Arkansas State League

From BR Bullpen

There was a class D league known as the Arkansas State League that operated in 1908 and 1909. A second such circuit was created in 1934 and again lasted just two years. Instead of dissolving, this one was merely renamed, becoming the Arkansas-Missouri League from 1936-1940. Fayetteville, AR lasted the entire run of both names 1934-1940.

Cities Represented[edit]

1894[edit]

Teams & Statistics[edit]

Years[edit]

1894

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Little Rock Rose Buds 11 5 .688 -
Morrillton Cotton Pickers 10 5 .667 0.5 Massey
Camden Rainmakers 7 10 .412 4.5
Hot Springs Bathers 3 11 .214 7
Fort Smith Indians Rogers
Texarkana


Cities Represented[edit]

1897[edit]

Teams & Statistics[edit]

Years[edit]

1897
President: Harry S. Edwards

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Little Rock Senators 21 7 .750 - Harry Edwards
Hot Springs Bathers 17 15 .531 6 Dudley Payne
Fort Smith Indians 15 23 .395 10 Hardin
Texarkana Nobles 9 23 .281 14 Thomas Browner

After the league disbanded August 18, Little Rock and Hot Springs played a 21-game series for the championship of Arkansas.


Cities Represented - Teams & Stats[edit]

1908-1909[edit]



1908 Arkansas State League
President: T. J. Craighead

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Hot Springs Giants 78 38 .672 0 Arthur Riggs / W. Forbes
Newport Pearl Diggers 65 44 .596 9.5 Robert Shelton
Helena Ponies 67 48 .583 10.5 Rudolph Kling
Pine Bluff Tigers 51 61 .455 24 Walter Deaver / Al Sullivan
Argenta Shamrocks 49 68 .419 28.5 James Kerwin / Roy Geyer / Reece / Riggs
Poplar Bluff Tigers / Brinkley Infants # 28 79 .262 45.5 Al Sullivan / Lee Dawkins

Poplar Bluff was replaced by Brinkley June 8.

No Playoffs were scheduled and no attendance figures were available.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Elmer Coyle Hot Springs BA .376 Lucky Wright Hot Springs W 27
Elmer Coyle Hot Springs Runs 134 Hippo Vaughn Hot Springs Pct .900; 9-1
Elmer Coyle Hot Springs Hits 178 Herbert Benham Helena SB 65


1909 Arkansas State League
President: W. W. Hurst / R. M. Rider

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Jonesboro Zebras 42 27 .609 0 Senter Rainey / Harry Welch
Helena Hellions 39 25 .609 .5 C. A. Vandergriff
Texarkana 34 35 .493 8 Robert Shelton
Hot Springs Vaporites 33 37 .471 9.5 Arthur Riggs / Elmer Coyle
Monroe Municipals ##/ Newport-Batesville 25 38 .397 14 W. Dobard
Ft. Smith Soldiers 27 42 .391 15 Hugo Bezdek / Dad Ritter
Argenta Shamrocks # 26 19 .578 NA Dad Ritter
Alexandria Hoo Hoos # 20 23 .465 NA John Auslet

#Argenta & Alexandria disbanded June 7. ##Monroe moved to Newport-Batesville July 1.

No Playoffs were scheduled. No attendance figures or individual statistics were available.

Cities Represented - Teams & Stats[edit]

1934-1935[edit]


1934 Arkansas State League
President: Frank E. Matthews / Charles Morgan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Bentonville Officeholders 40 35 .533 0 Red Wilson (minors) /Tom McGill / Ed Hawk
Siloam Springs Buffaloes 37 34 .521 1 Clyde Glass
Rogers Rustlers 36 35 .507 2 Ed Hawk / Pete Casey
Fayetteville Educators 33 42 .440 7 Fred Hawn / Frank Matthews

Playoff: Rogers defeated Siloam Springs 5-2 in a one game playoff for the first half title. Bentonville was declared second half winner when Fayetteville and Siloam Springs folded August 19. Finals: Rogers 4 games, Bentonville 3.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Graves Siloam Springs BA .387 Maurice Wollard Bentonville W 12
Bill Beams Bentonville Runs 61 Everette Hill Siloam Springs Pct .889; 8-1
Parker Rushing Fayetteville Hits 96 Bill Beams Bentonville HR 12
Clyde Glass Siloam Springs RBI 67



1935 Arkansas State League
President: Charles Morgan

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Siloam Springs Travelers 66 43 .606 0 Ray Powell
Rogers Cardinals 59 50 .541 7 Fred Cato / Frank Stapleton
Cassville Tigers 54 48 .529 8.5 Ed Hawk
Bentonville Officeholders 51 56 .477 14 Wilbur Davis
Fayetteville Bears 45 56 .446 17 Pete Casey / Fred Cato
Huntsville Red Birds 41 63 .394 22.5 Jim Nicely / Charles Wilson / Bill Werner

Playoff: Rogers defeated Siloam Springs, 4games to 3.

Total Attendance: 60,000

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Duane Kratzer Cassville BA .397 Jumbo Brown Bentonville W 20
Howard Roberts Cassville Runs 89 George Gibson Bentonville W 20
Wilbur Davis Bentonville Hits 146 Johnny John Cassville SO 147
Wilbur Davis Bentonville RBI 93 Jumbo Brown Bentonville ERA 2.97
Howard Roberts Cassville HR 21

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition.

Further Reading[edit]

  • J.B. Hogan: Angels in the Ozarks: Professional Baseball in Fayetteville and the Arkansas State/Arkansas-Missouri League 1934-1940, Pen-L Publishing, Fayetteville, AR, 2013. ISBN 978-1940222103