Photograph © Albert R. Stone - Rochester Museum & Science Center
The Rochester Bronchos would call this their home for 4 seasons from 1908 until 1911. The 1908 team was an awful one as the Bronchos finished in last place with a (55-82) record. Ed Lenox’s 25 doubles would lead the league as he batted .274 for the team lead in hitting, but Steamer Flanagan’s 4 HR (with 15 2B and 7 3B and a .259 average) would be the best that the team could do in the power department. On the mound, Weldon Henley went 14-13 for the team lead in wins while Bill Duggleby went 12-15 for the lead in losses. The Bronchos would turn around completely in 1909 as the team got some excellent power out of Hack Simmons who would bat .299 with 28 2B, 9 3B and led the International League with 8 HR. Tex Erwin would bat .275 with 10 2B and 6 HR and Fred Osborn would bat .298 with 13 2B, 4 3B and 4 HR. Manager John Ganzel also provided some excellent hitting putting up a .305 average with 30 2B. On the mound, Cy Barger had a terrific season putting up a 23-13 record. Jim Holmes was 16-11 and Roy Beecher was 10-6. The Bronchos led the International League with a 90-60 record, going worst to first, taking the I.L Championship from the Newark Indians… the first for the Bay Street Ball Grounds.