Photograph © Steven L.J. Russo
In 1948 Auburn was finally endowed with their first real affiliation. The Boston Red Sox would take over the franchise for the season and the Cayaugas immediately did their best to prove their worth by diving down right the basement with a 49-78 (.386) record. William Biddle was the one star on the team batting .345 with 24 2Bs and 11 HRs. Nobody else was in double digits. No pitcher had a winning record, though Ike Delock (5-5, 5.16) would go on to have a very strong career with the Boston Red Sox starting for 11 seasons with the parent club. With only 43k coming through the gates (16 k down from the previous season) the Red Sox were long gone by the time the 1949 season started. The Cayugas rebounded very well however and went 67-62 (.519) as 55,600 came to see the team in a much better season. Cameron Jury was the power man slamming 23 2Bs and 19 HRs while batting .277. Robert Gates was the ace of staff going 13-7 with a 4.80 ERA. The Cayugas were back in the playoffs and took on the 2nd place Ottawa Senators in the 1st round fighting for the full 7 games in order to find the victor. The underdog Auburn co-op team came out on top and faced 1st place Geneva in the finals. Geneva was a great team and Auburn actually put up quite a fight taking 2 games out of the series but in the end the Geneva Robbins won out and took away the title. By 1950 Auburn were back at the bottom again, with a 50-77 (.394) record. The team did feature two real stars of the league however as John Erickson was fantastic with the bat hitting 25 2Bs and blowing away Bobby Dill and Chales Harig’s former 20 HR record by slamming 28 HRs while batting .312. Bill Gates meanwhile (wasn’t quite so rich back then) went 14-7 with a Falcon Park record 3.13 ERA. Only 43k came through the gates as Auburn finished last in the league in attendance.