Schenectady Blue Jays & Albany Senators

The Schenectady Blue Jays and the Albany Senators were both members of the Eastern League which began in 1938, and it was an eight team league until 1957. The Blue Jays and Senators played against each other many times, and the Senators were the EL Champions in 1954.  Don Hutson, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, played for the Senators in 1937.  That year, the league was called the New York-Penn League.  Twenty-three former Eastern League players have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Juan Marichal, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, Whitey Ford, Early Wynn, Richie Ashburn, Johnny Mize, Bob Lemon, Warren Spahn, Ralph Kiner, and the most recent inductee, Carlton Fisk (2002), are among them.  Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez, Heinie Manush, and Travis Jackson all became Eastern League managers after their big league playing days.  Former Baltimore skipper, Earl Weaver, managed Elmira for four years.  Jim Bunning pitched for the Williamsport Tigers in 1952.  Bill Sharman played for Elmira in 1950, then went on to play and coach in the NBA.  George Scott, who later played for the Boston Red Sox, played for the Pittsfield Red Sox.

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