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The Northeast Arkansas League was a 4-team class D league which was created from the ashes of the 1909 Arkansas State League which disbanded on July 7, and ran from 1909 through 1911, disbanding on July 5. Twenty five years later it was reestablished in 1936 as a six-team class D circuit, then shrank to four teams in 1939 before closing shop after 1941. During the nine-year existance of the league, only ten different cities were represented, eight from Arkansas and two from Missouri. Paragould, AR was the only city to field a team each year the league operated. The Blytheville, AR team was the only squad to win more than one league title, winning back to back championships in 1937 and 1938. There has been no known effort to re-start the league since the closing in 1941.

Contents

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1909-1911

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1909-1911

1909 Northeast Arkansas League
President: R. M. Rider

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jonesboro Zebras 30 23 .566 - H. Brown
Newport Pearl Diggers 29 25 .537 1.5 Arthur Riggs
Marianna Brickeys 24 29 .453 6 Jack McAdams
Paragould Scouts 24 30 .444 6.5 Senter Rainey

The league was formed after the Arkansas State league
disbanded July 7, beginning play July 26.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Abe Jolley Jonesboro BA .283 Charles Deardorff Jonesboro W 12
Abe Jolley Jonesboro Runs 44 Charles Deardorff Jonesboro Pct .800; 12-3
Abe Jolley Jonesboro Hits 67

1910 Northeast Arkansas League
President: J.E. Doherty / J.R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Caruthersville 68 48 .586 - A.L. Ritter
Paragould Scouts 65 46 .586 .5 Howard Schaaf
Jonesboro Zebras 53 55 .491 11 Senter Rainey
Blytheville 38 75 .336 28.5 J.K. Malone / Scoops Carey

Playoff:Caruthersville 2 games, Paragould 2;
The series was called when the deciding game was broken up by a riot.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Curtis Jonesboro BA .330
Clyde Curtis Jonesboro Hits 118
B.B. Bevill Paragould Runs 68

1911 Northeast Arkansas League
President: C. A. Klunk

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Helena Hustlers 37 29 .561 - Charley Reese / Con Harlow
Blytheville Boosters 31 30 .508 3.5 Senter Rainey / Pol Perritt
Paragould Scouts 28 32 .467 6 James Coleman
Jonesboro Zebras 28 33 .459 6.5 Dudley Lewis / Bob Miller

The league disbanded July 5.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Grogan Paragould BA .348 J.L. Fucich Helena W 11
Bob Miller Jonesboro Runs 46 Pol Perritt Blytheville W 11
Bob Miller Jonesboro Hits 76 Phil Redding Helena W 11
Bob Miller Jonesboro HR 4 Pol Perritt Blytheville SO 105
Phil Redding Helena SO 105
Phil Redding Helena PCT .734 11-4

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1936-1941

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1936-1941

1936 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Newport Cardinals 67 30 .691 - Thorpe Hamilton
Osceola Indians 58 37 .611 8 Royce Williams
Jonesboro Giants 50 46 .521 16.5 Dale Barron / Al Williamson / Thad Campbell
West Plains/Caruthersville # 51 48 .515 17 Harrison Wickel
Batesville White Sox 34 64 .347 33.5 Karr / Fisher / Hogan / Cordell / Nugent/Davenport /Ethridge
Paragould Rebels 31 66 .320 36 Orlin Collier / McDonald / Fanning

# West Plains moved to Caruthersville June 11.
Playoff:Caruthersville 2 games, Jonesboro 0, for the first half title.
Finals: Caruthersville 3 games, Newport 2.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charles Valci Newport BA .390 Ernest Bingham Osceola W 23
Paul Rucker Osceola Runs 90 Orlin Collier Paragould SO 177
John McGowan West Plains/Caruthersville Hits 131 Morris Smith Newport ERA 2.28
Harvey Hall Jonesboro/Batesville RBI 97 Ralph Sutherland Newport PCT .833 15-3
Herbert Naegele Paragould HR 16


1937 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Blytheville Giants 62 45 .579 - 13,654 Herschel Bobo
Caruthersville Pilots 59 47 .557 2.5 17,652 Harrison Wickel
Jonesboro Giants 56 53 .514 7 25,760 Miles "Spike" Hunter
Newport Cardinals 53 55 .491 9.5 NA Thorpe Hamilton
Osceola Indians 49 60 .450 14 7,830 Elmer Kirchoff
Paragould Rebels 44 63 .411 18 15,312 Royce Williams

No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Albert Tolles Jonesboro BA .368 Russell May Newport W 22
Whitey Kurowski Caruthersville Runs 125 Burleigh Grimes Jonesboro SO 238
Tom Turner Caruthersville Hits 149 Miles Hunter Jonesboro ERA 1.75
Harrison Wickel Caruthersville RBI 124 Miles Hunter Jonesboro PCT .810 17-4
Jack Grantham Paragould HR 22


1938 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Blytheville Giants 70 35 .667 - Herschel Bobo
Caruthersville Pilots 62 42 .590 7.5 Joseph Simmons / Al Iezzi / Wilson Koewing
Newport Cardinals 61 46 .570 10 Thorpe Hamilton / Mike Blazo
Paragould Rebels 52 56 .481 19.5 Bobby Schleicher / Paul Rucker
Batesville White Sox 47 62 .431 25 Elmer Kirchoff
Jonesboro Giants 28 79 .262 43 Pete Cooper / Gus Albright / Fred Millican

Playoffs: Blytheville 2 games, Paragould 0; Newport 2 games, Caruthersville 1.
Finals:Blytheville 2 games, Newport 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
George Reichelt Jonesboro BA .360 Cliff Roberson Paragould W 17
Al Zarilla Batesville Runs 100 Tom Gorman Blytheville SO 166
Cy Block Paragould Hits 144 Harry Feldman Blytheville ERA 2.02
Angel Aragon Blytheville RBI 80 Harry Feldman Blytheville Pct .929: 13-1
George Oldenburg Newport HR 16
Pete McHaney Paragould HR 16


1939 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Caruthersville Pilots 79 39 .669 - Joseph Simmons
Paragould Broncos 63 57 .525 17 Elmer Kirchoff
Newport Canners 61 60 .504 19.5 Clarence Harris
Jonesboro White Sox 38 85 .309 43.5 Herb Welch/Vern Beavers/Frank Grube

No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Robert Stanton Caruthersville BA .340 Milton Lowery Caruthersville W 20
Thomas Woodruff Paragould Runs 115 Hooks Iott Paragould SO 215
Elmer Kirchoff Paragould Hits 153 Charles Fichter Caruthersville ERA 2.14
Robert Stanton Caruthersville RBI 93 Milton Lowery Caruthersville PCT .833 20-4
Joe Rayne Paragould HR 23


1940 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Paragould Browns 73 48 .603 - 14,775 Tom Greenwade
Jonesboro White Sox 67 54 .554 6 21,131 Johnny Mostil
Newport Dodgers 56 68 .452 18.5 10,184 Cliff Greer / Paul Chervinko
Caruthersville/Batesville Pilots # 47 73 .392 25.5 8,961 Ernest Stefani

# Caruthersville moved to Batesville July 7 at the start of the second half.
Playoff: Paragould 3 games, Jonesboro 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Marco Paragould BA .334 Al LaMacchia Paragould W 16
Jerry Nemitz Paragould Runs 106 Henry Hanson Newport SO 192
Joe Marco Paragould Hits 166 Melvin Gordon Newport ERA 2.52
Doc O'Neill Jonesboro RBI 111 Mike Fillman Paragould/Jonesboro PCT .706 12-5
Doc O'Neill Jonesboro HR 20


1941 Northeast Arkansas League
President: Joseph R. Bertig

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Newport Dodgers 71 46 .607 - Merle Settlemire
Batesville Pilots 65 56 .537 8 Ernie Stefani / Jim Winford
Jonesboro White Sox 53 66 .445 19 Johnny Mostil / William Prince
Paragould Broncos 48 69 .410 23 Sam Hancock / Gus Albright

No Playoff Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Babe Martin Paragould BA .353 Carl Keeter Newport W 21
Cliff Pemberton Newport Runs 88 Joe Colveleskie Paragould SO 267
George Kell Newport Hits 143 Robert Eisiminger Batesville ERA 1.73
John Joyce Batesville RBI 100 Carl Keeter Newport PCT .724 21-8
John Joyce Batesville HR 15

[edit] League Records 1909-1941

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Chandler Duncan Newport GA 122 40 Clarence Harris Newport GA 122 39
Charles Valci Newport BA .390 36 Joe Marco Paragould AB 497 40
Whitey Kurowski Caruthersville Runs 125 37 Joe Marco Paragould Hits 166 40
Harrison Wickel Caruthersville RBI 124 37 Al Zarilla Batesville 2B 37 38
Louis Leiter Jonesboro 2B 37 29 James Walker Paragould 3B 16 38
Joe Rayne Paragould HR 23 39 D.C. O'Neill Jonesboro TB 251 40
Andrew Pasierb Jonesboro SAC 17 36 Tom Woodruff Paragould SB 62 39
Hans Duda Batesville BB 103 41 George Ogorek Jonesboro SO 116 41


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Russell May Newport GA 51 38 Edward Hughes Newport CG 27 39
Johnny Sain Newport CG 27 39 Ernest Bingham Osceola W 23 36
Harry Feldman Blytheville Pct .929,13-1 38 Russell May Newport IP 282 38
Bob Eisiminger Batesville ERA 1.73 41 Mike Hunter Jonesboro ERA 1.75 37
Tom Graham Carut/Newp BB 142 37 Joe Coveleskie Paragould SO 267 41


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[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions.

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