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Updated: April 2, 1946
  › American Division
 
 


 
Franchise Chronology  
Citing an urge to start from the ground up, owner Robert Fermann (illustrated), known for his antagonizing phrase “You shall whither at the vine,” stuns the circuit in 1922 and announces the death of the Mighty Diamonds, the most glorified club of its time. Why? Rumors pointed to his fear of the club’s first ever sub-.500 record. Acknowledging such stories as gibberish, Mr. Fermann selects his first Cannon after the others clubs complete their drafts. Dwight Evans’s first-year club finishes 22 games back. Still, by picking the best young talent and teaching the Mighty Diamond Way, they reach .500 in 1927 and the World Series in 1928. Up 3-1 in the 1929 Series, Fermann orders 5000 “Victory” sandwiches for a likely Game 5 celebration. It never happens. Foys win the next 3 games for the stunning comeback. Robert Fermann (3-4) hires Ryne Sannberg as manager. During 1937 Yogi series v. LES, Tim Lincecum whiffs 17 batters in must-win game. Dreaded Mighty Curse over as Dogs beat LES for 1938 flag, ending 16-year drought, defend crown following season by defeating Homestead in classic 1939 showdown.  

Highlight

Shaky Armando Benitez retires Mike Bordick as club wins 1928 division flag.
Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Robert Fermann
General manager Hap Myers
Board of Advisors Zen Tzu
  Steve Jobs
Director of scouting Steve Evans
Senior vice president and treasurer Al Halt
Vice president, general counsel Garth Iorg, Jr.
Special consultant Art Griggs
Vice president, broadcasting Claude Cooper
Director of media relations Happy Finnernan
Director, ticket operations Rudy Sommers
Team trainer Bert Maxwell
Regional scouting supervisor Rube Peters

Base Ball Clubs
BANSKVILLE BULLDOGS
G.M.: Rob Fermann
Manager: Robert Fermann; Coaches: Terry Crowley, John Lowenstein, Pat Dobson, Lee May

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Greenwich Ores
Manager: Andy Etchebarren; Coaches: Al Bumbry, Rich Goggins, Rollie Fingers
(AA) Bedford Cannons
Manager: Gene Tenace; Coaches: Elrod Hendricks, Boog Powell Jr., Ken Holtzman
(A) Armonk Cannons
Manager: Bobby Grich; Coaches: Merv Rettemund, Chico Salmon, Earl Watt

Ballpark Information
THE KETTLE
41 Round House Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Park telephone
(914) 482-4787,
rfermann@mac.com
Seating capacity 32,305
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field,
404 feet; to right field at foul line, 321 feet; to left field at foul line, 309 feet.
Built 1932

Hotel Information
Biltmore
Brick Church, New York.
Commodore
Brooklyn, Homestead, Toronto, LES.
Summitt
Indianapolis, NYC, NEG.
 

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1923
4
A
15-39
.278
22
1924
4
A
14-40
.235
24
1925
4
A
15-39
.278
20
1926
3
A
22-32
.407
8
1927
3
A
28-26
.519
3
1928
1
A
29-25
.537
-
1929
1
A
36-18
.667
-
1930
3
A
23-31
.426
6
1931
2
A
32-22
.593
1
1932
1
A
35-19
.648
-
1933
2
A
44-26
.629
5
1934
3
A
37-33
.544
16
1935
2
A
39-31
.557
7
1936
2
A
40-30
.571
2
1937
1
A
36-24
.600
-
1938
1
A
38-22
.633
-
1939
1
A
37-23
.617
-
1940
2
A
29-31
.483
1
1941
1
A
39-21
.650
-
1942
1
A
36-24
.600
-
1943
1
A
32-16
.667
-
1944
2
A
28-32
.467
9
1945
2
A
31-29
.517
6
Totals     715-633 .530

World Series
year opponent result
1928 Joe Foys L 0-4
1929 Joe Foys L 3-4
1932 Joe Foys L 3-4
1937 New York L 1-4
1938 LES W 4-2
1939 Homestead W 4-3
1941 Homestead L 3-4
1943 Indianapolis L 0-4
     
semis
1937 (LES, W 3-2)
1942 (NY, L 0-3)

Managers
year name (career w-l)
1923 Dwight Evans
1930 Dwight Evans (181-246) -1
Davy Johnson -2
1931 Davy Johnson
1934 Davy Johnson (145-93)-3
Robert Fermann-4
1935 Robert Fermann
1936 Robert Fermann (47-46) -5
Ryne Sandberg -6
1937 Ryne Sandberg
- 45
Ryne Sandberg (333-248)
   
1- Evans 22-27; 2- Johnson 1-4;
3- Johnson 32-22; 4- Fermann 5-11;
5- Fermann 3-4; 6- Sandberg 37-26

Note: In Battery 1923-31


Franchise Chronology  
Claiming he was tired of "all that damn winning," Jesus Diaz sells the Joe Foys before Game 7 of the 1932 World Series. He promises a .500 club in 3 years (they do it in 4). Not sure if he predicted 14-56 in initial campaign—the second worse record in BVL history. In 1934, club revenges loss of catcher Miguel Olivo by sweeping LES 3-game series. The club celebrates it's first championship by scoring 3 runs in the home 9th of the 1945 World Series against Indianapolis for a 3-2 victory. The Cubes forced Game 7 despite trailing 3-0 in the series.
 

Highlight
Jayson Heyward scores the winning run on Andrelton Simmon's 2-out hit in the bottom of the 9th in Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.

Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Jesus Diaz
General manager J. Henry Waugh
Director of scouting Max Alvis
Senior vice president and treasurer Duke Simms
Vice president, general counsel Steve Hargan
Special consultant Stan Williams
Vice president, broadcasting Joe Azcue
Director of media relations Vic Davalillo
Director, ticket operations Leon Wagner
Team trainer Larry Brown
Regional scouting supervisor Lou Johnson

Base Ball Clubs
BRICK CHURCH FOYS
G.M.: J. Henry Waugh
Manager: Albert Belle; Coaches: Scipio Spinks, Coco Laboy, Jim Rice

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Brett-Superior Foys
Manager: Rod Scurry; Coaches: Tony Armas, Bob Horner, Mario Soto
(AA) Newark Foys
Manager: Rafael Ramirez; Coaches: Rick Monday, Mike LaGross, Manny Mota
(A) Sugar Land Foys
Manager: George Brett; Coaches: Jack Peconte, Jim Ray, Ollie Brown

Ballpark Information
BRICK CHURCH FIELD
301 E. 22nd Street, Apt 16-C
New York, NY 10010
Park telephone
(646) 373-0113,
diazjesus@aol.com
Seating capacity 29,506
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 415 feet; to right field at foul line, 330 feet; to left field at foul line, 330 feet
Built 1906

Hotel Information
Rice
Homestead, NEG,
NYC, New York.
Sheraton Lincoln
Banksville, Brooklyn, LES,
Indianapolis.
 

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1933
5
N
14-56
.200
32
1934
3
N
28-42
.400
23
1935
2
N
34-36
.486
4
1936
2
N
40-30
.571
3
1937
2
A
29-31
.483
7
1938
3
A
28-32
.467
10
1939
2
A
27-33
.450
10
1940
1
A
30-30
.500
-
1941
3
A
31-29
.517
8
1942
2
A
29-31
.483
7
1943
2
A
25-23
.521
7
1944
1
A
37-23
.617
-
1945
1
A
37-23
.617
-
Totals    
389-419
.481

World Series
year opponent result
1945 Indianapolis 4-3
     
semis
1940 (IND, L 1-3)
1944 (NY, L 0-4)

Managers
year name (career)
1933 Albert Belle
1936 Albert Belle (95-157) -1
George Brett -2
1937 George Brett
1938 George Brett (54-55) -3
Brad Fullmer -4
1939 Brad Fullmer
- 45
Brad Fullmer (240-207)
   
1- Belle 19-23; 2- Brett 21-7; 3- Brett 4-17; 4- Fullmer 24-15


Franchise Chronology  
Loyal to the bone, Stratigakis (illustrated) hires Bip Roberts, star of the champion Running Men, as head of operations in 1933. Con-men end up with second-best record ever by an expansion club. The owner coins the phrase "Marine to Marine." In second season, the Amazing ("According to Who?") club captivates the BVL world by finishing in second place behind mighy New York. In 1936, the amazing expansionists end up in first World Series. The following year, they beat Indianapolis in a playoff, 1-0, on a Jack Cust pinch-hit home run.  

Highlight
Vanilla Ice is named head of grounds crew.
Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Peter Stratigakis
Head of baseball operations Bip Roberts
Director of scouting Andy High
Senior vice president and treasurer Eppa Rixey
Vice president, general counsel Benny Frey
Special consultant Jack Crouch
Vice president, broadcasting Chick Hafey
Director of media relations Red Lucas
Director, ticket operations Ray Kolp
Team trainer Eddie Hunter
Regional scouting supervisor Johnny Moore

Base Ball Clubs
LOWER EAST SIDE CON-MEN
General Manager: Otis Nixon
Manager: Rafael Santana; Coaches: Gene Tanace, Horacio Pina, Johnnie Jeter, Jose Canseco

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Hester St. Ganglords
Manager: Ernie Fazio; Coaches: Bob Aspromonte, Bob Lillis, Jim Dickson
(AA) Houston St. Oilers
Manager: Al Spangler; Coaches: Jim Campbell,
J.C. Hartman, Larry Yellen
(A) East Broadway Immigrants
Manager: Hal Smith; Coaches: Sonny Jackson,
Ivan Murrell, Danny Coombs
Ballpark Information
SEWARD PARK
141 Division Street
New York, NY 10002
Park telephone
(646) 206-1708
ellinas16@yahoo.com
Seating capacity 26,707
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 399 feet; to right field at foul line, 378 feet; to left field at foul line, 355 feet.
Built 1925

Hotel Information
Eldridge
 

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1933
5
A
28-42
.400
21
1934
2
A
47-23
.671
6
1935
3
A
38-32
.543
8
1936
1
A
41-29
.586
-
1937
1*
C
35-26
.574
-
1938
1
C
36-24
.600
-
1939
3
C
24-36
.400
12
1940
2
C
30-30
.500
2
1941
3
C
25-35
.417
14
1942
3
C
28-32
.467
19
1943
3
C
17-31
.354
14
1944
3
C
33-27
.550
8
1945
3
C
25-35
.417
11
Totals    
407-402
.503
* - win playoff game

World Series
year opponent result
1936 Tampico L 0-4
1938 Banksville L 2-4
semis
1937 (Banksville, L 2-3)
1938 (New York, W 3-2)

Managers
year name (career w-l)
1933 Bip Roberts
1934 Bip Roberts (38-46) -1
Rafael Santana -2
1935 Rafael Santana
- 45 Rafael Santana (369-356)
   
1- Roberts 10-4; 2- Santana 37-19


Franchise Chronology  

Desparate doctors order Meta Mucil for Andy "Boss Man" Wong (see photograph) in order to soften his hard-nosed approach to life -- as a 12-year-old. It does not work. Watching from afar for a number of years, Wong's interest in the league grows. At last, he wants a team of his own. The owners believe Wong is thick skinned enough to endure the heckling in becoming the first Asain owner, the Jackie Chan of the BVL. He immediately draws league-wide criticism for naming its home park after conservative Ronald Reagan.

 

Highlight
Club outbids, keeps free agent Freddie Freeman, the first Scrapper.


Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Al Hrabosky
General manager Ken Reitz
Director of scouting Tom Grieve
Senior v.p. and treasurer Don Hahn
Vice president, general counsel Doug DeCinces
Special consultant Danny Cater
Vice president, broadcasting Jack Clark
Director of media relations Tito Landrum
Director, ticket operations Vince Coleman
Team trainer Bernie Carbo
Regional scouting supervisor George Hendrick
Far East Dane Iorg
Latin America Silvio Martinez

Base Ball Clubs
NEW YORK CITY SCRAPPERS
G.M.: Andy Wong
Manager: Don Baylor Jr.; Coaches: Tony Pena, Patrick Ewing, Lance Johnson

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Yonkers Storm Riders
Manager: Vic Davalillo; Coaches: Leron Lee,
Chuck Taylor, Sal Campisi
(AA) Bayonne Moosejaws
Manager: Bobby Tolan; Coaches: George Foster, Bob Barton, Gary Nolan
(A) Guangezhou Tigers
Manager: Tommy Helms; Coaches: Ted Savage,
Pat Corrales, George Culver

Ballpark Information
RONALD REAGAN STADIUM
48 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Park telephone
(917) 912-5301
Seating capacity 56,138
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 435 feet; to right field at foul line, 330 feet; to left field at foul line, 330 feet
Built 1945

Hotel Information
The Five Elements

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1946
tk
A
tk
.xxx
tk
Totals    
xx-xx
.xxx

World Series
year opponent result
     

Managers
year name (career)
1946 Don Baylor Jr.
 


Franchise Chronology  
Jon Simonds relocates the original Big Trouble to New England for a needed change of good luck in 1905. The move is fruitful as the Titans host the BVL World Series, but are beaten by the Mighty Diamonds. Simonds’ dream to celebrate at Coney Island proves elusive as the Titans are defeated again and again and again and again and again by the Diamonds. A streak of bad play continues before he abandons ship. Andy Villalba Sr. (illustrated), who survives a horrible 1918 season of bickering with his co-owner son, gambles and trades superstar Nolan Ryan to Mighty. The move pays off. A late season 19-game winning streak catapults the Titans, who win the last game of the 1921 season. Misery follows their 1924 Series loss. In 1930 lowly club drops 22 straight. In 1933, the club ends 7 years of losing by reaching .500 plateau.  

Highlight
Chris Hoiles breaks 1-1 tie with 3-run homer in Game 7 of the 1921 Series.

Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Andy Villalba, Sr.
General manager Andy Villalba, Jr.
Director of scouting Joe Wilhoit
Senior v.p. and treasurer Tabbit Maranville
Vice president, general counsel Sherry Magee
Special consultant Lefty Tyler
Vice president, broadcasting Art Rico
Director of media relations Pat Ragan
Director, ticket operations Bill James
Team trainer Dick Rudolph
Regional scouting supervisor Zip Collins

Base Ball Clubs
TORONTO MONARCHS
General Manager: Ray Knight
Manager: Joe Torre; Coaches: Ron Hodges, John Stearns, Mike Scott

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Boston Barons
Manager: George Foster; Coaches: Ron Swoboda, Clay Kirby, Billy North
(AA) Massuchusetts Minutemen
Manager: Whitey Ford; Coaches: Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, Joe Rudi
(A) Salem Patriots
Manager: Bud Harrelson; Coaches: Deron Johnson, Herb Washington, Gary Nolan
Ballpark Information
MONARCHS PARK
3240 Bridge House Street
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Park telephone
(702) 690-6552.
Seating capacity 33,125
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 402 feet; to right field at foul line, 328 feet; to left field at foul line, 317 feet.
Built 1906

Hotel Information
Conrad Hilton

Managers
year name (career)
1922 Billy Martin
1923 Billy Martin
1924 Billy Martin (81-81)
1925 Casey Stengel
(20-16)
Jackie Robinson-1
1926 Jackie Robinson
- 30 
Jackie Robinson
(91-158) -2
Bill Parcels -3
1931  Bill Parcels (30-63)
1932  Dale Berra (12-20)
K. Hernandez - 4
1933  K. Hernandez
- 45
K. Hernandez
(327-447) -5
1945 Joe Torre (21-25)
1- Robinson 9-9
2- Robinson 0-15
3- Parcels 13-26
4- Hernandez 10-12
5- Hernandez 5-9
Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1903
4
 
16-25
.390
12
1904
2
 
22-21
.512
4
1905
1
 
30-15
.667
-
1906
2
 
25-19
.568
2
1907
1
A
35-19
.648
-
1908
1
A
29-25
.538
-
1909
2
A«
31-24
.582
1
1910
3
A
23-31
.426
6.5
1911
1
A
30-24
.556
-
1914
2
A
25-29
.463
8
1915
2
A
28-26
.519
1
1916
3
A
17-34
.333
14.5
1917
3
A
20-34
.370
4.5
1918
3
N
17-37
.315
13.5
1919
3
N
25-29
.463
9
1920
3
N
25-29
.463
10
1921
1
N
34-20
.630
-
1922
4
N
21-33
.389
11
1923
4
N
24-30
.444
11
1924
1
N
36-18
.667
-
1925
3
N
29-25
.537
3
1926
4
N
21-33
.389
13
1927
4
N
21-33
.389
10
1928
3
N
25-29
.463
9
1929
4
N
15-39
.278
19
1930
4
N
13-41
.241
28
1931
4
N
17-37
.315
15
1932
3
N
22-32
.407
12
1933
3
N
35-35
.500
11
1934
4
N
28-42
.400
23
1935
3
N
33-37
.471
5
1936
3
N
31-39
.443
12
1937
3
A
19-41
.317
17
1938
2
A
29-31
.483
9
1939
3
A
25-35
.417
12
1940
3
A
20-40
.333
10
1941
2
A
34-26
.567
5
1942
3
A
18-42
.300
18
1943
3
A
18-30
.375
14
1944
3
A
22-38
.367
15
1945
3
A
26-34
.433
11
Totals    
1030-1288
.444
« - lose playoff game

World Series
year opponent result
1905 Mighty Diamonds L 1-4
1906 Mighty Diamonds L 1-4
1907 Mighty Diamonds L 0-4
1908 Mighty Diamonds L 1-4
1911 Mighty Diamonds L 2-4
1921 Mighty Diamonds W 4-3
1924 Joe Foys L 3-4
semis
1904 (Brooklyn, L 0-3)
1906 (Brooklyn, W 3-2
)

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