Schenectady Blue Jays
The Schenectady Blue Jays baseball club was an American minor league baseball franchise based in Schenectady, New York, for 12 consecutive seasons, 1946–57. It was a member of the Class C Canadian–American League through 1950, and the Class A Eastern League thereafter. The Blue Jays were affiliated with Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies and played at McNearney Stadium from the middle of 1946 through their final season.
|Schenectady Blue Jays|
Schenectady, New York
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Previous teams||Philadelphia Phillies (1946–1957)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1947; 1956|
The Blue Jays were founded at the beginning of the post-World War II boom in minor league baseball. Schenectady had previously been represented by a team in the Negro leagues, the Mohawk Giants (1913-1914), and by the Schenectady Electricians and Schenectady Frog Alleys of the New York State League (1895–1904) and the Eastern Association (1909).
The Phillies, purchased during the war by the R. R. M. Carpenter family, began to build out their farm system in 1946 and added Schenectady to their roster of affiliates. The nickname Blue Jays became the Phillies' secondary moniker before the start of the 1944 season and was common to at least two other Philadelphia farm teams, the Class C Salina Blue Jays and Class D Green Bay Blue Jays. The 1946 Blue Jays finished seventh in the eight-team Can-Am League. But the 1947 edition, managed by Leon Riley, father of future National Basketball Association player, coach and executive Pat Riley, won the league pennant by 13 games and the playoff championship; it drew over 146,000 fans, almost 60,000 more than the second-most-popular Can-Am League team.
After the 1950 season, the Phillies replaced their Eastern League affiliate, the Utica Blue Sox, with the Schenectady Blue Jays, who moved up two levels to Class A, which was then almost equivalent to today's Double-A ranking. Schenectady won the Eastern League championship in 1956 and finished a strong second in 1957, but attendance had fallen to below 60,000 and the Phillies transferred their affiliation to the Williamsport Grays for 1958, thus ending the Blue Jays' 12-year lifespan.
|1947||86–51||First||Canadian–American||146,227||Leon Riley||League champions|
|1950||88–46||Second||Canadian–American||76,853||Dick Carter||Lost to Amsterdam in first round|
|1951||73–66||Fifth||Eastern League||93,559||Leon Riley||DNQ|
|1952||73–65||Fourth||Eastern||81,912||Dan Carnevale||Lost to Binghamton in first round|
|1953||86–65||Third||Eastern||66,320||Skeeter Newsome||Lost to Reading in first round|
Lew Krausse Sr.
|1955||74–64||Fourth||Eastern||73,585||Don Osborn||Lost to Allentown in finals|
|1956||84–54||First||Eastern||66,458||Dick Carter||League champions|
|1957||83–57||Second||Eastern||59,522||Dick Carter||Lost to Reading in first round|
- Q&A with Baseball Historian on Schenectady Blue Jays, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, New York
- Information at Baseball Reference
- Finding Aid to Frank Keetz Professional Baseball Collection (includes material on Schenectady Blue Jays), Schenectady County Historical Society.