(Photographs Courtesy of Mike Daddario presented by Ed Baker)
In 1948, the Yankees gave way to the Cincinnati Reds organization. The Sunbury Reds were run by Joe Buzas who would become one of the pioneers in baseball's front office. Buzas would go on from Sunbury to own 82 different baseball teams in his lifetime, the last being the Salt Lake Stingers. The Reds brought Sunbury their first winning season, putting together a 74-64 record... good enough for 4th place and their first playoff series. The Reds would be beaten by Trenton in 7 games. The team featured Steve Filipowicz who led the league in hits (187) and RBI (134). Moe Savransky meanwhile put together a 6-4 record with a 3.67 ERA. Attendance had jumped to 114,000... good for 2nd place in the league behind York. In 1949, the team had dropped significantly, both in the standings and at the gate. They put together a 59-81 record (.421), 28.5 games out of 1st place. They wouldn't break the 70,000 mark in attendance but still finished 3rd in the league. When the Reds 2 year PDC came to an end, the team was replace by the Philadelphia Athletics organization who were much worse! (53,049). Managed by outfielder George Staller (.283), they would put together a record of 53-86 (.381). The only decent pitcher they had was Al Busa (8-8, 2.41).