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The Ohio-Pennsylvania League ran from 1905 through 1912. It was classified as a level C league for most of its lifespan, but was demoted to class D in 1912. Although disorganized, the league served as a training ground for players and officials who established reputations in the major leagues. Hall of Fame players and officials once connected to the Ohio-Pennsylvania League include George Sisler, Everett Scott, and Billy Evans.

The organization's beginnings can be traced to March 1905, when league president Charlie Morton invited six clubs to form the Protective Association of Independent Clubs. Anywhere from 11 to 14 teams (depending on the source) had joined the Ohio-Pennsylvania League by the opening of the 1905 season. Ohio members included Akron, Canton, Massillon, Mount Vernon, Newark, Niles, Youngstown, and Zanesville. Pennsylvania members included Braddock, Homestead, and Sharon. Two more Pennsylvania clubs became part of the League within the first two weeks of the season--Lancaster and McKeesport. (Some sources also include as members Kent, Steubenville, and Niles.)

Just 10 teams finished the season, however. In September, the Youngstown Ohio Works won the league championship, with a final record of 88 wins and 35 losses.

During the Ohio-Pennsylvania League's seven-year lifespan, members were also drawn from Alliance, East Liverpool, Girard, Mansfield, Marion, Salem, and Sebring (in Ohio); and Butler and Erie (in Pennsylvania). The league's sprawling roster of teams would become more manageable as other minor league organizations appeared in the region. These included the Pennsylvania-Ohio-Maryland League (1906), Western Pennsylvania League (1907), and Ohio State League (1908).

In 1912, the league rescinded its membership in the National Association when it placed a franchise in Pittsburgh, PA.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1905-1912

[edit] Teams and Statistics

[edit] 1905-1912

1905 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President:Charles H. Morton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Youngstown Ohio Works 88 35 .715 - Marty Hogan
Akron Buckeyes 66 42 .611 14.5 Frank Motz / Walter East
Zanesville Moguls 51 36 .586 NA Fred Drumm
Niles Crowites 52 37 .584 NA Charles Crowe
Braddock Infants 23 22 .511 NA Don McKim
Lancaster Lanks 36 37 .493 NA Fred Killen
Homestead Steel Workers 29 32 .475 NA Howard Fisher
Newark Idlewilds 37 46 .446 NA Jack Doyle
Sharon Steels 29 39 .426 NA Frank Killen
McKeesport Colts 20 27 .426 NA Ed Crawford / Frank Motz
Mt. Vernon Clippers 16 24 .400 NA Bill Goodrich
Massillon Farmers 26 41 .388 NA Walter Lipps
Canton Protectives 19 40 .322 NA William Delaney
Washington Patriots 3 3 .500 NA Dan Kline
Lima Lees 2 6 .333 NA Eddie Bailey
Bucyrus Bucks 5 12 .294 NA NA
Butler Bucks 1 7 .125 NA Ward Buckminister
Steubenville Factory Men 1 7 .125 NA Jack Kelley
Wooster Trailors 0 2 .000 NA Jess Bowers
Barberton Magic Cities 0 3 .000 NA Bill Feignley
Kent Kings 0 6 .000 NA Henry Metz
The league was admitted to the National Association July 21.
10 teams wound up finishing the season. 21 participated.
No player statistics available for this season.


1906 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President:Charles H. Morton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Youngstown Ohio Works 84 53 .613 - Marty Hogan
Akron Rubbernecks 83 55 .601 1.5 Walter East
Lancaster Lanks 73 66 .525 12 Frederick Gray / Curt Elston
New Castle Outlaws 73 67 .521 12.5 Percy Stetler / Ralph Lindaman / William Smith
Zanesville / Marion Moguls # 71 69 .507 14.5 Ferdinand Drumm
Newark Cotton Tops 65 74 .468 20 Bates / Bottenus / Sommers / Snodgrass
Mansfield Giants 59 77 .434 24.5 Carl McVey
Sharon Steels 46 93 .331 39 Frank Yoho / Charles Crowe / Dick Glassburner

# Zanesville (58-55) moved to Marion August 28.
No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Thomas Youngstown BA .303 Fred Ehman Akron W 29
Fred Abbott Lancaster Runs 83 Fred Ehman Akron PCT .707 29-12
Bill Thomas Youngstown Hits 158


1907 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President:Charles H. Morton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Youngstown Champs 86 52 .623 - Sam Wright
Newark Newks 86 53 .619 .5 Bob Berryhill
Akron Champs 83 53 .610 2 Walter East
Lancaster Lanks 72 62 .537 12 James Breen / Curt Elston / Frank Locke
New Castle Nocks 64 74 .464 22 Bill Smith
Mansfield Pioneers 55 84 .396 31.5 Carl McVey
Sharon Giants 55 84 .396 31.5 Rudy Kling / Van Patterson
Marion Drummers 48 87 .356 36.5 Ferdinand Drumm / Robert Quinn / Thomas Mylett

No Playoffs Scheduled.


Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Curt Elston Lancaster BA .318 Buck Thomas Youngstown W 28
Charlie Starr Youngstown Runs 75 Ed Asher Newark PCT .714 25-10
Delos Drake Marion Hits 164


1908 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President:Charles H. Morton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Akron Champs 81 36 .692 - John Breckinridge
East Liverpool Potters 70 42 .625 8.5 Bill Phillips
Canton Watchmakers 65 54 .546 17 Ed Murphy / Thomas Lindsay
Sharon Giants 62 56 .525 19.5 Van Patterson
Youngstown Champs 58 60 .492 23.5 Sam Wright
New Castle Nocks 47 70 .402 34 Pete Porter / R. Hagan
McKeesport Tubers 44 72 .379 36.5 Bernie McCay
Girard Sailors / Butler / Erie Sailors # 42 79 .347 41 Daniel Koster / Walter East / Dick Nallin

# Girard (0-9) moved to Butler May 9; Butler (5-17) moved to Erie June 15.
The season was shortened to September 7.
No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Wilbur Good Akron BA .370 Fred Ehman Akron W 25
Teddy Hinton Youngstown Runs 82 Bill Phillips East Liverpool PCT .818 18-4
Jack McAleese Youngstown Hits 150
Harry Bailey Canton HR 8


1909 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President:Samuel Wright

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Akron Champs 81 40 .670 - Jim Breckinridge / Bill Schwartz
East Liverpool Potters 80 45 .640 3 Arch Osborne / John Raley
McKeesport Tubers 73 53 .579 10.5 Bill Thomas
New Castle Nocks 59 65 .476 23.5 Jim Barton / Ferdinand Drumm
Canton Watchmakers 55 67 .451 26.5 Van Patterson
Erie Sailors 48 69 .410 31 Milt Montgomery / Red Davis / Matt Broderick
Steubenville Stubs 48 73 .397 33 John Hanlon / Jim Lynch / Frank Blair
Youngstown Indians 46 78 .371 36.5 Charles Crowe / William Terry

No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Burt Shotten Steubenville BA .347 Howie Camnitz McKeesport W 27
Gene Elliott McKeesport Runs 75 Arch Osborne East Liverpool PCT .760 19-6
Burt Shotten Steubenville Hits 154


1910 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
Presidents:Samuel L. Wright / George L. Moreland

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Akron Champs 73 53 .579 - Lee Fohl
Canton Deubers 72 54 .571 1 Ferdinand Drumm
East Liverpool Potters 63 61 .508 9 Guy Sample / Henry Lattimore
McKeesport Tubers 64 62 .508 9 Duke Servatius / Edward Connors
Mansfield Reformers 60 66 .476 13 Paddy Fox
New Castle Nocks 57 67 .460 15 Frank Blair / Jim Barton
Youngstown Steelmen 55 67 .451 16 Frank Eustace
Erie Sailors 55 69 .444 17 Matt Broderick

No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Frank Warrender East Liverpool BA .341 Fred Wilhelm Canton W 23
Fred Dawson Canton Runs 95 Fred Wilhelm Canton SO 284
Fred Corbin Akron Hits 150 Fred Wilhelm Canton PCT .767 23-7
Duke Servatius McKeesport HR 16


1911 Ohio-Pennsylvania League
President: George L. Moreland

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Akron Champs 90 42 .682 - Jack McCallister / Lee Fohl
Youngstown Steelmen 82 50 .621 8 Bill Phillips / W.R. Terry
Erie Sailors 77 54 .588 12.5 Billy Gilbert
Canton Deubers 75 59 .560 16 Ferdinand Drumm
Mansfield Brownies 55 82 .401 37.5 Ed Hahn / Les Channell / Frank Reynolds
New Castle / Sharon# 35 101 .257 57 Joe Sugden / Griffin / Thomas / Porter
East Liverpool Potters ## 63 49 .563 NA Alexander Sweeney
Steubenville Stubs ## 40 80 .333 NA John Castle

# New Castle (25-85) moved to Sharon August 12.
## East Liverpool and Steubenville disbanded August 20.
No Playoffs Scheduled.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Wilson East Liverpool BA .365 Elmer Brown Akron W 22
Ezra Midkiff Akron Runs 96 Ralph McConnaughey Erie W 22
Ray Miller Akron Hits 162 Earl Moseley Youngstown So 242
Hughie Tate Youngstown HR 23 Elmer Brown Akron PCT .815 22-5


1912 Ohio-Pennsylvania League Class D
President: G.Y. Travis

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Salem Quakers / Fairmont Fairies ## 64 44 .593 - Hugh Shannon / Jim Buchanan
Steubenville-Follansbee Stubs 62 50 .554 4 Gene Curtis
East Liverpool / Pittsburg / New Martinsville@ 49 57 .462 14 Tony Crane / Donnelly
Sharon Giants / Bridgeport (OH) Giants ##### 47 59 .443 16 Eichenberger / R.M. Paige / Rainson
McKeesport Tubers #### 39 22 .639 NA Adler / Matthew McGrath / Pfeiffer
Alliance-Sebring Twins / ### 26 33 .441 NA Larry Maley
Connellsville Cokers# 12 21 .364 NA W.C. Wilson / Earle Mack
New Castle Nocks# 9 22 .290 NA Charles Smith / Jack Murray

# Connelsville and New Castle disbanded June 18.
## Salem moved to Fairmont July 9.
### Alliance-Sebring disbanded July 15 due to a player strike.
#### McKeesport disbanded July 17.
##### Sharon moved to Bridgeport August 10.
@East Liverpool moved to Pittsburgh (2-0) August 14. then to New Martinsville August 18.
The league rescinded its membership to the National Association August 13 when it placed a franchise in Pittsburgh.
Playoff: Fairmont was declared champion when Steubenville-Follansbee was unable to field a team for the playoffs.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Baby Foster Connellsville/Alliance/Steubenville-Follansbee BA .377 Ed Sisley Steubenville-Follansbee W 20
William Carroll Salem/Fairmont Runs 68 Ed Sisley Steubenville SO 217
Harry Edwards Salem/Fairmont Hits 127 Ed Bauer McKeesport Pct .789; 15-4
Charles Donnelly East Liverpool HR 7
Jim McKelvey Steubenville-Follansbee/Bridgeport SB 40

[edit] League Records 1905-1912

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Doc Kerr Sharon GA 139 06 Delos Drake Marion GA 139 07
Bert Biery Mansfield GA 139 46 Wilbur Good Akron BA .370 08
Fred Abbott Lancaster AB 545 06 Delos Drake Marion AB 545 07
Ezra Midkiff Akron Runs 96 11 Delos Drake Marion Hits 164 07
Doc Miller Akron 2B 47 11 Fred Corbin Akron 3B 15 11
Hughie Tate Youngstown HR 23 11 Delos Drake Marion TB 260 07
F.E. Heller Lancaster Sac 63 06 Charlie Starr Youngstown SB 75 07


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Fred Ehman Akron GA 43 07 Fred Ehman Akron CG 40 07
Fred Ehman Akron W 29 06 Bud Scanlon Mansfield L 25 06
Bill Phillips East Liverpool Pct .818,18-4 08 Kaiser Wilhelm Canton SO 284 10
Kaiser Wilhelm Canton BB 112 10 Fred Ehman Akron IP 383 07


[edit] Source

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

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