Photographs courtesy of the G.E. Archives - Schenectady Science Center and Planetarium
An interesting tidbit that we should mention is that during this period of the early to mid-1920's, Douglas Park played host some of the earliest NFL games in the National Football League's history, as seen here. This ballpark saw several early NFL teams come here to compete against the Quad Cities when it first opened. Though we are discussing Douglas Park as a baseball field, both Browning Field in Moline and Douglas Park saw as much football action as baseball action during this time. As for the Islanders... they were hoping that the addition of future White Sox' Karl Swanson in 1928 was going to lead this franchise to victory over Moline. Moline countered with Len Koenecke as the battle for top dog between the two players kept this city electrified all season long. Swanson was as exciting as the region had seen since Stan Keyes. He didn't have Stan's power but he could flat out hit as good as anyone in this team's history. Ed Hendee's 29 2B, 13 3B, 5 HR and team record breaking .368 batting average should have been the main story but Swanson was so good that Hendee's incredible .368 was an afterthought. By season's end, Swanson's batting average had inflated to a startling .384, blowing away Hendee... to join with 23 2B, 10 3B and 10 HR. Moline however had countered with perhaps the best player ever to play in this league... Len Koenecke. By season end the battle for batting average supremacy was won by... Koenecke. Believe or not he left Swanson in the dust... beating him by 5 points finishing with a .389 to take over the league lead. And with that ... he added a league breaking 22 HR as Moline beat out Rock Island for 2nd place, (with the Islanders placing 3rd)... just 2 games under Moline as the Plowboys held on for Quad City supremacy.