It Happened in Baseball in the 1930s, 1940s, & 1950s

** 1939 – The Amsterdam Rugmakers won the Can-Am League pennant under manager Eddie Sawyer.

** 1939 – Coach Babe Ruth and the Brooklyn Dodgers came to Albany.  Ruth hit his last homerun ever in a major league uniform.

** 1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, and future major league pitcher, Bill Stafford, was born in Catskill.

** 1941 – Future Schenectady Blue Jay manager, Lee Riley, playing for Rome, led the Can-Am League with 32 homeruns.

** 1941 – Ralph Kiner played for Albany and batted .279 wih 11 homeruns and 66 RBIs.

** 1941 – Jimmy Barbieri, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Billy Connors, who pitched for the New York Mets, were born in Schenectady.

** 1942 – The New York Yankees came to Amsterdam and played against the Rugmakers.

** 1942 – Satchel Paige came to Hawkins Stadium in Albany and told the media that he was skeptical about blacks playing on major league teams.  He thought it would cause friction.  He felt that an all-negro team should become a major league member.

** 1947 – McNearney Stadium opened in Schenectady.  Schenectady went 86-51 and won the Can-Am League pennant under Lee Riley.

** 1948 – Schenectady Blue Jay, Tommy LaSorda, struck out 35 Rugmakers in 15 innings.

** 1948 – Branch Rickey spoke to the Schenectady Quartermasters Association at the Electric City’s Army Depot cafeteria.

** 1953 – Billy Harrell of Troy was playing for the Reading Phillies and was named the Eastern league MVP.

** 1953 – Schenectady Little League finished second in the Little League World series.

** 1954 – John Tudor, a future major league player, was born in Schenectady.

**1954 – Manager Mike Maietta directed the Schenectady Little League to a 7-5 win over Colton, California in a  seven-inning game before 7,000 fans in Williamsport, PA. to win the Little League World Series on August 27.

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