Photographs courtesy of the G.E. Archives - Schenectady Science Center and Planetarium
Keyes would be missed but his spot was taken over by George Gerken (35 2B, 12 3B, 6 HR, .339) and Edward Farber whose 52 doubles would become the all time record of not only Rock Island but of any hitter in the entire history of the Mississippi Valley League. Along with his 52 doubles, Gerken also put up a league leading 174 hits, batting .347. These two players would help keep the team in 3rd place, but Moline would surge ahead to take 2nd. The Islanders drew 43,000 in attendance while Moline drew 39k (both in the middle of the pack). The hitting would quiet down a bit for 1926 as the team turned to pitching to get them to the top. Bob Shanklin's 19-12 and league leading 188 K's would be the closest anyone had gotten to 20 wins so far, while Frank Bryant's 18-1 record was just stupendous. It kept Rock Island 10 games over .500 for their best winning percentage to date (.542) but unfortunately, that was only good enough for 5th place while Moline finished in 2nd yet again... 2 straight seasons of beating out Rock Island. That was a trend that continued in 1927 and without the pitching. Peter Beam's 5-15 record and Harvey Thompson's 7-17 sent the Islanders plunging like a rock... eh Island, to 7th place with a 40-75 record, 31 games under .500. Moline meanwhile finished 5th, 8 games above for their 3rd straight season of "Quad Cities" bragging rights.