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Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 1949


Player Roster

Players who played for teams in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League (a Midwest League predecessor) in 1949. 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.

137 different players are listed on this page (4 of whom played in the majors), as are 25 non-playing personel; some are listed more than once.


  • Team Roster Limit: 15 players.
  • Experience Rules: 1 veteran; 7 limited service; 7 rookies.
  • Salary Limit: $2,100.00 (entire team, per month).
  • League Statistician: J. Friend News Service.

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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Mississippi-Ohio Valley League Officials

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Polk Brooks             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Vice President      
        Dutch Hoffman           R/R 6-00 175    01/28/1904      MOV                 President   MLB
        Neil Moore              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Secretary/Treasurer 
        Lloyd Babb              ?/? 5-10 170    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Claude Brown            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        James Capozzi           ?/? 5-09 180    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Clebert Cox             ?/? 5-09 165    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Irvin Hatzenbuehler     ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        William Hindman         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Gus Pflugmacher         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Richard Phillips        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      

Belleville (Illinois) Stags

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Les Mueller             R/R 6-03 190    03/04/1919      Yankees             Manager     MLB
        Joseph Yurkovich        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees             Manager     
        Bunny Mick              L/? 5-10 155    02/28/1923      Yankees          77 Manager     
        Addie Nesbit            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 Manager/President/GM        
        Ted Birkeland           R/? 6-04 190    00/00/1928      Yankees          21 P   
        Herb Bracken            R/R 6-03 192    00/00/1919      Yankees          13 P   
        Al Callo                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          27 2B  
        Bob Cruse               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          23 2B  
        Herb Davis              L/? 6-03 215    00/00/1928      Yankees          37 P   
        Ken Dickhens            R/? 5-08 190    00/00/1927      Yankees          77 C   
        Harley Eaves            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          23 P   
        John Gabler             B/R 6-02 165    10/02/1930      Yankees          16 P   MLB
        Bill Goodwin            R/? 5-10 152    00/00/1927      Yankees          23 P   
        Jim Hardcastle          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          39 1B  
        Don Harman              R/? 6-02 187    00/00/1929      Yankees         116 1-O 
        John Hitt               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1928      Yankees                 
        Ed Ittner               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          49 SS  
        Charles Luebbers        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          18 P   
        Bob Miskell             L/? 5-10 180    00/00/1930      Yankees          18 P   
        Burl Moffitt            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees             P   
        Ron Moss                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          18 OF  
        Glen Piland             ?/? 0-00 000    03/23/1925      Yankees          15 SS  
        Harry Poelker           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees         103 2-3-S       
        Charles Popovich        R/? 6-00 175    00/00/1928      Yankees         102 3-S-O       
        Quincy Smith            B/R 5-10 171    00/00/1921      Yankees         100 OF  
        Hal Taylor              R/? 6-03 195    00/00/1927      Yankees         104 3-O 
        Ralph Turley            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          10 U   
        Jack Urban              R/R 5-08 155    12/05/1928      Yankees          64 P-O MLB
        Howard Weiland          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Yankees          20 OF  
        Clarence Wheeler        L/? 6-03 195    00/00/1928      Yankees          12 P   

Centralia (Illinois) Cubs

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Lew Bekeza              R/? 6-02 195    08/14/1917      N/A             100 Manager     
        Harry Ackerman          R/? 5-11 168    00/00/1929      N/A              25 P   
        Bill Bleyer             L/? 5-08 165    00/00/1926      N/A              54 OF  
        Cyrus Deem              R/? 5-08 185    00/00/1930      N/A              21 P   
        Roger Della Betta       R/? 5-06 168    00/00/1929      N/A              95 2B  
        Bill Ecklund            L/? 6-01 181    00/00/1930      N/A              24 P   
        Jim Edgar               R/R 6-03 192    00/00/1925      N/A              58 P-1 
        Bruno Fabris            R/? 5-10 186    00/00/1928      N/A              33 P   
        George Gatto            R/? 5-08 160    00/00/1927      N/A             118 3B  
        Tom Gatts               R/? 5-07 160    00/00/1928      N/A             104 C   
        Lew Gisinger            R/? 6-02 181    00/00/1930      N/A              18 P   
        Bill Goodwin            R/? 5-10 152    00/00/1927      N/A              23 P   
        Bill Green              R/? 5-10 168    00/00/1928      N/A             118 2-S 
        Bill Hornsby            R/? 6-00 190    00/00/1926      N/A              71 OF  
        Lou Kovalcik            R/? 5-08 165    00/00/0000      N/A             111 OF  
        Joe Naples              R/? 6-02 165    00/00/1928      N/A              49 OF  
        Fred Pearson            R/? 5-11 162    00/00/1926      N/A              24 OF  
        Joe Prucha              R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1925      N/A              44 P   
        John Saric              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              35 SS  
        Joe Wishba              R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1924      N/A              11 OF  
        Frenchie Gallagher      ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        Joe Mondino             ?/? 0-00 000    02/04/1909      N/A                 President   

Mattoon (Illinois) Indians

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Chuck Hawley            R/R 6-03 210    00/00/0000      N/A              33 P/Manager   
        Roger Blank             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1927      N/A                     
        Don Breidenbach         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             119 SS  
        Ray Cassidy             L/? 5-10 165    00/00/1927      N/A              55 P-O 
        Tom Dobrino             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              30 C   
        Walt Dunkovich          R/? 5-08 163    05/31/1925      N/A             117 OF  
        Jim Fowler              R/? 6-00 155    00/00/1927      N/A              10 P   
        Mel Hegan               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              24 3B  
        Bill Herman             L/? 6-00 160    00/00/1929      N/A              92 3-O 
        Dave Hill               R/? 5-10 170    00/00/1930      N/A              26 P   
        Don Hinds               R/R 6-01 000    00/00/1925      N/A                 P   
        Paul Hoffmeister        R/? 6-04 215    12/23/1928      N/A              11 P   
        Bob Houseman            R/R 6-01 185    00/00/0000      N/A             109 OF  
        Charles Luebbers        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              18 P   
        Dick Matschatt          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              10 2B  
        Joe Mattis              L/? 6-00 170    00/00/1926      N/A              33 P   
        George Murphy           L/? 6-01 165    00/00/1929      N/A             117 1B  
        C. Ostaszewski (Oste)   ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              32 P   
        Andy Smith              L/? 6-01 200    00/00/1923      N/A             105 O-C 
        Norm Spear              R/? 5-10 168    00/00/1928      N/A              74 3-O-C       
        Art Sullivan            R/? 5-08 165    00/00/1925      N/A             104 2B  
        Lew Whorley             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              25 OF  
        Joe Ecoppi              R/? 6-00 180    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        Charles Heath           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

Mount Vernon (Illinois) Kings

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        William Trotter         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1919      N/A                 Manager     
        Bob Shreve              R/? 5-07 158    00/00/1923      N/A             117 Manager     
        Lyndell Arnold          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              32 OF  
        Loyal Bloxam            R/? 6-03 170    00/00/1928      N/A              16 P   
        Sonny Catalano          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              33 1B  
        Frank Comer             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              12 3B  
        Paul Fenchak            R/? 5-11 172    00/00/1929      N/A              21 P   
        Ben Fiori               ?/? 0-00 000    08/12/1923      N/A              12 P   
        Jim Fowler              R/? 6-00 155    00/00/1927      N/A              10 P   
        Don Glover              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              21 1B  
        Don Grove               L/? 6-02 230    00/00/1929      N/A              24 P   
        Bob Herron              R/? 6-01 180    00/00/1928      N/A              90 C   
        Fred Hirsimaki          L/? 6-02 180    00/00/1926      N/A              36 OF  
        Neil Huff               R/? 5-11 160    07/14/1930      N/A              60 SS  
        Dick Kleedorfer         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              15 P   
        Uno Larson              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              52 1B  
        Bob Miskell             L/? 5-10 180    00/00/1930      N/A              18 P   
        John Mitchell           L/? 6-01 175    00/00/1928      N/A             111 OF  
        Paul Monteil            R/? 5-08 160    00/00/1929      N/A             107 2B  
        Jesse Nelms             R/? 5-11 202    00/00/1928      N/A             113 O-C 
        John Patchett           R/? 5-11 165    00/00/1929      N/A              11 P   
        Ed Santulli             R/? 6-01 175    00/00/1928      N/A              20 P   
        John Savick             R/? 6-00 185    00/00/1929      N/A              38 C   
        Ed Scott                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              58 1B  
        Boyd Veal               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              19 P   
        Cliff Victor            L/? 6-01 182    00/00/1929      N/A              28 P   
        Don Wagner              R/? 6-03 180    00/00/1928      N/A             120 3-O 
        Harry Zeiser            R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1926      N/A              58 2-3-S       
        William Andrews         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        C.S. Ward               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Paducah (Kentucky) Chiefs

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Eddie Kearse            R/R 6-01 195    02/23/1916      N/A              27 Manager     MLB
        Caroll Peterson         R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1919      N/A              68 Manager     
        Socrates Anthony        R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1925      N/A              94 C   
        William Boeschen        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                     
        Doug Campbell           R/? 6-01 190    00/00/1929      N/A              41 P   
        Gil Dailey              R/? 6-03 210    03/07/1929      N/A              14 P   
        Jack Gibson             L/? 6-03 193    00/00/1928      N/A              86 1B  
        Bill Goodwin            R/? 5-10 152    00/00/1927      N/A              23 P   
        Jim Hardcastle          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              39 1B  
        Carl Hrovatic           R/? 6-00 180    12/26/1930      N/A             111 OF  
        Paul Keeling            L/? 5-10 155    00/00/1932      N/A              98 2-O 
        Dick Kelly              R/? 6-02 180    10/07/1928      N/A              27 P   
        Warren Kerr             R/? 5-10 157    00/00/1929      N/A              34 P   
        Gene Leach              R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1927      N/A              19 P   
        Dick Martz              L/? 5-11 190    00/00/1928      N/A             119 OF  
        Art Oliver              R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1925      N/A             119 3B  
        Vic Petkus              R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1926      N/A              17 2B  
        Charlie Pugh            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              11     
        Billy Queen             R/R 6-01 185    11/28/1928      N/A              53 SS  MLB
        Bob Radomski            R/? 6-03 190    00/00/1930      N/A              25 P   
        Jim Rudolph             R/? 6-01 133    00/00/1929      N/A              33 P   
        Dom Serafini            R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1929      N/A              17 OF  
        Wade Stalions           R/? 5-07 145    00/00/1929      N/A             104 2-S 
        John Tarver             R/? 6-02 185    00/00/1931      N/A              13 P   
        John VanMeter           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/1929      N/A                     
        Howard Wilkes           R/? 5-08 165    00/00/1929      N/A              76 C   
        Polk Brooks             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        Hillman Lyons           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

West Frankfort (Illinois) Cardinals

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Bob Stanton             R/? 5-07 157    00/00/1917      Cardinals        89 Manager     
        Fred Applegate          L/? 6-02 215    00/00/1929      Cardinals        12 P   
        Bill Asal               R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1925      Cardinals       118 SS  
        Mason Deibler           R/? 6-06 180    00/00/1929      Cardinals        18 P   
        Marcus Gamble           R/? 6-03 210    00/00/1930      Cardinals        11 P   
        Floyd George            R/? 6-04 200    00/00/1929      Cardinals       121 1B  
        Glenn Hale              R/? 6-02 195    00/00/1926      Cardinals       121 OF  
        Dave Jesse              R/? 5-08 150    00/00/1930      Cardinals        42 C   
        Dave Johnson            R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1931      Cardinals        79 OF  
        Everette Joyner         L/? 6-02 188    09/09/1927      Cardinals       121 OF  
        Dick Loeser             R/? 6-01 165    00/00/1928      Cardinals        36 P   
        Walt Marlow             R/? 6-00 155    08/27/1927      Cardinals        21 P   
        Jim Michalec            R/? 5-11 185    00/00/1930      Cardinals        37 P   
        Tom O'Connor            L/? 5-10 168    00/00/1929      Cardinals        94 2-C 
        Maurice Owen            R/? 6-04 190    00/00/1930      Cardinals        14 P   
        Tom Payne               R/? 5-10 172    00/00/1928      Cardinals        10 U   
        Bob Radomski            R/? 6-03 190    00/00/1930      Cardinals        25 P   
        Bob Raley               R/? 5-11 165    00/00/1927      Cardinals        31 OF  
        John Reagan             R/? 6-00 195    00/00/1926      Cardinals        21 P   
        Lee Reid                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cardinals        11     
        Carl Tice               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cardinals        31 C   
        Gary Tuggle             L/? 5-08 165    00/00/1929      Cardinals       120 3B  
        Lloyd Westhoff          R/? 5-11 185    10/10/1925      Cardinals        30 P   
        Pete Mondino            ?/? 0-00 000    07/21/1905      N/A                 President   
        George Taylor           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

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 1950.
  • The Baseball Blue Book for 1949.
  • Programs and scorecard inserts in my collection.

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



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