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Harrisburg Senators

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Location: Harrisburg, PA League: Pennsylvania State League 1893-1895; Tri-State League 1904-1914; International League 1915; New York-Penn League 1924-1935; Interstate League 1940-1942, 1946-1952; Eastern League 1987-present Affiliation: Boston Braves 1932-1935; Pittsburgh Pirates 1940-1942; Cleveland Indians 1946-1951; Philadelphia A's 1952; Pittsburgh Pirates 1987-1990; Montreal Expos 1991-2004; Washington Nationals 2005-present Ballpark: FNB Field 1987-present


Senators logo 1987-2005

The Harrisburg Senators are a minor league baseball team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The team is a AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, in the Eastern League. The Senators are the first club to win four consecutive league titles, between the 1996 and 1999 seasons, while the team won two other League championships in 1987 and 1993.


The present Harrisburg Senators are one of several teams over the years to share the name. They joined the Eastern League in 1987 as a Pittsburgh Pirates farm club and are currently an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They were associated with the Montréal Expos from 1991 to 2004, during a particularly successful run, and maintained their affiliation when the Expos relocated to Washington, DC in 2005).

The Senators won the league championship for the first time in 1987, won it again in 1993, and from 1996 to 1999, they captured four consecutive titles. For their entire existence, they have played their home games at FNB Field (which was called RiverSide Stadium prior to 2004, Commerce Bank Park from 2004 to 2009, and Metro Bank Park from 2010 to 2015).[1]

Previous iterations of the Harrisburg Senators date back as far as 1893. In the 1911 season, there was an attempt to rename the team the Harrisburg Ponies.[2]

In 1952 the Senators attempted to sign Eleanor Engle as a shortstop. The 24-year-old stenographer worked out with the club on June 22nd. George Trautman then made a ruling against signing women players.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1893 49-52 5th Felix Marks
Jack Huston
1894 56-45 2nd Jack Huston Lost disputed title game
1895 19-16 N/A Frank Seiss Disbanded June 14th
1904 58-51 3rd Peter Agnew
1905 76-51 4th Billy Hamilton
1906 52-74 5th Billy Hamilton
1907 79-47 2nd George Heckert None
1908 80-47 2nd George Heckert None
1909 49-65 6th George Heckert None
1910 52-59 6th Albert Selbach None
1911 47-61 7th Albert Selbach
1912 75-37 1st George Cockill None; League Champs
1913 59-52 2nd (t) George Cockill None
1914 78-32 1st George Cockill None; League Champs
1915 35-50 (61-76 overall) 6th Harry Smith None Newark (26-26) moved to Harrisburg July 2
1924 70-60 4th Steve Yerkes (19-16)
Mickey LaLonge (6-3)
Glenn Killinger (40-34)
Nig Clarke (5-7)
1925 61-69 6th Rankin Johnson
1926 47-84 8th Rankin Johnson (35-49)
Lee Dempsey (0-1)
Joe Lightner (12-34)
1927 87-51 1st Win Clark None; League Champs
1928 82-54 1st Glenn Killinger None; League Champs
1929 75-62 3rd Johnny Tillman None
1930 70-69 4th Johnny Tillman None
1931 83-56 1st Joe Cobb (6-8)
Eddie Onslow (77-48)
None; League Champs
1932 74-66 2nd Eddie Onslow None
1933 60-76 7th Eddie Onslow None
1934 60-75 8th Leslie Mann
1935 59-77 6th Art Shires
1940 60-62 5th Les Bell
1941 81-43 1st Les Bell League Champs
1942 69-68 3rd Danny Taylor Lost in 1st round
1946 76-64 2nd Les Bell League Champs
1947 71-69 4th Les Bell Lost in 1st round
1948 64-76 6th Les Bell
1949 74-64 3rd Les Bell Lost League Finals
1950 77-62 3rd Les Bell Lost in 1st round
1951 55-84 6th Les Bell
Harold Cox
1952 46-94 8th Buck Etchison
Woody Wheaton
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
Modern Harrisburg Senators
1987 77-63 2nd Dave Trembley League Champs Spin Williams
1988 65-73 7th Dave Trembley Gene Gentile Spin Williams
1989 71-65 2nd Dave Trembley Lost League Finals Chris Lein
1990 69-69 5th Marc Bombard Spin Williams
1991 87-53 1st Mike Quade Lost League Finals Gary Engelken Joe Kerrigan
1992 78-59 3rd Mike Quade Lost in 1st round none Mike Parrott
1993 94-44 1st Jim Tracy League Champs Gomer Hodge Chuck Kniffin Greg Fulton
1994 88-51 1st Dave Jauss Lost League Finals none Dave Tomlin
1995 61-80 10th Pat Kelly Kash Beauchamp Bo McLaughlin
1996 74-68 4th Pat Kelly League Champs Jeff Livesey Bo McLaughlin
1997 86-56 1st Rick Sofield League Champs Jeff Livesey Dean Treanor
1998 73-69 4th Rick Sweet League Champs Tim Leiper Brent Strom
1999 76-66 4th Doug Sisson (40-44) / Rick Sweet (4-3) / Doug Sisson (32-19) League Champs Steve Phillips Wayne Rosenthal
2000 76-67 5th Doug Sisson Lost in 1st round Tony Barbone Jerry Reuss
2001 66-76 9th Luis Dorante Eric Fox Tom Signore
2002 79-63 2nd Dave Huppert Lost League Finals Frank Cacciatore Tommy John
2003 60-82 12th Dave Machemer Arturo DeFreites Charlie Corbell
2004 52-90 12th Dave Machemer Rob Ducey/Rick Eckstein Mark Grater
2005 64-78 10th Keith Bodie Frank Cacciatore Rick Tomlin
2006 67-75 9th John Stearns Mike Hart Rick Tomlin
2007 55-86 12th Scott Little Tim Raines Rick Tomlin
2008 73-69 5th (t) John Stearns Troy Gingrich Rick Tomlin
2009 70-72 7th John Stearns Troy Gingrich Randy Tomlin
2010 77-65 4th Randy Knorr Lost in 1st round Troy Gingrich Randy Tomlin
2011 80-62 1st Tony Beasley Lost in 1st round Troy Gingrich Randy Tomlin
2012 64-78 10th Matt LeCroy Eric Fox Paul Menhart
2013 77-65 2nd Matt LeCroy Lost League Finals Eric Fox Paul Menhart
2014 53-89 12th Brian Daubach Mark Harris Chris Michalak
2015 67-75 10th Brian Daubach Mark Harris Chris Michalak Devin Ivany
2016 76-66 5th Matt LeCroy Brian Rupp Chris Michalak
2017 60-80 11th Matt LeCroy Brian Rupp Chris Michalak
2018 Matt LeCroy Brian Rupp Michael Tejera


  1. "Harrisburg Senators' Metro Bank Park will get new name after bank merger." Alexandersen, Christian. PennLive.com. January 15, 2016. Access date: July 4, 2017.
  2. ""Senators" Poor Baseball Name. "Ponies" Suggested Instead as Title for the Islanders." Harrisburg Telegraph. April 26, 1911. Page 8.

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