Photographs courtesy of Harrisburg Senators
After finishing in 7th place in 1933, Harrisburg fell to 8th place by 1934. One good thing however was the return of Ray Flood (how ironic...) who came back to Braves organization after playing in the Red Sox system for a few years. There was aslo the appearance of an 18 year old Elbie Fletcher (.291) who would go on to become the 4th All-Star produced by Island Park. The 3rd future All-Star, Ray Mueller returned after batting only .219 to turn his career around and bat .325 with 12 2B, 10 3B and 4 HR. 1935 brought Cuban born Bobby Estalella to Island Park. The future Philadelphia Philly had a fine season batting .316 with 26 2Bs, 9 3Bs and 18 HRs… easily the best performance on the team. Unfortunately for the Senators, Ray Flood wasn't the only flood that came to Harrisburg. A monster flood took over the island and almost made it completely disappear as only the tops of the grandstands and some trees and berms remained. It would cause the Senators' relationship with the Eastern League to come to an end... and the Double-A League wouldn't again consider Harrisburg a viable option until 1987. The franchise moved to York Pennsylvania after the flood and then to Trenton mid-season where they became the Trenton Senators. The ballpark would need to be rebuilt yet again. Island Park went dark to Professional Minor League Baseball for another 5 long years. It wasn’t until 1940 that the ballpark was rebuilt and stadium returned to pro ball again… this time with the Class B Interstate League. The Trenton Senators, (which if you remember, is what came of the Harrisburg’s Senators after the flood) were part of the league as well… so when Harrisburg joined the league, there were two teams called the Senators who really were the same franchise... past and present. Harrisburg took their place under the umbrella of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The new franchise was strong on hitting. Pitching… not so much. Arnold Greene would finally do something no player had yet done at Island Park… break the 20 HR mark. Arnold Greene slammed 21 HRs and batted .325 to lead the new franchise and the league in power while Edward Black provided some protection in the lineup batting .320 with 25 2B, 8 3B and 14 HRs. The team finished 2 games under .500 at 60-62 for 2nd place but that was okay. They were back in pro ball again and things would heat up soon enough. In fact… by 1941, things were very hot indeed.