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After 15 years without pro baseball, the Medford Giants brought the sport back to Medford, OR in 1967. They won the league pennant with a 51-33-1 record, one game over the Eugene Emeralds. Managed by Tony Eichelberger, they drew 43,478 fans, most in the league. All-Stars were C Jerry Muse (.272/~.337/.377), 3B Noel Finley (.345/~.448/.435, third in average), OF Gary York (.299/~.415/.547) and P Dale Spier. Spier (11-2, 2.23) led the NWL in winning percentage, was one off of the pace in wins and tied teammate Bob Kenny (8-5, 2.23) for third in ERA. John Beaton (11-5, 1.69) was second in ERA while Leo Mazzone (6-6, 3.45) was sixth. OF Bernie Williams led the league in walks (71) and the team in homers (14) while batting .271/~.436/.502 and stealing 13 in 15 tries. The outfit had 465 runs scored (most in the league) while allowing 343.

The next season, the Giants were only three games out of last, going 34-43 for Harvey Koepf. They drew 20,585 fans, second-most, and were outscored 374-318 with the weakest offense in the circuit. The only All-Star was OF George Foster (.277/~.360/.387). Mazzone fell to 5-5, 4.97 while Gary Lavelle went 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA.

The next year, they were replaced in Medford by the Rogue Valley Dodgers.

Sources: 1968-1969 Baseball Guides

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1967 51-33 1st Tony Eichelberger League Champs
1968 34-43 3rd Harvey Koepf none
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