While this was not the most impressive team, there were a few worth mentioning including Bill Walker who put up a 9-16, 4.72 record but would be most impressive in the Major Leagues... leading the league in ERA in 1929 for the Giants (3.09) and again in 1931 when he went 16-9, 2.26 for the New York Giants. Finally in 1935, Walker got his first real sense of appreciation when he became an All-Star for the St. Louis Cardinals (13-8, 3.82) making Walker the first future MLB All-Star to be produced from
Lanphier Park. At the plate meanwhile, Bill Sweeney was terrific with 18 2B, 8 3B, 7 HR and a .375 batting average. Despite their losing efforts, there was obviously tremendous talent on this team and the Springfield Senators were seemingly just a few steps away from becoming a "great franchise". That next step would come in 1926 when Al Madras lit up Lanphier Park and broke all Triple-I League records becoming the first player to ever break the 30 HR mark while also compiling 119 Runs. Madras' 30 HR still stands up today as the most homers ever hit at this rather spacious ballpark. Clarence Hoots tied for the league lead in wins with a 19-9, 3.70 record (which today stands tied as the all time wins mark as well) and Jack Ziegler's 17-7, 3.42 was the highest winning percentage in the league. Springfield shot all the way up to 1st place beating the Peoria Tractors to take home Lanphier Park's first ever Championship.