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The Mountain State League (not to be confused with the Mountain States League) was a class D league from 1937 through 1941. In 1942 it was a class C circuit, but then shut down for World War II. The league had surprising stability for its class, as 5 of the 6 teams competed every year, and only one team moving. A West Virginia-based league, it bore little similarity to the Mountain States League that started after World War II.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1937-1942

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1937

President: Ray Ryan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Beckley Bengals 68 36 .654 - Eli Harris
Welch Miners 59 43 .578 8 Eddie Krajnik
Williamson Colts 54 46 .540 12 Nat Hickey
Bluefield Blue-Grays 49 46 .516 14.5 Ernie Powell
Logan Indians 37 61 .378 28 Bert Grimm
Huntington Boosters # 23 58 .284 NA Joe Watson / Paul Ryan / Mike Broski/Doc Pricer
  1. Huntington withdrew August 1.

The split season format was abandoned August 24.
Welch withdrew September 3 during the playoff series with Williamson.
Williamson withdrew September 6 during the finals.
Playoffs: Beckley, bye; Welch 2 games, Bluefield 0; Williamson 2 games, Logan 0;
Williamson 1 game, Welch 0;
Finals:Beckley 2 games, Williamson 0;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Earl Martin Beckley BA .400 Charlie Bowles Beckley W 16
Raleigh Singleton Beckley Runs 113 Dixie Howell Logan SO 153
Stan Arnzen Welch Hits 150 Ed Schumacher Beckley ERA 2.70
Earl Martin Beckley RBI 96 Joseph Petrich Welch PCT .731 19-7
Larry Steinbeck Beckley HR 20

[edit] 1938

President: Ray Ryan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Logan Indians 72 46 .610 - Eddie Hock
Beckley Bengals 61 52 .540 8.5 Eli Harris
Williamson Colts 58 60 .492 14 Nat Hickey
Welch Miners 56 64 .467 17 Eddie Krajnik / Charles Bowie / Carlos Ratliff
Bluefield Blue-Grays 55 64 .462 17.5 Earl Smith
Huntington Bees 50 66 .431 21 Dickie Kerr

Attendance: Logan 50,000
Playoffs: Logan 3 games, Williamson 2; Beckley 2 games, Welch 0;
Finals:Beckley 3 games, Logan 2;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Moe Franklin Beckley BA .439 Earl Brinegar Welch W 18
Raleigh Singleton Beckley Runs 128 John Gorszyca Beckley W 18
Garfield Ganoe Bluefield Hits 170 Vern Kohler Logan SO 216
Walter Sessi Williamson RBI 126 Vern Kohler Logan ERA 2.24
Moe Franklin Beckley HR 26 Frank Mahon Huntington CG 25
Vern Kohler Logan PCT .900 18-2

[edit] 1939

President: Ray Ryan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Williamson Red Birds 76 51 .598 - Harrison Wickel
Welch Miners 72 57 .558 5 Sam Gray
Huntington Boosters 66 61 .520 10 Mike Powers
Bluefield Blue-Grays 65 64 .504 12 Vic Sorrell
Logan Indians 55 75 .423 22.5 Eddie Hock
Ashland Colonels 52 78 .400 25.5 Harold Conn / Ray French

Attendance: Bluefield 70,000.
Playoffs: Williamson 2 games, Huntington 1; Bluefield 2 games, Welch 0;
Finals: Bluefield 3 games, Williamson 1;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Shewey Williamson BA .376 Howard Smith Williamson W 19
John Streza Williamson Runs 127 Russ Meers Huntington SO 297
John Streza Williamson Hits 185 Sam Gray Welch ERA 3.03
Harrison Wickel Williamson RBI 142 Howard Smith Williamson PCT .731 19-7
Edison Guinther Logan HR 26

[edit] 1940

President: Ray Ryan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Williamson Red Birds 76 45 .628 - Harrison Wickel
Logan Indians 75 51 .595 3.5 Eddie Hock
Bluefield Blue-Grays 65 51 .560 8.5 Vic Sorrell
Welch Miners 63 62 .504 15 Tex Stuart / Roy Hall
Ashland Colonels 55 71 .437 23.5 Tommy Thevenow / Ray French
Huntington Aces 33 87 .275 42.5 Pee Wee Wanninger / Russ Young /Ezra Midkiff

Attendance: Bluefield 70,000.
Playoffs: Logan 2 games, Welch 0; Williamson 2 games, Bluefield 0;
Finals: Williamson 3 games, Logan 1;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Worthington Day Ashland BA .363 Harold Sharp Williamson W 18
Bill Shewey Williamson Runs 134 Joe Pennington Logan W 18
Worthington Day Ashland Hits 178 Vern Bickford Welch So 1.63
Tennis Mounts Logan Hits 178 Tom Triner Welch ERA 2.76
Buck Etchison Welch RBI 132 Ernie Peters Williamson PCT .773 17-5
Stan Wentzel Logan HR 26

[edit] 1941

President: Ray Ryan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Logan Indians 80 48 .625 - Eddie Hock
Williamson Red Birds 77 50 .606 2.5 Harrison Wickel
Bluefield Blue-Grays 64 61 .512 14.5 Bill Averett
Welch Miners 64 62 .508 15 Fred Neisler
Ashland Colonels 53 76 .411 27.5 Ray French / Charley Carman
Huntington Aces 43 84 .339 36.5 Fred Blake / Robert Larsen

Playoffs: Logan 2 games, Bluefield 1; Welch 2 games, Williamson 0;
Finals: Logan 4 games, Welch 1;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Smith Huntington BA .406 Joe Pennington Logan W 21
Ray King (minors) Williamson Runs 132 Joe Pennington Logan SO 229
Don Smith Huntington Hits 191 Ed Burtschy Ashland ERA 2.46
Harrison Wickel Williamson RBI 147 Joe Pennington Logan PCT .778 21-6
Tennis Mounts Logan HR 24

[edit] 1942-Class C

President: Robert T. Caldwell

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Huntington Jewels 82 42 .661 - Charles Lucas / Arthur Scharein
Welch Miners 67 55 .549 14 Don Manno
Williamson Red Birds 66 58 .532 16 Ollie Vanek / Jack Angle
Ashland Colonels 60 67 .472 23.5 Eddie Hock
Bluefield Blue-Grays 55 69 .443 27 Johnny Gooch / Charley Carman
Logan Indians 40 79 .335 39.5 Grover Hartley / Charles Hoffman / Ray Ryan

Playoffs: Ashland 2 games, Williamson 0; Huntington 2 games, Welch 1;
Finals: Ashland 4 games, Huntington 1;

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Don Manno Welch BA .381 Robert Peterson (minors) Huntington W 17
Don Manno Welch Runs 136 Ribs Raney Huntington W 17
Don Manno Welch Hits 174 Ribs Raney Huntington SO 146
Kenneth Wood Huntington RBI 126 Robert Peterson (minors) Huntington Pct .810 17-4
Don Manno Welch HR 34

[edit] League Records 1937-1942

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
John Sweetko Logan GA 130 39 Moe Franklin Beckley BA .439 38
John Sweetko Logan AB 540 39 Don Manno Welch Runs 136 42
John Streza Williamson Hits 185 39 Harrison Wickel Williamson RBI 147 41
Harrison Wickel Williamson 2B 53 41 Bill Shewey Williamson 3B 21 40
Don Manno Welch HR 34 42 Don Manno Welch TB 336 42
Andrew Ogin Welch SAC 26 37 Edison Guinther Ashland SB 85 41
Edison Guinther Logan BB 113 39 Tony Kvedar Logan SO 97 39


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Steve Milnarsik Logan GA 40 39 Ernest Clark Huntington GA 40 41
Frank Mahon Huntington CG 25 38 Joe Pennington Logan W 21 41
Ralph Holland Ashland L 19 39 Earl Brinegar Welch Pct .900,18-2 38
Vernon Kohler Logan ERA 2.24 38 Steve Milnarsik Logan IP 254 39
Russ Meers Huntington SO 297 39 Russ Meers Huntington BB 191 39

[edit] Hall of Fame Alumni

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions

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