The Toronto Maple Leafs had always been a co-op franchise up until this point and remained so when they moved here in 1926. They had two seasons of playing just under 100 wins (98 and 99 wins respectively in 1924 and 1925) with nothing to show for it as the Orioles were in the midst of 7 straight championship seasons, for their complete domination of the International League. The Maple Leafs however would not give up. They put together the 39th best
franchise in the history of Minor League Baseball in 1926 (as shown above) behind future Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell (7-7) immediately making Maple Leaf Stadium a historic ballpark. Carl Hubbell would string together 5 straight seasons with over 20 wins for the New York Giants winning the Major League MVP Award in 1933 (23-12, 1.66) and again in 1937 (22-8, 3.20), leading to his nomination to the Hall of Fame in 1947. Ownie Carroll (21-8) was the ace of this staff and led the rotation while Lefty Stewart returned to the new ballpark to post an 18-9, 2.99. Vic Sorrell was excellent as well at 8-0, 3.08 and Jess Doyle (15-7), Clarence Fischer (15-4) and Jim Faulkner (15-12) all provided 15 win seasons. At the plate Clarence Walker (21 2B, 27 HR, .339) provided some excellent power numbers while Billy Mullen (32 2B, 8 HR, .357), Otis Miller (27 2B, 7 HR, .345, 120 RBI), Mickey Heath (15 3B, 10 HR, 115 RBI, .335) and Herman Layne (16 3B, 7 HR, 114 RBI, 32 SB, .350) always seemed to be on base. Would it be enough however to topple the incredible Orioles franchise, after they had been unable to do so for 7 straight seasons?... and was this ballpark really going to change this team's luck as Lou Solman had predicted?