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Illinois State League 1948


Player Roster

Players who played for teams in the Illinois State League (a Midwest League predecessor) in 1948. This list includes all players I can identify, coaching staff members, umpires, and selected front office staff. There are certainly missing players, as the available sources are known to be incomplete.

144 different players are listed on this page (5 of whom played in the majors), as are 20 non-playing personel; some are listed more than once.


  • Team Roster Limit: 16 players.
  • Experience Rules: 1 veteran; 7 limited service; 8 rookies.
  • Salary Limit: $2,000.00 (entire team, per month).
  • League Statistician: Howe News Bureau.

While the information here is intended to be both complete and accurate, it's likely that there are omissions and the scale of the project guarantees errors; there's a lot of data here, from a variety of sources, all of which was originally in another format.



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Illinois State League Officials

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Dutch Hoffman           R/R 6-00 175    01/28/1904      ISL                 VP  MLB
        H.V. Millard            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 President/Treasurer 
        Neil Moore              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Secretary   
        Henry Gillam            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      
        Horace Jester           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      
        Leo MacKay              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      
        Edward Maslowski        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      
        Tom McCarthy            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      
        John Rice               ?/? 5-09 180    04/27/1920      ISL                 Umpire      MLB
        Frank Susor             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      ISL                 Umpire      

Belleville (Illinois) Stags

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Shan Deniston           R/? 6-02 200    00/00/1919      Browns           29 Manager     
        Jerry Nemitz            R/? 5-08 165    00/00/1920      Browns           84 Manager     
        Charles Asbury          R/? 5-11 174    00/00/0000      Browns           19 P   
        Mike Blyzka             R/R 6-00 190    12/25/1928      Browns           31 P   MLB
        Dick Busby              L/? 6-01 195    00/00/1929      Browns           76 OF  
        Joe Camacho             R/? 6-00 178    05/29/1928      Browns          118 S-O 
        Dave Conrad             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           12     
        Barry Dosser            R/? 6-00 156    00/00/1928      Browns           21 P   
        Dom Fontana             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           29 3B  
        Walt Gilbo              R/? 5-10 155    00/00/1929      Browns           26 2B  
        Gene Haley              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           10 P   
        Don Hensiek             R/R 6-03 182    00/00/1927      Browns           46 P-O 
        John Howson             R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1927      Browns          112 O-C 
        Harry Kelly             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           27 OF  
        Pete Konyar             R/? 5-11 185    00/00/1929      Browns           45 3B  
        Alex Kozy               R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1930      Browns           39 SS  
        Howard Lavigne          L/? 5-11 175    00/00/1927      Browns           16 1B  
        Harry Lawrence          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           12 SS  
        Stan Nassif             R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1926      Browns           47 1-O 
        Frank Radosevich        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           11 P   
        Jim Rinehart            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Browns           60 OF  
        Joe Sadowski            R/? 6-00 171    03/24/1924      Browns           83 3-S 
        Frank Saucier           L/R 6-01 180    05/28/1926      Browns           39 C   MLB
        Frank Scarpace          L/? 5-10 160    00/00/1928      Browns           80 1-O 
        Arden Schenkel          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1929      Browns                  
        Bob Turley              R/R 6-02 215    09/19/1930      Browns           16 P   MLB
        John Waltman            R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1928      Browns           22 P   
        Dutch Hoffman           R/R 6-00 175    01/28/1904      N/A                 GM  MLB
        Addie Nesbit            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Centralia (Illinois) Cubs

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Claude Passeau          R/R 6-03 198    04/09/1909      Cubs             15 Manager     MLB
6       Willard Sellergren      ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             34 Manager     
1       Vic Allianiello         R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1927      Cubs             88 3B  
        Charles Asbury          R/? 5-11 174    00/00/0000      Cubs             19 P   
10      Blake                   ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs                P   
5       Bill Bleyer             L/? 5-08 165    00/00/1926      Cubs             80 2B  
14      Ed Bonczyk              R/? 6-01 170    00/00/1929      Cubs             21 P   
18      Emil Borgini            R/? 5-10 185    00/00/1929      Cubs             83 OF  
        Charles Brady           L/? 5-08 150    00/00/1926      Cubs             19 OF  
15      Ray Cassidy             L/? 5-10 165    00/00/1927      Cubs             23 P   
        Dick Dewitt             R/? 6-00 160    00/00/1928      Cubs             21 3B  
16      John Feldman            R/? 6-03 210    00/00/1928      Cubs             18 P   
        George Flynn            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             10     
        John Gallo              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             14     
        Dave Harrison           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             11 P   
        Walt Herald             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             16 OF  
11      Bill Herman             L/? 6-00 160    00/00/1929      Cubs            103 OF  
        Ed Kowalski             R/? 5-11 185    12/05/1922      Cubs             13 P   
9       Dan Kristie (Kriszcziokiokaitis) ?/? 0-00 000 00/00/1926 Cubs            26 OF  
        Bob Kupina              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             11 OF  
7       LaFromboise             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs                P   
        Tony Levanti            R/? 5-10 160    00/00/1925      Cubs             52 SS  
        John Mahoney            L/? 6-00 168    00/00/1930      Cubs                P   
17      Dean Manns              R/? 6-00 179    00/00/1929      Cubs             93 C   
12      Gene Nelson             R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1929      Cubs             11 P   
        Walt Nocks              L/? 6-01 170    00/00/1929      Cubs             96 OF  
        Joe Prucha              R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1925      Cubs             13 P   
20      Darrell Rothrock        R/? 6-00 200    00/00/1928      Cubs             64 P   
        Paul Scanlon            R/? 5-10 160    00/00/1929      Cubs             14 C   
        Doug Unger              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             20 3B  
        Bill Walker             L/? 6-01 170    00/00/1928      Cubs             15 P   
4       Don Witt                R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1928      Cubs            120 1B  
2       Bob Zubeck              R/? 5-10 160    07/25/1926      Cubs             82 SS  
        Joe Mondino             ?/? 0-00 000    02/04/1909      N/A                 President   
        Walter F.P. Schoenfeld  ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

Marion (Illinois) Indians

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Mel Ivy (Ivanski)       R/? 5-11 160    04/28/1914      N/A              91 Manager     
        Socrates Anthony        R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1925      N/A             101 C   
        Willard Boerger         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1929      N/A                     
        Frank Braden            L/? 6-00 175    00/00/1927      N/A              18 P   
        Charles Brymer          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              19 P   
        Charlie Davis           R/? 5-10 150    00/00/1926      N/A              30 P   
        Paul Deters             R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1925      N/A             100 OF  
        Ray Gabrych             R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1926      N/A              97 SS  
        Jim Harsey              R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1929      N/A              16 P   
        John Hurley             R/? 6-07 192    08/16/1926      N/A              21 P   
        Jim Johnson             R/? 6-02 205    00/00/1929      N/A              29 P   
        Harold Lawder           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1928      N/A              12 3B  
        Tony Levanti            R/? 5-10 160    00/00/1925      N/A              52 SS  
        Dick Martz              L/? 5-11 190    00/00/1928      N/A             105 OF  
        Joe Sadowski            R/? 6-00 171    03/24/1924      N/A              83 3-S 
        Gerald Schold           R/? 6-02 165    00/00/1927      N/A              50 3-O 
        Wayne Sengstock         R/? 5-11 165    00/00/1928      N/A              29 P   
        Dom Serafini            R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1929      N/A             115 OF  
        Lilburn Smith           R/? 6-01 175    00/00/1929      N/A              10 P   
        Rogers Werner           L/? 6-00 160    00/00/1929      N/A             113 1B  
        Bob Wylupek             R/? 5-11 180    00/00/1929      N/A             119 2B  
        S.E. Storme             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Mattoon (Illinois) Indians

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
14|11   Chuck Hawley            R/R 6-03 210    00/00/0000      Indians          40 P/Manager   
3       Charles Asbury          R/? 5-11 174    00/00/0000      Indians          19 P   
4       Bill Broukal            R/R 6-00 170    00/00/0000      Indians         119 SS  
3       Dude Brown              R/R 5-11 160    00/00/0000      Indians          13 P   
        Harold Brydle           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Indians                 
        Gene Daily              ?/? 0-00 000    09/19/1925      Indians          10 C   
6       John Farkas             R/R 5-11 180    00/00/0000      Indians          94 C   
10      Bob Green               R/? 6-03 180    00/00/0000      Indians          34 RF  
14      Bob Houseman            R/R 6-01 185    00/00/0000      Indians         111 OF  
18      Andrew Marinko          R/R 6-01 180    00/00/0000      Indians          67 C   
9       George Martak           R/R 6-01 185    00/00/0000      Indians          75 OF  
2       Chester McDowell        L/R 5-09 165    00/00/0000      Indians         119 2B  
        Tom Mockler             L/? 6-03 180    00/00/0000      Indians          11 P   
5       Jim Peterson            L/R 5-10 175    00/00/0000      Indians         118 OF  
7       Bob Reem                R/R 6-00 175    00/00/0000      Indians          30 P   
12      Ben Rossman             R/R 6-00 175    00/00/0000      Indians          28 P   
        Dean Rothrock           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1926      Indians                 
1       Glenn Runge             R/R 5-11 170    00/00/0000      Indians          28 P   
17      Bob Staton              R/R 6-01 170    00/00/0000      Indians         115 3B  
16      Gerald Uht              L/L 6-02 180    00/00/0000      Indians         119 1B  
        Lew Whorley             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Indians          14 OF  
8       Roy Willis              L/L 6-02 165    08/05/1927      Indians             P   
19      George Wilson           L/L 6-02 190    00/00/0000      Indians             P   
        Charles Heath           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        R.J. Welsh              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Mount Vernon (Illinois) Braves

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Creepy Crespi           R/R 0-00 175    02/16/1918      Braves              Manager     MLB
9       Eugene Adams            R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1929      Braves           76 C-P 
        Lyndell Arnold          ?/? 0-00 000    06/18/1927      Braves           20 OF  
        Jim Barry               L/? 5-11 175    06/10/1929      Braves           36 P   
        Willard Boerger         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1929      Braves                  
15      Charles Bowman          L/? 0-00 000    00/00/1924      Braves           40 OF  
18      Clarence Brand          R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1927      Braves          102 3B  
        Bob Brown               L/? 6-00 173    00/00/1928      Braves           33 OF  
        Ed Cvikota              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Braves           21 2B  
        Howard DeCamp           R/? 6-01 170    00/00/1925      Braves           10 P   
1       Bob Gordon              R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1928      Braves           32 P   
16      Elmer Haas              R/R 6-03 175    00/00/1928      Braves           34 P   
21      Don Hazleton            L/? 6-04 179    00/00/1929      Braves          108 1B  
12      Lester Leland           R/? 6-02 189    00/00/1928      Braves           20 P   
23      Warren Ley              R/? 6-02 200    00/00/1930      Braves           15 P   
        Dick Loeser             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1928      Braves                  
        Al Lounsbury            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Braves           10 OF  
17      Ray Markley             R/? 6-02 210    00/00/1929      Braves           30 P   
        Frank Massa             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Braves           13     
14      Vince Pankovits         R/? 6-00 175    00/00/1923      Braves           78 C   
10      Dick Peregrine          R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1929      Braves           19 P   
20      Billy Queen             R/R 6-01 185    11/28/1928      Braves          118 SS  MLB
5       Frank Santorsa          R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1929      Braves           94 OF  
11      Bob Schlemmer           R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1926      Braves          118 2B  
6       Harry Spaine            L/? 6-00 189    00/00/1927      Braves           85 OF  
        Ed Vallone              R/? 6-02 188    00/00/1929      Braves           18 OF  
4       Bill Williams           R/? 5-11 165    00/00/1926      Braves           28 P   
        William Moore           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

West Frankfort (Illinois) Cardinals

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Harold Contini          R/? 5-10 170    00/00/1917      Cardinals       108 Manager     
        Nick Adzick             R/? 6-00 180    03/25/1927      Cardinals       107 C   
        Bill Asal               R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1925      Cardinals        36 SS  
        Harley Beavers          R/? 5-08 167    00/00/1929      Cardinals        49 3-O 
        Bill Blackwell          L/? 5-10 168    00/00/1927      Cardinals        81 OF  
        Nick Huck               R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1924      Cardinals        23 P   
        Sam Hunter              R/? 5-11 160    00/00/1929      Cardinals        13 P   
        Ray Jankowski           L/L 5-08 165    06/23/1929      Cardinals        31 P   
        Willis McDonald         R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1927      Cardinals        34 P   
        Russ McGovern           L/? 5-08 150    00/00/1927      Cardinals       120 OF  
        Floyd Melliere          R/? 6-02 190    00/00/1925      Cardinals        38 P   
        Frank Monaco            R/? 5-08 160    00/00/1926      Cardinals        14 SS  
        Tom O'Connor            L/? 5-10 168    00/00/1929      Cardinals        93 3-O-C       
        Maurice Owen            R/? 6-04 190    00/00/1930      Cardinals        17 P   
        Bob Palmer              R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1928      Cardinals        28 3B  
        Hisel Patrick           R/? 6-02 190    08/21/1925      Cardinals        28 P   
        Frank Porreca           R/? 5-11 185    03/12/1924      Cardinals       115 1B  
        Earl Weaver             R/? 5-07 180    08/14/1930      Cardinals       120 2B  
        George Wilson           R/? 5-10 176    00/00/1925      Cardinals       114 OF  
        R.O. Harrell            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        Pete Mondino            ?/? 0-00 000    07/21/1905      N/A                 President   

Sources

This list was compiled from a number of sources, including those listed below. It was checked against both Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database and SABR's Minor League Statistics Database. Inevitably, there are errors; those are mine.

  • The Sporting News Baseball Guide for 1949.
  • The Baseball Blue Book for 1948.
  • Programs and scorecard inserts in my collection.

My thanks to David Malamut for his assistance with this project.



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