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The Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (or KITTY League) was a Class D minor league circuit that went through six different lives. The first KITTY League played from 1903 through 1906. The next one ran from 1910 through 1914. The third try played a single season (1916). The circuit was revived in 1922 and lasted three years. The fifth KITTY League lasted the longest, playing from 1935 through 1955 with a break from 1943-1945 due to World War II. The league was also known briefly as the Kentucky-Indiana-Tennessee League. Unlike most leagues that were dormant for years in between playing, the KITTY was pretty much the same league from 1903-1955, through its inactive years. Clifton C. Gosnell was league president in 1906, after which the league stopped playing, and was president in 1910-1911 when play resumed. Then Dr. Frank H. Bassett was league president 1912-1914, 1916, 1922-1924, and 1935-1937, through the active times and the inactive. Hopkinsville, KY was represented for 28 of the 31 active seasons of the KITTY League, while Paducah, KY made it for 23.


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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] Kitty League 1903 through 1955

[edit] 1903 - 1906

Year Champion W L PCT Runner-up W L PCT GB
1903 Cairo Egyptians 67 41 .620 Clarksville Villagers 60 43 .583 4.5
1904 Paducah Indians 73 48 .603 Cairo Champions 72 49 .595 1
1905 Paducah Indians 68 35 .660 Vincennes Alices 65 41 .613 4.5
1906 Vincennes Alices 76 49 .608 Jacksonville Jacks 67 58 .536 9


[edit] 1910 - 1914

Year Champion W L PCT Runner-up W L PCT GB
1910 Vincennes Alices 64 54 .542 Clarksville Villagers 55 60 .478 7.5
1911 Hopkinsville Hoppers 78 46 .629 Fulton Colonels 67 58 .536 11.5
1912 Clarksville Rebels 68 29 .701 Henderson Hens 52 48 .520 17.5
1913 Paducah Chiefs 80 47 .630 Clarksville Boosters 78 47 .624 1
1914 Cairo Egyptians 77 46 .626 Owensboro Distillers 66 55 .545 10

[edit] 1916

Year Champion W L PCT Runner-up W L PCT GB
1916 Clarksville Volunteers 50 24 .676 Henderson Hens 44 30 .595 6
The league disbanded August 4th.


[edit] 1922-1924

Year Champion W L PCT Runner-up W L PCT GB
1922 Madisonville Miners 73 39 .652 Hopkinsville Hoppers 62 51 .549 11.5
1923 Mayfield Pantsmakers 59 43 .578 Fulton Railroaders 61 45 .575 -
1924 Dyersburg Deers 60 48 .556 Paris Parisians 59 50 .541 1.5

[edit] 1935 - 1955

Year Champion W L PCT Runner-up W L PCT GB
1935 Jackson Generals 50 42 .543 Union City Greyhounds 49 43 .533 1
1936 Paducah Indians# 73 45 .619 Union City Greyhounds 73 45 .619 0
1937 Union City Greyhounds 73 46 .613 Hopkinsville Hoppers 71 50 .587 3
1938 Hopkinsville Hoppers 76 53 .589 Jackson Generals 74 54 .578 1.5
1939 Mayfield Browns 76 49 .608 Bowling Green Barons 75 51 .595 1.5
1940 Bowling Green Barons 75 50 .600 Paducah Indians 75 71 .595 .5
1941 Jackson Generals 84 43 .661 Hopkinsville Hoppers 69 57 .548 14.5
1942 Fulton Tigers 30 14 .682 Bowling Green Barons 31 15 .674 0##
1943 44,45 No league WW II
1946 Owensboro Oilers 83 39 .680 Hopkinsville Hoppers 73 53 .579 12
1947 Owensboro Oilers 77 48 .616 Mayfield Clothiers 72 52 .581 4.5
1948 Hopkinsville Hoppers 85 41 .675 Union City Greyhounds 79 46 .632 5.5
1949 Owensboro Oilers 82 40 .672 Cairo Dodgers 74 51 .592 9.5
1950 Mayfield Clothiers 73 45 .609 Fulton Railroaders 69 50 .580 4.5
1951 Fulton Railroaders 73 46 .613 Owensboro Oilers 71 48 .597 2
1952 Fulton Lookouts 82 37 .689 Paducah Chiefs 67 53 .558 15.5
1953 Fulton Lookouts 70 50 .583 Madisonville Miners 67 53 .558 3
1954 Union City Dodgers 76 40 .665 Fulton Lookouts 69 47 .595 7
1955 Paducah Chiefs 64 39 .621 Mayfield Clothiers 65 43 .602 1.5

Footnotes:
1936:# Union City wins 1 game, Paducah 0, to break tie for league title.
1942:## League disbanded June 19.
As of this date the league has not operated since 1955.


[edit] League Records 1903-1955

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Earl Browne Owensboro BA .429 46 Carol Peterson Fulton AB 566 41
Vincent Mullen Fulton Runs 141 40 Frank McElyea Owensboro H 208 40
Ned Waldrop Fulton RBI 159 54 Mike Powers Bowling Green 2B 60 40
Andy Lotshaw Jacksonville 3B 24 06 Edward Urban Owensboro HR 34 40
Vern Stephens Mayfield TB 323 39 Bill Roland Cairo Sac 51 06
Don Hazleton Owensboro SB 84 49 Wayne Blackburn Owensboro BB 154 51
Francis Babrys Madisonville SO 147 49


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Elmer Weening Fulton GA 56 37 Ellis Kinder Jackson CG 29 40
Carl Gaiser Jackson W 26 41 Paul Gehringer Fulton L 19 49
Carl Dunagan Dyersburg Pct .905,19-2 24 Bill Howard Paducah ERA 1.29 51
Cecil Hutson Lexington IP 294 38 Alvin Brown Fulton ShO 6 52
Bob Schultz Fulton SO 361 46 Mike Conovan Jackson BB 224 52



[edit] Hall of Fame Alumni


[edit] Related Sites

A site devoted to the KITTY League

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball; Second Edition

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