Williamsport Athletics

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The Williamsport A's were a Class AA Eastern League affiliate of the Philadelphia Athletics in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They played their home games in Bowman Field which is currently the home of the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League.[1] The franchise had previously been known as the Williamsport Grays or Tigers and existed as the A's for just the 1953 season. The franchise was purchased at the end of the 1952 season by five anonymous businessmen from the Detroit Tigers. The ownership group moved to establish a working arrangement with the Philadelphia A's owned by Connie Mack.[1]

The Williamsport A's struggled on the field. They finished in sixth place with a record of 65 wins and 85 losses. The first African-Americans to play professional baseball in Williamsport were members of the squad. Joe Taylor a veteran of the Negro Leagues and Héctor López who would go on to play in the majors with the A's and New York Yankees played the full season for the Williamsport A's.[1]

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1953 65-85 6th George Staller