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Updated: June 13, 1945
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Franchise Chronology  
Brooklyn begins playing baseball in the Old, Old League. Owner Frank Ruscitti (illustrated) of the Powerful Ruscitti Family is famous for his “I vote no” pledge to any change in league policy. “Miracle” Bruisers win 1904 Series despite a sub-.500 record. Still, the club plays second fiddle to the Diamonds despite winning the 1910 Series against Wisconsin in a brotherly affair. Bruisers dominate the league in 1918 and 1919. Beloved manager Claudell Washington is hit with cancer in 1927. Mr. Ruscitti hands over control to Alan Levine in 1928, and ventures into Italy. He returns a year later and boots Levine. He hires Bill Mazeroski (who quits), and announces Washington is fit to manage. In 1930, Barry Bonds swats 36 home runs to lead club to 40 wins (a 17-game improvement). As in 1930, the club again finishes a game out the following year. During the 1932 season, the owner returns to Rome. Two years later, franchise hits bottom with 20-50 record, 32 games out. Club stuns league with first worst-to-champ finish ever in 1936. Ownership changes hands as Mr. Ruscitti sells club to Jon Simonds before the 1942 season.  

Highlight
Down 3-1 in games in 1926 Series, Bruisers shock the cocky Joe Foys in seven games.

Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Jon Simonds
General manager Amos Otis
Director of scouting Hack Miller
Senior vice president and treasurer George Cutshaw
Vice president, general counsel Ivy Olson
Special consultant Otto Miller
Vice president, broadcasting Gus Getz
Director of media relations Sherry Smith
Director, ticket operations Duster Mails
Team trainer Wheezer Dell
Regional scouting supervisor Nap Rucker
 
Base Ball Clubs
BROOKLYN BRUISERS
G.M.: Amos Otis
Manager: Derek Jeter; Coaches: Keith Folke, Bruiser Bob, Manny Ramirez, Little Jackie Wilson

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) San Pedro de Macoris Bruisers
Manager: Jon Milner; Coaches: Cleon Jones, Al Kaline, Steve Garber
(AA) Bronx Bruisers
Manager: Donn Clendenon; Coaches: Frank Howard, Dave Concepcion, Dave McNally
(A) Bismark Bruisers
Manager: Gary Templeton; Coaches: Bake McBride, Manny Trillo, Al Hrabosky

Ballpark Information
BROOKLYN
MUNICIPAL STADIUM
107 Beaver Dam Road
North Waterboro, ME 04061
Park telephone
(207) 991-1748,
jonssimonds@me.com
Seating capacity 34,516
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 401 feet; to right field at foul line, 296 feet; to left field at foul line, 321 feet.
Built 1879

Hotel Information
Chase-Park Plaza
Banksville, Homestead,
New York, Indianapolis.
Jack Tarr
Brick Church, LES, NES, NET, New Orleans.

Managers
year name (career)
1916 Claudell Washington
- 27  C.Washington-1
Jesse Orosco
(14-23)
1928 Frank Robinson
(30-24)
1929 Claudell Washington
- 33 Claudell Washington
(490-407)
1934 Don Mattingly
(20-50)
1935 Ed Kranepool
1936 Ed Kranepool
(53-54) -2
Lou Brock (13-20)
1937 Barry Bonds
- 44 Barry Bonds
(224-244)
1- Washington 9-8
2- Kranepool 15-22
Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1903
3
 
19-24
.442
9
1904
3
 
21-24
.467
6
1905
3
 
20-25
.444
10
1906
3*
 
19-26
.422
8.5
1907
2
N
31-23
.574
2
1908
2
N
31-23
.574
4
1909
2
N
30-24
.556
2
1910
1
N
32-22
.593
-
1911
2
N
29-25
.537
3
1914
2
N
28-26
.519
5
1915
3
N
19-34
.358
11.5
1916
2
N
30-23
.566
4.5
1917
2
N
29-25
.537
7
1918
1*
N
31-24
.564
-
1919
1
N
34-20
.629
-
1920
1
N
35-19
.648
-
1921
4
N
21-33
.389
13
1922
1
N
32-22
.593
-
1923
3
N
33-21
.611
2
1924
4
N
20-34
.370
16
1925
2
N
30-24
.556
2
1926
1
N
34-20
.630
-
1927
3
N
23-31
.426
8
1928
2
N
30-24
.556
4
1929
3
N
23-31
.426
11
1930
2
N
40-14
.741
1
1931
2
N
31-23
.574
1
1932
4
N
21-33
.389
13
1933
2
N
37-33
.529
9
1934
5
N
20-50
.286
32
1935
1
N
38-32
.543
-
1936
4
N
28-42
.400
15
1937
2
N
36-24
.600
7
1938
2
N
27-33
.450
6
1939
2
N
31-29
.517
2
1940
2
N
38-22
.644
2
1941
2
N
26-34
.433
2
1942
3
N
22-38
.367
13
1943
1
N
25-23
.521
-
1944
3
N
19-41
.317
13
Totals    
1133-1098
.508
* - win playoff game

World Series
year opponent result
1904 Mighty W 4-2
1910 Wisconsin W 4-1
1918 Mighty W 4-1
1919 Joe Foys W 4-3
1920 Mighty L 2-4
1922 Joe Foys L 3-4
1926 Joe Foys W 4-3
1935 New York W 4-3
semis
1903 (Mighty, L 0-3)
1904 (Big Trouble, W 3-2)
1905 (Mighty, L 0-3)
1906 (New England, L 2-3)
1943 (Indianapolis, L 3-4)
 


 
Franchise Chronology  
The organization is born under a bad sign. Nothing goes right in seven years at Cleveland. Terrible teams and terrible trades smite owner Jon Simonds (illustrated). His 1921 club drops 15 games in a row. Two summers later, it ties a mark first thought unreachable: Wisconsin’s 20-game losing streak (later broken by New England). Those painful streaks are good news compared to 1920’s crew that wins the fewest games ever in BVL history (9). Fans turn on the owner when franchise-savior Ken Griffey Jr. is traded to the Foys at the 1923 draft. Forced to leave town, Mr. Simonds moves his family to Florida. The decision to shift the franchise to Mighty comes four days after the murder of manager Don Zimmer, a case that remains unsolved. With renewed focus on the draft, franchise is competitive, reaches World Series in 1927. In 1933, manager Wade Boggs leads club to second-best finish (.557). Father Simonds sells club in 1942 to Dylan Simonds who vows to go after his father's tormentor, Robert Fermann.  

Highlight
Al Leiter strikes out 12 as Hawks win Game 5 of 1927 World Series.
Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Dylan Simonds
General manager Mrs. Simonds
Director of scouting Stuffy McInnis
Senior vice president and treasurer Amos Strunk
Vice president, general counsel Jimmy Cooney
Special consultant Wally Mayer
Vice president, broadcasting Bullet Joe Bush
Director of media relations Emma Zoole
Director, ticket operations Lore Bader
Team trainer Sam Agnew
Regional scouting supervisor Chet Lemon Jr.

Base Ball Clubs
NEW ENGLAND SEAHAWKS
General Manager: Joseph Jesselli
Manager: Wade Boggs; Coaches: Ellis Burks, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Sarasota Sparrows
Manager: Carlton Fisk; Coaches: Nolan Ryan, Spike Owen, Jack Perconti
(AA) Ravine Ravens
Manager: Glenn Hoffman; Coaches: Glenn Hubbard, Toby Harrah, Dan Schatzader
(A) Pennsylvania Pigeons
Manager: Atlee Hammaker; Coaches: Kevin Reynolds, Kevin Mitchell, Gregg Jefferies
Ballpark Information
JOHN O. LENNON MEMORIAL STADIUM
107 Beaver Dam Road
North Waterboro, ME 04061
Park telephone
(207) 247-0083,
bvlmds@yahoo.com,
Seating capacity 37,469
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 1932

Hotel Information
Pick Carter
All clubs.
 

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1919
4
A
19-30
.396
11.5
1920
4
A
9-45
.167
28
1921
4
A
10-42
.192
23
1922
4
A
14-38
.269
17
1923
3
A
15-39
.278
22
1924
3
A
20-34
.370
18
1925
3
A
18-36
.333
17
1926
4
A
21-32*
.396
8.5
1927
1
A
31-23
.574
-
1928
3
A
27-27
.500
2
1929
3
A
26-28
.481
10
1930
2
A
24-30
.444
5
1931
3
A
23-31
.426
10
1932
3
A
27-27
.500
8
1933
3
A
39-31
.557
10
1934
4
A
29-41
.414
24
1935
4
A
38-32
.543
8
1936
4
A
34-36
.486
7
1937
3
N
18-42
.300
25
1938
3
N
22-38
.367
11
1939
1
N
33-27
.550
-
1940
3
N
22-38
.367
18
1941
3
N
20-40
.333
8
1942
2
N
23-37
.383
12
1943
2
N
23-25
.479
2
1944
2
N
24-36
.400
8
Totals    
609-885
.408
* - game suspended vs. Moisture
Note: In Cleveland 1919-25; Mighty 1926-32.

World Series
year opponent result
1927 Indianapolis Ice Cubes L 2-4
semis
1939 (Homestead, L 1-3)

Managers
year name (career w-l)
1922 Jon Simonds (14-38)
1923 Don Zimmer
- 25  Don Zimmer (43-92)-1
John Kruk-2
1926 John Kruk
- 29  John Kruk (108-130)-3
Jim Longborg-4
1930  Jim Longborg (8-11)-5
Roy Hobbs Jr. (20-19)
1931  Jim Gantner
1932  Jim Gantner (50-58)
1933  Wade Boggs
- 36 Wade Boggs -6
Ellis Burks -7
1937 Ellis Burks (49-71)
1938 Ellis Burks (50-73) -8
Wade Boggs -9
1939 Wade Boggs
- 44 Wade Boggs (265-350)
1- Zimmer 8-19; 2- Kruk 7-20;
3- Kruk 22-28; 4- Longborg 4-0;
5- Longborg 4-11; 6- Boggs 3-7;
7- Burks 31-29; 8- Burks 1-2;
9- Boggs 21-36.
   
 


 
Franchise Chronology  
Ex-Nightmare Alley drummer Tony Ruscitti introduces Wisconsin to clowns and opera singers as entertainment. The war cry of “ssshhh” is a hit in their 1910 Civil War Series vs. Brooklyn (won by the Bruisers). After a name change, the Masked Marauders play all their home games on the road. Ex-Mighty builder Joseph Jesselli gains control and moves to Wisconsin in 1917. Despite playing in the World Series again, they are never “loved” by Mr. Jesselli. Andrew Goldberg takes over in 1923, moves to Las Vegas. He losses interest quickly. Mr. Jesselli returns, and renames franchise in 1928. A year later, he hands over the troubled organization to unknown Adam Goldberg (illustrated). He moves to New York and instantly transforms the long troubled club into winners. Facing elimination in 1930, Knights hit 4 solo HRs in 9th (J. Edmonds, J. Phelps, S. Green, J. Payton) off Armando Benitez (3), M. Timlin, win 4-2; clinch on final day v. Battery to end 13-year World Series drought. With frightening bullpens, the Knights shorten, win games than most (.700 in 1933; .757 in 1934; .717 in 1937). In 1942, New York rallies from a 3-1 deficit to quiet Indianapolis and their bitter owner. Two years later, they go 8-0 to accomplish a worst-to-first run.  

Highlight
Roger Clemens (2-0) and Ken Griffey Jr. (3 HRs, 9 RBI) lead Knights to its first championship against Indianapolis 4-2 in 1934 series. Mariano Rivera strikes out Coco Crisp to end matters.

Front-Office, Assistant Staff Directory 
Chairman of the board Adam Goldberg
General manager John LaManna
Director of scouting George Stovall
Senior v.p. and treasurer Duke Kenworthy
Vice president, general counsel Grover Gilmore
Special consultant Ken Griffey Jr.
Vice president, broadcasting Drummond Brown
Director of media relations Gene Packard
Director, ticket operations Chief Johnson
Team trainer George Hogan
Regional scouting supervisor Johnny Rawlings

Base Ball Clubs

NEW YORK KNIGHTS

G.M.: Crash Davis
Manager: Macky Sasser; Coaches: Cecil Cooper, Ed Lynch, Lance Johnson, Sam Horn, Mike Jorgensen.

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES
(AAA) Staten Island Knights
Manager: Bill Madlock; Coaches: Sal Bando, Alvin Davis, Jim Kern, Jody Davis
(AA) Oakwood Jesters
Manager: Gary Carter; Coaches: Jesse Orosco, Ben Oglivie, Lonnie Smith, Mike Ivie
(A) Richmond Royals
Manager: Howard Johnson; Coaches: Greg Minton, Mackey Sasser, Fred Patek, Doug Flynn



Ballpark Information
EXCALIBUR PARK
1943 North Railroad Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
Park telephone
(718) 524-8868
Seating capacity 41,550
Field dimensions
Home plate to center field, 409 feet; to right field at foul line, 315 feet; to left field at foul line, 336 feet.
Built 1933

Hotel Information
Sheraton-Cadillac
All clubs
.
 

Year-By-Year
year
pos
div
w-l
pct.
gb
1907
3
A
20-34
.370
15
1908
3
A
19-35
.352
10
1909
3
A
16-38
.296
15.5
1910
1
A
29-24
.547
-
1911
3
A
20-30
.400
8
1914
3
A
20-30
.400
11
1915
3
A
24-29
.453
4.5
1916
2
A
26-28
.481
7
1917
1*
A
25-30
.454
-
1918
2
A
30-24
.556
2
1919
3
A
29-25
.537
4
1920
3
A
30-24
.556
7
1921
3
A
29-25
.537
5
1922
2
A
29-24
.547
2.5
1923
2
A
23-31
.426
14
1924
2
A
22-32
.407
16
1925
2
A
32-22
.593
3
1926
2
A
28-26
.519
2
1927
2
A
29-25
.537
2
1928
4
A
20-34
.370
9
1929
2
A
31-23
.574
5
1930
1
A
29-25
.537
-
1931
1
A
33-21
.611
-
1932
2
A
29-25
.537
6
1933
1
A
49-21
.700
-
1934
1
A
53-17
.757
-
1935
1
A
46-24
.657
-
1936
3
A
38-32
.543
3
1937
1
N
43-17
.717
-
1938
1
N
33-27
.550
-
1939
3
N
25-35
.417
8
1940
1
N
40-20
.667
-
1941
1
N
28-32
.467
-
1942
1
N
35-25
.583
-
1943
3
N
16-32
.333
9
1944
1
N
32-28
.533
-
Totals    
1070-962
.527  
* - wins playoff game
Note: In Wisconsin 1907-11, 17-22;
Masked Marauders 1914-16;
Las Vegas 23-27; Newtons.Com in 1928.

World Series
year opponent result
1910 Brooklyn Bruisers L 1-4
1917 Mighty Diamonds L 0-4
1930 Joe Foys L 1-4
1931 Indianapolis L 3-4
1933 Indianapolis L 3-4
1934 Indianapolis W 4-2
1935 Brooklyn L 3-4
1937 Banksville W 4-1
1940 Indianapolis L 2-4
1942 Indianapolis W 4-3
1944 Indianapolis W 4-0
semis
1938 (LES, L 2-3)
1941 (Homestead, L 0-3)
1942 (Banksville, W 3-0)

1944 (Brick Church, W 4-0)

Managers
year name (career w-l)
1922 Andrew Goldberg (29-24)
1923 Jerry Grote
- 28 Jerry Grote (154-170)
1929 Rusty Staub
1930 Rusty Staub (34-33) -1
Will Clark -2
1931 Will Clark
- 34 Will Clark
1935 Macky Sasser
1936 Macky Sasser (64-40) -3
Will Clark -4
1937 Will Clark
- 44 Will Clark (462-331)
1- Staub 3-10; 2- Clark 26-15;
3- Sasser 18-16; 4- Clark 20-16
 

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