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There were several versions of the Georgia-Alabama League in the history of minor league baseball, all ranked class D. The first such circuit ran from 1913-1917. From 1928-1930 a second league used that name. It was revived 16 years later for its longest run, a whole six seasons, 1946 through 1951. The league covered a total span of some 39 seasons but only fielded teams in 14 of those years.

16 cities were represented throughout this span; 9 hailed from Alabama and 7 from Georgia. No city was represented in all 3 runs of the league's organized years. Out of the 14 seasons that the league actually played, the Georgia teams came up with 11 titles and the Alabama boys managed only 3. Four Georgia teams won two titles each over the league's three eras - Newnan, GA won the first of their two crowns in 1915, then waited some 34 years to collect the second in 1949, the league's last time in operation. Lindale, GA won twice, 1929 & '30; Carrollton, GA picked up two titles, back to back in 1946 & '47 and LaGrange, GA finished out the league's life by taking the last two years' championships in 1950 & '51.

Attendance figures were available for the last run of six years and the league drew just shy of 2,000,000 fans to the parks. They drew a big 480,000 count in 1947 but by 1951 it dropped to a little over 175,000...and therein lies the reason for the close.

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[edit] Cities Represented, Teams & Stats-1913-1917



1913 Georgia-Alabama League
President: W. J. Boykin

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Gadsden Steel Makers 51 38 .573 - Elmer Randall
Newnan Cowetas 46 44 .511 5.5 E.S. Bagwell / Ed Shulze
Opelika Opelicans 46 45 .505 6 Ed Ery
Anniston Moulders 45 45 .500 6.5 Chick Hannon / H. Sheppard
LaGrange Terrapins 42 48 .467 9.5 William "Ducky" Holmes
Talladega Indians 40 50 .444 11.5 Charles Reese
No Playoffs Scheduled Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
George Randall Gadsden BA .410 Ed Ery Opelika W 19
Larry Pezold Gadsden Runs 76 Ed Ery Opelika Pct .792; 19-5
Midge Craven Newnan Hits 121


1914 Georgia-Alabama League
President: W. J. Boykin

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Selma River Rats 60 35 .632 - W. Guiterrez / Arthur Riggs
Newnan Cowetas 56 37 .602 3 Warren Sanders
LaGrange Terrapins 55 43 .561 6.5 James Lafitte
Opelika Pelicans 52 45 .536 9 Kirk Newell / F.M. Steele
Rome Romans 46 50 .479 14.5 Jack Reidy
Anniston Moulders 41 54 .432 19 Bob Ragsdale / Louis Procter
Talladega Indians 37 55 .402 21 Pace / Draper / Howard Baker / Tige Garrett
Gadsden Steel Makers# 32 60 .348 26.5 Bruce Hayes / Lou Jorda / L. Mills
#Gadsden became a road club August 3. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Lloyd Howell Newnam BA .332 Jack Reidy Rome Hits 117
Jack Reidy Rome Runs 76


1915 Georgia-Alabama League
President: C. L. Bruner

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Newnan Cowetas 39 20 .661 - Harry Matthews
Talladega Tigers 39 22 .639 1 Tige Garrett
Griffin Lightfoots 32 28 .533 7.5 W.P. Martin / Eddie Reagan
Rome Romans 27 31 .466 11.5 Art Burleson
Anniston Moulders 22 38 .367 17.5 Jack Steele
LaGrange Terrapins 18 38 .327 19.5 James Lafitte
The league disbanded july 14. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Flynn Newnan BA .358 Jack Nabors Talladega/Newnan W 12
George Cochran Rome Runs 47 Whitey Glazner Anniston SO 101
Don Flynn Newnan Hits 76 Milt Watson Griffin Pct 1.000; 7-0
Don Flynn Newnan HR 15


1916 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Dick Jemison

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Rome Romans 43 22 .662 - Frank Manush
Newnan Cowetas 41 26 .612 3 Harry Matthews
LaGrange Grangers 39 29 .574 5.5 Grady Bowen
Talladega Tigers 26 38 .406 16.5 Eugene Krapp
Anniston Moulders 23 39 .371 18.5 Wade Reynolds
Griffin Lightfoots 23 41 .359 19.5 Eddie Reagan / Phil Wells
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Flynn Newnan BA .365 Joseph Wiley Rome W 15
Don Flynn Newnan Runs 52 Robert Watkins Newnan W 15
Ben Shaw Rome Hits 89 Rufus Nolly La Grange Pct .857; 12-2


1917 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Dick Jemison / Dred Johnson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Anniston Moulders 13 5 .722 - Bill Pierre
Griffin Griffs 10 7 .588 2.5 Harry Matthews
Tri-Cities Triplets # 10 8 .556 3 Martin Dudley
Rome-Lindale Romans 9 9 .500 4 Dannie Overton
Talladega Tigers 6 12 .333 7 Ed Goosetree
LaGrange Grangers 5 12 .294 7.5 Heisman Jones
#Represented Gadsden-Alabama City-Attalla, Alabama.
The league disbanded May 23. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
W.W. Waldron Griffin BA .388 E.A. Verrett Talladega W 4
W.W. Waldron Griffin Runs 21 Conrad Fields La Grange SO 39
W.W. Waldron Griffin Hits 26 Bennett Tri-Cities Pct 1.000; 3-0

[edit] Cities Represented, Teams & Stats-1928-1930



1928 Georgia-Alabama League
President: C. I. Scarborough

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Cedartown Sea Cows 55 34 .618 - Wiley Kleton / Sherry Smith
Carrollton Frogs 54 34 .614 .5 Paul Fittery
Anniston Nobles 47 42 .528 8 Ben Bruner / Bud Ammons
Talladega Indians 45 43 .511 9.5 Earl Hawkins / Louis Walker
Gadsden Eagles 37 49 .430 16.5 Doc Newton / Joe Schepner
Lindale Dragons 26 62 .295 28.5 Earl Donaldson
Playoff: Talladega 2 games, Anniston 1, for the second half title.
Finals: Carrollton 4 games, Talladega 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clark Taliaferro Carrollton BA .392 Paul Fittery Carrollton W 21
Joyner White Carrollton Runs 92 Abe White Carrollton SO 141
Murray Howell Carrollton Hits 152 Paul Fittery Carrollton Pct .913; 21-2
Joyner White Carrollton HR 27 Paul Fittery Carrollton ERA 1.60


1929 Georgia-Alabama League
President: C. I. Scarborough

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Lindale Collegians 60 39 .606 - Jack Moulton
Carrollton Champs 56 44 .560 4.5 Paul Fittery
Talladega Indians 49 49 .500 10.5 Howard Camp
Gadsden Eagles 49 50 .495 11 Louis Walker
Anniston Nobles 44 56 .440 16.5 Bud Ammons / Verdo Elmore
Cedartown Sea Cows 40 60 .400 20.5 Buck Thrasher / Sherry Smith
Playoff: Carrollton 4 games, Lindale 0. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bernard Lewis Talladega BA .420 James Soward Gadsden W 17
Charles Knowles Cedartown Runs 92 Abe White Carrollton SO 101
Bernard Lewis Talladega Hits 159 Paul Fittery Carrollton Pct .889; 16-2
Charles Knowles Cedartown HR 25


1930 Georgia-Alabama League
President: L. H. Carre

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Lindale Pepperells 63 38 .624 - Jack Moulton
Cedartown Braves 60 41 .594 3 Sherry Smith
Anniston Nobles 57 44 .564 6 Paul Fittery / Dixie Walker
Huntsville Springers 35 66 .347 28 Bill Pierre / Thompson / Walton / Dixie Carroll / Hart
Carrollton Champs# 38 46 .452 NA Carl East / Erskine Thomason
Talladega Indians# 33 51 .393 NA Walter Barbare / Cliff Verner
#Carrollton and Talladega disbanded August 14.
Playoff: Cedartown 4 games, Lindale 3, one tie. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bernard Lewis Lindale BA .422 Paul Fittery Anniston W 16
Jack Shipley Cedartown Runs 131 Abe White Lindale SO 143
Bernard Lewis Lindale Hits 175 Sherry Smith Cedartown Pct .875; 14-2
George Kelly Cedartown HR 26 Sherry Smith Cedartown ERA 3.34

[edit] Cities Represented, Teams & Stats-1946-1951


1946 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Carl East

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Carrollton Hornets 75 55 .577 0 Luther Gunnells
Valley Rebels # 72 58 .554 3 Cat Milner
Tallassee Indians 71 59 .546 4 Joe Heving / Oliver Hill
Newnan Brownies 68 62 .523 7 George Nix / Lloyd Brown
LaGrange Troupers 59 71 .454 16 Newton Parker / Jake Daniels
Opelika Owls 45 85 .346 30 Jim Hitchcock / Zack Sensussler
#Represented Valley-Lanett(AL)-West Point(GA)
Playoff: Tallassee 3 games, Carrollton 2; Valley 3 games, Newnan 2;
Finals: Tallassee 3 games, Valley 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Luther Gunnells Carrollton BA .381 John B. Johnson Newnan W 20
Jack Daniels Valley/La Grange Runs 118 John B. Johnson Newnan SO 138
Jack Daniels Valley/La Grange Hits 159 Lloyd Brown Newnan ERA 2.17
Jack Daniels Valley/La Grange RBI 122 Jack Daniels Valley/La Grange HR 30


1947 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Art Decatur

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Carrollton Hornets 75 49 .605 0 52,245 Red Roberts
Opelika Owls 76 50 .603 0 65,173 Luther Gunnells
Valley Rebels 75 51 .595 1 79,829 Frank Luce
Newnan Brownies 72 53 .576 3.5 80,600 Joe Abreu / Ed Westbrook / Oliver Hill
Tallassee Indians 62 63 .496 13.5 44,693 Oliver Hill
Griffin Pimientos 53 68 .438 20.5 66,142 Abe White
LaGrange Troupers 46 78 .371 29 55,746 Carl East / Howard Ermisch
Alexander City Millers 39 86 .312 36.5 34,462 Doug Taitt
Playoff: Valley 3 games, Carrollton 1; Opelika 3 games, Newnan 1;
Finals: Valley 3 games, Opelika 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Red Roberts Carrollton BA .385 Paul Brock Newnan W 23
Ted Browning Newnan Runs 122 Paul Brock Newnan SO 220
Vern Morgan Valley Hits 184 Jesse Danna Valley ERA 2.15
Ken Guettler Griffin RBI 103 Ken Guettler Griffin HR 25


1948 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Art Decatur

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Valley Rebels 75 51 .595 0 60,163 Jesse Danna
Carrollton Hornets 73 53 .579 2 53,000 Red Roberts / Oliver Hill
Newnan Brownies 68 58 .540 7 65,257 Norman Veazey
Alexander City Millers 63 63 .500 12 44,053 Ben Catchings / Marvin Chappell / Gunnells
Opelika Owls 62 64 .492 13 59,000 Luther Gunnells / James "Bubba" Ball
Griffin Pimientos 55 71 .437 20 63,672 Fred Campbell
LaGrange Troupers 54 72 .429 21 53,589 James Acton
Tallassee Indians 54 72 .429 21 34,696 Hugh East / Robert Comiskey
Playoff: Valley 3 games, Newnan 1; Carrollton 3 games, Alexander City 2 ;
Finals: Valley 4 games, Carrollton 0. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Fred Campbell Griffin BA .357 William Kallaher Opelika W 23
Robert Edwards Valley Runs 114 Eugene Doerflinger Carrollton W 23
George Bailey Opelika Hits 174 Eugene Doerflinger Carrollton SO 2.33
Fred Campbell Griffin RBI 105 Leon Lindsey Alexander City ERA 2.00
James Acton La Grange HR 14


1949 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Art Decatur

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Newnan Brownies 74 52 .587 0 56,976 Joe Schmidt
Alexander City Millers 69 57 .548 5 37,373 Red Roberts
Tallassee Cardinals 66 60 .524 8 43,364 Robert Comiskey / William Blackwell
LaGrange Troupers 65 61 .516 9 59,952 Carl "Bill" Cooper
Valley Rebels 62 64 .492 12 52,859 Jesse Danna / Malvern Morgan / Bottoms
Opelika Owls 62 64 .492 12 44,885 James "Bubba" Ball
Carrollton Hornets 56 70 .444 18 36,029 William Seal / William Rucker
Griffin Pimientos 50 76 .397 24 47,825 Etchison / York / Sanders / Gibson
Playoff: Newnan 3 games, Tallassee 2; Alexander City 3 games, La Grange 1 ;
Finals: Alexander City 4 games, Newnan 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joel Chapman Valley BA .351 John McFadden Newnan W 21
John Heusman Alexander City Runs 108 John McFadden Newnan SO 180
J.W. Spruil Valley Hits 153 Elmer Wallace Newnan ERA 2.02
Bob Schmidt Newnan RBI 108 Carl Franson Newnan HR 28


1950 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Art Decatur

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
LaGrange Troupers 73 48 .603 0 53,781 Carl "Bill" Cooper
Alexander City Millers 73 53 .579 2.5 36,546 Red Roberts
Carrollton Hornets 66 57 .537 8 26,365 Herbert Marshall
Newnan Brownies 62 60 .508 11.5 37,215 Joe Schmidt
Valley Rebels 58 65 .472 16 31,619 Myril Hoag / Jake Daniels
Griffin Tigers 57 64 .471 16 37,167 Abe White / Jack Bearden
Opelika Owls 52 72 .419 22.5 36,912 Bottoms / Bailey / Flemming
Rome Red Sox 49 71 .408 23.5 30,482 Norm Veazey / John Stowe / Myril Hoag
Playoff: La Grange 2 games, Carrollton 0; Alexander City 2 games, Newnan 0 ;
Finals: La Grange 3 games, Alexander City 2. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Eugene Solt Carrollton BA .365 Don Bessent La Grange W 22
Fred DeSouza Carrollton Runs 149 Don Bessent La Grange SO 229
Eugene Solt Carrollton Hits 168 Don Bessent La Grange ERA 2.33
Eugene Solt Carrollton RBI 151 Eugene Solt Carrollton HR 38


1951 Georgia-Alabama League
President: Art Decatur

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
LaGrange Troupers 67 47 .588 0 33,734 Carl "Bill" Cooper
Valley Rebels 64 52 .552 4 37,515 Perley "Gabby" Grant
Rome Red Sox 58 57 .504 9.5 41,000 Leon Culberson
Griffin Pimientos 58 58 .500 10 24,804 Mike Conte / Campbell / Bearden
Alexander City Millers # 33 45 .423 NA 19,737 Sam Demma / William Brown
Opelika Owls ## 23 44 .343 NA 18,000 Wheeler Flemming / Don Bailey
##Opelika disbanded July 1; #Alexander City disbanded July 15. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Campbell Griffin BA .379 Marvin Chappell La Grange W 21
Fred Campbell Griffin Runs 111 Marvin Chappell La Grange SO 120
Claude Shoemake Rome Hits 171 Joe Pennington Valley ERA 2.45
Claude Shoemake Rome RBI 135 Claude Shoemake Rome HR 26

[edit] League Records 1913-1951

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Jack Daniels Valley/La Gra G 129 46 Johnny Allen La Grange G 129 46
Bernard Lewis Lindale BA .422 30 McDonald Turner Newnan AB 526 48
Fred DeSouza Carrollton R 149 50 Malvern Morgan Lanett H 184 47
Eugene Solt Carrollton RBI 151 50 John Stowe Rome 2B 39 51
Earl Persons Gadsden 3B 17 29 Eugene Solt Carrollton HR 38 50
Bernard Lewis Lindale EBH 69 30 Eugene Solt Carrollton TB 311 50
Jack Shipley Cedartown SAC 21 29 John Heusman Alexander City SB 85 49
Fred DeSouza Carrollton BB 165 50 Ted Przeworski La Gra/Carroll SO 118 48


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Marvin Chappell Alexander City GA 51 49 Paul Brock Newnan CG 28 47
Bill Kallaher Opelika WI 23 48 Paul Brock Newnan WI 23 48
Gene Doerflinger Carrollton WI 23 48 Claude Jackson Opelika L 17 49
John Nabors Talladega/New Pct .933-12-1 15 Paul Fittery Carrollton ERA 1.60 28
Paul Fittery Carrollton Pct .913-21-2 28 Paul Brock Newnan IP 313 47
Marvin Chappell Alexander City ShO 6 49 Gene Doerflinger Carrollton SO 233 48
Mickey Mihalik Newnam BB 149 48


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