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In 1962, the Idaho Falls Russets, longtime members of the Pioneer League, became a New York Yankees affiliate and changed their name to the Idaho Falls Yankees. In their first year, led by manager Loren Babe, they posted a 52-78 record and finished in last place of the league's six teams. However, they were greatly improved the next year, going 77-49 under skipper Babe. First baseman Mike Hegan led the league with 123 runs scored and was joined on the All-Star team by shortstop Joe Palma, catcher James Fox, and outfielder LeRoy Reams. Pitcher Bob Cerone posted 16 wins, and George Bechtold had a 3.07 ERA to lead the circuit. In the playoffs, the Yankees swept the Magic Valley Cowboys and then defeated the Billings Mustangs to capture a championship in what would be the club's final year.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1962 52-78 6th Loren Babe
1963 77-49 2nd Loren Babe League Champs
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