Photographs courtesy of the G.E. Archives - Schenectady Science Center & Planetarium
Len Koenecke would be a terrific hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934, batting .320 with 14 HR on the season, but he would never "stick" with the Major Leagues for long. In the Mississippi Valley League however... he was the hero of Browning Field. While many players may have been a bit intimidated by Browning's rather huge dimensions, Koenecke made the best of them hitting a whopping .389 to lead the league with 26 2B, 8 3B and a league leading... and new Browning Field record of 22 HR, beating Frank McCue's 20 HR total set in 1922. Len Koenecke also led the Miss-Valley League in hits with 182. On the mound... the dynamic duo of Ray Wolf (21-10, league leading 21 wins) and Bob Weiland (20-10, league leading 209 Ks) gave the Plowboys their first ever dual 20 game winners. Looking to finally take home their 2nd Championship, they would be beat to the punch by the Waterloo Hawks who also had their share of 20 game winners... and a far steadier rotation 3-4-5. Looking back on the season, they seemed to have blown their one big chance to make a difference by a single game, as when the Plowboys returned in 1929... they would be without their two 20 game winners and without Len Koenecke. Needless to say, they didn't get very far, finishing at .500 on the season. Still, Frank Walczak (25 2B, 15 3B, 11 HR, .337) and Riley Parker (32 2B, 15 3B, 5 HR, .318) were rather impressive as they both took over the all time triples mark.