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  • Thomas Carr
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    My father had brothers Patrick and Bernard as well as Hugh and John. I have an old baseball picture of dad in a company uniform. Could we be related. Would like to hear from you.

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  • starrcross
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    baseball payers names

    Is there a way to find out who the players were in 1900?
    my gg uncle was a pitcher and played for a tri state league in PA. He lived in Altoona PA and since Wilkes-Barr is close to Altoona I am guessing this is the team he played for. I have looked everywhere for information on names of players for the tri state league in PA and have come up with nothing until I found this web site. any help would be great!
    Thanks
    Bridgett

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  • SoxFan24
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    Scranton Miners

    I am wondering if you are still looking for information about the Scranton Minor Leagues. My uncle played on the Scranton Minor League just before entering the service.. I am sure he has information if you are still seeking it.

    Please let me know.:gt

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  • Digitalballparks
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    Coal Cracker...

    I was looking through my research when after I saw your post.

    I have something different for 1935. Gord Brown researched the Old Blue Books and he has Sweeney's Field listed for the ballpark and not Brooks Athletic Field.

    It looks like this... 1934-pre - Brooks Athletic Field (4,500)
    1935-Sweeney's Field (4,000)
    1936-Athletic Park (4,000)

    Now for around the early 1900's I have a postcard from Wilkes Barre showing the ballpark and the postcard says... "Diamond Baseball Park", and shows the Minor League team playing at a relatively large facility.

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  • kmhalliday
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    Wilkes Barre East Eand Baseball Team

    Do you know anything about the Wilkes Barre East End Baseball team who were the 1926 Wyoming league champions? My grandfather, Patrick Carr, played for them and his brother, Bernard Carr, was the manager.

    I am researching our family history. I have some clippings and a photo but it is a little hard to pull it all together.

    Thanks,
    Kathleen Carr Halliday

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  • kmhalliday
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    Wilkes Barre East End Baseball Team in the Wyoming League

    Hi. I wonder what you might know about the Wilkes-Barre East End Baseball Team who were the 1926 Wyoming League champions. My Grandfather, Patrick Carr, played for the team and his brother, Bernard Carr, was the manager. The Carr family was very much into baseball during that time.

    I am researching the family history. I have some information, a photo and clippings but it is a little hard for me to put it all together. Any info would be helpful.

    Kathleen Carr Halliday

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  • Coal Cracker
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    I'm going to bump this to the top. Hard to believe I started this two years ago.

    Anyway, I have a less busy summer this year so I'm going to try to post some interesting stuff here. I also encourage anyone who has any info regarding Scranton baseball to post it here or PM me. I'm interested in pretty much anything since the availability of information on internet about the old Scranton teams is very scarce.

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  • TonyK
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    Originally posted by Michael-Sean
    I really need help... I'm researching my great grandfather James Kell(e?)y, who played for the Scranton Miners during the 1910's up until the New York State League disbanded in 1917. I cannot find any resources on the team from this period. Everything I find seems to be either on the late 1890's-early 1900's team or the later 1920's and up teams. I'm going to give the library a call (I live in Portland, Oregon). Can anyone give me any tips on where to look or maybe even what I should be looking for? ANYTHING would be a great help. Thanks!

    P.S. The (e?) in his last name is because my family changed the spelling of it from Kelly to Kelley (hey, an Irishman's gotta find a way to work somehow) sometime around then, so I'm not sure which he played under.
    R. Jim Kelly played for Elmira, NY in 1913 as an OFer. He also played in the majors too.

    ? Keeley pitched for Scranton in 1917 with a 3-6 record.

    These are all I have from the NY State League. John Kelly seems more in line with your relative except for his first name. If you have more information that would help.

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  • TonyK
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    Originally posted by Michael-Sean
    I really need help... I'm researching my great grandfather James Kell(e?)y, who played for the Scranton Miners during the 1910's up until the New York State League disbanded in 1917. I cannot find any resources on the team from this period. Everything I find seems to be either on the late 1890's-early 1900's team or the later 1920's and up teams. I'm going to give the library a call (I live in Portland, Oregon). Can anyone give me any tips on where to look or maybe even what I should be looking for? ANYTHING would be a great help. Thanks!

    P.S. The (e?) in his last name is because my family changed the spelling of it from Kelly to Kelley (hey, an Irishman's gotta find a way to work somehow) sometime around then, so I'm not sure which he played under.
    John KELLY...1913 Scranton OF 30-105-18-36 .343 4 sb
    1914 Scranton/Syracuse OF 83-287-31-66 .230

    There was a KELLY who played ML ball too that could be your grandfather. I have his first name at home and it might be James. I also found a KELLEY with the 1912 Binghamton Bingos team with no first name. I didn't look at pitchers yet.

    Note: Many Irish players had two or three spellings of their last name used in the newspapers. It makes it interesting trying to sort out who was who with so many Kelly's/Kelley's playing pro ball.

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  • TonyK
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    Originally posted by Michael-Sean
    I really need help... I'm researching my great grandfather James Kell(e?)y, who played for the Scranton Miners during the 1910's up until the New York State League disbanded in 1917. I cannot find any resources on the team from this period. Everything I find seems to be either on the late 1890's-early 1900's team or the later 1920's and up teams. I'm going to give the library a call (I live in Portland, Oregon). Can anyone give me any tips on where to look or maybe even what I should be looking for? ANYTHING would be a great help. Thanks!

    P.S. The (e?) in his last name is because my family changed the spelling of it from Kelly to Kelley (hey, an Irishman's gotta find a way to work somehow) sometime around then, so I'm not sure which he played under.
    I will look him up and find out what years he played for Scranton and if I have any of his records. What was his position?

    Call the National Baseball Hall of Fame Research Library in Cooperstown, NY and ask someone to look through the Spalding Guides for 1911 to 1918. There should be team photos for the NY State League teams with your grandfather included. They will photocopy them from the guides and mail them to you for a small fee. These will only be copies of small photos so don't expect anything more than to see your relatives face. The guides should also have league player averages and they can copy those pages too for you.

    If you have the time to research him via interlibrary loan you will also learn what kind of player he was and what the newspapers thought of him. This was a Class B league or mid-level league and sent hundreds of players to the majors. Your library can explain how to do interlibrary loan near you and you can read Scranton newspapers from that era. You start reading the sports section from March until September. There shouldn't be any charge and you have the microfilm for 2 to 4 weeks.

    You might also call or write the Scranton Area Historical Society and ask if they have photos of the team. They might copy one for you and charge you a fee. If he was good enough to play several seasons then he probably was quite a ballplayer. Good Luck!

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  • Michael-Sean
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    Research Help

    I really need help... I'm researching my great grandfather James Kell(e?)y, who played for the Scranton Miners during the 1910's up until the New York State League disbanded in 1917. I cannot find any resources on the team from this period. Everything I find seems to be either on the late 1890's-early 1900's team or the later 1920's and up teams. I'm going to give the library a call (I live in Portland, Oregon). Can anyone give me any tips on where to look or maybe even what I should be looking for? ANYTHING would be a great help. Thanks!

    P.S. The (e?) in his last name is because my family changed the spelling of it from Kelly to Kelley (hey, an Irishman's gotta find a way to work somehow) sometime around then, so I'm not sure which he played under.

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  • WJackman
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    Former Yankee Bob Shawkey managed Scranton in 1932. On August 12, 1932, Scranton beat the NY Yankees, 1-0. 6,500 fans at the game. Ruth and Gehrig played in the game.

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  • TonyK
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    Originally posted by Coal Cracker
    Yes, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. After playing briefly with the New York Giants in 1905, his only stint in the Majors, he was sold to Scranton. He was later portrayed in the move "Field of Dreams."
    The Scranton newspapers called him Doc Graham since he was studying to be a doctor in the off seasons.

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  • Coal Cracker
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    Originally posted by TonyK
    Coal Cracker: Do you know who the left fielder was on the 1906 Scranton team that ran away with the NY State League pennant?

    Not only did he lead the league in hitting, but he was also a character in a famous baseball movie.
    Yes, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. After playing briefly with the New York Giants in 1905, his only stint in the Majors, he was sold to Scranton. He was later portrayed in the move "Field of Dreams."
    Last edited by Coal Cracker; 06-24-2006, 06:49 PM.

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  • TonyK
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    Coal Cracker: Do you know who the left fielder was on the 1906 Scranton team that ran away with the NY State League pennant?

    Not only did he lead the league in hitting, but he was also a character in a famous baseball movie.

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