Photographs courtesy of the G.E. Archives - Schenectady Science Center and Planetarium
More good hitting came to the ballpark as Browning Field and the Ploybows began a new decade. 1930 saw Riley Parker return to have a sensational season, leading the league with a .376 batting average including 25 2B, 11 3B and 12 HR. Eddie Stock (20 2B, 15 3B, 8 HR, .369) was nearly as good and tied the triples mark while Dick Esray (31 2B, 12 3B, .358, league leading 114 Runs, league leading 183 hits) and Jake Chadwick (.358) gave the Plowboys four everyday players with batting averages well above .350. Great hitting and awful pitching would cancel each other out as the Plowboys again sat around the .500 mark despite the amazing hitting fireworks at Browning Field. Riley Parker would return in 1931 and nearly matched his feat with another league leading .374 with 24 2B, a record tying 15 3B and 9 HR. Pitching got a tad bit better as well with Dick Terwilliger putting up a 14-9, 3.00 record, putting Moline in 3rd place. With that something special would happen in 1932. The Major Leagues would come to the Mississippi Valley League and sign up several teams to Player Development Contracts. The Plowboys would be one of those teams as they signed on with the Detroit Tigers while rival Rock Island signed with the St. Louis Browns.