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Five different leagues have used the name of the Kansas State League.

The first league was established in 1887. It lasted a year then reappeared in 1895 and 1896. In 1905 it was classified as a class D league and existed for two years.

The fourth incarnation got off the ground in 1909 and lasted for three seasons. The league coexisted with the Central Kansas League until its collapse in 1911.

In 1913, the Central Kansas League changed its name to the now vacant Kansas State League. The league ran for two more years before disbanding.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1887 League

[edit] 1895-1896 League

[edit] 1905-1906 League

[edit] 1909-1911 League

[edit] 1913-1914 League

[edit] League Overview

Year Champion Teams Classification League President Notes
1887 Wellington Browns 6 IND Walden
1895 Troy Browns 4 IND Harry T. Mote
1896 Independence 4 IND W.H. Thompson
1905 Ellsworth 6 D George T. Tremble
1906 Independence Coyotes 8 D Edward Bero, Jr.
1909 Lyons Lions 8 D P.H. Hostutler
1910 Hutchinson Salt Packers 8 D P.H. Hostutler
1911 Great Bend Millers 8 D C.A. Case/Roy C. Gafford League disbanded on July 11
1913 Great Bend Millers 6 D Roy C. Gafford
1914 Emporia Bidwells 4 D Roy C. Gafford

[edit] Season Summaries

[edit] 1887 League

[edit] 1887

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Wellington Browns 20 15 .571 - Jack Pettiford
Arkansas City 19 20 .487 3 W.F. Wingate/Billy Hunter/Luke Short
Emporia Reds 17 25 .405 6.5 Downing
Wichita Braves @ 19 12 .613 NA George Mold
Joplin 1 4 .200 NA
Webb City % 0 2 .000 NA James Ellis

@ Wichita dropped out to enter the Western League July 21.
# Joplin entered July 26 and then disbanded August 4
% Webb City entered the league July 28 and then disbanded August 4
The league folded August 8

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ducky Hemp Wichita BA .389 George Haddock Emporia W 8
Gibbs Emporia Runs 31 Jack Pettiford Wellington W 8
Bright Emporia Hits 53 Walter Baldwin Wichita PCT .800 4-1
Gibbs Emporia HR 6

[edit] 1895-1896 League

[edit] 1895

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Troy Browns 19 14 .576 - W.F. Johnson/Bill Devereux
Emporia Maroons 16 15 .516 2 J.R. Soden
Topeka Giants 16 16 .500 2.5 Harry Mote
Leavenworth Soldiers/Whiting-Horton # 12 18 .400 5.5 F.W. Gassman/Logan

# Leavenworth (7-10) suspended July 22; Whiting-Horton took the franchise


[edit] 1896

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Independence 16 8 .667 - J.W. Farleigh
Coffeyville 12 11 .522 3.5 Foster
Parsons Parsons # 9 11 .450 5
Chanute 10 17 .370 7.5 George Reese

# Parsons disbanded August 10, causing the league to fold August 20

[edit] 1905-1906 League

[edit] 1905

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ellsworth 34 15 .694 -.- Arthur Relihan
Great Bend Millers1 19 9 .679 4.5 Carl Moore
Minneapolis Minnies 24 22 .522 8.5 Roy Gafford
Hutchinson Salt Miners 22 24 .478 10.5 Cook/Fred Abbott
Lincoln Center1 11 19 .375 13.5 Jesse Simpson
Kingman/Hoisington2 13 34 .276 20.0 Art DeWeese/Valerius
1 Great Bend Millers and Lincoln Center joined the league on July 6.
2 The Kingman franchise disbanded on July 22. Hoisington took team's place in the league July 24.
League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Wins william Jones Ellsworth 10
Cy Mason Hutchinson Salt Miners
Arthur Relihan Ellsworth
Winning Percentage Jones Ellsworth .909 (10-1)
Complete Games Cy Mason Hutchinson Salt Miners 15
Shutouts Jones Ellsworth 5
  • Two No-Hitters were thrown in 1905. One by Lefty Holmes of Great Bend, and the other by Salter of Minneapolis.

[edit] 1906

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Independence Coyotes 69 48 .590 -.- Charles McLin/Crutcher/John Hendley
Iola Grays/Cherryvale Boosters2 62 50 .554 4.5 William Burns
Parsons Preachers 60 50 .545 5.5 C. Pinkerton/P.P. Duffy/B.L. Taft
Coffeyville Bricks 58 50 .537 6.5 Ed Mahley/Harry Barndollar/Heisman/Ed Finney
Bartlesville Indians 51 64 .443 17.0 Gus Albert
Chanute Browns 31 82 .274 36.0 A. Allen
Fort Scott Giants3 35 18 .660 NA M. McDonald
Pittsburg Champs/Vinita1 3 30 25 .545 NA H. Bartley/William Burns
2 The Iola Grays moved to Cherryvale, KS on June 15 becoming the Cherryvale Boosters.
3 The Fort Scott Giants and Vinita disbanded on July 5. The league discarded all games played before July 10 and the season was restarted.
League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Batting Average Ben Haas Independence Coyotes .341
Hits Ed Foster Coffeyville Bricks 97
Runs Wilder Gray Coffeyville Bricks 44
Wins Chick Brandom Independence Coyotes 16
Strikeouts Chick Brandom Independence Coyotes 121
Winning Percentage Harry Womack Coffeyville Bricks 1.000 (10-0)

[edit] 1909-1911 League

[edit] 1909

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Lyons Lions 61 37 .622 -.- Cecil Bankhead
Hutchinson Salt Packers 60 37 .619 0.5 Bill Zink
McPherson Merry Macks 59 37 .615 1.0 O.P. Depew/Earl Green
Great Bend Millers 49 48 .505 11.5 Rudy Kling/Stillings
Wellington Dukes 44 54 .449 17.0 Cy Mason/John Meade
Newton Railroaders 42 54 .438 18.0 Con Harlow/A. Stillwell
Arkansas City-Winfield Twins1 41 56 .423 19.5 M.E. Parks/Frank Layne/Bennie Owens
Strong City-Cottonwood Falls/Larned Cowboys2 32 65 .330 28.5 Butch Freese/Buck Weaver
1 The city of Winfield bought partial interest in the Arkansas City franchise on July 22.
League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Batting Average Tom Miller Newton Railroaders .342
Home Runs Pete LaFlambois Arkansas City-Winfield Twins 6
Hits Tom Miller Newton Railroaders 119
Runs Jasper Hainsey McPherson Merry Macks 66
Wins Robert Hassler Lyons Lions 25
Strikeouts Robert Hassler Lyons Lions 193
Winning Percentage Pearl Stanley Hutchinson Salt Packers .793 (23-6)

[edit] 1910

Standings
Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Hutchinson Salt Packers 70 39 .642 -.- Bill Zink
McPherson Merry Macks 58 49 .542 11.0 C.D. Conklin/Frank Synek
Lyons Lions 57 53 .518 13.5 Cecil Bankhead/Joe Riggert/Buck Ebright/John Jones
Newton Railroaders 56 54 .509 14.5 Mel Backus
Great Bend Millers 54 55 .495 16.0 Charles Lyons
Wellington Dukes 48 56 .461 19.5 C. Pinkerton/Spencer Abbott/Harry Vitter/Lewis Armstrong
Larned Wheat Kings 46 56 .451 20.5 Buck Weaver/Harry McLean
Arkansas City Grays 40 67 .374 29.0 L. Evans/Dennis McGuire/Doc Baker
League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Batting Average Joe Riggert Lyons Lions .362
Home Runs Joe Riggert Lyons Lions 13
Hits Bill Zink Hutchinson Salt Packers 141
Runs Charles Weiser Lyons Lions 132
Wins Edward J. Smith Hutchinson Salt Packers 18
Walt Sizemore Lyons Lions
Strikeouts Rolla Mapel Great Bend Millers 205
Winning Percentage Edward J. Smith Hutchinson Salt Packers .750 (18-6)

[edit] 1911

The league disbanded on July 11 due to crop failures and drought. There are no team or individual statistics were available.

Standings
Team W L PCT GB Managers
Great Bend Millers 39 20 .661 0 Affie Wilson/William Luhrsen
Newton Railroaders 39 21 .650 0.5 N/A
Lyons Lions 37 27 .578 4.5 Spencer Abbott
McPherson Merry Macks 31 28 .525 8.0 Joseph Harris
Hutchinson Salt Packers 29 29 .500 9.5 Bill Zink
Larned Wheat Kings 23 32 .418 14.0 Harry Berte
El Dorado Crushers 15 33 .313 18.5 Bill Annis/Walter Sizemore
Wellington Dukes1 15 38 .283 21.0 Peter Ketter/C.E. Powell/Ned Price
1 The Wellington Dukes played 10 home games in Wichita, KS from June 11 to June 23.

[edit] 1913-1914 League

[edit] 1913

Standings
Team W L PCT GB Managers
Great Bend Millers 53 36 .596 -.- Affie Wilson/William Luhrsen
Clay Center Cubs 51 37 .580 1.5 Max Addington
Lyons Lions 50 39 .562 3.0 William Nelson
Salina Insurgents 26 63 .292 27.0 Lon Ury/Mike Welday
Manhattan Elks1 27 24 .529 N/A Fred Moore
Junction City Soldiers1 21 29 .420 N/A Norm Price/Cecil Bankhead
1 After the Junction City Soldiers disbanded on July 9, the league to dropped the Manhattan Elks on the following day.
League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Batting Average John Singleton Clay Center Cubs .335
Hits John Singleton Clay Center Cubs 133
Runs John Singleton Clay Center Cubs 78
Wins J.L. O'Byrne Lyons Lions 17
Winning Percentage C.H. Riley Great Bend Millers 1.000 (9-0)

[edit] 1914

Standings
Team W L PCT GB Managers
Emporia Bidwells 54 32 .628 0.0 Ira Bidwell
Salina Coyotes 47 41 .534 8.0 Dick Robin
Hutchinson Packers 40 49 .449 15.5 Jesse Clifton
Great Bend Millers 35 54 .393 20.5 Affie Wilson


League Leaders
Statistic Player Team Number
Batting Average Pete LaFlambois Emporia Bidwells .342
Hits Rick Freeman Hutchinson Packers 98
Wins Otis Lambeth
Ralph Shimeal
Emporia Bidwells
Emporia Bidwells
14
Runs Paul Turgeon Emporia Bidwells 61
Strikeouts Powell Burnett Salina Coyotes 166
Winning Percentage Otis Lambeth Emporia Bidwells .737 (14-5)


[edit] Sources

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (1997, second edition) and (2007, third edition), edited by W. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff

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