1913 From Center Field Photograph courtesy of the Digitalballparks Collection
The new Binghamton Triplets were proud to be the inaugural members of the new NY-Penn League (which we will call the Eastern League for the rest of this gallery). They would see some very familiar faces as several other teams from their old haunt... the New York State League, joined them including Scranton, Wilkes Barre and Elmira. Williamsport and York Pennsylvania joined them as well. By 1924, two other former NYSL teams joined the league... Utica and Harrisburg. The Binghamton Triplets, who had never played below .500 since coming to Johnson Field, found the new league a little tougher than the previous two they had played in. Future Phillies and Cardinals pitcher Bob Vines provided some good pitching going 21-7, tying the Johnson Field record of 21 wins with Sam Frock. Former St. Louis Cardinal Howie Jones meanwhile had a monster bat hitting 29 doubles, 12 triples and a Johnson Field record 15 Homers while batting .331. Future Philly Bob Rice batted .316 and a man with a truly interesting name... Bud Weiser who would also play for the Phillies, batted .339 with 20 2Bs, 9 3Bs and 8 HRs. This was only good for 4th place unfortunately and by 1924, the Triplets had their first season ever under .500 (62-65) again finishing in 4th. The team featured future Brooklyn Dodgers slugger Del Bissonette (18 2B, 10 3B, 5 HR, .319) and... believe it or not... Bill Kay returning at age 46 as a pitcher no less!... putting together an 8-5 record with a .314 batting average. The team continued to hover at or near .500 for the next two seasons with one notable pitching performance by Harry Keich who went 20-8, 2.94 in 1926 and a visit from Mike McNally (.256) who spent 10 years in the Majors with the Red Sox and Yankees. Then in 1927 things began to change... for the worst! The Triplets took a nose dive going 57-81 landing them in 7th place. By 1928 however, they had righted the ship finishing at 83-57 behind the excellent pitching of two 21 year old 20 game winners... Future Phillies' Dick Barrett (20-9, 3.04) and future St. Louis' Browns' Herm Holshouser (20-10, 2.90). It wasn't good enough for 1st, but after the miserable 1927 season... the Triplets were happy to finish in 2nd.