Photo courtesy of Steven L.J. Russo and Chris Hunter and the Schenectady Museum & Science Center's GE Archives
With Shanty now with the Boston Braves, the 1927 Papooses would take a new directionů concentrating on pitching instead of hitting. 18 year old future Boston Braves' Bill Dunlap was just about unhittable posting an incredible 15-4, 1.23 record for the lowest ERA that the league would ever record. Franklin Shuman joined him with 15 wins of his own (15-8, 2.47) and Joseph Spears (12-7, 2.89) contributed as well. This little ballpark came to the center of everyone's attentions on that fateful day 0n June 24th 1927. There were many members of the Boston Braves and Boston Red Sox here in the audience to see a baseball field be lit up by "artificial light" for the very first time. By season's end, the league tying efforts of pitchers Dunlap and Shuman would lead Lynn to 1st place (59-30, .663), 7.5 games ahead of the Portland Eskimos. In a best of 7 playoff series, Lynn swept Portland for their first ever New England Championship at GE Athletic Field.