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
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).
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.
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.
|1894||56-45||2nd||Jack Huston||Lost disputed title game|
|1895||19-16||N/A||Frank Seiss||Disbanded June 14th|
|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)||None|
|1926||47-84||8th||Rankin Johnson (35-49) / Lee Dempsey (0-1) / Joe Lightner (12-34)||None|
|1927||87-51||1st||Win Clark||None; League Champs|
|1928||82-54||1st||Glenn Killinger||None; League Champs|
|1931||83-56||1st||Joe Cobb (6-8) / Eddie Onslow (77-48)||None; League Champs|
|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|
|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 (44-63) / Harold Cox (11-21)|
|1952||46-94||8th||Buck Etchison (37-67) / Woody Wheaton (9-37)|
- "Harrisburg Senators' Metro Bank Park will get new name after bank merger." Alexandersen, Christian. PennLive.com. January 15, 2016. Access date: July 4, 2017.
- ""Senators" Poor Baseball Name. "Ponies" Suggested Instead as Title for the Islanders." Harrisburg Telegraph. April 26, 1911. Page 8.
- Andrew Linker: The Class of '93: How One Baseball Team Wrecked An Entire League, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2018. ISBN 978-1986602617