All photographs in this series appear courtesy of Chris Hunter of the Schenectady Museum and Science Center from the G.E. Collection of Photographs (special thanks to Stephen LJ Russo)
The 1928 Albany Senators featured plenty of talent and some terrific performances including future NY Yankees’ Samuel Byrd who set the Hawkins Stadium bar by batting .371, while adding 36 2Bs, 12 3Bs and 18 HRs for a slugging pct of .599. Harold Yordy’s 23 2Bs, 11 3Bs and 22 HRs while batting .326 would set the power numbers and on the mound, Earl Johnson’s 21-8, 2.74 record would set the bar in the pitching category. Charlie Jeffcoat added a 16-9, 2.85 record to lead the Albany Senators to an impressive 81-70 record for 3rd place in the E.L.. Hawkins Stadium would be visited on August 28th 1928 by the New York Yankees featuring Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. The Yankees would defeat the Senators 4-3 in front of 10,000 fans. The Philadelphia A’s would then come to visit the new ballpark in September as Ty Cobb played his 2nd to last game *David Pietrusza (http://www.davidpietrusza.com/capital-reg-baseball-1.html) While Samuel Byrd’s .371 seemed to set quite a high standard, both Johnny Gill and Harold Yordy would come together in 1929 to tie and beat that record. Yordy would be simply incredible at the plate slamming 43 2Bs, 15 3Bs and 30 HRs while hitting .371 to take over the leads in all hitting categories except for batting which he tied. Future Chicago Cubs’ Johnny Gill however would steal the batting title and doubles title away from Yordy batting .373 with a whopping 63 2Bs! Gill would also add 15 3Bs tying Yordy and 14 HRs. Frank Parenti would beat both in the triples category batting .341 with 42 2Bs and 16 3Bs and Francis Farrell would bat .349 with 42 2Bs. On the mound Earl Johnson would return with his 2nd straight 21 win season going 21-13 (4.31). Future St. Louis Browns/New York Yankees’ Ivy Andrews pitched a fine 9-1, 2.51, Joe Styborsky almost became the 3rd 20 game winner going 19-5 with a 4.54 ERA and the Senators welcomed their first future MLB All-Star... Johnny Murphy who went 8-4, 3.26 on his way to a becoming a 3 time All-Star for the NY Yankees. All of this outrageous talent culminated in the best record that Hawkins Stadium would ever see, as the Albany Senators finished in 1st place with an amazing 97-57 (.630) record taking their 1st ever Championship home to the new Hawkins Stadium and their first since 1907. Babe Ruth's Yankees would return to the ballpark in August of 1929 and the Babe would hit the furthest Home Run in Hawkins Stadium history.