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[edit] A First-hand Recollection

The following is an anecdote about the team by a former player:

In 1953, the Green Bay Bluejays were a farm club of the Cleveland Indians, playing in the Class D Wisconsin State League. The team's manager was Phil Seghi. I remember two pitchers on the team, Del Bastock and John Lang, two of the fastest pitchers in the league. I believe Bastock led the league in strike-outs. The only other pitcher in the league who might have thrown with more velocity was lefthander Joe Burke of the Oshkosh Giants, on which I was also a pitcher. Mel Heim was another pitcher on the team and he may have led the league in ERA. John Luthern was also an excellent pitcher on this team, and continued in pro baseball after the 1953 season. I believe he was a right-handed pitcher. I think that Roy Nixon and Russ Nixon, identical twins, also played on the team. Russ would later play and manage in the major leagues. This was the last year the Wisconsin State League was in operation, as the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee, drawing attendance away from the league.
-- Bill O'Donnell, pitcher for the 1953 Oshkosh Giants

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1940 52-65 5th Otto Bluege
1942 74-37 2nd Dick Smith Lost League Finals
1946 73-36 1st Harry Griswold none League Champs
1947 58-62 6th Harry Griswold none
1948 57-68 6th Roxie Lawson / Walt Laskowski (July 16) / Joe Dotlich none
1949 71-55 2nd Phil Seghi none
1950 63-62 5th Phil Seghi
1951 64-57 3rd Phil Seghi none
1952 64-61 5th Phil Seghi none
1953 80-42 1st Phil Seghi League Champs
1958 65-64 3rd Pete Reiser
1959 74-51 2nd Stan Wasiak League Champs
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