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Midwest League 1956


Player Roster

Players who played for teams in the Midwest League in 1956. 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.

292 different players are listed on this page (16 of whom played in the majors), as are 26 non-playing personel; some are listed more than once.


  • Team Roster Limit: 16 players.
  • Experience Rules: 3 veterans, 7 limited service, 6 rookies.
  • Salary Limit: $3,200.00 (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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Midwest League Officials

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        John Gibbons            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 VP      
        Dutch Hoffman           R/R 6-00 175    01/28/1904      MWL                 President/Treasurer MLB
        H.V. Millard            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Secretary   
        Gerald Carlton          ?/? 5-10 175    06/26/1928      MWL                 Umpire      
        Albert Fenske           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Umpire      
        Loyd Koser              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Umpire      
        Frank Marten            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Umpire      
        John Reiger             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Umpire      
        Lawrence Roberts        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      MWL                 Umpire      
        Lee Weyer               ?/? 6-06 220    09/03/1936      MWL                 Umpire      MLB

Clinton (Iowa) Pirates

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Stan Wentzel            R/R 6-01 200    01/13/1917      Pirates         120 Manager     MLB
        Phil Andress            R/L 6-03 188    00/00/1937      Pirates          14 P   
        Jim Baum                R/R 6-00 180    00/00/1936      Pirates          89 OF-C        
        Ed Bauta (Galvez)       R/R 6-03 200    01/06/1935      Pirates          24 P   MLB
        Lawrence Broughton      R/R 6-00 185    00/00/1939      Pirates          27 P   
        Clint Brown             R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates           7 P   
        Bill Copley             R/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates          37 OF  
        Jim Davis               R/? 5-07 152    00/00/1933      Pirates          11     
        Brad Fenner             L/R 0-00 000    10/01/1932      Pirates          11 OF  
        Larry Gram              R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates          20 3B  
        Dallas Haight           R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1937      Pirates          29 C   
        John Heist              L/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates           8 P   
        Tom Humber              R/R 5-08 172    00/00/1933      Pirates         122 1B-2B-OF    
        Joe Kobuskie            R/R 5-10 160    00/00/1933      Pirates          10 3B  
        Don Loustalet           R/R 6-01 180    00/00/1935      Pirates          98 OF  
        Ken Miller              R/R 6-02 185    00/00/1923      Pirates           2 P   
        Arturo Miro             R/R 6-02 152    00/00/1937      Pirates          42 P   
        Carlos Morales          R/R 6-00 186    00/00/1936      Pirates          12 OF  
        Fred Odegard            L/R 5-11 185    00/00/1933      Pirates          24 P   
        Alex Perinis            R/R 6-03 200    00/00/1935      Pirates          20 P   
        Santiago Quidgley       R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates          12     
        George Schammel         L/L 6-01 191    00/00/1935      Pirates          11 P   
        Cyril Schmitt           R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1929      Pirates           3 P   
        Bob Schuler             R/R 5-07 160    00/00/0000      Pirates         123 2B-SS       
        Jim Searcy              L/L 5-11 187    00/00/1933      Pirates          15 P   
        Irv Serafini            R/R 6-00 160    00/00/1935      Pirates          14 P   
        George Smith            R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Pirates           3 P   
        Stan Stewart            R/R 6-00 162    00/00/1932      Pirates          82 SS  
        Ronnie Wilkins          B/L 5-09 175    00/00/1937      Pirates         103 OF  
        Franklin Williams       L/R 6-01 165    00/00/1936      Pirates         103 3B  
        Clem Yaskowitz          R/R 6-00 190    00/00/1933      Pirates          69 C   
        Harlan Anglese          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        Walter Wagner           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Decatur (Illinois) Commodores

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Al Unser                R/R 6-01 175    10/12/1912      Cardinals         7 Manager/GM  MLB
        Martin Bell             R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cardinals         6 P   
        Dale Bithell            R/R 6-01 165    04/22/1933      Cardinals        26 P   
        Jim Butler              R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cardinals         6     
        Chris Cannizzaro        R/R 6-00 190    05/03/1938      Cardinals        40 C   MLB
        Duke Carmel             L/L 6-03 202    04/23/1937      Cardinals        91 OF  MLB
        Jack Chinchar           R/R 6-01 170    09/08/1933      Cardinals       119 SS  
        Larry Cunningham        L/L 5-10 170    00/00/1932      Cardinals        97 OF  
        John Desousa            R/R 6-02 179    00/00/1935      Cardinals         6 [P] 
        Don Drake               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cardinals        23 C   
        Lindy Duncan            L/R 6-02 170    00/00/1936      Cardinals       106 2B  
        Bob Foreman             R/L 6-04 210    00/00/1935      Cardinals        12 P   
        Dick Ghelfi             R/R 6-03 200    00/00/1934      Cardinals        20 P   
        Gary Groce              R/R 6-00 190    00/00/1936      Cardinals        39 P   
        Frank Hartman           R/R 5-11 170    00/00/1934      Cardinals       106 1-3-O       
        Dick Hicks              L/L 6-04 190    00/00/1936      Cardinals        23 P   
        Charles Howard          L/R 6-02 198    00/00/1935      Cardinals        45 C-P 
        Tom Langan              R/L 6-03 198    00/00/1934      Cardinals        32 P   
        Harry Melia             R/R 6-01 180    00/00/1932      Cardinals        37 P   
        Bill Miller             R/R 6-00 190    00/00/1935      Cardinals        87 1B-OF       
        Ron Miller              R/R 6-01 190    00/00/1936      Cardinals       123 2B-3B       
        Hubert Phipps           R/R 6-04 180    00/00/1937      Cardinals         9 P   
        Patrick Quinlan         L/L 5-09 125    00/00/1939      Cardinals         3 P   
        Jimmie Schaffer         R/R 5-09 185    04/05/1936      Cardinals        59 C   MLB
        Ron Schmitt             R/R 6-02 175    00/00/1936      Cardinals       127 OF  
        Ed Schneider            R/R 6-00 180    00/00/1935      Cardinals        20 P   
        Lou Sepe                R/? 0-00 000    10/01/1933      Cardinals        10     
        Pete Shultis            L/L 6-02 175    00/00/1935      Cardinals         2 P   
        Jim Teller              L/L 6-01 197    00/00/1936      Cardinals        39 1B  
        Fran Thomas             R/R 6-05 190    00/00/1935      Cardinals        31 P   
        Robert Whitekiller      R/R 6-00 185    00/00/1934      Cardinals        26 2B  
        Richard Ellison         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Dubuque (Iowa) Packers

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        George Noga             R/R 5-09 175    11/05/1927      White Sox        31 2B-SS/Manager       
        Carl Allen              L/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      White Sox         3 P   
        Charles Bauer           R/R 6-02 170    00/00/1936      White Sox         1 P   
        Tom Bornman             L/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      White Sox               
        Alan Brice              R/R 6-05 215    10/01/1937      White Sox         9 P   MLB
        Art Brown               R/R 5-11 185    00/00/1936      White Sox       116 3B-OF       
        Ron Butcher             R/R 6-00 190    00/00/1937      White Sox        20 C   
        Joe Cockroft            R/R 6-03 195    00/00/1936      White Sox        39 P   
        Lawrence Cutler         R/R 5-09 164    00/00/1934      White Sox        18 2B  
        Bill Dicrosta           L/L 5-11 170    00/00/1937      White Sox        38 OF  
        Lew Glidewell           R/R 6-00 170    00/00/1933      White Sox        10 P   
        Don Gordon              L/R 6-00 190    12/16/1936      White Sox        53 OF  
        Mel Grable              L/L 6-00 182    00/00/1938      White Sox        83 1B  
        Glen Hobbie             R/R 6-02 195    04/24/1936      White Sox        30 P   MLB
        Deacon Jones            L/R 5-10 185    04/18/1934      White Sox       100 1B-2B       MLB
        Joe Kern                R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      White Sox        21 P   
        Gene Klyczek            R/R 5-09 170    00/00/1937      White Sox       112 SS  
        Jim Kozak               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      White Sox         8 P   
        Henry Llewellyn         L/L 0-00 000    02/20/1934      White Sox        15 1B  
        Walt Lundy              R/? 5-09 170    00/00/1936      White Sox         3     
        Dick Masley             L/L 5-11 185    00/00/1934      White Sox        18 P   
        Charley Massey          L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1937      White Sox        80 3B  
        Joe Mikez               R/R 6-03 225    00/00/1932      White Sox        72 C   
        Don Neves               B/R 6-03 185    00/00/1937      White Sox         2 P   
        Bill Pauletich          L/R 5-11 190    00/00/1936      White Sox        32 C   
        Tom Plath               R/? 6-00 173    00/00/1938      White Sox         1     
        Doug Pohlman            L/L 6-02 190    00/00/1934      White Sox        11 P   
        Billy Rayburn           R/R 6-00 190    00/00/1932      White Sox        14 P   
        Don Reichert            R/R 6-00 180    00/00/1936      White Sox       104 1B-OF       
        Dave Ross               R/R 6-00 180    00/00/1936      White Sox        14 P   
        Bill Rouse              R/R 5-11 180    00/00/1935      White Sox        35 P   
        Bill Rozich             R/R 6-01 200    00/00/1937      White Sox         6     
        Jerry Schneider         R/L 6-01 175    00/00/1937      White Sox         5 P   
        Bob Scichili            R/R 6-00 185    00/00/1934      White Sox        28 C   
        Gene Seats              L/L 6-00 180    00/00/1936      White Sox         7 P   
        Ed Watts                L/L 5-10 170    00/00/1935      White Sox       122 OF  
        Vince Weaver            R/R 5-10 190    00/00/1937      White Sox        33 P   
        Gary Willison           R/R 6-02 193    00/00/1936      White Sox        55 O-P 
        Gene Zimmerman          R/R 5-11 170    00/00/1936      White Sox         4 P   
        John Petrakis           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        Jack Schadle            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

Kokomo (Indiana) Dodgers

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Pete Reiser             L/R 5-11 185    03/17/1919      Dodgers             Manager     MLB
        Paul Abraham            R/R 5-11 175    00/00/1933      Dodgers         112 2B  
        Don Bafus               R/R 6-02 190    04/09/1935      Dodgers         104 1-O-C-P     
        Joe Bayno               L/L 6-00 175    00/00/1934      Dodgers           3 P   
        Dennis Blind            R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Dodgers           3 P   
        Fred Brandt             R/R 6-01 195    00/00/1934      Dodgers           2 P   
        Scott Breeden           R/R 6-02 210    09/17/1937      Dodgers           6 P   
        Bill Dicrosta           L/L 5-11 170    00/00/1937      Dodgers          38 OF  
        Al Durden               L/L 6-02 190    00/00/1937      Dodgers          66 1B  
        Al Evans                L/R 5-08 164    00/00/1928      Dodgers           9 P   
        Gerald Fesenmaier       R/R 6-00 188    00/00/1936      Dodgers           2     
        Ron Fountain            R/R 5-10 170    00/00/1932      Dodgers          23 OF  
        Jim Freeman             R/R 6-03 190    00/00/1934      Dodgers          39 P   
        German Guzman           R/R 6-02 187    00/00/1935      Dodgers           5 P   
        LeRoy Han               R/R 6-01 190    10/07/1933      Dodgers             P   
        Ed Horowitz             R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Dodgers           5     
        Dick Hugaert            L/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Dodgers          18 P   
        Dick Jennings           L/R 5-11 185    00/00/1933      Dodgers           8     
        Bill Lachemann          L/R 5-09 190    04/05/1934      Dodgers          64 C   
        Jack Langer             R/R 5-10 170    00/00/1937      Dodgers          16 SS  
        Ralph Lawrence          L/L 6-00 150    00/00/1931      Dodgers           4 P   
        Gene Lee                R/R 6-04 185    00/00/1933      Dodgers          11 P   
        Otto Lind               R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1936      Dodgers          53 OF  
        Victorino Lopez         R/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      Dodgers           4 P   
        Walt Merrigan           L/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      Dodgers          10 P   
        Don Miles               L/R 6-01 210    03/13/1936      Dodgers         118 O-P MLB
        Harvey Mills            L/L 5-09 165    00/00/1935      Dodgers          44 P   
        Dick Moseley            R/R 6-01 190    00/00/1934      Dodgers         117 UT  
        Dave Nidiffer           L/? 5-11 160    00/00/1936      Dodgers           8     
        Fred Oster              R/R 6-01 182    00/00/1933      Dodgers           3 P   
        Ed Palmquist            R/R 6-03 195    06/10/1933      Dodgers          52 UT  MLB
        Jack Parr               R/R 6-02 200    00/00/1935      Dodgers           3 P   
        Ed Picker               L/L 5-10 155    00/00/1935      Dodgers          41 P   
        Jim Purbaugh            R/R 5-06 130    00/00/1936      Dodgers          26 SS  
        George Ratos            L/? 6-00 165    00/00/1935      Dodgers           9     
        Dick Ritzheimer         R/R 5-10 180    00/00/1931      Dodgers          44 SS  
        Larry Rowley            R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1933      Dodgers           6 P   
        Dave Russell            L/? 5-08 165    00/00/1935      Dodgers          13     
        Dick Sasek              L/R 5-08 165    00/00/1937      Dodgers          68 OF  
        Nate Smith              R/R 5-11 170    04/26/1935      Dodgers          64 C   MLB
        Joe Toledo              R/R 6-02 180    00/00/1937      Dodgers          30 P   
        Emerson Unzicker        R/L 5-08 165    08/15/1932      Dodgers          30 P   
        Ron Verspohl            R/R 6-02 165    00/00/1936      Dodgers          18 P   
        Jim Wexler              R/R 6-02 190    00/00/1935      Dodgers           3 P   
        Bob Yoder               L/R 5-10 180    00/00/1934      Dodgers          58 3B-SS       
        Walt Zebrowski          R/R 6-01 165    00/00/1934      Dodgers          77 2B-3B       
        Don Scott               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Lafayette (Indiana) Red Sox

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Len Okrie               R/R 6-00 185    07/16/1923      Red Sox             Manager     MLB
        Jack Arrigo             R/? 5-11 190    00/00/1935      Red Sox           5     
        Jim Atkinson            L/R 6-00 180    09/14/1931      Red Sox          20 C   
        Earl Baldwin            L/R 6-01 180    00/00/1935      Red Sox           2 P   
        John Boganz             R/R 0-00 000    03/01/1938      Red Sox           6 P   
        Fred Bower              R/R 6-01 170    00/00/1936      Red Sox          37 OF-C        
        John Brey               L/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Red Sox           8     
        Tom Costello            R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1934      Red Sox           5     
        Alvin Cottrell          L/R 6-00 180    10/08/1936      Red Sox          82 OF  
        Gale Dennis             R/R 6-02 175    00/00/1936      Red Sox          14 3B  
        Dale Desilva            R/R 5-11 170    00/00/1937      Red Sox         124 SS  
        Armand Diferdinando     R/R 5-10 175    00/00/1933      Red Sox          78 OF  
        Jim Dokos               R/R 6-03 200    00/00/1935      Red Sox          15 P   
        Fred Duval              R/R 6-01 195    00/00/1935      Red Sox          34 OF  
        Frank Gavel             L/R 6-00 195    00/00/1932      Red Sox           9 P   
        Dick Goyette            R/R 6-00 185    00/00/1937      Red Sox           2 P   
        Earnest Hagler          L/? 0-00 000    01/01/1935      Red Sox          13     
        Jim Hirsch              R/R 6-01 185    00/00/1933      Red Sox         110 3B  
        Nick Hopkins            R/R 6-00 195    00/00/1937      Red Sox         115 2B  
        Lee Howell              R/R 6-02 185    11/05/1936      Red Sox          14 OF  
        Bob Knarcik             ?/? 0-00 000    09/02/1937      Red Sox           6     
        Jim Lee                 R/? 6-04 197    00/00/1937      Red Sox          10     
        John Liprando           R/R 6-02 180    00/00/1932      Red Sox         123 1-O 
        Don Long                L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1934      Red Sox         109 OF  
        Norm Luoni              L/L 6-05 208    00/00/1931      Red Sox          43 P   
        John McDowell           L/? 6-00 175    00/00/1938      Red Sox           2     
        Gerald Nebron           R/R 6-03 200    00/00/1933      Red Sox          38 OF  
        Bob O'Day               L/L 5-10 165    00/00/1937      Red Sox          11 P   
        John Overton            L/L 5-10 172    00/00/1934      Red Sox           4 P   
        Jim Owens               R/R 5-11 175    00/00/1936      Red Sox          31 P   
        John Patula             R/R 6-01 190    00/00/1934      Red Sox           6 P   
        Lou Profumo             R/R 6-02 210    04/28/1938      Red Sox           1 P   
        Pat Quinlan             L/R 6-00 175    00/00/1934      Red Sox          20 OF  
        Joe Riazzi              R/R 5-10 170    00/00/1937      Red Sox           9 P   
        Jay Ritchie             R/R 6-04 190    11/20/1936      Red Sox          41 P   MLB
        Bruce Robarge           R/R 5-10 180    00/00/1935      Red Sox          32 P   
        Fred Scane              R/? 6-00 180    00/00/1937      Red Sox           3     
        Charles Smith           R/L 6-02 185    00/00/1934      Red Sox          31 P   
        Don Soderstrom          R/L 6-00 178    00/00/1936      Red Sox          12 P   
        Tracy Stallard          R/R 6-05 205    08/31/1937      Red Sox          17 P   MLB
        Joe Theis               R/R 5-10 185    07/19/1936      Red Sox          96 C   
        Ed Vallery              B/L 5-11 215    00/00/1936      Red Sox          15 1B  
        William Lamb            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   
        John Rosser             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  

Mattoon (Illinois) Phillies

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Benny Zientara          R/R 5-09 165    02/14/1918      Phillies          1 Manager     MLB
        Frank Augustiny         L/L 6-02 185    00/00/1926      Phillies         14 P   
        Fred Brancato           R/L 6-00 175    00/00/1938      Phillies         11 P   
        Vic Collier             R/R 6-02 180    00/00/1936      Phillies         52 C   
        Stan Corley             R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Phillies          4 P   
        Jack Deaner             R/? 0-00 000    00/00/1939      Phillies          5     
        Nate Dickerson          L/L 6-04 215    00/00/1936      Phillies        126 1B  
        Dave Gottschalk         R/R 6-01 185    00/00/1931      Phillies        115 2B-3B       
        John Johnson            R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Phillies          3     
        Ben Jonietz             L/R 6-02 195    00/00/1938      Phillies         86 OF  
        Bill Juhay              L/L 6-03 190    00/00/1935      Phillies         15 P   
        Jerry Kettle            L/R 6-05 195    01/18/1938      Phillies         15 P   
        Bill Kezman             L/R 6-01 170    00/00/1935      Phillies          1 P   
        Ed Logan                L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1933      Phillies        121 OF  
        Charles Longwello       R/R 6-01 190    00/00/1934      Phillies          6 P   
        Art Mahaffey            R/R 6-02 200    06/04/1938      Phillies         10 P   MLB
        Perry McElveen          R/R 0-00 000    03/05/1936      Phillies          5 P   
        Ed Miller               L/R 5-10 160    00/00/1933      Phillies         23 2B  
        Jim Mowbray             L/R 6-00 195    00/00/1936      Phillies         25 P   
        Carl Olley              R/R 6-00 164    00/00/1936      Phillies         71 SS  
        Tom Pakes               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1936      Phillies         10 P   
        Bob Queen               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Phillies         11 P   
        Frank Racz              R/R 6-02 195    09/30/1936      Phillies         11 OF-3B-P    
        Charles Randall         L/R 5-10 184    00/00/1937      Phillies         96 3B-OF 
        Jack Robinson           R/R 5-09 150    00/00/1924      Phillies         47 SS  
        Neil Schwandt           R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1937      Phillies         30 OF  
        Henry Seecs             R/R 0-00 000    04/01/1935      Phillies          3 P   
        Tom Shima               R/R 6-00 178    00/00/1935      Phillies         29 P   
        Clarence Shimfessel     R/R 6-01 176    00/00/1934      Phillies         82 C-P 
        Ed Smrekar              L/L 5-09 150    00/00/1931      Phillies         19 P   
        Cloyce Sowell           R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1935      Phillies          7 P   
        Gene Suttlemyre         R/R 6-01 175    00/00/1936      Phillies         98 OF  
        Mike Wallace            R/R 6-01 165    00/00/1934      Phillies         31 P   
        Dave Weilbaecher        R/R 6-01 180    00/00/1936      Phillies         26 P   
        Bill Whiteko            R/R 5-10 165    00/00/1934      Phillies         34 2B  
        Harry Reich             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Michigan City (Indiana) White Caps

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        Al Shinn                L/L 6-00 195    00/00/1934      Giants           33 Manager     
        Paul Abraham            R/R 5-11 175    00/00/1933      Giants          112 2B  
        Charlie Alsop           L/L 6-04 220    00/00/1930      Giants           33 P   
        Ray Balderas            B/L 0-00 000    04/28/1934      Giants           14 P   
        Bill Bauernfeind        R/R 5-10 175    00/00/1932      Giants           44 P   
        Ray Berntsen            R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1936      Giants            3 P   
        Gordon Bretzing         L/R 6-01 170    00/00/1936      Giants           63 OF  
        Bill Brown              R/R 6-03 190    00/00/1932      Giants           30 P   
        Bill Cali               R/? 5-08 155    00/00/1936      Giants            5     
        Gus Carlson             L/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants            3 P   
        Ron Cassidy             R/? 6-00 175    00/00/1936      Giants            6     
        Ray Charles             R/? 6-01 210    00/00/1935      Giants           10     
P       Jim Coman               R/R 6-02 190    00/00/1936      Giants            8 P   
        Alberto Costa           R/R 5-08 160    00/00/1928      Giants           98 SS  
        Al Cruz                 R/R 5-08 166    00/00/1936      Giants            4     
        Juan Davila             R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants            9     
        Carlos Dore             L/L 5-09 160    00/00/1937      Giants            3     
        Jim Fleming             R/R 5-11 170    00/00/1937      Giants           10 P   
        Leon Franklin           L/L 6-00 168    00/00/1936      Giants           28 OF  
        Al Giordano             R/R 5-08 180    00/00/1931      Giants           78 UT  
        Dick Gondek             R/R 5-11 195    00/00/1934      Giants            3 P   
        Dan Hagler              R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants           12 P   
        Bud Hartsfield          L/L 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants           15 P   
        Fritz Heiss             L/L 6-00 190    00/00/1934      Giants           71 1B  
        Russ Helzer             L/L 0-00 000    12/06/1932      Giants            2 P   
        Jim Lewis               L/R 6-00 170    00/00/1931      Giants           29 2B-3B       
        John McDougal           R/R 5-11 187    00/00/1932      Giants          126 3-S-O       
        Bob McLeod              L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1936      Giants           73 1-O-P       
        Bob Murawski            R/R 6-03 195    00/00/1934      Giants          100 1B-C-P      
        Dan Nespo               L/? 0-00 000    00/00/1930      Giants           12     
        Ron Perry               R/R 5-10 170    00/00/1937      Giants           17 P   
        Luis Quinones           R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1935      Giants           12 P   
        Jim Rader               L/R 5-09 175    00/00/1935      Giants           27 2B-OF       
        Chris Riddell           R/L 5-10 170    00/00/1937      Giants           18 P   
        Tom Sawyer              L/L 6-00 160    00/00/1932      Giants            9     
        Doug Shrader            L/R 6-02 195    00/00/1935      Giants           48 OF-P        
        Vic Spatafora           R/R 5-09 160    00/00/1936      Giants           91 2B-3B       
        John Stanton            R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants           99 2B-SS-OF    
        Glenn Thompson          R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Giants           11     
        Joe Toledo              R/R 6-02 180    00/00/1937      Giants           30 P   
        Virgil Trout            R/R 6-01 193    00/00/1933      Giants           13 P   
        Francisco Zayas         R/R 6-00 152    00/00/1937      Giants           35 P   
        Mike Zban               L/L 6-03 215    00/00/1931      Giants           38 OF  
        Robert Hood             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 GM  
        Ralph Waterhouse        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President   

Paris (Illinois) Lakers

 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Organization     Gm Pos
        L.M. Purtell            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs                Manager     
        John Adams              R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs              8 P   
        Ray Aguillard           R/R 6-00 162    00/00/1938      Cubs             15 C   
        Walt Babcock            R/R 6-01 180    00/00/1932      Cubs              7 P   
        Ray Balderas            B/L 0-00 000    04/28/1934      Cubs             14 P   
        Dave Belcher            R/R 0-00 000    05/14/1936      Cubs              1 P   
        Jim Bridgeman           R/R 6-00 185    00/00/1936      Cubs              2 P   
        Jack Bryant             L/R 6-00 170    00/00/1934      Cubs              4     
        Jerry Coley             R/R 6-02 185    00/00/1937      Cubs             11 P   
        Dock Conners            R/R 5-10 150    00/00/1934      Cubs             87 SS  
        Jack Curtis             L/L 5-10 175    01/11/1937      Cubs              1 P   MLB
        Don Davis               L/L 5-11 175    10/02/1937      Cubs             15 OF  
        Jack Evans              R/R 5-11 165    00/00/1937      Cubs              9     
        Tex Gholson             L/R 6-02 185    00/00/1933      Cubs             88 2-3-P       
        Jim Gilmore             B/R 6-00 195    00/00/1933      Cubs             32 P   
        Lee Handley             R/R 6-00 195    00/00/1935      Cubs            126 2-O 
        Jim Huber               L/R 6-00 180    00/00/1936      Cubs             47 C-P 
        Harry Huckemeyer        R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs             14 3B  
        Jim Johnson             R/R 5-10 175    00/00/1934      Cubs            120 OF  
        John Kreuter            L/L 6-00 190    00/00/1934      Cubs            120 1-P 
        Charles Leader          R/R 5-11 190    00/00/1933      Cubs              7 P   
        Pete Mattachione        R/R 5-10 160    00/00/1938      Cubs             47 SS  
        Don Moses               L/R 5-11 160    00/00/1936      Cubs             15 P   
        Jim Murphy              R/R 6-03 190    00/00/1937      Cubs             32 P   
        Jim Newman              R/? 6-02 170    00/00/1938      Cubs              1     
        Tom Paddock             R/R 5-09 185    00/00/1933      Cubs             99 OF  
        Herb Parsons            L/? 5-10 160    00/00/1931      Cubs              6     
        Jim Powers              R/L 6-01 185    00/00/1935      Cubs             34 P   
        Tom Rea                 R/R 6-03 196    00/00/1934      Cubs              9 P   
        Ken Rollins             R/R 5-09 190    00/00/1936      Cubs             19 P   
        Joe Schaffernoth        R/R 6-05 195    08/06/1937      Cubs             37 P   MLB
        Bill Schmidt            R/R 5-11 180    00/00/1936      Cubs            125 UT  
        Gene Seats              L/L 6-00 180    00/00/1936      Cubs              7 P   
        Gerald Smith            R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Cubs              2     
        Phil Smolinski          R/R 5-10 170    00/00/1932      Cubs            126 2B-3B       
        John Gibbons            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      N/A                 President/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 1957.
  • The Baseball Blue Book for 1956.
  • Programs and scorecard inserts in my collection.


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