Laurel Cardinals

The Laurel Cardinals was the final moniker of the minor league baseball teams based in Laurel, Mississippi. From 1923 to 1929, Laurel teams played exclusively as a member of the Cotton States League, hosting home games at Kamper Park. The Laurel Cardinals were minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1928 and 1929, having first played as the Laurel "Lumberjacks."

Laurel Cardinals
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass D (1923–1929)
LeagueCotton States League (1923–1929)
Major league affiliations
TeamSt. Louis Cardinals (1928–1929)
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Conference titles (0)None
Team data
NameLaurel Lumberjacks (1923–1927)
Laurel Cardinals (1928–1929)
BallparkKamper Park (1923–1929)

HistoryEdit

Laurel, Mississippi first hosted minor league baseball in 1923. The Laurel Lumberjacks became members of the eight–team Class D level Cotton States League. The Clarksdale Cubs, Greenville Swamp Angels, Greenwood Indians, Hattiesburg Hubmen, Jackson Red Sox, Meridian Mets and Vicksburg Hill Billies joined Laurel in league play.[1][2]

On April 18, 1923, the Laurel Lumberjacks began league play in their first season of play. On July 24, 1923, the Cotton States League stopped play for the season. With a record of 43–35, Laurel finished in a 2nd place tie with the Greenwood Indians in the eight–team league. Laurel finished 1.5 games behind the Greenville Swamp Angels. They were managed by Charles Hodge and Bill Statham. Player/manager Bill Statham of Laurel led the Cotton States League with 17 wins.[3][4][5][6]

The 1924 season saw The Cotton League return to play as a six–team Class D league. The Laurel Lumberjacks ended the 1924 Cotton States League season schedule with a record of 43–57, placing 5th in the final standings. Managed by Baxter Sparks, Pat Boyd and Ed McDonald, Laurel finished 22.5 games behind the 1st place Hattiesburg Hubmen.[7][8][5][9]

Led by managers Jake Propst, Jim Moore, Pat Devereaux and Sammy Vick, the 1925 Laurel Lumberjacks placed 5th in the Cotton States League final standings. Laurel had a regular season record of 58–64 and finished 12.0 games behind the 1st place Meridian Mets in the eight–team league.[10][11][5][12]

The 1926 Laurel Lumberjacks continued play in the Cotton States League. Laurel ended the season with a record of 59–61 to place 5th in the league standings, playing under managers Sammy Vick and Bill Statham. The Lumberjacks finished 16.5 games behind the 1st place Hattiesburg Pinetoppers in the final Cotton States League final standings.[13][14][5][15]

With a record of 41–70, the 1927 Laurel Lumberjacks last in the Cotton States League. Under managers Frank Matthews and Buck Stapleton, the Laurel Lumberjacks placed 8th in the eight–team league, finishing 29.0 games behind the 1st place Jackson Red Sox.[16][17][5][18]

The Laurel "Cardinals" continued play in the 1928 Cotton States League, as the franchise became an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Laurel finished the regular season with a 44–78 overall record to place 7th in the league, which had two halves. Managed by John Ganzel and Bobby Schang, Laurel finished 33.0 games behind the 1st place Jackson Red Sox in the final overall standings.[19][20][5][21]

In their final season of play, continuing Cotton States League membership, the 1929 Laurel Cardinals placed 4th in the eight–team league. Playing under manager Clay Hopper, the Cardinals finished with a 59–63 regular season record. Laurel finished 14.0 games behind the 1st place Alexandria Reds. The Laurel franchise permanently folded following the 1929 season.[22][23][5][24]

Laurel, Mississippi has not hosted another minor league team.[25]

The ballparksEdit

Laurel minor league teams played home games at Kamper Park.[26] Today, Kamper Park is still in use today as a public park with baseball fields and a zoo. Kamper Park is located at 107 South 17th Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi.[27]

 
(2012) Historic Woolworth Building. National Register of Historic Places. Laurel, Mississippi

TimelineEdit

Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League Affiiate
1923–1927 5 Laurel Lumberjacks Class D Cotton States League None
1928–1929 2 Laurel Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals

Year–by–year recordEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1923 43–35 2nd (t) Charles Hodge / Bill Statham League disbanded July 24
1924 43–57 5th Baxter Sparks /
Pat Boyd / Ed McDonald
Did not qualify
1925 58–64 5th Jake Propst / Jim Moore /
Pat Devereaux / Sammy Vick
Did not qualify
1926 59–61 5th Sammy Vick / Bill Statham No playoffs held
1927 41–70 8th Frank Matthews / Buck Stapleton Did not qualify
1928 44–78 7th John Ganzel / Bobby Schang Did not qualify
1929 59–63 4th Clay Hopper Did not qualify

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Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

Laurel Lumberjacks players
Laurel Cardinals players

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "1923 Cotton States League". Baseball-Reference.com.
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  4. ^ "1923 Laurel Lumberjacks minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors (Third ed.). Baseball America. 2007. ISBN 978-1932391176.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
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  7. ^ "1924 Laurel Lumberjacks minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  8. ^ "1924 Cotton States League (CSL) on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
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  12. ^ "1925 Laurel Lumberjacks Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
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  14. ^ "1926 Laurel Lumberjacks minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  15. ^ "1926 Laurel Lumberjacks Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  16. ^ "1927 Cotton States League (CSL) on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  17. ^ "1927 Laurel Lumberjacks minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  18. ^ "1927 Laurel Lumberjacks Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  19. ^ "1928 Cotton States League (CSL) on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  20. ^ "Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew". www.statscrew.com.
  21. ^ "1928 Laurel Cardinals Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  22. ^ "Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew". www.statscrew.com.
  23. ^ "1929 Cotton States League (CSL) on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  24. ^ "1929 Laurel Cardinals Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  25. ^ "Laurel, Mississippi Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  26. ^ "Kamper Park in Laurel, MS minor league baseball history and teams on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  27. ^ "VisitHBURG.org :: Details". www.visithburg.org.

External linksEdit

Baseball Reference