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Running from 1934 through 1942 the Pennsylvania State Association was a class D league. It was based in the southwestern part of the state. The league was usually full of minor league farm teams. During the nine-year run of the league there were eleven cities, all from Pennsylvania, that represented the league. Elmer M. Daily was President of the league the full nine years of its existence. The Butler Yankees walked off with four of the league's nine championships, winning three titles in a row, 1937, 1938, 1939 and closed out the league with the 1942 Crown. There were at least sixteen known players from the league who managed to make it to the majors. Also, in the league, there were some twenty-one team managers who had been affiliated with a major league team, during their baseball careers. There was no effort made to re-start the PSA after World War II and it has been dormant since that time.


Contents

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1934-1935

1934 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Greensburg Trojans 57 45 .559 - Clay Hopper
Jeannette Reds 59 47 .557 - Ray Ryan
Washington Generals 59 47 .557 - Benny Bengough
McKeesport Tubers 52 52 .500 6 Leo Mackey
Charleroi Tigers 45 62 .421 14.5 Dixie Parker
Monessen Indians 43 62 .410 15.5 Eddie Onslow / Ward / Wolgamot / Laskowski

Playoffs: Washington 2 games, Jeannette 1. First half Championship.
Finals:Greensburg 4 games, Wasington 2.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Carl Huffman Monessen BA .373 Henry Compton Jeanette W 17
Carl Huffman Monessen Runs 93 Howard Peckman Mckeesport SO 144
Carl Huffman Monessen Hits 153 Jack Haley Washington ERA 2.44
Charles Bauder Monessen RBI 81 Jack Haley Washington PCT .765 13-4
Tommy Henrich Monessen HR 15

1935 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Monessen Reds 68 39 .636 - Milt Stock
Butler Indians 57 46 .553 9 Leo Mackey
Washington Generals 55 52 .519 13 Benny Bengough
Charleroi Tigers 53 53 .500 14.5 Earl Smith
McKeesport Braves 44 62 .415 23.5 Wilbur Cooper
Greensburg Red Wings 39 64 .379 27 Arnold Anderson / Heinie Mueller

Playoffs: Monessen 4 games, Washington 2.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Mike McCormick Butler BA .344 Ralph Williams Monessen W 16
Charles Gillespie Charleroi Runs 95 Walter Purcey Monessen W 16
Harry Craft Monessen Hits 137 Ken Heintzelman McKeesport SO 147
Skeets McDaniels Monessen RBI 87 Harold Gartrell Butler ERA 2.60
Harry Craft Monessen HR 14 Harold Gartrell Butler PCT .875 7-1

[edit] 1936-1937

1936 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jeannette Little Pirates 65 44 .596 - Wilbur Cooper
Greensburg Red Wings 64 44 .593 .5 Clay Hopper
Butler Yankees 58 52 .527 7.5 Leo Mackey
Monessen Indians 50 59 .459 15 Jack Hruska
Charleroi Tigers 45 62 .421 19 Joe Klinger / John McIlvaine
McKeesport Tubers 44 65 .404 21 Ray Ryan

Playoffs: Jeannette 4 games, Greensburg 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Dudick Monessen BA .383 Ken Heintzelman Jeannette W 20
Alfred Derenne Jeannette Runs 106 Ken Heintzelman Jeannette SO 229
Alex Clowson Monessen Hits 158 Rube Melton Greensburg ERA 2.16
Charlie Fuchs Monessen HR 24 Ben Neff Jeanette PCT .789 15-4
Charles Marsella McKeesport RBI 84

1937 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Butler Yankees 62 35 .639 - Ernie Jenkins
Greensburg Green Sox 54 45 .545 9 Wilbur Cooper
Beaver Falls Bees 48 45 .516 12 Tom Kennedy
Monessen Cardinals 35 64 .354 28 John Lynch / Ollie Vanek
Jeannette Bisons # 13 11 .542 NA Jake Pitler
McKeesport Tubers # 7 19 .269 NA Al Falquist /Edward Lee

# Jeannette and McKeesport disbanded June 10.
Playoffs: Butler 4 games, Beaver Falls 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Russian Butler BA .393 Darrel Hawley Greensburg W 16
William Denhof Butler Runs 106 Darrel Hawley Greensburg SO 161
John Russian Butler Hits 134 Darrel Hawley Greensburg ERA 2.72
Ed Urban Beaver Falls HR 24 Ernie Jenkins Butler PCT .813 13-3
Billy Johnson Butler RBI 91

[edit] 1938-1939

1938 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Butler Yankees 55 43 .561 - Ernie Jenkins
McKeesport Tubers 53 43 .552 1 Leo Mackey
Beaver Falls Browns 51 50 .505 5.5 Howie Shanks
Greensburg Green Sox 37 60 .381 17.5 Ollie Vanek

Playoffs: Butler 4 games, McKeesport 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Hank Sauer Butler BA .350 Justin Fest McKeesport W 16
Hank Sauer Butler Runs 89 John Kernoski Butler SO 131
Hank Sauer Butler Hits 135 Justin Fest McKeesport ERA 3.13
Harold Bush Greensburg RBI 85 Justin Fest McKeesport PCT .727 16-6
Harold Bush Greensburg HR 22

1939 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Butler Yankees 67 43 .609 - Thomas Kain
Washington Red Birds 64 45 .587 2.5 Bob Scheffing
Beaver Falls Bees 58 52 .527 9 Ralph Goldsmith
Johnstown Johnnies 50 60 .455 17 Dick Goldberg
Mckeesport Little Pirates 49 61 .445 18 Leo Mackey / Joe Agee
Greensburg Senators 41 68 .376 25.5 James Surrett/George Mucci

Playoffs: Butler 3 games, Beaver Falls 1; Washington 3 games, Johnstown 2;
Finals:Washington 3 games, Butler 0.
Attendance: Butler, 45,000

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charlie Jamin Butler BA .367 Karl Drews Butler W 16
Arnold Evans Butler Runs 103 Earl Jones Beaver Falls SO 205
Arnold Evans Butler Hits 151 Doyle Mills Washington ERA 2.32
Bob Scheffing Washington RBI 96 Karl Drews Butler PCT .762 16-5
Dick Sisler Washington HR 16

[edit] 1940-1941

1940 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Johnstown Johnnies 65 44 .596 - Red Treadwell
Butler Yankees 65 44 .596 0 Thomas Kain
Beaver Falls Browns 52 56 .481 12.5 Frank Oceak
McKeesport / Oil City # 51 57 .471 13.5 Elmer Klumpp
Washington Red Birds 49 59 .454 15.5 Bunny Simmons
Warren Redskins 42 64 .396 21.5 Billy Rhiel

# McKeesport moved to Oil City July 1.
Playoffs: Johnstown defeated Butler 9-7 in a one game playoff for first place.
Games: Butler 3 games, Oil City 1; Beaver Falls 3 games, Johnstown 1.
Finals: Butler 3 games, Beaver Falls, 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Nick Orange Johnstown BA .353 William Sample Johnstown W 20
Steve Greble Butler Runs 111 William Sample Johnstown SO 206
Robert Ramazzotti Johnstown Hits 143 Ralph Ifft Beaver Falls ERA 2.01
Steve Greble Butler RBI 100 Bob Weyrauch Butler PCT .810 17-4
Steve Greble Butler HR 22

1941 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Johnstown Johnnies 70 39 .642 - Red Treadwell
Butler Yankees 63 47 .573 7.5 Thomas Kain
Washington Red Birds 53 56 .486 17 Herbert Moore
Oil City Oilers 53 57 .482 17.5 George Norton
Warren Buckeyes 46 62 .426 23.5 Alex McColl
Beaver Falls Bees 42 66 .384 27.5 Dick Goldberg/Glen Schaeffer

Playoffs: Washington 3 games, Johnstown 0; Butler 3 games, Oil City 2.
Finals: Butler 3 games, Washington 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
T.A. Hawke Butler BA .365 Joe Smolko Johnstown W 20
Howard Murdeski Johnstown Runs 129 Joe Smolko Johnstown SO 220
Floyd Peters Oil City Hits 166 Joe Smolko Johnstown ERA 3.08
Raymond Scott Warren Hits 166 Mike Rossi Butler PCT .875 14-2
Howard Murdeski Johnstown HR 38
Howard Murdeski Johnstown RBI 139

[edit] 1942

1942 Pennsylvania State Association
President: Elmer M. Daily

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Butler Yankees 69 41 .627 - Dallas Warren
Johnstown Johnnies 65 49 .570 6 Jay Kirke Jr.
Oil City Oilers 48 63 .432 21.5 Frank Oceak
Washington Red Birds 42 71 .372 28.5 George Jenkins / Moose Fralick

Playoffs: Washington 3 games, Oil City 0; Butler 3 games, Johnstown 1.
Finals: Butler 3 games, Washington 2.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Dallas Warren Butler BA .359 Mike Santora Johnstown W 18
Al Gionfriddo Oil City Runs 112 Dick Starr Butler W 18
John Jerina Butler Hits 151 Henry Koch Washington SO 172
John Jerina Butler RBI 106 Henry Koch Washington ERA 3.24
Don Bollweg Washington HR 25 R.J. Murray Butler PCT .938 15-1


[edit] League Records 1934-1942

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Harold Reitz Jeanette GA 115 36 John Russian Butler BA .393 37
M.A. Sambolich Oil City AB 484 41 Howard Murdeski Johnstown Runs 129 41
Floyd Peters Oil City Hits 166 41 Ray Scott Warren Hits 166 41
Howard Murdeski Johnstown Rbi 139 41 John Jerina Butler 2B 34 42
Carl Huffman Monessen 3B 18 34 Howard Murdeski Johnstown HR 38 41
Howard Murdeski Johnstown TB 281 41 Arnold Evans Butler SB 64 39
Howard Murdeski Johnstown BB 86 41 Alfred Vaverka Warren SO 118 40


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Mike Yurocko Monessen GA 43 37 Ken Heintzelman Jeanette W 20 36
William Sample Johnstown W 20 40 Joe Smolko Johnstown W 20 41
Stan Ferens Greensburg L 19 39 Joe Murray Butler Pct .938,15-1 42
Ralph Ifft Beaver Falls Era 2.01 40 Stan Ferens Greensburg IP 260 39
William Sample Johnstown ShO 5 40 Ken Heintzelman Jeanette SO 229 36
Earl Jones Beaver Falls BB 143 39

[edit] Sources

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

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