The Bradford Bees were a minor league baseball team based in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The team was a charter member of the Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York (PONY) League and played 18 seasons from 1939 to 1957 (the team sat out the 1943 season due to World War II). Over the course of the team's history, the team also played under the names Bradford Beagles, Bradford Blue Wings, Bradford Phillies and Bradford Yankees. In its last season, the Beagles split their schedule between Bradford and Hornell after the Hornell Dodgers had ceased operations; in Hornell, the team was known as the Hornell Redlegs.
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York–Penn League (1957)|
|Pennsylvania–Ontario–New York League (1939–1956)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||2 (1941, 1949)|
As the Bees, the team won the league title in 1941. The Blue Wings also won a league title in 1949.
Bradford no longer hosts baseball at the professional level, nor does it host summer baseball as a few other former PONY League markets that have shrunk to the point where they can no longer support the professional game have done.
Hall of Fame AlumniEdit
- Warren Spahn (1940) Inducted, 1973
- Roy Face (1949-1950) 6 x MLB All-Star
- Frank McCormick (1951) 9 x MLB All-Star; 1940 NL Most Valuable Player
- Jim Owens (1951)
- Jack Sanford (1948) MLB All-Star; 1957 NL Rookie of the Year
- Carl Sawatski (1945)
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