Monday, October 19, 2020

On this Date in New York-Penn League History: October 19, 1945

The Jamestown, New York franchise of the PONY (New York-Penn) League is sold.

Source: Elmira Star-Gazette via Newspapers.com

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

On this Date in New York-Penn League History: October 17, 1960

Batavia and Jamestown, New York sign agreements and will return to the New York-Penn League for the 1961 season.

 Source: The Daily American (Somerset, PA) via Newspapers.com

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Today's Birthday: Mike Krsnich (Bradford Phillies, 1950)

Credits: Topps Co. via Trading Card Database
Former PONY (New York-Penn) League prospect Mike Krsnich was born on this date in 1931 in West Allis, Wisconsin. He played for the 1950 Bradford Phillies.

Krsnich played for the Milwaukee Braves during two seasons (1960, '62), appearing in a total of 11 major league games. He finished his baseball career playing in Japan (1964-66, '67).

He died on April 30, 2011, at the age of 79.

Source: Baseball Reference 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Today's Birthday: Jim Rooker (Jamestown Tigers, 1962)



Credits: Topps Co. via The Trading Cards Database

Happy 78th Birthday to former New York-Penn League prospect Jim Rooker.

Rooker played in the New York-Penn League for the 1962 Jamestown Tigers. He played in the majors during 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1968), Kansas City Royals (1969-72), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1973-80). He pitched in two games during the 1979 World Series.

After his playing days, he was a broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1981 to 1993.

Source: Baseball Reference 

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Today's Birthday: Jerry Zimmerman (Corning Red Sox, 1954)

Credits: Topps Co. via Trading Card Database

Former PONY (New York-Penn) League prospect Jerry Zimmerman was born on this date in 1934. He played for the 1954 Corning Red Sox (113 games, 7 HR, .302 BA).

He played in the majors during 8 seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1961) and Minnesota Twins (1962-68). He was one of the original coaches for the Montreal Expos (1969-75) and coached for the Minnesota Twins from 1976 to 1980.

Zimmerman died on September 9, 1998, at the age of 63.

Source: Baseball Reference

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Today's Birthday: Andy Semick (London Pirates, 1940; Elmira Pioneers Manager, 1959)

Former PONY/New York-Penn League prospect and manager Andy Seminick was born on this date in 1920 in Pierce, West Virginia.

Credits: Topps Co. via The Trading Card Database

Seminick played in the PONY (Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York) in 1940 with the London Pirates. He went on to play 15 seasons in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies (1943-51, '55-'57) and Cincinnati Reds (1952-55). Seminick played in the 1949 All-Star game and the 1950 World Series.

After his playing days, Seminick managed for 11 seasons in the minor leagues, including one season in the the New York-Penn League with the Elmira Pioneers (1959).

He died on February 22, 2004 at the age of 83. Read a complete bio at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) website at this link.

Sources: Baseball Reference and SABR

(Note: Originally published on September 12, 2019)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Today’s Birthday: Don Aase (Williamsport Red Sox, 1972)

Credits: Topps Co. via Trading Card Database
Happy 66th birthday to former New York-Penn League prospect Don Aase. He pitched for the Williamsport Red Sox in 1972 (0-10, 5.81 ERA).

Aase played in the major for 13 seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1977), California Angels (1978-82, ’84), Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), New York Mets (1989) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1990).

He appeared in the 1986 All-Star game for the American League.

Source: Baseball Reference

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