Bowling Green Barons

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The Bowling Green Barons represented Bowling Green, Kentucky in the Class D Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee (Kitty) League from 1939 to 1942. The franchise was purchased from the Lexington (TN) Bees during the off-season. The Barons were owned by a group of local investors led by Vick Smith Sr. (His son Vick Jr. was reserve outfielder for the club in 1939.) Their home field was Fairgrounds Park.

With a roster consisting largely of players from the 1938 Lexington team, the Barons (75-51) finished in a second-place tie with the Owensboro (KY) Oilers in 1939. They were managed by Innes "Rip" Fanning, another Lexington holdover. With a three-game sweep against Owensboro, they advanced to the finals of the postseason Shaughnessy playoffs against the first-place Mayfield (KY) Browns. The series was tied at two games apiece when Fanning, seeking reassurances that he would be rehired the next season and receiving none, resigned on September 14. Kitty League veteran and former major leaguer Herbert "Dutch" Welch took over the reins and led Bowling Green to the Shaughnessy title four games to two.

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Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1939 75-51 2nd Rip Fanning League Champs
1940 75-50 2nd Ellis "Mike" Powers Lost League Finals
1941 55-71 7th Otto Bluege / Mel Simons
1942 31-15 2nd Ellis "Mike" Powers League disbanded June 19