Middle States League

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The Middle States League was a 1889 circuit which was not part of the National Agreement with the National League and American Association. They were an integrated league. Teams included the New York Big Gorhams and Cuban Giants. Players included Frank Grant and George Stovey.

Cities Represented[edit]

Teams & Statistics[edit]

1889[edit]

1889 Middle States League
President: Charles P. Mason /William H. Voltz

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Harrisburg Ponies 64 19 .771 - James Farrington
Cuban Giants 55 17 .764 3.5 Cos Govern
York Hayseeds @@ 45 28 .616 14 Henry Myers/Joseph Devine/J. W. Hedrick/W. E. Whorl/Smyser
Norristown ^ 18 22 .450 NA 15 different managers/Barney Stevenson/J. C. Smith
Gorhams ! 14 20 .412 NA Benjamin Butler
Lancaster Dutch % 10 15 .400 NA Terrence Connell
Norwalk & 12 19 .387 NA James Donnelly
Wilmington Quicksteps ## 4 9 .308 NA Thomas Kane
Lebanon Dutch Grays @ 6 16 .273 NA Joseph Buck
Hazleton 10 27 .270 NA Harry Foote
Reading Actives # 6 17 .261 NA Edgar Cuthbert
Philadelphia Giants $ 2 24 .077 NA Charles Mason
Shenandoah $$ 1 14 .071 NA J. J. Monaghan

& Norwalk entered the league June 12 and disbanded July 3
% Lancaster disbanded June 15
# Reading disbanded June 18
^ Norristown entered the league June 20 and disbanded August 21
$ Philadelphia disbanded June 25
! franchise based at Lancaster, PA; disbanded August 20
$$ Shenandoah entered the league July 17 and disbanded August 6
@ Lebanon entered the league August 9
## Wilmington entered the league August 22 from the disbanded Delaware State League and disbanded August 30
@@ York disbanded September 3
The Cuban Giants played in Trenton and Hoboken. The New York Gorhams played in Hoboken and Easton.

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition