Photograph © Steven L.J. Russo
Luckily that would only last a year as the Cornwall Maple Leafs moved from the Cornwall Athletic Grounds to Auburn for the 1940 season. The new Auburn Colts would make their former Falcon Park entry of 1938 look like a team of All-Stars as this franchise was simply abysmal. Edward Bush and Bill Hurley led the team in futility as both pitchers were just terrible… Hurley putting up a 3-15, 5.98 record while Edward Bush did one worse going 2-15 with an astronomical 8.29 ERA in 29 games. Ray Eslinger provided an 0-6, 7.00 record and Carl Wilshire went 4-10 with a 5.86 followed by Fred Webb at 2-7, 7.31. To make matters worse, the good hitting from 1938 was not here to counter balance the staff. Bill Brock was the only star hitting 20 2Bs, 12 3Bs, 19 Hrs, and a .310 avg. Jerry Navrocki also hit .345. This miserable pitching staff finished the season with a 28-93 record for a simply God-awful .231 winning percentage. By 1941 the team was gone again… two new teams in Trois Rivieres and Quebec City would take Auburn and Ottawa’s place for the upcoming season.