Photographs courtesy © Gary Jarvis

While he didn’t break any power records, Cito Gaston was no less impressive blasting 28 HRs with a very impressive .330 batting avg. Gaston would go on to become an All-Star power hitter for the San Diego Padres, as well as a 2 time World Series Championship manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. Joining Gaston was another future big league manager… future Yankees’ captain Stump Merrill (.232). They finished 5 games under .500.… not bad considering where they were only 2 years earlier. They were on the rebound and that would be helped in 1967 as the Philadelphia Phillies became Dwyer Stadium’s 5th affiliation and their 3rd affiliate parent club. Under the Phillies umbrella, the Batavia Trojans finished in 2nd place with an impressive 41-36 record. It was during this season that the NY-Penn League became a short season league, so most of the records that were previously set would most likely stand forever, as we now start over. Danny LeBright was the star pitcher going 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA. He also hit .394 with 3 HRS in only 33 At Bats. Terry Thompson was the new Short Season HR leader with 9. William Mason hit 18 2Bs with 8 HRs. The Phillies didn’t stay long however and said goodbye after only one year. They would be replaced by the Detroit Tigers, who came to Batavia from Erie’s Ainsworth Field, signing a 4 year PDC to give the team some stability.