Dunn Field II

Elmira New York

Home of the
Elmira Pioneers

Former Home of the
- Elmira Royals
- Elmira Red Sox
-Elmira Suns
Pioneer/Red Sox
While the Pioneers would miss Brooklyn, the Tigers certainly brought their share of talent. Topping the list was the favorite son of Niagara Falls… Sal Maglie (whom Niagara Falls would soon name their new stadium after). Maglie was masterful on the mound and posted Dunn Field II’s best record to date as Maglie became the first pitcher to reach the 20 win mark, going 20-15 with a 2.67 ERA. Maglie was on his way to a stellar All-Star Major League career with the New York Giants. In 1951, Maglie would have his best season going 23-6, 2.93 for the NY Giants, leading them to 1st place and a World Series appearance. Joining Maglie on the mound was Thomas Pullig (17-13, 3.21) and Raymond Roche (15-10, 3.27). At the plate, the Tigers brought 20 year old Eddie Robinson (18 2B, 14 3B, 4 HR, .295). Robinson’s 14 3Bs would break Pete Reiser’s 12 3Bs set at the new ballpark a year earlier. Robinson was a burgeoning superstar himself and would go on to a stellar 13 year career as one of the American League’s leading sluggers. In 1951, Robinson would have his best season when he slammed 29 HRs and knocked in 117 runs, leading to one of his 4 All-Star appearances. Joining Robinson at the plate was Edward Kobesky (35 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, .289) and Frank Madura (23 2B, 7 3B, .321). Together these two future MLB All-Stars led the Elmira Pioneers to their first Eastern League Championship at Dunn Field II. Unfortunately when they returned in 1942, all of the great players had been promoted and the Tigers didn’t have anyone in the lower rungs of the Minors to take their spots. Glenn Fletcher would set a new record… but more for futility than anything, going 8-17 to take the all time loss record despite a fine 2.89 ERA. Even Peter Kunis (11-10, 2.16), who would take over the all time ERA record at Dunn Field II from Xavier Rescigno (2.21), would barely have an above .500 winning pct. That was because the hitting was just miserable. Butch Nieman provided the only power on the entire team hitting 9 HRs, but he also batted a mere .206... which believe it or not, was one of the better averages on the team. The Pioneers would finish in 6th with a Dunn Field II worst 62-77 record. With that, the Tigers said goodbye to Dunn Field and Elmira welcomed the Philadelphia A’s organization. The Eastern League announced that it would be one of the few Minor League systems that would continue playing throughout the War era. Most leagues had suspended operations for 3 years after 1942.