The Buckeye League was a Class D level minor league baseball league that played briefly in the 1915 season. The six–team Buckeye League consisted of franchises based exclusively in Ohio. The Buckeye League played just a portion 1915 season before permanently folding. The Lima Boosters were the league champions in the shortened season.

Buckeye League
ClassificationClass D (1915)
SportMinor League Baseball
First seasonMay 19, 1915
CeasedJuly 5, 1915
PresidentAl Lawson (1915)
No. of teams6
CountryUnited States of America
Most titles1
Lima Boosters (1915)

History edit

The Buckeye League began play in the 1915 season, formed as a Class D level league, with Al Lawson serving as league president.[1]

The 1915 Buckeye League was a six–team league that began play on May 19, 1915.[2] The league was formed with teams representing Akron Ohio (Akron Rubbermen), Canton, Ohio, (Canton Giants), Findlay, Ohio (Findlay Finns), Lima, Ohio (Lima Boosters), Marion, Ohio (Marion Senators) and Newark, Ohio (Newark New Socks).[3] During the season, both the Marion and Canton franchises disbanded on June 11, 1915. The Buckeye League, with four remaining teams, permanently disbanded on July 5, 1915.[1][4][5]

The Lima Boosters, with an average roster age of 34.8 were in first place when the Buckeye League folded on July 5, 1915.[6] Lima finished with a record of 25–18, playing under manager Sandy Murray.[7] Lima was followed by the Findlay Finns (22–19), Akron Rubbermen (22–21) and Newark New Socks (14–24) in the final standings. The Marion Senators had a record of 10–5 and the Canton Giants were 5–11 when they both folded on June 11, 1915.[3][1][8][9]

The Buckeye League never played again as a minor league after folding in 1915.[1]

Buckeye League teams edit

Team name City represented Ballpark Year
Akron Rubbermen Akron, Ohio League Park I[10] 1915
Canton Giants Canton, Ohio Meyer's Lake Park[11] 1915
Findlay Finns Findlay, Ohio Athletic Park[12] 1915
Lima Boosters Lima, Ohio San Felice Park
Murphy Street Park[13][14]
Marion Senators Marion, Ohio Lincoln Park[15] 1915
Newark New Socks Newark, Ohio Wehrle Park[16] 1915

Standings & statistics edit

1915 Buckeye League edit

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
Lima Boosters 25 18 .581 Sandy Murray
Findlay Finns 22 19 .537 2.0 Ollie Chapman
Akron Rubbermen 22 21 .512 3.0 Al Newnham
Newark New Socks 14 24 .368 8.5 Erv Wratten
Marion Senators 10 5 .667 NA Buzz Wetzel
Canton Giants 5 11 .313 NA Bill Prout / Charles Skelley

Marion and Canton disbanded June 11
Playoffs: None Scheduled.
The league disbanded July 5.

Player statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Mundy Canton/Akron BA .355 Red Hart Findlay W 15
Newt Jaekel Akron Runs 35 Bill Reynolds Lima SO 110
Sandy Murray Lima Hits 52 Red Hart Findlay Pct .882; 15-2
Don Costello Findlay HR 4 Ben Egan Findlay HR 4


References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Third ed.). Baseball America. ISBN 978-1932391176.
  2. ^ "1915 Buckeye League (BL) on".
  3. ^ a b "1915 Buckeye League".
  4. ^ "Local Sports History". June 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "Canton Daily News Newspaper Archives, May 15, 1915, p. 14". May 15, 1915.
  6. ^ "1915 Lima Boosters Statistics".
  7. ^ "1915 Lima Boosters Statistics on".
  8. ^ "1915 Buckeye League (BL) Standings on".
  9. ^ "1915 Canton Giants Statistics".
  10. ^ "League Park I in Akron, OH history and teams on".
  11. ^ "Meyer's Lake Park in Canton, OH history and teams on".
  12. ^ "Athletic Park in Findlay, OH history and teams on".
  13. ^ "San Felice Park in Lima, OH history and teams on".
  14. ^ "Murphy Street Park in Lima, OH history and teams on".
  15. ^ "Lincoln Park in Marion, OH history and teams on".
  16. ^ "Wehrle Park in Newark, OH history and teams on".