Mike Powers Hot Springs RBI 137
Merv Connors Texarcana HR 29

[edit] 1947-1955

1947 Cotton States League
President: James Griffith

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Greenwood Dodgers 92 38 .708 - 68,746 Jim Bivin
Greenville Bucks 84 46 .646 8 53,887 Harry Chozen
El Dorado Oilers 61 69 .469 31 42,957 James Cookson
Clarksdale Planters 59 71 .454 33 50,136 Calvin Chapman
Hot Springs Bathers 49 81 .377 43 41,818 Joe Santomauro
Helena Seaporters 45 85 .346 47 24,510 Herschel Bobo

Playoffs: Greenwood 3 games, Clarksdale 1; Greenville 3 games, El Dorado 2.
Finals: Greenwood 4 games, Greenville 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ernest Davis El Dorado BA .340 Leslie Edwards Greenville W 21
Robert Lee Greenwood Runs 102 Russ Oppliger Greenwood W 21
Paul Mauldin Clarksdale Runs 102 Bob Schultz Greenville SO 274
H.G. Talbert Helena Runs 102 Billy Briggs Greenville ERA 1.93
James Cookson El Dorado Hits 164 Leslie Edwards Greenville PCT .808 21-5
Floyd Fogg Clarksdale RBI 112
Floyd Fogg Clarksdale HR 27

1948 Cotton States League
President: James Griffith

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Greenwood Dodgers 92 44 .676 - 48,847 Jim Bivin
Clarksdale Planters 85 53 .616 8 63,883 Chet Morgan
Hot Springs Bathers 82 56 .594 11 83,425 Joe Holden / George Sobek
Natchez Indians 74 64 .536 19 38,069 Joe Rullo
Greenville Bucks 65 73 .471 28 53,499 Lindsay Deal / Wes Livengood
Helena Seaporters 54 82 .397 38 31,292 Woody Johnson / Tince Leonard / Michael Sertich
Pine Bluff Cardinals 50 87 .365 42.5 58,342 Arthur Nelson / John George
El Dorado Oilers 48 91 .345 45.5 36,273 Howard Roberts

Playoffs: Greenwood 3 games, Natchez 0; Hot Springs 3 games, Clarksdale 0.
Finals: Hot Springs 4 games, Greenwood 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Herb Adams Hot Springs BA .375 Bob Upton Clarksdale W 21
Herb Adams Hot Springs Runs 123 Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff SO 195
Herb Adams Hot Springs Hits 223 Labe Dean Greenwood ERA 1.34
Jack Parks Natchez RBI 96 [[Donald Otten Greenwood PCT .842 16-3
Jack Parks Natchez HR 22


1949 Cotton States League
President: Al Haraway

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Greenwood Dodgers 84 56 .600 - 53,228 Jim Bivin
El Dorado Oilers 80 59 .576 3.5 56,780 Jim McClure
Natchez Indians 73 66 .533 10.5 35,168 Joe Rullo
Pine Bluff Cardinals 72 66 .522 11 82,442 Harry Chozen
Greenville Bucks 72 67 .518 11.5 60,371 Jim Acton
Hot Springs Bathers 64 75 .460 19.5 48,563 Pete Fox / Glen Stewart
Clarksdale Planters 58 80 .420 25 56,363 Red Davis / Morgan / Dahlberg
Helena Seaporters 53 87 .378 31 34,468 Ray Baker / John A. McPherson / Bob Benish

Playoffs: Natchez 4 games, El Dorado 3; Pine Bluff 4 games, Greenwood 2.
Finals: Natchez 4 games, Pine Bluff 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Harold Seawright Greenville BA .325 Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff W 29
Ed Sudol El Dorado Runs 106 Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff SO 389
Harold Seawright Greenville Hits 172 Stan Poloczyk Greenwood ERA 1.82
Harold Seawright Greenville RBI 108 Fred Waters Greenwood PCT .750 18-6
Dan Phalen Hot Springs HR 22


1950 Cotton States League
President: Al Haraway

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Pine Bluff Judges 84 54 .609 - 94,902 Harry Chozen
Monroe Sports 81 56 .591 2.5 80,814 Al Mazur
Hot Springs Bathers 77 60 .562 6.5 61,153 John Antonelli
Natchez Indians 78 61 .561 6.5 44,310 Dick Adkins
Greenwood Dodgers 69 69 .500 15 35,140 Lou Rochelli
Greenville Bucks 63 75 .457 21 45,885 Joe Rullo
Clarksdale Planters 62 76 .449 22 47,340 Chet Morgan
El Dorado Oilers 38 101 .273 46.5 25,703 Ray Schalk

Playoffs: Hot Springs 4 games, Monroe 2; Natchez 4 games, Pine Bluff 1.
Finals: Hot Springs 4 games, Natchez 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ben Cantrell Pine Bluff BA .363 Cliff Coggin Monroe W 21
Harry Schwegman Pine Bluff Runs 150 Ryne Duren Pine Bluff SO 233
Ben Cantrell Pine Bluff Hits 189 Ronald Lurk Monroe ERA 1.55
Ben Cantrell Pine Bluff RBI 144 Cliff Coggin Monroe PCT .805 21-5
Dick Adkins Natchez HR 25

1951 Cotton States League
President: Al Haraway

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Monroe Sports 89 51 .636 - 70,262 Al Mazur
Greenwood Dodgers 83 57 .593 6 44,051 Lou Rochelli
Pine Bluff Judges 82 58 .586 7 63,218 Bob Richards
Natchez Indians 79 61 .564 10 57,844 Jorge Torres
El Dorado Oilers 77 62 .554 11.5 63,009 Bill McGhee
Hot Springs Bathers 53 86 .381 35.5 40,564 Rex Carr
Clarksdale Planters 53 87 .379 36 31,050 Pruett / Bobo / Regelsky / Kopach
Greenville Bucks 43 97 .307 46 26,082 Charlie Biggs / Lawrence Bucynski

Playoffs: Natchez 4 games, Monroe 3; Pine Bluff 4 games, Greenwood 3.
Finals: Natchez 4 games, Pine Bluff 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
James Gilbert Natchez BA .352 Billy Muffett Monroe W 22
Fred Boiko Pine Bluff Runs 125 Vachel Perkins Pine Bluff W 22
Fred Boiko Pine Bluff Hits 182 William Black Pine Bluff SO 171
Steve Molinari Pine Bluff RBI 106 Billy Muffett Monroe ERA 2.25
Peter Konyar Pine Bluff HR 27 Fred Waters Greenwood]] PCT .917 11-1

1952 Cotton States League
President: Al Haraway

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Meridian Millers 78 48 .619 - 61,487 Thomas Davis
Natchez Indians 73 53 .579 5 50,345 Homer Ray Wilson / Troy Mitchell
Greenwood Dodgers 70 56 .556 8 52,067 Stan Wasiak
Monroe Sports 66 60 .524 12 59,128 Charles Harrington
El Dorado Oilers 65 61 .516 13 65,909 James Morgan / Ray Perry
Pine Bluff Judges 62 64 .492 16 45,749 Hillis Layne
Greenville Bucks 47 79 .373 31 37,918 Harry Chozen
Hot Springs Bathers 43 83 .341 35 37,796 Bob Benish / James Hogan

Playoffs: Meridian 4 games, Monroe 2; Natchez 4 games, Greenwood 2.
Finals: Meridian 4 games, Natchez 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Allen Natchez BA .335 Bob Harrison Meridian W 24
Gene Pompelia Meridian Runs 102 John Forizs Greenwood SO 252
John Jones Monroe Hits 163 Bob Harrison Meridian ERA 1.82
John Jones Monroe RBI 91 Bob Harrison Meridian PCT .828 24-5
Ray Perry El Dorado HR 15

1953 Cotton States League
President: Al Haraway

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Meridian Millers 79 46 .632 - 59,514 Thomas Davis
El Dorado Oilers 67 59 .532 12.5 47,938 Bill Adair
Pine Bluff Judges 65 60 .520 14 43,276 Frank Lucchesi
Jackson Senators 63 61 .508 15.5 43,805 Marland Doolittle
Hot Springs Bathers 63 61 .508 15.5 43,360 Vern Shetler
Greenville Bucks 63 62 .504 16 51,090 Charles Lindquist / Chet Morgan / Bill Vaughn
Natchez Indians 50 75 .400 29 20,424 Wayne Tucker
Monroe Sports 50 76 .397 29.5 40,918 Charles Harrington
Jackson defeated Hot Springs 6-2 in a one game playoff for fourth place.

Playoffs: Meridian 4 games, Jackson 2; El Dorado 4 games, Pine Bluff 0.
Finals: Meridian 4 games, El Dorado 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hugh Glaze Meridian BA .355 Bob Harrison Meridian W 19
Harold Martin Hot Springs Runs 127 Bob Harrison Meridian SO 172
Harold Martin Hot Springs Hits 169 Bob Harrison Meridian ERA 2.15
Harold Martin Hot Springs RBI 111 Clyde Baldwin Hot Springs PCT .722 13-5
Harold Martin Hot Springs HR 41


1954 Cotton States League
President: Judge Emmett Harty

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Greenville Tigers 80 39 .672 - 48,372 Willis Hudlin
El Dorado Oilers 79 39 .669 .5 36,115 Bill Adair
Meridian Millers 62 56 .525 17.5 33,598 Thomas Davis
Monroe Sports 53 67 .442 27.5 30,961 Ed Head
Pine Bluff Judges 47 71 .398 32.5 24,196 Frank Lucchesi / Bill Enos
Hot Springs Bathers 35 84 .294 45 24,245 Paul Dean / Jackie Bales / Louis Lucas
Playoffs: Greenville 4 games, Monroe 1; El Dorado 4 games, Meridian 3.
Finals: El Dorado 4 games, Greenville 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Frank Walenga El Dorado BA .382 Roy Jayne Meridian W 20
Banks McDowell Greenville Runs 121 Bobby J. Brown El Dorado W 20
Frank Walenga El Dorado Hits 174 Bill Halley Monroe SO 176
Frank Walenga El Dorado RBI 125 Jerry Dean Greenville ERA 1.80
Pelham Austin El Dorado HR 28 Jerry Dean Greenville PCT .882 15-2

1955 Cotton States League
President: Judge Emmett Harty

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Monroe Sports 76 41 .650 - 57,704 Ed Head
El Dorado Oilers 70 50 .583 7.5 40,512 Salty Parker
Pine Bluff / Meridian # 59 56 .513 16 37,959 Robert Knoke / Merrill Smith
Hot Springs Bathers 57 62 .479 20 25,550 Joe Lutz / Mickey O'Neil
Greenville Bucks 49 69 .415 27.5 30,641 Hudlin / Tucker / McDowell / Ryan
Vicksburg Hill Billies 43 76 .361 34 35,995 Papa Williams
#Pine Bluff moved to Meridian June 16.

Playoffs: Monroe 4 games, Hot Springs 0; El Dorado 4 games, Meridian 1.
Finals: Monroe 4 games, El Dorado 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Jim Davenport El Dorado BA .363 Richard Malbouer El Dorado W 17
Bob Maness Monroe Runs 109 Richard Malbouer El Dorado SO 197
Jim Davenport El Dorado Hits 147 Edward Dick Monroe ERA 1.77
Bob Maness Monroe Hits 147 Bill Drummond Monroe PCT .764 13-4
Marshall Gilbert Monroe RBI 101
Marshall Gilbert Monroe HR 19

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Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Buford Rhea Helena GA 142 36 Ham Schulte Greenville GA 142 36
Red Smith Hattiesburg BA .401 11 James Powell Tyler RUNS 155 33
Herb Adams Hot Springs HITS 223 48 John Ferretti Marshall/El Dor AB 599 41
Ed Zydowski Hot Springs RBI 157 40 Jack Grantham Clarksdale 2B 58 40
Edwin Amelung Greenwood 3B 23 39 Harold Martin Hot Springs HR 41 53
Harold Martin Hot Springs EBH 86 53 Harold Martin Hot Springs TB 350 53
Simmy Murch Gulfport SAC 60 08 Buford Rhea Helena SB 79 38
John Gabos Hot Springs BB 155 51 Paul Dobkowski El Dorado SO 130 50


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff GA 58 49 Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff CG 30 49
Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff W 29 49 Jack Ryan Gulfport L 28 07
Walter Hirsch Meridian PCT 1.000 12 Labe Dean Greenwood ERA 1.34 48
Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff IP 332 49 Earl Harrist El Dorado BB 178 39
Walter Hirsch Meridian WS 12 12 Ed Albrecht Pine Bluff SO 389 49





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The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions.

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