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Wisconsin State League
SportMinor League Baseball
Inaugural season1891
Ceased1953
Replaced byWisconsin–Michigan League
Wisconsin–Illinois League
PresidentThomas Ahern (1891)
Hon. A.E. Mountain (1891)
John T. Powers (1905–1906)
Charles F. Moll (1907)
Herman D. White (1940–1942, 1946–1947)
Judge Arnold F. Murphy (1948–1951)
Dan G.Cisco (1952)
Duane F. Bowman (1953)
No. of teams29
CountryUnited States of America
Most titles6
Madison Blues
ClassificationIndependent
Class D
Related
competitions
Wisconsin–Michigan League

The Wisconsin State League was a class D baseball league that began in 1905, changing its name to the Wisconsin–Illinois League in 1908 and operating through 1914. The league re–organized under that name in 1926. Another Wisconsin State League began in 1940, shut down during World War II from 1943 through 1945, then operated from 1946 through 1953.

The Class D Wisconsin–Illinois League began play in 1940 with six charter franchises: Appleton Papermakers, Fond du Lac Panthers, Green Bay Bluejays, La Crosse Blackhawks, Sheboygan Indians and Wisconsin Rapids White Sox.[1] In 1942 the league expanded to eight teams, adding the Janesville Cubs and Oshkosh Giants.[2] After play resumed in 1946, La Crosse moved to become the Wausau Lumberjacks and the league operated with those franchises until its demise following the 1953 season.[3]

List of teams

Wisconsin State League (1905–1907, 1922–1925, 1928–1931, 1940–1942, 1946–1953)
Wisconsin–Illinois League (1908–1914, 1926–1927, 1932)

[4][5]

Season standings

1891 to 1892

1891 Wisconsin State League

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
Marinette Badgers 51 39 .567 - Jacob Aydelotte
Appleton Papermakers 48 41 .539 2.5 Charles Faatz
Green Bay Bays 48 42 .533 3.0 Thomas Murray / George Brackett
Oshkosh Indians 46 44 .511 5.0 John Roushkolb / Daniel Sweeney
Fond du Lac 41 49 .456 10.0 Bob Berryhill
Oconto 35 54 .393 15.5 John Guehrer

[4]

1905 Wisconsin State League

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
LaCrosse Pinks 68 41 .624 - Pink Hawley
Oshkosh Indians 60 47 .561 7.0 Morey Crall / John Lavie
Freeport Pretzels 54 56 .491 14.5 Nick Malvern / Bill Moriarty
Beloit Collegians 50 59 .459 18.0 George Wilbur / George Bubser
Wausau Lumberjacks 47 61 .435 20.5 Jack Corbett
John Mott / Nick Malvern
Green Bay Colts 47 62 .431 21.0 W. Kennelly / William McGinnis
Marty McQuade / Ernest Van Erman / Warren Beckwith

[4]

1906 Wisconsin State League
schedule

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
LaCrosse Pinks 76 42 .644 - Pink Hawley
Freeport Pretzels 73 43 .629 2.0 Bill Moriarty
Oshkosh Indians 56 63 .471 20.5 Charlie Hanford
Green Bay Colts 55 63 .466 21 George Bubsir / Phil Stremmel
Wausau Lumberjacks 48 70 .407 28 Nick Malvern / Belanger
Eau Claire Orphans 44 71 .383 30.5 Andy Porter / Al Tebeau
Rasmussen / Nick Malvern

La Crosse played Freeport on the last day of the season with the pennant in balance. 5,000 fans saw a 0-0 game after nine innings. La Crosse pushed across five runs in the tenth to win.[4]

1907 to 1914

1907 Wisconsin State League
schedule

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
Freeport Pretzels 79 41 .658 - Tom Schoonhaven
Wausau Lumberjacks 76 43 .639 2.5 Charlie Ferguson
LaCrosse Badgers 67 50 .528 10.5 Pink Hawley
Eau Claire Tigers 62 56 .525 16.0 Bobby Lynch
Oshkosh Indians 58 65 .472 21.5 George Bubsir
Madison Senators 52 66 .441 26.0 Howard Cassibone
Green Bay Orphans 48 73 .397 31.5 John Corrigan
Fond du Lac Webfoots 34 82 .293 43.0 Tom Fletcher

[4]

1908 season (W-I League)V[6]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Wausau Lumberjacks 72 47 .605 119
La Crosse Pinks 66 57 .537 123
Madison Senators 64 56 .533 120
Green Bay Tigers 65 58 .528 123
Freeport Pretzels 59 62 .488 121
Fond du Lac Cubs 57 65 .467 122
Oshkosh Indians 54 66 .450 120
Rockford Reds 48 74 .393 122

1909 season (W-I League)[7]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Senators 74 45 .622 119
Green Bay Bays 69 54 .561 123
Racine Malted Milks 66 58 .532 124
Appleton Papermakers 66 58 .532 124
Rockford Reds 61 61 .500 122
Fond du Lac Giants 58 64 .475 122
Oshkosh Indians 52 72 .419 124
Freeport Pretzels 45 79 .363 124

1910 season (W-I League)[8]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Appleton Papermakers 74 46 .617 120
Rockford Reds 72 50 .590 122
Fond du Lac Giants 66 55 .545 121
Madison Senators 62 59 .512 121
Green Bay Bays 59 61 .492 120
Racine Malted Milks 59 62 .488 121
Oshkosh Indians 51 72 .415 123
Aurora Islanders 43 81 .347 124

1911 season (W-I League)[9]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Rockford 74 46 .617 120
Madison Senators 65 57 .533 122
Green Bay 61 56 .521 117
Appleton 63 58 .521 121
Oshkosh 61 64 .488 125
Racine Belles 58 64 .475 122
Aurora 55 65 .458 120
Fond du Lac 47 73 .392 120

1912 season (W-I League)[10]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Oshkosh 87 45 .659 132
Racine Belles 78 51 .605 129
Appleton 67 60 .528 127
Wausau 66 76 .465 142
Green Bay 61 68 .473 129
Rockford 63 71 .470 134
Aurora 54 80 .403 134
Madison Senators 51 85 .375 136

1913 season (W-I League)[11]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Oshkosh 74 46 .617 120
Racine Belles 72 51 .585 123
Green Bay 69 57 .548 126
Rockford 65 56 .537 121
Madison Senators 64 61 .512 125
Fond du Lac 63 61 .508 124
Wausau Lumberjacks 45 80 .360 125
Appleton 43 80 .350 123

1914 season (W-I League)[12]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Oshkosh 75 43 .636 118
Green Bay 73 51 .589 124
Appleton 64 55 .538 119
Racine 64 58 .525 122
Twin Cities (Prairie du Sac/Sauk City) 61 59 .508 120
Madison Senators 57 62 .479 119
Rockford 48 71 .403 119
Wausau 39 82 .322 121

1922 to 1937

1922 season (Wis. State League)[13]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Manitowoc 8 3 .727 11
Green Bay 7 4 .636 11
Menasha 6 6 .500 12
Appleton 2 10 .167 12

1923 season (Wis. State League)[14]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Sheboygan Chairmakers 19 9 .679 28
Neenah-Menasha Papermakers 19 9 .679 28
Appleton 17 11 .607 28
Green Bay Bays 15 13 .536 28
Kaukauna 14 14 .500 28
Marinette-Menominee Twins 10 18 .357 28
Oshkosh 10 18 .357 28
Fond du Lac 8 20 .286 28

1924 season (Wis. State League)[15]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Neenah-Menasha 8 2 .800 10
Green Bay 5 5 .500 10
Appleton 4 4 .500 8
Sheboygan 4 4 .500 8
Oshkosh 3 4 .429 8
Fond du Lac 2 6 .250 8

1925 season (Wis. State League)[16]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Kenosha Twin Sixes 33 17 .660 50
Beloit Fairies 24 21 .533 45
Racine Athletics 24 28 .462 52
Sheboygan Chairmakers 22 29 .431 51

1926 season (W-I League)[17]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Sheboygan Chairmakers 48 21 .696 69
Kenosha Twin Sixes 44 28 .611 72
Beloit Fairies 32 22 .593 54
Madison Blues 27 31 .466 58
Racine Belles 30 38 .441 68
Logan Squares (Chicago) 12 21 .364 33
La Crosse Boosters 9 25 .265 34

1927 season (W-I League)[18]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Sheboygan Chairmakers 33 17 .660 50
Beloit Fairies 17 17 .500 34
Madison Blues 18 28 .391 46
Kenosha Twin Sixers 13 28 .317 41
Logan Squares (Chicago) 13 4 .765 17

1928 season (Wis. State League)[19]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Two Rivers Mirros 20 13 .606 33
Sheboygan Chairmakers 19 15 .559 34
Kosciuszko Reds (Milwaukee) 17 15 .531 32
Union Oils (Milwaukee) 16 16 .500 32
Manitowoc Shipbuilders 14 19 .424 33
Madison Blues 12 20 .375 32

1929 season (Wis. State League)[20]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Two Rivers Mirros 19 6 .760 25
Sheboygan Chairmakers 18 7 .720 25
Union Oils (Milwaukee) 12 12 .500 24
Manitowoc Shipbuilders 13 13 .500 26
Kenosha Twin Sixes 12 14 .462 26
Racine Belles 11 15 .423 26
Madison Blues 8 17 .320 25
Kosciuszko Reds (Milwaukee) 8 17 .320 25

1930 season (Wis. State League)[21]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Racine Belles 18 6 .750 24
Two Rivers Mirros 15 9 .625 24
Madison Blues 13 12 .520 25
Manitowoc Shipbuilders 11 13 .458 24
Sheboygan Chairmakers 11 14 .440 25
Milwaukee Oils 9 12 .429 24
Kosciuszko Reds (Milwaukee) 9 14 .391 23
Kenosha Twin Sixes 8 14 .364 22

1931 season (Wis. State League)[22]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Sheboygan Chairmakers 15 4 .789 19
Two Rivers Mirros 10 8 .555 18
Madison Blues] 11 9 .550 20
Milwaukee 8 10 .444 18
Racine Belles 3 16 .158 19

1932 season (W-I League)[23]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Harley Mills (Chicago) 16 5 .762 21
Madison Blues 21 10 .677 31
Sheboygan Chairmakers 13 11 .542 24
Duffy Florals (Chicago) 14 12 .538 26
Chicago Firemen 7 10 .474 17
Milwaukee Red Sox 11 14 .440 25
Logan Squares (Chicago) 9 12 .429 21
Colored All-Stars 3 15 .167 18
Colored Giants 2 9 .182 11

1933 season (W-I League)[24]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues] 34 17 .667 51
Harley Mills 18 10 .655 28
Duffy Florals 18 14 .563 32
Logan Squares 17 18 .486 35
Aurora 8 9 .471 17
Spencer Coals 7 12 .368 19
Chicago Firemen 6 15 .286 21
Colored All-Stars 4 16 .200 20

1934 season (Wis. State League) |+First half of the split season:

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Green Bay Green Sox 7 1 .875 8
Kaukauna 5 3 .625 8
Madison Blues 4 3 .571 7
Wisconsin Rapids 3 5 .375 8
Sheboygan Chairmakers 8 9 .471 17
Oshkosh Indians 7 12 .368 19

|+Second half of the split season:

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 8 2 .800 10
Wisconsin Rapids 8 2 .800 10
Green Bay Green Sox 4 5 .444 9
Sheboygan Chairmakers 4 5 .444 9
Oshkosh Indians 3 7 .300 10
Kaukauna 2 8 .200 10

The Madison Blues won the tie-breaker from Wisconsin Rapids to meet Green Bay, the winner of the season's first half. Green Bay prevailed in the final three-game championship series.

1935 season (Wis. State League) |+First half of the split season:[25]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 8 2 .800 10
Sheboygan Chairmakers 8 2 .800 10
Green Bay Green Sox 5 5 .500 10
Wisconsin Rapids 5 5 .500 10
Kaukauna 3 7 .300 10
Oshkosh Indians 1 9 .100 10

After tying for title of the season's first half, Madison won the first two of a three-game championship series over Sheboygan.

|+Second half of the split season:[26]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Sheboygan Chairmakers 6 4 .600 10
[[[Madison Blues (baseball)|Madison Blues]]] 6 4 .600 10
Wisconsin Rapids 6 4 .600 10
Kaukauna 6 4 .600 10
Green Bay Green Sox 3 7 .300 10
Oshkosh Indians 3 7 .300 10

Sheboygan won the run-off for title of the season's second half, but were defeated by first half champs Madison after the Blues won the first two of the three-game title series.[27]

1936 season (Wis. State League) |+First half of the split season:[28]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 9 2 .818 11
Racine Belles 7 4 .636 11
Sheboygan Chairmakers 4 6 .400 10
Milwaukee Red Sox 1 9 .100 10

Madison defeated Racine to win the title of the season's first half.[28]

|+Second half of the split season:[29]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 8 1 .889 9
Racine Belles 3 4 .429 7
Milwaukee Red Sox 2 3 .400 10
Sheboygan Chairmakers 2 7 .222 9

Madison clinched the title of the season's latter half on Aug. 23 when they defeated the Racine Belles. The Blues became 1936 State League champions by winning both halves of the split season.

1937 season (Wis. State League) |+First half of the split season:[30]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 10 2 .833 12
Sheboygan Chairmakers 10 2 .833 12
Racine Belles 3 9 .250 12
Kenosha Unions 1 11 .083 12

Madison defeated Sheboygan in a three-game series to win the title of the season's first half.

|+Second half of the split season:[31]

Team Wins Losses Pct. Games played
Madison Blues 10 2 .833 12
Sheboygan Chairmakers 10 2 .833 12
Racine Belles 1 9 .100 10
Kenosha Unions 1 9 .100 10

Sheboygan won the three-game tie-breaker series against Madison to win title of the season's latter half. Facing Sheboygan again for the 1937 championship, Blues manager Eddie Lenahan insisted on a single deciding game instead of three. The State League disagreed, declaring that Madison had forfeited the season by refusing to play in a three-game series. The Chairmakers were awarded the 1937 season championship.

References

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  2. ^ "1941 Wisconsin State League". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "1953 Wisconsin State League". Baseball-Reference.com.
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  5. ^ "Wisconsin-Illinois League - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  6. ^ "Locals Finish in Second Place," La Crosse Tribune, Sep. 14, 1908
  7. ^ "League Standings in Capsule Form," Racine Journal, Sep. 13, 1909
  8. ^ "W.-I. Flag to Appleton," Chicago Examiner, Sep. 8, 1910
  9. ^ "League Baseball in Condensed Form," Racine Journal, Sep. 11, 1911
  10. ^ "Baseball Results," Monmouth Daily Atlas, Sep. 17, 1912
  11. ^ "Here's Best Race in 1913 Baseball," Chicago Examiner, Sep. 8, 1913
  12. ^ "Standing of the Teams," Racine Journal, Sep. 14, 1914
  13. ^ "Team Standings," Manitowoc Herald News, Sep. 18, 1922
  14. ^ "Standings and Results as the Schedule Closes," Sheboygan Press Telegram, Sep. 24, 1923
  15. ^ "How They Stand," Appleton Post Crescent, Sep. 22, 1924
  16. ^ "Racine Here for a Final Clash Sunday," Sheboygan Press, Oct. 3, 1925
  17. ^ "W-I Association Standings," Sheboygan Press, Oct. 1, 1926
  18. ^ "Final Standings, Wisconsin State League," Sheboygan Press, Sep. 14, 1927
  19. ^ "Two Rivers Cop the Pennant of the Wisconsin State League," Sheboygan Press, Sep. 10, 1928
  20. ^ "Team Standings," Racine Journal News, Sep. 3, 1929
  21. ^ "Blues Win Pair, in Third Place" Capital Times, Sep. 2, 1930
  22. ^ "Chairs Split with Mirros," Manitowoc Evening Times, Sep. 8, 1931
  23. ^ "W-I League Standings," Wisconsin State Journal, Sep. 3, 1932
  24. ^ "W-I League Standings," Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 31, 1933
  25. ^ "Blues Romp to Victory Over Kaukauna,18-1," Wisconsin State Journal, July 1, 1935
  26. ^ "State League Standings (Second Half Final)," Wisconsin State Journal, Sep. 9, 1935
  27. ^ "Blues Sweep Series to Cop League Title," Wisconsin State Journal, Sep. 30, 1935
  28. ^ a b "Blues Win First Half Crown in State League," Wisconsin State Journal, July 6, 1936
  29. ^ Belles Dropped from Flag Race, Lose 3-2," Racine Journal Times, Aug. 24, 1936
  30. ^ "Blues, Chairs Share Honors," Racine Journal-Times, July 7, 1937
  31. ^ "Belles Lose Home Final," Racine Journal-Times, Sep. 7, 1937