The York Dukes were a minor league baseball team based in York, Nebraska. Between 1911 and 1931, York teams played exclusively as members of the Class D level Nebraska State League. The York Prohibitionists preceded the Dukes, playing in the Nebraska State League from 1911 to 1915. The Prohibitionists played home Nebraska State League games at Parks Park, and the Dukes hosted home games at Leavitt Stadium.

York Dukes
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass D (1911–1915, 1928–1931)
LeagueNebraska State League (1911–1915, 1928–1931)
Major league affiliations
TeamNone
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Team data
NameYork Prohibitionists (1911–1915)
York Dukes (1928–1931)
BallparkParks Park (1911–1915)
Leavitt Stadium (1928–1931)

Baseball Hall of Fame member Dazzy Vance pitched for the 1912 York Prohibitionists.

HistoryEdit

The team was given the York Dukes moniker after a naming contest held by the local paper, the York Daily News. Previously, the York Prohibitionists had played in the Nebraska State League from 1911 to 1915.[1][2][3]

York had been awarded the Red Cloud, Nebraska franchise in 1911, after Red Cloud had one year of Nebraska State League play. The York team started without any players from the Red Cloud franchise and without a nickname. York was then a dry town and did not allow Sunday baseball to be played. After the team played their first away game against the Fremont Pathfinders from Fremont, Nebraska, a Fremont sportswriter gave them the nickname York Prohibitionists and the name stuck.[4]

In 1912, with Dazzy Vance on the roster, the Prohibistions drew 1,700 fans to Parks Park on opening day.[5]

At the beginning of the 1915 season, the Kearney Buffaloes and Columbus Pawnees franchises both folded, leaving the league reduced to six teams. Then at the end of June, 1915, the Grand Island Champions withdrew from the league and the Nebraska State League disbanded on June 29, 1915, with York in 3rd place.[6][7]

In 1928, when the franchise returned to the reformed Nebraska State League, the York Dukes, played at Leavitt Stadium and drew 9,434 fans for the season. They had an average daily attendance of 205 fans on weekdays and 637 fans on Sundays, with the Sunday baseball ban having been lifted. The name "Dukes" was selected in a naming contest by the local newspaper and Mr. Ezra McCormick of 128 Blackburn won the prize of two free tickets to the opening game for submitting the Dukes name. Other entries included Beavers, Panthers, Tommies, Plezalls and HillToppers.[8][3]

After the 1931 season, the York franchise relocated to become the Beatrice Blues in Beatrice, Nebraska.[9][7]

York has not hosted another minor league team.[1]

The ballparksEdit

The York Dukes' home field was noted to be Leavitt Stadium, located within East Hill Park.[10] The Prohibitionists had reportedly played home games at Parks Park, which was located near downtown York.[11]

Leavitt Stadium is still in use. Today, the park the is home to the York College Panthers baseball team. Levitt Stadium hosted the 2001 American Legion Nebraska State Baseball Tournament and is also home for local Legion Teams. The ballpark is located at 921 East 6th street, between East 6th and East 8th Street in York, Nebraska.[3][12][13][4][14]

TimelineEdit

Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League
1911–1915 5 York York Prohibitionists Class D Nebraska State League
1928–1931 4 York Dukes

Year–by–year recordsEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1911 54–60 5th George Harms / Lefty Davis No playoffs held
1912 45–66 7th Lefty Davis No playoffs held
1913 57–55 3rd Frank Gardner No playoffs held
1914 60–52 4th Jim Pierce No playoffs held
1915 25–31 3rd Jim Pierce No playoffs held
1928 50–62 5th Art Rasmussen No playoffs held
1929 61–53 4th Art Rasmussen No playoffs held
1930 60–59 4th Art Rasmussen No playoffs held
1931 42–67 6th Vern "Pop" Gleason / Bob Browne No playoffs held

[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

 
Dazzy Vance, 1922

Notable alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame alumniEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

York Dukes players
York Prohibitionists players

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "York, Nebraska Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "1912 York Prohibitionists Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ a b c "York Nebraska East Hill Park Baseball". nebaseballhistory.com.
  4. ^ a b "Nebraska Minor League Baseball; York Prohibitionists". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  5. ^ "Nebraska Minor League Baseball; York Prohibitionists". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  6. ^ "Nebraska Minor League Baseball York Prohibitionists". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  7. ^ a b 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)
  8. ^ "York Dukes 1928-1931". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  9. ^ "York Dukes 1931". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  10. ^ "York Nebraska East Hill Park Baseball". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  11. ^ "Baseball in York Nebraska 1910". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  12. ^ "Locations / Levitt Stadium / York, NE". www.cityofyork.net.
  13. ^ "Nebraska Minor League Baseball; York". www.nebaseballhistory.com.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2019-08-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "1911 York Prohibitionists minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  16. ^ "1912 York Prohibitionists minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  17. ^ "1913 York Prohibitionists minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  18. ^ "1914 York Prohibitionists minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  19. ^ "1915 York Prohibitionists minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  20. ^ "1928 York Dukes minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  21. ^ "1930 York Dukes minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  22. ^ "1931 York Dukes minor league baseball Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.

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