Bob Hoffman Stadium
Former home of the York White Roses
While the downturn the past 2 seasons of the White Roses may have seemed like rough patch for the fans, they had no idea how good they actually had it. By 1951, the Pittsburg Pirates said goodbye to York after 8 loyal seasons, and the White Roses sunk to a new miserable low of 51-88. That was good enough for 7th place in the 8 team league. Unable to find any Major League backing, the franchise was now a co-op. The problems within the team ranks were easily found… the lineup. In 140 games, the team hit a lowly .222 with only 26 HRs. Only 40,000 would come out to see the team play… 1/4th of what they had drawn just a few years earlier. Things were looking bleak in York and throughout the league. 1952 however would bring a new friend to Bob Hoffman Stadium… the St. Louis Browns. The new endorsement brought lots of talent to the ballpark for the first time in quite awhile. While he wouldn't exactly light up the ballpark, 18 year old Tito Francona (8 2B, .227) would become the best player thus far to graduate from Bob Hoffman Stadium, going on to play in 15 All-Star MLB years for the Indians and Braves. Harry Wilson meanwhile became the new pitching king of Bob Hoffman Stadium putting up an 18-8, 2.05 record taking over both the All-time Bob Hoffman Wins and ERA records. Donal McKeon (11-9, 2.45) and John Waltman (11-5, 2.64) also contribute to the rotation. York finished strong with a 74-62 record under the St. Louis Browns' umbrella. The 3rd place finish brought the White Roses back to the playoffs for only the 2nd time at Bob Hoffman Stadium. They would be swallowed up quickly by Hagerstown but it was finally some exciting baseball for this town and attendance nearly doubled to 78,000... easily the best in the league.