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 revolving door increased to 56 players in 1934 but the team continued to excel as more and more future Major League impact players came to Hawkins Stadium. On the mound future 2 time All-Star of the Pirates and Phillies’ Cy Blanton (11-8, 3.86) and former Pirates’ Bill Harris (9-2, 2.25-not enough innings to qualify for ERA title) provided a solid rotation while at the plate future Brooklyn Dodger Glenn Chapman (.330), future New York Yankees’ Jake Powell (29 2B, 7 3B, 20 HR, .361) and future Washington Senators’ Fred Singleton (32 2B, 10 3B, 29 HRs, .327) provided some of the best offense the team had seen in years. It was good enough to get Albany back into the playoffs… where they lost in the 1st round. Still it was an impressive 81-72 record, that could have been an 82-71 record, if the team didn’t have to forfeit a game to Toronto, as a full stadium of unruly fans pelted the Maple Leafs with soda bottles causing the Senators to forfeit. (*David Pietrusza) The Yankees continued to visit the ballpark semi-annually and Babe Ruth helped the Yankees blow away the Senators by a score of 22-6. Albany had seemed to turn the corner… so much so that they invited their first ever Major League affiliation as the Washington Senators signed up the Albany Senators in a case of "monikered" coincidence. The new alliance brought the 1935 Albany Senators crashing down from the playoffs to last place with a dreadful record of 49-104. The culprits were a trio of future Major Leaguer pitchers… Philadelphia A’s Dutch Lieber (4-19, 5.68), future Washington Senators’ 20 game winner Monte Weaver (7-15, 5.43) and future Reds’ Beryl Richmond (3-18, 6.47). The staff would however feature an All-Star, albeit a future two time 20 game loser… future Philadelphia Philly Hugh Mulcahy (4-2, 5.12). Future White Sox/ Cardinals’ Bob Weiland did his best to try to help tying Earl Johnson for the lowest ERA of any Albany Senator (at Hawkins Stadium) going 9-10 with a 2.74. At the plate there was one future superstar… the 5 time Philadelphia A’s All-Star, Frankie Hayes (14 2B, 12 HR, .293) who tied for the team lead in HRs with Taffy Wright.