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One of the original members of the Pioneer League, the Twins Fall Cowboys captured the league's first title. Pitcher Charles Wry went 19-7 to lead the team's pitching staff and even managed the club for part of the season. William Schubel also added 19 wins, and catcher Joe McNamee and second baseman Ernest Bishop were also All-Stars. However, the Cowboys dropped to last place the next two seasons. In 1942, they improved to fifth, and player/manager Tony Robello hit a league-best 20 home runs. From 1943 to 1945, the Cowboys and the entire league ceased operations due to World War II.

The Cowboys' fortunes improved greatly after the war as the club became a New York Yankees affiliate. In 1946, they were to the Salt Lake City Bees, as Harry Heslet paced the circuit with 29 homers and 124 RBIs. The team captured the title the next year, as pitcher Walter Eads, catcher Harold Danielson, and outfielders George Leyrer and Charles Balassi were All-Stars. They repeated as champs in 1948 with second baseman Gil McDougald and pitcher Dale Maycock joining Danielson on the All-Star team.

In 1949, the Cowboys posted the best regular-season record, but lost to the Pocatello Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. Despite that disappointment, outfielder Bill Renna paced the circuit with 21 home runs and pitcher Otto Schroeder notched a league-high 172 strikeouts to join first baseman Sven Jessen as an All-Star. The next season, they were led by pitcher Ivan Abromowitz, who went 22-6 with 198 strikouts. The offense was powered by the league-best 32 homers of Ray Posipanka, who was joined on the All-Star team by Jessen. However, the club lost the league title to the Billings Mustangs. In 1951, outfielder Vern Campbell hit .335 to win a batting crown, and hurler James Russell fanned a league-leading 296 batters. However, the Cowboys were again bridesmaids as they were defeated by the Great Falls Electrics for the championship That year was marred by tragedy, as on June 29th, a throw by player/manager Don Trower hit catcher Dick Conway in the chest during infield practice before a game in [Ogden, UT]], killing him instantly.

After the 1951 season, the Magic Valley Cowboys replaced the club as Twin Falls' team in the Pioneer League.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1939 Seattle Rainiers 72-52 1st Eddie Leishman; Wes Schulmerich; Charles Wry League Champs
1940 none 53-76 6th Frank Tobin; Ray Jacobs
1941 none 39-90 6th Andy Harrington
1942 none 51-67 5th Tony Robello
1946 New York Yankees 72-56 2nd Earl Bolyard Lost League Finals
1947 New York Yankees 77-60 2nd Earl Bolyard League Champs
1948 New York Yankees 75-51 2nd Charlie Metro League Champs
1949 New York Yankees 78-47 1st Charlie Metro Lost first round
1950 New York Yankees 76-50 2nd Wally Berger Lost League Finals
1951 New York Yankees 71-68 4th Don Trower Lost League Finals

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