The Marion Senators were a Minor league baseball team based in Marion, Ohio and Marion County, Ohio. In 1915, the Senators played briefly as members of the short–lived Buckeye League, hosting minor league home games at Lincoln Park. The Senators folded in June 1915 and the Buckeye League folded in July 1915.

Marion Senators
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass D (1915)
LeagueBuckeye League (1915)
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Team data
NameMarion Senators (1915)
BallparkLincoln Park (1915)

History edit

The Senators were preceded in minor league baseball by the 1912 Marion Diggers, who ended a five–season tenure as members of the Ohio State League.[1]

In 1915, the Marion Senators became charter members of the Class D level Buckeye League, before folding during the season.[2][3] The 1915 Buckeye League formed as six–team league and began play on May 19, 1915.[4] The Akron Rubbermen, Canton Giants, Findlay Finns, Lima Boosters and Newark New Socks joined Marion in league play.[5]

On Friday, May 21, 1915, the Senators hosted their home opener at Lincoln Park. A parade was held before the contest against Newark, with 15 automobiles following "Baker's Band." Orndorf was named as the starting pitcher for Marion. It was noted in the Marion Daily Star that Tuesday games were "ladies day" games with "the fairer sex to be admitted free."[6]

The Senators' season was short–lived. On June 11, 1915, both the Marion Senators and Canton Giants teams disbanded, with the Senators having compiled a 10–5 record at the time the team folded. The Buckeye League, with four remaining teams, permanently disbanded on July 5, 1915. The league folding corresponded to World War I efforts that affected many minor leagues.[3][7][8]

The Lima Boosters (25–18) were in first place when the Buckeye League folded on July 5, 1915.[9][10] 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.[5][3][11][12]

The Buckeye League never played again as a minor league after folding in 1915.[3] Marion next hosted minor league baseball in 1937, when the Marion Presidents played a partial season as members of the Ohio State League.[1]

The ballpark edit

The Marion Senators hosted 1915 minor league home games at Lincoln Park.[6] The Senators were the first Marion minor league team to play in Lincoln Park and the ballpark would host the remaining Marion minor league teams through 1951.[13] Today, Lincoln Park is still in use as a public park, with numerous amenities on 89 acres, including 12 ball fields. The location today is 897 North Prospect Street.[14]

Year–by–year record edit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs/notes
1915 10–5 NA Buzz Wetzel Team Folded June 11
League folded July 5

Notable alumni edit

See also edit

Marion Senators players

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Marion, Ohio Encyclopedia".
  2. ^ "1915 Marion Senators minor league baseball Roster on".
  3. ^ a b c d Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Third ed.). Baseball America. ISBN 978-1932391176.
  4. ^ "1915 Buckeye League (BL) on".
  5. ^ a b "1915 Buckeye League".
  6. ^ a b "21 May 1915, 2 - The Marion Star at".
  7. ^ "Local Sports History". June 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Canton Daily News Newspaper Archives, May 15, 1915, p. 14". May 15, 1915.
  9. ^ "1915 Lima Boosters Statistics".
  10. ^ "1915 Lima Boosters Statistics on".
  11. ^ "1915 Buckeye League (BL) Standings on".
  12. ^ "1915 Canton Giants Statistics".
  13. ^ "Lincoln Park in Marion, OH minor league baseball history and teams on".
  14. ^ "Lincoln Park, Marion".

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