Dwyer Stadium I

Batavia New York

Home of the
Batavia Clippers and Batavia Trojans

NY-Penn League
(Short Season Single-A)
Despite the absolutely phenomenal hitting and good pitching, the Batavia Pirates were unable to pull it out in the season finale as Olean came back to steal the title away. 1962 saw more good hitting with Watts returning to hit 21 HRs while batting .331. He would be joined by future 10 year veteran of the Pittsburgh Pirates Jerry May and future Montreal Expos’ Ron Woods who would also each hit 21 HRs. The pitching however… it was just bad with Bill McGilivray going 1-10 with a 7.48 ERA. It was a lost season but the Pirates came back strong in 1963. Future Cubs/Phillies’ Byron Browne became the 3rd Batavia player to hit over 30 homers in a season as he knocked in 32 round trippers while batting .291. This superstar season was followed up by an even greater one as future Angels All-Star Bob Lee put up the best pitching performance in Batavia history. Lee was nearly perfect going a fantastic  20-2 with a 1.70 ERA, on his way to a MLB All-Star career.  Lee and Browne together kept Batavia in the game throughout the season, and though the team struggled at times, those two kept the Pirates from having any extended losing streaks. With Lee on the mound and Browne at the plate, Batavia fought their way through the playoffs and in the end, came out victorious… winning the NY-Penn League Championship title for only the 3rd time in Dwyer Stadium history.