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Mississippi-Ohio Valley League 1951


Player Roster

Players who played for teams in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League (a Midwest League predecessor) in 1951. 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.

128 different players are listed on this page (2 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: National Association Rule.
  • Salary Limit: $2,600.00 (entire team, per month; manager excluded).
  • 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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Mississippi-Ohio Valley League Officials

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Dutch Hoffman           R/R 6-00 175    01/28/1904      MOV                 President/Secretary/Treasurer       MLB
        William Heck            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Lloyd Babb              ?/? 5-10 170    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        John Bilich             ?/? 5-11 190    05/07/1921      MOV                 Umpire      
        James Capozzi           ?/? 5-09 180    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Gerald Carlton          ?/? 5-10 175    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Ducky DeFrank           ?/? 5-09 185    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Richard Gustavo (Piergustavo) ?/? 0-00 000 00/00/0000   MOV                 Umpire      
        Tom Hanley              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Walter Helkie           ?/? 6-00 170    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      
        Peter Hodan             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MOV                 Umpire      

Centralia (Illinois) Zeroes

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Lew Bekeza              R/? 6-02 195    08/14/1917      N/A             114 Manager/GM  
        Lee Birkenkamp          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              25 [P] 
        Virgil Black            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              32 P   
        Bill Bleyer             L/? 5-08 165    00/00/1926      N/A              84 OF  
        Clarence Brand          R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1927      N/A              94 O-C 
        Lou Calvetti            L/? 5-10 175    00/00/1933      N/A              16 P   
        Leon Castellari         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              13 OF  
        Kirby Dickens           R/? 5-10 160    00/00/1931      N/A             106 SS  
        Jerry Durnin            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              82 2B  
        George Gatto            R/? 5-08 160    00/00/1927      N/A              90 P-3-O       
        Jim Granneman           B/? 6-02 175    00/00/1923      N/A              20 2B  
        Chuck Hawley            R/R 6-03 210    00/00/0000      N/A              53 P   
        Ennis Heathcock         R/? 5-08 151    00/00/1933      N/A              32 P   
        Norm Karg               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              95 C   
        Dick Monkman            R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1931      N/A              59 3-S-O       
        Walt Novak              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              11 P   
        Fred Pearson            R/? 5-11 162    00/00/1926      N/A             110 OF  
        Lou Reilly              R/? 6-03 200    00/00/1933      N/A              32 P   
        Bob Sisk                R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1931      N/A              75 P-S-O       
        Paul Smith              R/R 6-02 170    00/00/1933      N/A              17 P   
        Quincy Smith            B/R 5-10 171    00/00/1921      N/A             120 OF  
        Lee Tunnison            R/? 6-02 195    00/00/1932      N/A             104 P-1-S-O     
        Bill Wilson             R/? 6-00 180    00/00/1933      N/A              38 3B  
        Joe Mondino             ?/? 0-00 000    02/04/1909      N/A                 President   

Danville (Illinois) Dans

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Ev Hall                 R/? 5-11 170    11/14/1927      N/A             116 Manager     
        Frank Piet              R/? 6-00 185    00/00/1913      N/A              51 Manager     
        Nick Agnos              R/? 6-01 180    00/00/1930      N/A              30 P   
        Howard Bierman          R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1933      N/A              30 OF  
        Dick Collins            R/? 5-11 154    00/00/1931      N/A              20 P   
        Ed Conine               R/? 6-04 195    00/00/1930      N/A              85 2-S 
        Bill Conroy             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              47 3B  
        Don Grzesiek            L/? 5-11 165    00/00/1930      N/A              90 O-P 
        Dick Gutwein            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             115 1B  
        Harold Hacker           R/? 6-00 190    00/00/1930      N/A              36 P   
        Earl Hall               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              28 P   
        Ed Jasper               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              73 2B-3B       
        Steve Karas             R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1929      N/A             114 C   
        Bob Lowrey              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              25 P   
        Harvey Noland           R/? 5-11 180    00/00/1926      N/A              12 P   
        Herb Parsons            L/? 5-10 160    00/00/1931      N/A              97 OF  
        Edsel Privette          B/? 6-02 205    00/00/1926      N/A              36 OF  
        Phil Rizzo              R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1931      N/A              26 2B  
        Carlyle Staab           R/? 5-11 155    00/00/1931      N/A              69 SS  
        Joe Stern               L/? 6-01 185    00/00/1927      N/A              98 OF  
        Ed Zajaczkowski         R/? 6-00 180    00/00/1932      N/A              44 P   
        Robert Boord            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        John Meyer              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Mattoon (Illinois) Indians

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Mel Ivy (Ivanski)       R/? 5-11 160    04/28/1914      N/A             100 Manager     
        Bob Adelman             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              15 SS  
        Roger Baer              ?/? 0-00 000    05/12/1931      N/A              40 3B  
        Lee Birkenkamp          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              25 [P] 
        John Boland             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              17 P   
        George Dennis           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              34 3B  
        Bob Doe                 R/? 5-11 180    00/00/1929      N/A              75 C   
        Walt Dunkovich          R/? 5-08 163    05/31/1925      N/A             113 OF  
        Tony Estill             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              75 1B  
        Gerald Fetrow           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              81 SS  
        Warren Hancks           L/? 5-10 160    00/00/1932      N/A              98 2B  
        Bob Hertzberger         R/? 6-00 200    02/27/1930      N/A              30 P   
        John Klingert           R/? 6-02 195    00/00/1931      N/A             100 1-O 
        Dick Lacko              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              40 P   
        Dick Lohmann            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              11 P   
        Ron McAndrew            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              16 OF  
        Dick Monkman            R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1931      N/A              59 3-S-O       
        Harvey Peterson         R/? 6-02 195    00/00/1932      N/A              22 P   
        Don Quinn               R/? 5-11 155    00/00/1932      N/A              33 P   
        George Skordian         R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1930      N/A              17 P   
        Cal Steinberg           R/? 5-08 185    00/00/1926      N/A              18 P   
        Ralph Sybert            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              11 SS  
        Jack Wallace            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              55 OF  
        Bernard Winslow         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              10 P   
        Joe Ecoppi              R/? 6-00 180    00/00/1930      N/A              70 President   

Mount Vernon (Illinois) Kings

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Chuck Hawley            R/R 6-03 210    00/00/0000      N/A              53 P/Manager   
        Charles Popovich        R/? 6-00 175    00/00/1928      N/A             115 Manager     
        Ernie Aiken             ?/? 0-00 000    11/12/1931      N/A                 P   
        Howard Bierman          R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1933      N/A              30 OF  
        Howard Bodell           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              45 C   
        Frank Brookman          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              36 P   
        Ray Cassidy             L/? 5-10 165    00/00/1927      N/A              42 P-O 
        Burton Coffman          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                     
        Bill Eastburn           ?/? 0-00 000    09/04/1933      N/A                     
        Leroy Fichtel           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             106 2-3 
        John Finigan            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              73 OF  
        Don Gaebe               L/? 5-10 165    00/00/1931      N/A              56 2-O 
        Jim Given               R/? 6-02 185    00/00/1931      N/A             114 1B  
        Charles Heistand        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              28 P   
        Ed Jasper               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              73 2B-3B       
        Dick Lohmann            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              11 P   
        Pete Milinkov           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              82 OF  
        Aureliano Patino        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             116 P-OF-C      
        Ken Robinett            L/? 6-03 175    00/00/1933      N/A              60 1B  
        Stan Sadich             R/? 6-05 205    00/00/1927      N/A              23 OF  
        Vern Schmall            R/? 6-00 185    00/00/1932      N/A              16 OF  
        Oscar Solorzano         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             117 SS  
        Cal Steinberg           R/? 5-08 185    00/00/1926      N/A              18 P   
        Bill Stevens            R/? 5-11 200    00/00/1930      N/A              14 OF  
        Frank Vaselenak         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              34 OF  
        Walker                  ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 P   
        C.E. Brehm              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Paris (Illinois) Lakers

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Tom Sunkel              L/L 6-01 190    08/09/1912      N/A                 Manager     MLB
        Lowell Black            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              93 C   
        Lawrence DePalma        R/? 6-00 170    02/10/1929      N/A              15 OF  
        Jack Derousse           R/? 5-10 175    00/00/1931      N/A             112 OF  
        Cliff Fields            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              27 2-O 
        Bob Giggie              R/R 6-01 200    08/13/1933      N/A                 P   MLB
        Russ Gilmore            R/? 6-01 185    08/18/1931      N/A              98 SS  
        Herold Gordon           R/? 5-08 162    00/00/1928      N/A              30 P   
        Jim Granneman           B/? 6-02 175    00/00/1923      N/A              20 2B  
        Jim Grubb               R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1929      N/A              33 P   
        Herb Heiserer           R/? 6-01 175    00/00/1932      N/A              34 P   
        Percy Howard            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              24 C   
        Mike Krsnich            R/R 6-01 190    09/24/1931      N/A             100 3B  MLB
        Jack Mallory            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              27 OF  
        Butch McCord            L/? 5-10 175    11/02/1925      N/A             121 1B  
        Sandy Mistretta         R/R 6-02 190    01/01/1932      N/A              13 P   
        Clarence Musgrave       ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              49 2-S-O       
        Wayne Parker            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              16     
        Wayne Platz             B/? 6-01 180    00/00/1931      N/A              32 OF  
        Bob Schlemmer           R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1926      N/A              18 3B  
        Herb Shankman           L/? 5-10 165    07/22/1931      N/A              18 P   
        Bob Sisk                R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1931      N/A              75 P-S-O       
        Quincy Smith            B/R 5-10 171    00/00/1921      N/A             120 OF  
        John Sprigg             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              44 OF  
        Fred Williams           B/? 6-03 195    00/00/1933      N/A              36 P   
        Ed Wilson               ?/? 0-00 000    07/31/1928      N/A              33 P   
        John Gibbons            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        Hillman Lyons           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

Vincennes (Indiana) Citizens

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Stormy Kromer           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 Manager     
        Bob Signaigo            R/? 5-08 170    00/00/1925      N/A             116 Manager     
        Morris Byrum            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              92 SS  
        Cyrus Deem              R/? 5-08 185    00/00/1930      N/A              46 P   
        Joe Elble               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              35 OF  
        Eduardo Garcia          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              56 1B  
        Wayne Haas              R/R 6-00 185    10/28/1930      N/A             113 C   
        Mel Heim                L/? 5-11 180    00/00/1930      N/A              22 P   
        Orville Mehringer       L/L 5-11 160    10/08/1930      N/A              25 P   
        Don Messel              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              28 P   
        Dave Perello            R/? 5-11 180    00/00/1926      N/A             109 3B  
        Ed Rellegert            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              25 P   
        John Richmond           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A             117 OF  
        Lyle Shaw               R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1933      N/A              53 O-C 
        Bob Sisk                R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1931      N/A              75 P-S-O       
        George Smith            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              29 P   
        Paul Smith              R/R 6-02 170    00/00/1933      N/A              17 P   
        Wade Stalions           R/? 5-07 145    00/00/1929      N/A             117 2B  
        Bob Watson              R/? 6-02 220    00/00/1931      N/A              10     
        Dale Wirth              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A              34 OF  
        Horace Parrish          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        Bob Rouse               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

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.


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 1952.
  • The Baseball Blue Book for 1951.
  • Programs and scorecard inserts in my collection.


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