Photograph courtesy of Chris Hunter of the Schenectady Museum and
from the G.E. Collection of Historic Photographs
(special thanks to Stephen L.J. Russo)
Former home of the Augusta Tigers, Yankees
Tygers, Wolves and Rams
When the league returned in 1946, the Tigers were again replaced by…. the Yankees. The Yanks quickly brought their next round of talents to Jennings Stadium in the form of pitching. Future St. Louis Browns/Yankees hurler Dick Starr put up a very impressive 19-10, 2.07 record behind a strong rotation. Usually when the Augusta rotation was strong, they were able to thrive through the post-season. Finishing with a 76-63 record, the Augusta Tigers flew through the 1st round of the playoffs to face the Columbia Reds. In a similar situation to 1939, the Reds had better hitting but the pitching was just slightly better in the Augusta corner. This was a similar situation and the Augusta pitching was just good enough as the 1946 Augusta Tigers pulled out a victory and took home their 2nd Championship Trophy to Jennings Stadium. The Tigers put an even better team on the field in 1947 with Walter Schuerbaum (43 2Bs, 13 3Bs, 13 HRs, .330) having an MVP type season, only to be outdone by Ralph Brown who was simply remarkable with 45 2Bs, 18 3Bs, 8 HRs and a .356 average. Carl Cooper also posted 18 3Bs while batting .289. Edward Little (24 2Bs, 11 HRs, .321), gave the Tigers their 2nd double-digit power hitter. On the mound, Ed Kowalski gave the Tigers their 2nd straight 19 game winner going 19-8, 3.90 and Augusta finished at 81-69. Augusta again blew through the finals, to find the Savannah Indians looking for a rematch from their 1939 showdown. This time, the Indians were well matched to the Augusta Tigers as they featured future Philadelphia A’s All-Star Lou Brissie who put up one of the best records in professional baseball in 1947 going 23-5, 1.91. The Tigers simply couldn’t compete as the Savannah Indians exacted their revenge on Augusta to take the pennant away from them.