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The Idaho Falls Russets began play in the Pioneer League in 1940. After the club and the league ceased operations during World War II, they resumed play in 1946. Led by pitcher Ken Kimball's 26 wins, they captured a league title in 1952. Despite posting the best regular-season record in 1960, the Russets lost the title to the Boise Braves in the playoffs. After the 1961 season, the club became a New York Yankees affiliate and became known as the Idaho Falls Yankees.

For '46 roster, see talk section of the page

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1940 New York Yankees 65-65 3rd Ted Mayer Lost first round
1941 New York Yankees 58-70 5th Bobby Coltrin / Eddie Marshall
1942 none 60-60 3rd Lou Garland
1946 none 53-76 5th Eddie Leishman
1947 none 66-71 5th Rosy Gilhousen
1948 Brooklyn Dodgers 73-53 3rd Jay Kirke Jr. / Lou Garland Lost first round
1949 New York Giants 31-95 8th John Babich / Lou Garland / Frank Gabler
1950 New York Giants 43-83 8th Lilio Marcucci
1951 New York Giants 69-70 5th Sven Jessen
1952 none 75-56 2nd Sven Jessen League Champs
1953 Sacramento Solons 68-64 5th Sven Jessen
1954 Sacramento Solons & Detroit Tigers 74-58 3rd Bob Mavis Lost first round
1955 Detroit Tigers 60-72 7th Pat Mullin
1956 Detroit Tigers 69-63 4th (tie) Stan Wasiak (30-37) / Charlie Metro (39-26)
1957 Detroit Tigers 73-53 2nd Al Lakeman
1958 Detroit Tigers 65-66 4th Al Lakeman
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates 64-65 3rd Bob Clear Lost League Finals
1960 Chicago White Sox 81-49 1st Peanuts Lowrey (24-15) / George Noga (57- 34) Lost League Finals
1961 Chicago White Sox 67-63 3rd Herman Reich / George Sobek
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