• Steve Potter

7/14/2020 : Phillies Minor League History - The Hazelton Mountaineers


Time Period - 1934 to 1936


Venues : Cranberry Park


City : Hazelton, PA

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Franchise History :


The Hazelton Mountaineers were formed on 6/16/1929 when the Syracuse Stars moved to Hazleton on an emergency basis because their stadium fell down. The franchise competed in the New York–Penn League through 1932, was inactive in 1933, then was revived the following season as an affiliate of the Phillies ( 1934 to 1936 ), the Boston Red Sox ( 1937–1938) and later the Brooklyn Dodgers ( 1950 ). They played in the NY Penn League from 1929 to 1932 and 1937, the Eastern League in 1938, Interstate League from 1939 to 1940 and the North Atlantic League from 1949 to 1950.


The team disbanded after the 1950 season when the North Atlantic League folded.

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The Stadium the Phillies teams played in :


Cranberry Park :


Location: 559 Hayes Street.

Capacity: 3,200 (1939); 4,000 (1936); 4,200 (1950)

Dimensions (Left, Center, Right): 390-405-400 (1939)

The Hazleton Coal Company, which was the initial owner of the site, formed in 1836.

The majority of the property was used for anthracite coal mining. In 1922, the Cranberry Ball Park occupied part of the property until 1965, when State Route 924 was constructed through the property.


The site is now included in the Cranberry Creek Gateway Project established in 2006 with the intentions of developing 366 acres into a residential and commercial community.


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The Seasons :


1934


New York Penn League ( A ) ... Manager : Frank Uzmann ... 61-75 , 7th place ... Attendance : ?


24 year old First Baseman/Outfielder Eddie Wilson hit .315 in 495 AB’s ... he played in two major league seasons with the 1936 and 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers appearing in 88 games

1935


New York Penn League ( A ) ... Manager : Andy High ... 74-56 , 3rd place ... Attendance : ?


13 of the 25 players on the roster either had or would play in the Major Leagues ... Player/Manager Andy High played in 133 games and hit .313 in 521 AB’s


1936


New York Penn League ( A ) ... Managers : Andy High, George Tice, Joe O’Rourke, & Frank Uzmann ... 66-72 , 6th place ... Attendance : ?


The club had multiple changes during the summer in the manager’s seat ... Andy High was the skipper for the majority of the season ... the 38 year old also played in 24 games and hit .323 in 99 AB’s ... he had previously played in 13 major league seasons over the time period of 1922 to 1934 with the Brooklyn Robins, Boston Braves, St Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Phillies appearing in 1,314 big league games as primarily a Third Baseman posting a career .284 batting average in 4,400 AB’s ... he later became the Director of Scouting for the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, a position he held till he retired in 1963


Happy Day Happy Baseball ⚾️


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