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    There are a few Dodgers that also played for the Bushwicks under different names like Gene Hermanski was Gene Walsh when he was in the US Coast Guard station in Manhattan Beach during WW2. He was only getting $77 a month from the Coast Guard so he moonlighted for the Bushwicks where he made $50 for a doubleheader on the weekend and $50 for a night game. Tommy Brown also played for the Bushwicks while he was in the service under the name of Tommy Thomas. Some players like Hermanski played for the Bushwicks after the regular season ended, they went to tournaments in South America. Hilda Chester attended games at Dexter park home of the Bushwicks with her famous cowbell. Does anybody else know of other Brooklyn Dodgers who played for the Bushwicks.
    Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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    Were the Bushwicks a semipro team playing in Bkln during the war?

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    • #3
      I know that Leon Cadore pitching for them in the late 20s, but that is probably earlier than you wanted.

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      • #4
        Brooklyn Dodgers that also played for the

        Originally posted by MSUlaxer27
        Were the Bushwicks a semipro team playing in Bkln during the war?
        Yes they were one of the best known semi pro teams in the world, they played in the Queens Alliance in the 1920's,30's and 40's, they played at Dexter park near Jamaica ave. My grandfather, uncle Bill and uncle Willie played semi pro against the Bushwicks, they all played at Dexter park. They were paying $75 a month to turn pro and go to class D back in those times. So alot of good players stayed home worked there regular job and played semi pro on the weekends and nights for $5-10 a game.
        Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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        • #5
          Brooklyn Dodgers that also played for the

          Originally posted by Old Mike
          I know that Leon Cadore pitching for them in the late 20s, but that is probably earlier than you wanted.
          That's great Mike, I meant all Brooklyn Dodgers no matter when they played.
          The great Negro league teams use to come to Dexter park to play the Bushwicks, also the House of David team played against them.
          Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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          • #6
            I remember seeing a presentation on Dexter Park and the Bushwicks. Waite Hoyt was the big name mentioned.

            I never associated him with the Dodgers, but when I looked it up, I found he had two short stints with them: part of the season in 1932 and the end of his career in 1938.

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            • #7
              Bushwicks and Queens Alliance

              Just a correction. The Buswicks never played in the Queens Alliance. The Bushwicks were an independent team who played many of the Negro League teams, end of season barn storming major league players and even played the Baseball N Y Giants in an exibition game in the 1930s.

              The Bushwicks went out of business around 1951 due to the advent of TV. They played in Dexter Park, Sunday double headers. Wed and Fri night games.

              When they disbanded several of the players hooked on to Queens Alliance teams. Mike Overduke CF for the Bushwicks went on to play with the Merkel (Meats)Robins.

              I played for Jamaica Water Supply and later for U. S. Steel. I also played for F K Lane H S in Dexter Park. The last game played in Dexter Park was in 1955 when Jamaica Water Supply played U S Steel in the championship game of the Alliance. The prevous 2 game were played at Barton's Stadium in New Hyde Park and New Farmers Oval in MIddle Villlage, Queens

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              • #8
                The Bushwicks were mentioned in articles with the Queens Alliance, Do you think maybe they played some games against teams from the alliance even though the Bushwicks usually played at the next higher level. Here are some sites with good articles on the Bushwicks and the Queens Alliance.
                The third site mentions the game you played in in 1955.

                http://timesnewsweekly.com/Archives2.../OURNEIGH.html

                http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html

                http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html
                Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kramer_47
                  The Bushwicks were mentioned in articles with the Queens Alliance, Do you think maybe they played some games against teams from the alliance even though the Bushwicks usually played at the next higher level. Here are some sites with good articles on the Bushwicks and the Queens Alliance.
                  The third site mentions the game you played in in 1955.

                  http://timesnewsweekly.com/Archives2.../OURNEIGH.html

                  http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html

                  http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html

                  I just noticed Sam Nahem in the first picture. He played for the Dodgers as well as the Bushwicks.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Flatbush Flock
                    I just noticed Sam Nahem in the first picture. He played for the Dodgers as well as the Bushwicks.
                    Thank you for finding Sam in the picture, I know there is got to be more Dodgers who also played for the Bushwicks.
                    Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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                    • #11
                      In one of the photos I noticed AL PECORA. I believe he played MLB.

                      Also, noting AL CUCCINELLO in the 1939 photo....could he have been related to Tony Cuccinello, the ML player?

                      c.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kramer_47
                        The Bushwicks were mentioned in articles with the Queens Alliance, Do you think maybe they played some games against teams from the alliance even though the Bushwicks usually played at the next higher level. Here are some sites with good articles on the Bushwicks and the Queens Alliance.
                        The third site mentions the game you played in in 1955.

                        http://timesnewsweekly.com/Archives2.../OURNEIGH.html

                        http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html

                        http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/Archi.../OURNEIGH.html
                        Thanks for posting the links to these interesting papers. They make great reading.

                        I was laughing when I read that BROOKLYN rejected Phil Rizzuto for being too small to play shortstop. It reminded me that the Boston Red Sox rejected OUR PEE WEE for the same reason.

                        c.

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                        • #13
                          During WW II Nahem ended up being stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, where he became a much beloved local star in the Sunset League. In 1946 he went back and forth between Newport and Brooklyn, pitching weekends for the Bushwicks and middle of the week games for Newport. He pitched a ton against Negro League teams in both places. I believe he had a law degree and baseball was likely not the biggest thing in his life. Can anyone fill me in more on him?

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                          • #14
                            George Earnshaw also pitched for both the Dodgers and the Bushwicks, being noted for besting a lot of top Negro League teams after his major league career was over; 1938 being the year that sticks out in my mind.

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                            • #15
                              I think Joe Cronin had something to do with blocking Pee Wee's rise to the Red Sox. He was the shortstop and didn't want to be replaced.

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