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Baseball in Centralia, Illinois

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Centralia, Illinois.

Centralia was a charter member of the MWL predecessor Illinois State League. Although the team only lasted for six summers, it had some fine seasons and some interesting players.

Several of this team's star players--Claude Passeau, Chuck Hawley, and Lew Bekeza--were player-managers.



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Centralia, Illinois
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballpark
MWL Fan's Guide
Season
1952
1951
1950
1949
1948
1947

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 6
  • Won/Lost overall: 368/349, .513
  • Best season: 83/40, .675 (1950)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: none
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 3/6, .333
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 2 seasons

Centralia was a charter member of the MWL predecessor Illinois State League, which began play in 1947. The franchise failed after the 1952 season and was not replaced.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Centralia Cubs, 1947-49
  • Centralia Sterlings, 1950
  • Centralia Zeros, 1951-52

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballpark

Attendance record

  • 38,554 (1951)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Lew Bekeza (1950) .332, 17 home runs, 120 runs batted in
  • Pitcher: Gene Pisarski (1950) 22-3, 2.06 ERA

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • none

Centralia Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Billy Klaus (1947) .341
  • Home Runs: Lew Bekeza (1950) 17
  • Runs Batted In: Lew Bekeza (1950) 120

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Gene Pisarski (1950) 22
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Gene Pisarski (1950) 22/3, .880
  • Earned Run Average: Gene Pisarski (1950) 2.06
  • Strikeouts: Chuck Hawley (1947) 180

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Notes

This summary originated as the June 13, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.


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The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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