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Fond du Lac Panthers

From BR Bullpen

Personal Recollection[edit]

In 1953, I was a pitcher on the Oshkosh Giants in the Class D Wisconsin State League. The Fond du Lac Panthers were also in this league. My recollection is that it operated as an "independent" franchise, without a full-time major league team affiliation. However, I do recall vaguely that they may have had some sort of tentative working agreement with the New York Yankees. Joe Tuminelli was a veteran player on the Panthers and a great hitter in this Class D professional league. He was close to leading the league in hitting, and also hit with power (home-runs). I believe he may have been a third baseman. Joe Tuminelli also may have played in Canada prior to his 1953 season in Fond du Lac.

Can we find the career stats on these two players? The Panthers also had another player, a veteran, who may have played first base. I think he was possibly an "African-Hispanic" player from South America, with the last name of "Caution" (?). Anyhow, he was a smooth graceful fielder, hitter, and runner. He seemed much older than us younger rookie players in the league. A Panther pitcher I recall was a local younger player named Don Jaber, who probably had the best pitching record on the team. His hometown was actually Fond du Lac. Fond du Lac was located only 20 miles from Oshkosh. Don Jaber probably continued his pro career after 1953, possibly in the Yankee farm system.

--Bill O'Donnell

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1940 64-49 2nd Harry Rice Lost League Finals
1941 46-64 6th Harry Rice
1942 53-49 3rd Ray Powell Lost in 1st round
1946 62-48 3rd James Adlam none
1947 58-67 7th James Adlam none
1948 68-57 4th Fred Collins none
1949 59-63 5th Fred Collins none
1950 65-57 4th Wayne Tucker
1951 59-61 5th James Adlam none
1952 43-78 8th James Adlam (21-42) / John Wilkinson (22-36) none
1953 68-55 4th Joe Consoli