Friday, May 29, 2015
News & Updates

The Fall 2012 edition of the American Association Almanac, Vol. 10, No. 2 was released one week ago; extra copies are available. Please contact me at should you be interested in purchasing a copy. The cost is $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping.

Here are the basics. You can learn more under the Back Issues section.

Title: A Chronicle of the 1912 American Association Championship Season • Three Baseball Lives

Sub-title: Cutting Short the Mortal Coil: When Death and Loss Pervade the Elysian Fields

Number of Pages: 60

Format: Paper; Page size 5.5" x 8.5"

Font: New Times Roman in 10 pt.

Issued: October 10, 2012

Overview: Covers the theme of the American Association's 1912 season on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. A summary of each team's progress throughout the year is covered. Milwaukee and Columbus receive an in-depth look courtesy of guest authors Dennis Pajot and Chris Gallutia. This covers pages 1-42. Following each team summary is a listing of their club leaders in hitting and pitching.

A survey of three baseball lives is next. First is a look at the life of Milwaukee Brewers' owner Otto Borchert for whom Borchert Field is named. Next is an article on Milwaukee's second female owner, Florence Killilea who passed away in 1931. Both articles are written by award-winning author Dennis Pajot. Finally, a summary of the career of Doc Buckner, Milwaukee's African American trainer during the 1920s and '30s, is provided, courtesy of collector and researcher Paul Tenpenny.

The back cover features color photos of the grave site of Ed Kenna, pitcher for the Louisville Colonels during the early 1900s, and St. Paul pitcher Hank Gehring who pitched during the first decade of the 20th century. Both died within one month of each other during the spring of 1912.

The inside back cover features color photos of Gehring and Kenna, plus Florence Killilea and her father Henry (one of the founders of the American League), as well as Doc Buckner and Charles Havenor, the Brewers' first owner.

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Volume 10, Number 2 of the
American Association Almanac: DUE OUT OCTOBER 1

Among the variety of topics coming up in the Almanac's next issue, you'll read about the 1912 Columbus Senators. In an article written by Chris Gallutia, one of the foremost experts in the history of Columbus (OHIO) baseball history, the story of the Senators' 1912 campaign comes to light. A young and hard-nosed bunch, Bill Friel's 1912 Columbus Senators had five of the league’s Top Ten position players in games played and the Association’s youngest pitching staff. With that combination they kept their eye on the top spot all season long, never remotely out of the rear view mirror of the Minneapolis Millers.

Appearing in a second-ranked 168 games, Ray Miller’s dedication and steadfastness at the first sack was a tribute to the club’s tenacity, but Skeeter Shelton (OF - 167 g), Wally Gerber (ss - 166 g), George Perring (3b - 164 g) and Bill Hinchman (OF - 161 g) were nearly his equal in the “iron man” category.

But perhaps more importantly, the Senator’s perennial backstop, 28-year-old Sydney Smith from Smithville, South Carolina, was one of the club’s most vital assets. Smith had the longest string of consecutive games played in American Association history during the course of the 1912 season while catching in 155 games, more than any former Association catcher in one season.

Arrange now to receive your copy of the Fall issue of the American Association Almanac, the most comprehensive publication available with respect to minor league baseball history. Get your box seat to baseball history and subscribe today! Contact the publisher at and see what special offers apply on current subscription rates. Standard rates are published on this website.
Please visit my blogsite at to view the ongoing series I started several weeks ago to commemorate key anniversaries of player deaths. For example, today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Benninghaus Kenna, son of a West Virginia statesman, who had the unique distinction of being known as "the Pitching Poet." You will read about Kenna and his accomplishments at the "Almanac Park" blogsite, as well as those of several others, dating from roughly mid-February of this year. Please leave a comment and "follow" me on my blogsite. And enjoy baseball history!
Two weeks ago I released Vol. 10, No. 1 of the Almanac on the subject of the 1903 championship season of the St. Paul Saints. This 56-page edition contains the following principal sections:

1. An overview on the formation of the American Association dating back to its organizational meeting in November of 1901;

2. A section dealing with the queston of the relevance of major league experience on the part of the players of the 1903 St. Paul Saints, esp. in comparison with its upriver rival, the Minneapolis Millers;

3. A description of St. Paul's Downtown Park, a freshly constructed baseball facility which earned the ignominious nickname of "Pillbox Park" owing to its limited dimensions and its impact on the pennant drive of the Saints that year;

4. An overview of the St. Paul pitching staff in 1903;

5. An overview of the St. Paul position players of 1903;

6. A detailed chronology of games played by the Saints in 1903;

7. St. Paul's head-to-head results vs. the seven other entrants of the American Association;

8. A listing of general patterns comparing home vs. road performance statistics such as longest winning streaks, most runs allowed, runs scored, scoring differentials, etc.

9. A necrology of players from the American Association through 1952.

The text is accompanied by a small sampling of tables and selections from Sporting Life, a national magazine which covered the 1903 American Association campaign in 1903. Endnotes are supplied. References for this edition are contained on this website. Total length of content roughly 28,000 words.

Copies are available for $10 plus $2 shipping; contact Rex Hamann at for information on senior and group discounts.
Volume 9, Number 3.......Summer 2011

Part II of an American Association Necrology: Pitchers

In April 2011 I published an American Association Necrology, Part I, devoted to the position players of the Association who have passed on, or as they say, "gone to the great majority."

A few weeks ago I mailed the 40th edition of the American Association Almanac to my subscribers. It was truly a milestone to celebrate. But it is a pale contribution to the annals of baseball history in comparison with the athletic achievements of the ballplayers who toiled upon summer fields and helped bring success to their team.

This issue is devoted to the baseball lives of 37 former American Association pitchers who passed away in 2010 and early 2011. More will be written concerning the contents of this issue in the Back Issues section of this website.

I began compiling the data for this issue back in January, and it's a good thing I got such an early start because getting the Almanac out by the time we were expecting to leave for a visit to my wife's father in Michigan was a challenge all summer, especially in light of the fact that I took several days off in June to embark on a solo excursion to Wisconsin where I did some visiting and some grave hunting.

"From the Mound to Mortality" is the subtitle of this issue and features 37 abbreviated biographies of pitchers who played in the American Association from 1942-60. Each player's American Association statistical summary is included. The end of the volume contains a section detailing the necrological data I used to support the biographical sketch of each player and frames the discussion along statistical lines for the reader to achieve a broader perspective on the deaths of these players.

This is a 60-page volume, totalling over 34,000 and qualifies as perhaps my largest single contribution to the lexicon of baseball history to date. Specific information about the exact contents of this issue can be found in the Back Issues section. Please email me at with any questions.
Another issue of the American Association Almanac is out. It deals with the 34 former American Association players who passed away in roughly the last year. This issue is Vol. 9, No. 2 of the Almanac and is entitled, "Gone With the Great Majority: An American Association Necrology, Part I."

Because over 65 players who performed in the American Association at one time or another within the last 15 months (roughly), I had to decide to break the issue into two parts in order to adequately cover each player's career in pro ball as it related to the American Association, and so I decided to break it down between two distinct groups, position players and pitchers. Interestingly, the split was nearly even. Pitchers will be examined in the next issue.

This 56-pageissue (over 21,000 words) combines a variety of internet and traditional resources to compile a clear look at each player's career, noting highs and lows, military intervention, key injuries, career after baseball, and much more. In addition, each player's American Association batting line is presented.

There are over a dozen player photos (including one of former Milwaukee Brewer George "Bingo" Binks in Brewers uniform, circa 1944, from the tremendous snapshot collection of Milwaukeean Paul Tenpenny whose website, Welcome To Borchert Field ( presents an ongoing look at the old Brewers and their home for 51 seasons in Milwaukee, Borchert Field) and a variety of other graphic elements.

Among the more prominent players included in this issue are George Crowe, Don Lang, Roy Hartsfield, Walt Dropo and of course, Ron Santo. Please contact me at with any questions on how you can receive an issue of the Almanac or how you can subscribe.
The second part of the Parkway Field set is now complete and was prepared for mailing over the Labor Day weekend. Its contents focuses on the performance of the Louisville Colonels at their new ballpark, Parkway Field. The first half deals with the inaugural season, 1923 and contains a special section on the value of home runs hit in Louisville that season. It contains a thorough statistical component which supports the narrative without becoming an obstacle to the overall story. In addition, spotlights on key players are provided, including biographical details, including future Hall of Famer Earle Combs, and ace starting pitchers Nick (Norman Andrew) Cullop and Wayland Dean.

The second half of this issue deals with the Colonels' 1925 Championship season at Parkway Field. It contains much of the same information as covered in the first half but does not go into quite the same detail regarding home runs. Instead, a game-by-game account of the Colonels' 14-game winning streak which began June 1 when the Colonels hosted the Columbus Senators. It kicked of an amazingly successful (and long) homestand which set the wheels in motion for their dominating pennant run. A statistical summary of this vital two-week stretch is provided.

This 31,000 word document is thoroughly researched and well-documented. It views the Colonels through the perceptive pen of Louisville Courier-Journal sports editor Bruce Dudley, offering many verbatim examples of his descriptions.

Also included are numerous photos and tables. One key highlight from a design standpoint is a double-page photograph of Parkway Field under construction which was purchased through the University of Louisville for use in the Almanac.

You won't want to miss what I consider to be my best issue yet.

This latest edition of the American Association Almanac is perhaps my best issue yet. Please contact me at for ordering details.
The most recent issue of the American Association Almanac is now available to the general public. This issue deals with Louisville's Parkway Field, home of the Louisville Colonels from 1923-56. Focussing on the early history of the stadium, the narrative begins as club President William F. Knebelkamp must deal with the effects of losing Eclipse Park to fire in November 1922.

A discussion of the various plans brought forth via the club's general manager, Cap Neal, and architect Leslie Abbott emerges as a central aspect of the Parkway Field story, and the construction process resulted in unexpected challenges which caused President Knebelkamp serious concerns. The Almanac deals with questions surrounding the Eclipse Park fire and examines possible motives for why the fire may have been intentionally set.

As in past issues of the series on American Association Ballparks, this Almanac presents a close look at the opening game as the Colonels hosted the Toledo Mud Hens on May 1, 1923. The Almanac extracts a variety of topics from local reports reflecting on the home opener with a spotlight on the local reaction to the Colonels new playground.

You'll read about Earle Combs, the Kentucky Colonel, who cut his teeth on American Association baseball, first at Eclipse Park and then at Parkway Field. You'll learn about the five future Hall of Famers on the field during the home opener, representing a collision of fate in the extreme, the sort of irony adored by baseball historians no matter the color of their flag. Other pearls line the walls of this issue, as well.

A detailed description of the Parkway Field physical plant and playing follows. Subsequent sections examine key dates of the 1923 season with a focus on events which involved action on the field; the post-1923 season is covered as well, including the first night game, and the four no-hitters tossed there.

Finally, a focus on attendance patterns during the park's lifetime is presented, first by looking at general attendance patterns during the first season, followed by a homestand-to-homestand look at daily attendance patterns at Parkway Field, and finally attendance patterns by season through 1956.

A colorful sampling of graphics enhances the content of this issue. Using photos and graphs, the reader will be well acquainted with the history of Parkway Field as these devices help bring out the highlights and reinforce general concepts regarding quantitative aspects of the park's history.

In all, this issue represents the culmination of hundreds of hours of work, distilled into a highly readable format containing over 25,000 words in this 48-page edition. The Almanac continues to bring out the best of the history of the American Association through original research and collaboration with local baseball historians.

You won't want to miss out on this one. Contact me at for details on how to order a copy for yourself or as a gift.
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Earlier this week I was finally able to dedicate some time to get this website back up for its originally intended purpose, to provide the essential background information on the topic of the American Association from 1902-52. Of course each time I come to the site to add content or adjust the layout it feels like pulling teeth. But the point is that we're now in the rebuilding phase after my unfortunate episode last September when I successfully eradicated the entire site. How did I do it? I was attempting to install a new website with a different name, one dedicated to the ball player grave sites I've visited and photographed these past several years. In the process, I simply replaced everything I'd spent the entire month of August putting up on this site, and at the time I simply didn't have a spare moment to put everything back where it belonged. Fortunately I had saved most of the data, but the simple process of getting started back up again after several months, especially as challenging as these last few months have been for me personally, has been not at all simple. I've decided to take a different approach to the batting data where you'll find tables showing the season leaders for each season through 1952. I am currently developing that database and hope to have the entire thing posted by mid-week next week. Please bear with me while I attempt to build what will be a quality place to visit on the web for years to come. And consider subscribing to the Almanac and supporting this worthwhile endeavor of exploring this vital regional minor league!

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Dedicated to Preserving the History of a Premier Midwestern Minor League, 1902- 1952



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This issue presents a statistical analysis of the first 20 seasons played between the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints.

Featured are the championship years: 1903, 1904, 1919 and 1920 for St. Paul,

1910, 1911, 1912 and 1915 for Minneapolis.

Within each season, the a statistical breakdown covering the following key areas is described:

  1. Combined Series Results
  2. Extra-inning Contests
  3. Featured Team's Record at Home
  4. Featured Team's Record at Opposing Venu
  5. Scoring by Team
  6. Scoring by Venue
  7. Margin of Victory
  8. Batting by Team
  9. Miller Killers and Saint Slayers
  10. Batting by Venue
  11. Defensive Profile
  12. Pitching Highlights


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•     H  O  M  E              P  L  A  T  E     •

A Glimpse at the American Association

And How the Almanac Took Root

This website is dedicated to the preservation of the historical aspects of the American Association of Professional Baseball Leagues during the first 51 seasons of its existence.

From 1902 until 1952 the American Association was composed of the same eight teams, with some exceptions.

The teams included the Columbus (Ohio) Senators (who became the Red Birds in 1931), Indianapolis Indians, Louisville Colonels, Kansas City Blues, the Milwaukee Brewers, Minneapolis Millers, St. Paul Saints and Toledo Mud Hens.

At this website you will find a variety of statistical information intended to provide foundational background information on the performance history of the league's players through 1962.

The Ballparks section lists each venue used by the various American Associaiton teams and describes them in detail.

The other sections are self-explanatory and will be completed in time. As of this update (June 3, 2010), completed sections include Batting, Pitching, Ballparks, and Back Issues. The Contact Form is ready to be used and should be functional.

The Managers section is in progress at this time and presently contains data for Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

The American Association Almanac is a baseball history journal published tri-annually and is available postally by subscription.

While primarily concerned with educating the public on the history of the American Association, this website is intended to advocate the Almanac.

Subscriptions are available to individuals and institutions. Please see more information concerning subscription rates in the "Subscription Info" section.

There you will also find information on ordering back issues which are available individually or as a complete set through Volume 8, Number 3.

Specific information concerning each individual issue will eventually appear in the section marked "Back Issues."

Sample pages showing the format and various graphic features of the latest Almanac are also shown in the Back Issues section.

Since 2001 when I created the publication, then known as the American Association Newsletter, I have managed to maintain a small subscription base.

• • • Please consider supporting your local baseball historian

and subscribe to this acclaimed,

"ad-free" journal at your earliest convenience. • • •



League History and Background Information

The American Association got its start in November of 1901 when a group of magnates organized in order to create a baseball league which would compete with the two major leagues. Originally conceived to include Omaha, this notion was ultimately rejected on economic grounds as George "White Wings" Tebeau was recruited to establish a team in Louisville, a move which proved highly successful. That season the Louisville Colonels narrowly missed walking away with the league's first championship; however, Tebeau's team bowed to the Indianapolis Indians after the championship was decided based on the outcome of a triple header in Minneapolis where the Millers were entertaining the Colonels. Ironically, the Millers' crosstown rival St. Paul Saints had their hands full with the Indians, but in late September of 1902 they proved no contest and the Indians became the American Association's first league champion. From the outset, the American Association was an independent league, considered a "rogue" league by the National and American Leagues, and subject to different rules, both on and off the field. However, all this would change for 1903, and despite the fact that players still jumped from team to team, a practice deemed illegal by the owners, the American Association was now a bona fide member of the National Association and a full-fledged player in the development of talent.

For the first 51 seasons the league remained largely intact. The only real departure from the original configuration of teams came when the Toledo Mud Hens were moved to Cleveland in a move to thwart the newly established Federal League from putting down roots there. More on this topic can be found under the heading "Teams." There were a few name changes along the way, as well, for example, the Milwaukee Brewers became the Milwaukee Panthers for the 1919 season (likely attributable to the onset of prohibition, and a change that was not seized upon by every media outlet), and the Columbus Senators permanently became the Columbus Red Birds in 1931.

In 1952 the Toledo Mud Hens were again involved in upsetting the league's applecart when it relocated to Charleston, West Virginia and became the Charleston Senators, changing the league's complexion for the duration. It is, in part, the reason the Almanac contains its focus to include the years 1902-52. The other reason is that the principal source originally used by the Almanac for its base of facts (Marshall Wright's The Complete Rosters of the American Association, Year-by-Year Statistics for the baseball Minor League, 1902 - 1952, now out of print) encompassed the seasons only through 1952. The league would last, in various forms, through 1962 before discontinuing, only to be reborn again in 1969. However, the glory years of the league were long since past, as each franchise was owned by a corporate entity (a major league club) and had lost its local identity to a substantial extent. No longer was local control the driving force behind the doings of each club, as it had been well into the 1930's. In addition, the advent of television contributed to the demise of the golden age of minor league baseball throughout the United States.

The American Association Almanac was born in 2001 as the result of a grave hunting trip I took to Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the trip was to locate the grave of Nick "Tomato Face" Cullop who was buried at the Mifflin Township Cemetery in nearby Gahanna. I found that Cullop's grave was unmarked, and soon found out the cemetery official had no idea who Nick Cullop was. Considering his magnificent stature as a hitter in the American Association, I was perplexed. Returning home that day, I resolved to create a marker for the Cullop grave. It was made of wood with a picture frame, containing a description of Cullop's career highlights on a specially prepared sheet, mounted to a board which was affixed to a stake, a roof added for effect. A few months later I returned to the cemetery and asked the manager to install the marker. He did, and a local newspaper got wind of the story, photographing several town luminaries gathered about Cullop's grave. This was the story that fueled the creation of the Almanac. Soon a host of folks were aligned to help find funds for a marker for Nick Cullop.

In time the New York Yankees came forward and helped finance the creation of a granite gravestone, but it took months and many phone calls and e-mails before the project came to completion in 2008. By this time I'd given up hope of ever seeing a marker put up. But after moving from near Akron, Ohio to Minnesota's Twin Cities area in 2001, I realized things were pretty much out of my hands at that point. The seed was sewn, however, and the Almanac has grown into a full-fledged scholarly journal (soon to have its own ISSN!) dedicated to this old regional minor league of our grandparents' day. It is published three times per year and covers a wide range of topics, principally team histories and ballparks. Please see the description of each issue in the "back issues" section.

A word about me. My name is Rex Hamann and I was never much good at baseball, although I could catch pretty well. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where I played on various Little League teams, and at one point partook in a clinic held at old Breese Stevens Field in Madison, former home of the old Madison Blues, and I was entranced by its vintage feeling. More seeds sewn. But after getting cut from my high school team at James Madison Memorial High, I was pretty much done with it. I never quite outgrew the lust for the leather, hanging on to my very first glove (it was huge to me as kid, and fit me even as an adult), and taking advantage of any possible opportunity to play catch. The Chicago Cubs was my team as a kid, and I was a dedicated box score observer, the first four slots in the Cubs' batting order of Kessinger, Beckert, Williams and Santo, often followed by Banks etched permanently into my memory. I was one of those bad little boys who dragged his transistor radio to bed with him at night praying my older brother, with whom I shared my room, wouldn't tell on me. I spent my youth spent hanging on to every word ever uttered by Cub broadcasters Vince Lloyd (whose voice I adored) and Lou Boudreau (who's voice I couldn't stand). My father, Albert, drove us kids down to Chicago for a game against the Pirates in August of 1966, and it was really the one event that converted me into a lover of baseball. I was not quite nine at the time, but I still recall many of the sights, sounds and smells from that one Sunday, especially the cigar smoke, and Wrigley Field was always hallowed ground to me. But eventually I grew up and learned to love other things, and after teaching in Milwaukee for 15 years I became a devout follower of the Milwaukee Brewers. While my heart was steeped in Milwaukee County Stadium, I find Miller Park an exciting place to be, but I'm much too "old school" to go in for indoor baseball. Even with the roof open, it still feels too much like an arena instead of a field. That's a little about what's behind my love for baseball history. I just miss the game I knew as a kid, and I tend to be a bit idealistic when it comes to how the game is played today, and a little bit opinionated as to how I think it should be played. And so I retreat to the seclusion of baseball history, an escape that can't be beat.


Funny how a ballpark with breezes blowing through it

And a carpet of bluegrass shimmering in the light, can attach us to a part of the past

The moon resplendent above the flagpole out-shining the spindly lamps

I live idealistically with the hope

That I will find more people who love what I love about baseball,

From the on-field awe to the joy in tumbling numbers to stumbling upon the ballplayer's grave...

In any shape you take it, take in the crack of the bat, the cloud of dust, the improbable catch,

And delight in the open-air antics as our grandparents may have recalled it....

Maybe that's baseball's single most redeeming, time-resistant quality,

How it can remind us of the ones we felt a kinship with at one time,

Even if just for a few innings,

And put us with them.

-- rh



Please note: the various sections of this website remain under construction;

as of May 2, 2010 the following sections are complete:



The Ballparks

Please enjoy perusing these sections of the website.

Updates on the completion of future sections will be noted here.





Lexington Park, ca. 1914-1915

Currently featured atop this page is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind

photograph of game action taken at Lexington Park in St. Paul during

the 1914 or 1915 season. The lack of time referents make the identification

of such photos difficult under most circumstances. However, a close look at

the scoreboard on the left field wall shows the American Association teams

in action that day; among them, Toledo is not included. Instead, Cleveland

appears. This happened during only two season when the Toledo Mud Hens,

who were owned by Cleveland owner William Armour,

moved to Cleveland to forestall any move by the Federal League to install a

team in Cleveland; in 1914, the Mud Hens became the Cleveland Bear Cats, while in 1915

they became the Cleveland Spiders in homage to a previous Cleveland major league franchise.

This dates the photo concretely to either 1914 or 1915. The scoreboard also yields the

fact that the game underway in this photo was being played between the Minneapolis Millers

and the St. Paul Saints. Due to the intensity of the intercity rivalry between these two clubs,

over-flow crowds were common, especially on Sundays and holidays. Owing to the fact

that fans are observable sitting not only along the baseline fence and the wall but also

upon the roof, it's safe to assume this photo was taken either on a holiday such as Memorial Day

(which would have been called Decoration Day in 1915), Independence Day or Labor Day,

or even on a Sunday. The preponderance of white shirts in the left field bleacher suggests

this may have been taken on a Sunday, but that is based largely upon conjecture.

You can own a copy of this photo. See the tab entiteld "Photos For Sale" on this website's menu.


Previously Featured Photos



Back Row

Ed Bahr, Bob Malloy, Red Barrett, Frank Kalin, Culley Rikard, Jim Bagby, Paul Erickson, Jack Hallet,

John Hutchings, Cal McLish and Manager Al Lopez

Middle Row

Trainer "Hump" Pierce, Jack Cassini, Tom Saffell, Pete Castiglione, Chet Johnson, Russ Peters,

Les Fleming, Don Gutteridge and Earl Turner

Bottom Row

Coach Tony Cuccinnello, Ted Beard, Roy Weatherly, Robert Ganss, Jim Walsh and Bat Boy Spence Nunley

With a record of 100-54, the Indianapolis Indians captured the American Association crown in 1948 by 11 games over the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the playoffs, the Indians were defeated by the third-place St. Paul Saints in the first round, four games to two.

St. Paul went on to tangle with the International League's Montreal Royals in the Junior World Series, going down, four games to one,

in what was called "The Dodgers' Civil War" by author Bob Bailey in his book, "History of the Junior World Series" (Scarecrow Press, 2004).