Sandusky Sailors

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The Sandusky Sailors were a minor league baseball team based in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1937 and 1938, the Sailors played as exclusively as members of the Class D level Ohio State League, before the franchise relocated to become the Marion Presidents during the 1938 season. Sandusky hosted minor league home games at Medusa Park.

Sandusky Sailors
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass D (1936–1937)
LeagueOhio State League (1936–1937)
Major league affiliations
TeamNone (1936–1937)
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Wild card berths (1)1937
Team data
NameSandusky Sailors (1936–1937)
BallparkMedusa Park (1936–1937)

History edit

The "Sailors" were preceded in minor league play by the 1893 Sandusky "Sandies" who played the season as members of the independent Ohio-Michigan League.[1][2]

The 1936 Sandusky Sailors began play as members of the six–team Class D level Ohio State League.[3] Joining Sandusky in the six–team Ohio State League in 1936 were the Fostoria Cardinals, Fremont Reds, Mansfield Tigers, New Philadelphia Red Birds and Tiffin Mud Hens, with the league beginning play on May 14, 1936.[4][5][6]

The "Sailors" nickname corresponds to local history and geography. Sandusky is located on the Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie and has long been home to sailing.[7] The Old Soldiers and Sailors Home was founded in Sandusky in 1886.[8] Today, the Sandusky Sailing Club continues operation and memberships.[9]

(2020) Landward Panorama from Jackson Pier. Sandusky, Ohio.

Beginning play in the 1936 Ohio State League, the Sailors finished in second place. Sandusky ended the season with a record of 51–47, playing the season under player/manager Chappie Geygan. The Sailors finished 10.5 games behind the first place Tiffin Mud Hens in the final Ohio State League regular season standings. During the season, the Mansfield and New Philadelphia franchises disbanded. No playoffs were held as Tiffin won both halves of the split–season schedule.[4][10][6][11]

The 1937 Sandusky Sailors continued Ohio State League play, before relocating during the season.[12] On June 22, 1937, the Sailors had a record of 15–7, when the franchise moved to become the Marion Presidents. Under returning manager Chappie Geygan, the 1937 Sandusky/Marion team placed second in the six–team league. With a 61–30 record, the team finished 2.0 games behind the first place Mansfield Red Sox in the final regular season standings. Pitchers Gordon Mann and Marion Spence tied for the Ohio State League with 18 victories and player/manager Chappie Geygan had a league leading 91 RBI for the Sailors/Presidents.[11] Sandusky/Marion qualified for the playoffs, where the Findlay Browns swept the series in two games.[13][14][15][11]

Marion did not return to play in the 1938 Ohio State League and Sandusky has not hosted another minor league team.[1][11] In 2021, the Sandusky Ice Haulers began play as members of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, a collegiate summer baseball league.[16]

The ballpark edit

The Sandusky Sailors hosted minor league home games at Medusa Park. The ballpark had a capacity of 1,500 and field dimensions of (left, center, right): 325–420–325.[17] The Medusa Portland Cement Company was based in Sandusky and was a major employer in the era.[18] The ballpark was formerly known as Esmond Athletic Field, with a large Esmond Dairy sign painted on the wall of the grandstand, before the ballpark was reconstructed with new grandstands and lighting for the Sailors in 1936. The grandstands were torn down in the 1940s. The ballpark was located on South Columbus Avenue in Sandusky.[19]

Timeline edit

Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League Ballpark
1936–1937 2 Sandusky Sailors Class D Ohio State League Medusa Park

Year–by–year records edit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs / notes
1936 51–47 2nd Chappie Geygan No playoffs held
1937 61–30 2nd Chappie Geygan Moved to Marion June 22 (15–7)
Lost in 1st round


Notable alumni edit

See also edit

Sandusky Sailors players

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Sandusky, Ohio Encyclopedia".
  2. ^ "1893 Sandusky Sandies Statistics".
  3. ^ "1936 Sandusky Sailors Statistics".
  4. ^ a b "1936 Sandusky Sailors minor league baseball Statistics on".
  5. ^ "1936 Ohio State League (OSL) on".
  6. ^ a b "1936 Ohio State League".
  7. ^ "City of Sandusky".
  8. ^ "Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home - Ohio History Central".
  9. ^ "Sandusky Sailing Club | Flying Scot Sailing Association".
  10. ^ "1936 Ohio State League (OSL) Standings on".
  11. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Third ed.). Baseball America. ISBN 978-1932391176.
  12. ^ "1937 Sandusky Sailors/Marion Presidents Statistics".
  13. ^ "1937 Sandusky Sailors/Marion Presidents minor league baseball Statistics on".
  14. ^ "1937 Ohio State League (OSL) Standings on".
  15. ^ "1937 Ohio State League".
  16. ^ "2021 Sandusky Ice Haulers Statistics".
  17. ^ "Medusa Park in Sandusky, OH minor league baseball history and teams on".
  18. ^ "The concrete facts on Medusa Cement".
  19. ^ "Sandusky's Baseball Stadium on South Columbus Avenue". Sandusky History. Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. 17 June 2018.

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