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[edit] Team History

The Decatur Commodores, named after Commodore Stephen Decatur, were sometimes called the Decatur Commies (before that name had any association with communism). On May 30, 1909, they beat the Bloomington Bloomers, 2-1, in 26 innings. It was the longest professional game played at the time, a record that held until 1960.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1900 46-51 3rd Pop Weikart none
1901 40-72 8th Tom Kierenan / Frank Badger none
1902 55-69 7th Fred Pfeffer none
1903 67-51 2nd Monte McFarland none
1904 59-62 5th Monte McFarland none
1905 63-58 4th Monte McFarland none
1906 48-67 5th Harry Lewee none
1907 80-47 2nd George Reed none
1908 77-59 2nd George Reed none
1909 63-73 7th Doc Childs / Fred Moore / John Barkwell none
1910 30-32 5th Del Williams / Charles O'Day on League disbanded July 19
1912 69-67 3rd Chick Fraser none
1913 67-68 5th George Reed none
1914 72-64 4th George Reed none
1915 37-57 -- Elmer Duggan Team disbanded on August 10
1922 78-58 2nd Daniel O'Leary none
1923 81-54 1st Chuck Miller none League Champs
1924 58-78 6th Hal Irelan / Guy Rigsby / Ernest Calbert / Jack Coffey none
1925 62-73 5th Daniel O'Leary none
1926 69-67 6th Hal Irelan none
1927 62-70 5th Hal Irelan none
1928 81-49 1st Rube Dessau League Champs
1929 81-57 2nd Rube Dessau none
1930 77-59 3rd Rube Dessau
1931 64-57 4th Rube Dessau
1932 24-43 6th Bob Coleman League disbanded on July 15
1935 59-56 3rd Johnny Butler / Cliff Knox
1937 53-64 3rd George Payne
1938 68-58 2nd Tony Kaufmann League Champs
1939 68-51 3rd Tony Kaufmann Lost League Finals
1940 73-52 2nd Tony Kaufmann / Boyce Morrow / Lou Scoffic Lost League Finals
1941 67-56 3rd Dibrell Williams Lost League Finals
1942 45-75 6th Adel White / Tony Kaufmann
1946 43-72 7th Harrison Wickel
1947 31-93 8th Gene Corbett
1948 50-75 7th Red Lucas / Nelson Burbrink
1950 52-74 7th Morrie Arnovich
1952 73-52 3rd Julian Acosta League Champs
1953 68-50 1st Ray Taylor League Champs
1954 74-52 1st Johnny Lucadello Lost in 1st round
1955 62-64 6th Al Unser
1956 62-64 5th Al Unser
1957 76-51 2nd Al Unser League Champs
1958 59-66 7th Frank Carswell
1959 63-61 3rd Stubby Overmire none
1960 51-71 8th Al Federoff none
1961 57-65 6th Johnny Groth
1962 42-78 8th Richard Klaus
1963 62-61 4th Richard Klaus none
1964 61-63 6th Richard Klaus
1965 60-60 5th Richard Klaus none
1966 49-76 6th Richard Klaus
1967 62-58 4th Denny Sommers
1968 69-48 1st Denny Sommers Lost League Finals
1969 53-66 5th Frank Funk none
1970 63-56 3rd Frank Funk
1971 54-70 8th Frank Funk
1972 48-79 10th Jim McKnight
1973 63-62 5th (t) John Van Ornum Lost in 1st round
1974 55-69 8th Bob Hartsfield

[edit] Further Reading

  • William Dowell: "The Marathon Game: Endless Baseball, its Prelude, and its Aftermath in the 1909 Three-I League", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 94-102.

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