Photographs courtesy of Harrisburg Senators
Future Brooklyn Dodger Billy Cox (42 2B, 15 3B and 6 HR) would become a quick superstar batting a massive .363 on the season, leading the league in average and in hits (180) as well. Another future Dodger named Danny Taylor would offer plenty of protection batting .335 with 24 2B and 7 HR. On the mound, future Pirates’ Bill Brandt (15-8, 3.00), Donald King (16-6, 2.19) and future Pirates Harry Shuman (18-6, 2.24) led a very strong rotation to carry the team to an 81-43 record, taking the Senators into the playoffs where they faced Reading in the 1st round. Reading dropped quickly to the talented rotation losing 3 games to 1, bringing the Harrisburg Senators to a bizarre matchup between them and their former selves… the Harrisburg Senators against the Trenton Senators. Not surprisingly the two battled each other every step of the way… the clones knocking heads for 7 straight games and in the final contest, the decision finally went to… Harrisburg as they won the Interstate League Championship title… the 7th title for Island Park. The Pirates franchise came back in 1942 but fell far short, despite Al Jarlett going 18-9 with a 1.81 ERA and a league leading 148 K’s and Royce Lint setting the all-time ERA mark with a 14-4, 1.44 record which led the league as well. The Senators would make the playoffs but were out by the 1st round thanks to a 3 game to 1 bullying by Hagerstown. Then the war came. The Interstate League announced some good news… that it would be one of the very few leagues to continue on despite the War effort. However… Harrisburg announced that they would be dropping out despite that. The Pittsburgh franchise would pick up and again move to York Pennsylvania. It would be then end of pro ball at Harrisburg for another 3 years until they returned to the Interstate League after the war ended in 1946 as an expansion team.