Colonial League

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The first Colonial League was a one-season affair, playing in Organized Baseball only in 1914 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and also outside organized baseball in 1915 expanding into Connecticut where they operated as an independent league for a season.

A class B Colonial League was established in 1947 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and lasted four seasons. There has been no further play in either of the Colonial Leagues since the closing in 1950.

Cities Represented 1914-1915[edit]

Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Teams and Statistics 1914-1915[edit]

1914 Class C
President: Charles B. Coppen

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Fall River Spindles 62 37 .625 0 John Kiernan
New Bedford Whalers 60 40 .600 2.5 Jack O'Brien
Woonsocket Speeders 49 48 .505 12 Roy Dickenson / T.M. Walsh
Taunton Herrings 44 54 .449 17.5 Ambrose Kane / Tom Gillen
Pawtucket Tigers 45 56 .446 18 Jeff Pfeffer/ Nixey Callahan / William Fortin
Brockton Shoemakers 36 61 .371 25 Willie Reardon / Bert Weeden

No Playoffs:

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Gaudette Woonsocket BA .321 Johnny Tillman New Bedford W 21
Joe Gaudette Woonsocket Hits 117 Merdic McLeod Fall River SO 193
Aime Prouix Taunton Runs 92 Joe Gulden Fall River W Pct .786; 11-3
John Gilmore Pawtucket HR 9


1915 Independent
President: Charles B. Coppen

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Hartford Senators 55 42 .567 0 Jim Delahanty
Brockton Pilgrims 57 44 .564 0 Bert Weeden
New Bedford Whalers 56 45 .554 1 Jack O'Brien
New Haven MaxFeds 52 50 .510 5.5 Bert Maxwell
Springfield Tips 47 50 .485 8 Henry Ramsey
Pawtucket Rovers 37 57 .394 16.5 Jim Connor
Fall River Spindles # 22 24 .478 NA Frank Connaughton / William Phoenix
Taunton Herrings # 14 28 .333 NA Tom Gillen

No Playoffs: #Fall River & Taunton disbanded July 10.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Jim Delahanty Hartford BA .379 Johnny Tillman New Bedford W 22-6
Hughie Miller Taunton/Springfield Hits 116 Johnny Tillman New Bedford SO 176
Frank Kiley Taunton/Brockton HR 4 Johnny Tillman New Bedford Pct .786

Cities Represented 1947-1950[edit]

Teams and Statistics 1947-1950[edit]

1947
President: Ken Strong

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Waterbury Timers 83 38 .686 0 33,946 James Acton
Poughkeepsie Giants 66 50 .569 14.5 43,403 Eric McNair
Stamford Bombers 67 61 .523 19.5 28,697 Zeke Bonura
New London Raiders 50 67 .427 31 27,431 Ed Butka
Port Chester Clippers 51 71 .418 32.5 18,898 Al Barillari
Bridgeport Bees 46 76 .377 37.5 28,320 Carmen Brunetto

Playoffs:Stamford 4 games, Waterbury 3. New London 4 games, Poughkeepsie 3. Finals: Stamford 4 games, New London 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Connie Creeden Port Chester BA .395 Mike Kash Waterbury W 20
Connie Creeden Port Chester Hits 153 Sid Schacht Stamford SO 180
Frank LaManna Waterbury RBI 123 Joe Murray Port Chester/Brid. ERA 2.34
Frank LaManna Waterbury HR 21 Vito DeVito Stamford Runs 128
1947 All-Star Team
Eric McNair, Poughkeepsie Mgr.
Player Team Pos PLayer Team Pos
Zeke Bonura ST 1B James Hanlon WA 2B
Viti DeVito ST 3b Preston Gomez NL SS
Dan Perlmutter ST OF Connie Creeden PC OF
Frank LaManna WA OF Bob Bailey BP OF
James Acton WA C Max Goldsmith NL C
Mike Kash WA P Sid Schacht ST P
Dick Welteroth PK P Chuck Quimby PK U



1948
President: John A. Scalzi Jr.

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Port Chester Clippers 86 53 .619 0 32,198 Al Barillari
Poughkeepsie Chiefs 76 61 .555 9 38,573 Steve Mizerak
Waterbury Timers 65 68 .489 18 40,988 Mike Kash
New Brunswick Hubs/Kingston Hubs# 61 71 .462 21.5 36,397 Ed Kobesky
Bridgeport Bees 61 72 .459 22 38,049 Glenn Snyder / Buddy Hall
Stamford Pioneers 54 78 .409 28.5 25,640 Zeke Bonura

# New Brunswick moved to Kingston July 10.
Playoffs:Port Chester 4 games, Waterbury 1.Poughkeepsie 4 games, Kingston 1. Finals: Port Chester 4 games, Poughkeepsie 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ed Kobesky Brunswick/Kingston BA .390 Guy Coleman Port Chester W 17
Joseph DeToia Poughkeepsie Hits 157 Paul Wargo Port Chester SO 158
Joseph DeToia Poughkeepsie RBI 96 Sid Schacht Stamford ERA 2.09
Zeke Bonura Stamford HR 23 Aldo Casadei Waterbury Hits 157
1948 All-Star Team
Player Team Pos PLayer Team Pos
Leo Eastham WA 1B John Miggins PC 2B
Charles Quimby PO 3b Gary Ruttkay PC SS
Joe DeToia PO OF Joe Mellendick PC OF
Aldo Casadei WA OF Pete Kowalchyk WA P
John Pluchino PC C Max Goldsmith NB C
Paul Wargo PC P Guy Coleman PC P



1949
President: John A. Scalzi Jr.

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Bristol Owls 82 47 .636 0 62,485 Al Barillari /Jimmy O'Connell
Stamford Pioneers 74 52 .587 6.5 31,092 Joe Glenn / Herb Stein
Bridgeport Bees 73 54 .575 8 37,309 Ollie Ryers / Jim Paules / Jimmie Foxx / Tom Downey
Waterbury Timers 62 63 .496 18 39,857 Bert Shepard / Leo Eastham
Poughkeepsie Chiefs 45 78 .366 34 25,123 Woody Williams / Elmer Weingartner / Gabe Mauro
Kingston Colonials 39 81 .325 38.5 29,231 Julius Laviano / Eddie McNamara / Emil Gall

Playoffs:Bristol 4 games, Waterbury 1.Bridgeport 4 games, Stamford 3. Finals: Bristol 2 games, Bridgeport 1.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Leo Eastham Waterbury BA .349 Emil Moscowitz Stamford W 19
George Handy Bridgeport Hits 183 Phillip Frick Bridgeport W 19
Jim Callahan Stamford RBI 107 Ed Hrabcsac Stamford W 19
James Paules Bridgeport RBI 107 Emil Moscowitz Stamford ERA 2.01
Leo Eastham Waterbury HR 26 Ed Hrabcsac Stamford SO 234
Carlos Bernier Bristol Runs 136 Carlos Bernier Bristol SB 89
1949 All-Star Team
Player Team Pos PLayer Team Pos
Leo Eastham WA 1B George Handy BP 2B
Joseph O'Connell BR 3b Carlos Santiago ST SS
Jim Callahan ST OF Carlos Bernier BR OF
Joe Koppe ST OF Don Perlmutter KI OF
Roger LaFrance BR C Ed Hrabcsac ST P
Hamilton Graham BP P Joe Linskey BP P



1950
President: John A. Scalzi Jr.

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Poughkeepsie Chiefs 43 26 .623 0 Robert Doyle
Kingston Colonials 39 28 .582 3 Emil Gall
Bristol Owls 36 31 .537 6 Al Barillari
Torrington Braves 33 32 .507 8 Merle Strachan
Waterbury Timers 23 39 .371 16.5 John Morris / Charlie Bowles
Bridgeport Bees 23 41 .359 17.5 Bud Stapleton / Frank Silva

No Playoffs: The League Disbanded July 16.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Nino Escalera Bristol BA .389 Emil Moscowitz Poughkeepsie W 12
Nino Escalera Bristol Hits 93 Emil Moscowitz Poughkeepsie ERA 1.51
John Sinnott Poughkeepsie RBI 53 Emil Moscowitz Poughkeepski SO 102
Carlos Bernier Bristol Runs 67 Denny Doyle Poughkeepsie SO 102
Carlos Santiago Poughkeepsie HR 11

League Records 1947-1950[edit]

Batting
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Held by many Various GA 134 48 Connie Creeden Port Chester BA .393 47
John Stefanik Waterbury AB 535 48 Carlos Bernier Bristol RUNS 136 49
George Handy Bridgeport HITS 183 49 Frank LaManna Waterbury RBI 123 47
Joe Biros Bridgeport 2B 32 47 Dan Pavone Stamford 3B 13 49
Leo Eastham Waterbury HR 26 49 Frank LaManna Waterbury EBH 56 47
George Handy Bridgeport TB 283 49 Gary Rutkay Pt. Chester SAC 16 48
Carlos Bernier Bristol SB 89 49 Leo Eastham Waterbury BB 116 48
Zaven Arakelian Bridgeport HBP 14 48 Bob Nagle Bridgeport SO 92 49


Pitching
Player Team Stat Tot Yr Player Team Stat Tot Yr
Richard Blow Stamford GA 43 48 Mike Kash Waterbury CG 23 47
Mike Kash Waterbury W 20 47 Edwin Moran Poughkeepsie L 16 49
Mike Kash Waterbury PCT .870 47 Emil Moscowitz Stamford ERA 2.01 49
Ernest Sawyer Waterbury IP 234 49 Joe Murray Pt. Ches/Bridge ShO 4 47
Walter Graham Kings/Bridge ShO 4 49 Edward Hrabscak Stamford SO 234 49
Bill Sahlin Pt. Chester BB 162 47

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition