Baseball's Canadian-American League:
A History of Its Inception, Franchises, Participants, Locales, Statistics,
Demise & Legacy, 1936-1951
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The history of a Class C minor league
during a turbulent 15 years reveals what
minor league baseball—indeed, all of
baseball—was experiencing: the coming of
night baseball, World War II, the postwar
era, integration, competition with television.
Includes stories of stars in the making: Bob
Lemon, Tommy LaSorda, Al Rosen, Lou
Burdette, and of those who never made it
to the majors.
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Book News
David Pietrusza
Amsterdam
Rugmakers
Canadian-American
League
1948
Program
Canadian-American League
President Father
Harold J. Martin
The New York Yankees Visited the
Amsterdam Rugmakers in 1949.
Left to Right: Bill Dickey, Casey
Stengel, Rugmakers Manager Mayo
Smith, and Yankees Coach Bill
Turner.
Amsterdam Rugmakers General
Admission Opening Day Ticket
By David Pietrusza
Foreward by
John Thorn
Canadian-American League Managers-Cooperstown, 1939
Canadian-American League Managers at the Minor League All-Star Game, July 9, 1939
in Cooperstown, New York.  Left  to right: Elmer Yoter (Gloversville-Johnstown
Glovers), Steve Yerkes (Cornwall Maple Leafs), Amby McConnell (Utica Braves), George
"Knotty" Lee (Ogdensburg Colts), Wally Schang (Ottawa Senators), Eddie Sawyer
(Amsterdam Rugmakers), and Admiral J. "Pepper" Martin (Rome Colonels).
Bill Dickey, Casey Stengel, Mayo Smith, and Jim Turner
Glovers Park, Gloversville, New York
Amsterdam Rugmakers
Amsterdam Rugmakers
at Mohawk Mills Park
The 1947 Schenectady Blue Jays,
attired in cast-off Phillies unforms,
celebrate their pennant. Lee Riley (Pat
Riley's father) is front row third from
right).
Rugmakers Opening Day 1950 Ticket
Amsterdam Rugmakers 1948 Program
Father Harold J. Martin
Ottawa Senators/Braves
Walt Masters
Wally Schang

Ottawa-Ogdensburg Senators
Homer Howell
George Jumonville
Paul Masterson
Bill Peterman
Specs Podgajny

Perth-Cornwall Grays
Danny Carnevale

Pittsfield Electrics/Indians/ Phillies
Gene Hasson
Brooks Lawrence
Jim Lemon
Hal Naragon
Tony Rensa
Al Rosen
Dick Tomanek

Quebec Athletics/Alouettes
Pete Elko
Moose Erickson
Roland Gladu
Butch Lawing
Frank McCormick
George McQuinn
Charlie Small

Rome Colonels
Pete Elko
Lynn Lovenguth
Dale Matthewson
Lee Riley
Hal White

Schenectady Blue Jays
Tommy Lasorda
Lynn Lovenguth
Duke Markell
Bobby Micelotta
Stive Ridzik
Lee Riley
Carl Sawatski
Barney Schultz

Smith Falls Beavers
Xavier Rescigno

Three Rivers Foxes/Royals
Hank Biasatti
Frenchy Bordaragay
Pete Gray
Billy Hunter
Danny O'Connell
Jean Pierre Roy
George Scherger
Larry Shepherd
George Witt

Utica Braves
Reggie Otero
Canadian-American Alumni With Major League Experience
1936 Perth (Ontario) Royals.
Manager Steve Yerkes, second row, far right.
McNearney Stadium
Schenectady, New York
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A limited number of copies of
Baseball's Canadian-American
League
remain available for
purchase. They make great gifts
and will be personally autographed
by the author.
Email for details.
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"Fascinating"
--
Sports Collectors Digest

"A Grand-Slam of a Book"
-- WGNA Radio

"Your history of the Canadian-American League is one of the finest and
most enjoyable books I've ever read.   You put the reader in the
grandstand.  I can almost imagine the Amsterdam Rugmakers taking the
field against Oneonta or Cornwall.  As someone who likes to go beyond the
Yankees/Brooklyn Dodgers/Cubs/Red Sox oligarchy in baseball publishing,
I always welcome books and articles on overlooked aspects of
the finest sport ever invented."
--Al Doyle, Contributor, Baseball Digest