Traverse City Resorters

Traverse City Resorters were a professional minor league baseball team located in Traverse City, Michigan, United States, playing in the Class D Michigan State League and the precursor West Michigan League from 1910 to 1914. Professional baseball would not return to Traverse City until 2006 when the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League began play in 2006.[1] The Resorters played at the Bowers Harbor Ball Park on Old Mission Peninsula.[2][3]

Traverse City Resorters
LeagueWest Michigan League, Michigan State League
LocationTraverse City, Michigan
BallparkBowers Harbor Ball Park
Year founded1910
Year folded1914
League championships0

The Traverse City Resorters played five seasons of minor league baseball. The club began play in 1910 in what was called the West Michigan League[4] and finished 50-45 that season, a half game behind the league champion Cadillac Chiefs. Pitcher LaRue Kirby had 13 wins and led the league with 150 strikeouts. The league expanded in 1911, was renamed the Michigan State League, and the Resorters finished in 4th place with a 62–56 record, despite featuring two future big leaguers in Kirby and Bunny Brief, with a league leading 10 home runs and 97 runs.

1912 Traverse City Resorters

James Hamilton took over as manager for Traverse City in 1912, and the club finished 2nd with a 79–40 record. Bunny Brief hit .353 and led the league with 13 HRs, LaRue Kirby won 18 games, and both advanced to major league baseball that season. The 2012 Resorters also featured Jim Riley and Ernie Krueger, both of whom would also advance to the major leagues. The team finished second again in 1913, but with a 22–74 record in 1914, the team withdrew from the league on September 1, did not finish the league season, and folded operations.[5]

The Resorters featured several players during their existence who would go on to Major League Baseball teams, including Bunny Brief,[6][7] who would play with the St. Louis Browns, the Chicago White Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates; Katsy Keifer[8] who advanced to the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the third major-league, the Federal League in 1914; LaRue Kirby,[9] who played for the New York Giants and St. Louis Terriers; Ernie Krueger[10] who played for the Cleveland Naps, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Brooklyn Robins, and Cincinnati Reds; and Jim Riley[11] who played for the Boston Doves.

Resorters SeasonsEdit

Traverse City Resorters
Year League W-L PCT Place League Champion
1910 West Michigan League 50-45 .526 2nd place Cadillac Chiefs
1911 Michigan State League 62-56 .525 4th place Manistee Colts
1912 Michigan State League 79-40 .664 2nd place Manistee Champs
1913 Michigan State League 62-57 .521 2nd place Manistee Champs
1914 Michigan State League 22-74 .229 6th place Muskegon Speeders



  1. ^ "Wuerfel Park - Traverse City Beach Bums". Michigan. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  2. ^ "Clipped From Detroit Free Press". April 2, 2006. p. 41 – via
  3. ^ Boursaw, Jane Louise. "Old Mission History: Traverse City Resorters at Bowers Harbor Park, 1910".
  4. ^ "West Michigan League - BR Bullpen". Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  5. ^ a b "Traverse City Resorters - BR Bullpen". Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  6. ^ "Bunny Brief Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  7. ^, Andrew Rosenthal. "Bunny Brief: The most famous TC Resorter you never knew". Traverse City Record-Eagle.
  8. ^ "Katsy Keifer Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  9. ^ "LaRue Kirby Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  10. ^ "Ernie Krueger Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History".
  11. ^ "Jim Riley Minor Leagues Statistics & History".