Lockport Cubs

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In 1943, the PONY League team in Lockport, NY changed affiliations from one Chicago, IL club to another, going from the Lockport White Sox to the Lockport Cubs. Lockport had the best record at 65-45-1, 5 games ahead of the Hornell Maples but they fell in the Shaughnessy playoffs to the Jamestown Falcons. OF Jim Delsing (.312/~.406/.467) had the best career, while OF Ray Sowins (.325/~.435/.487, 15 SB, 116 runs to tie for the league lead and a league-best 81 walks) led the offense. The pitching was led by Phil Poole (4-2, 1.34) and Boyd Tepler (13-8, 2.66). Tepler led the PONY League in both walks (143) and strikeouts (254, 83 more than anyone else) in 179 IP.

The Cubs repeated in 1944 with the best record (76-49-1) and a playoff loss to Jamestown. Poole (22-10, 2.35) led the league in wins and was third in ERA, while Vic Trahd (16-4, 2.06) was second in ERA. C Smoky Burgess (.325/~.354/.414) had the best average (in 54 games) while 3B Tom Accardo (.316/~.370/.412) led the league with 42 steals.

After a year as the Lockport White Socks, they were the Cubs again in 1946, though they were now an independent team. They were 7th of 8 teams at 51-73. The top performer was probably OF Al Toth (.315/~.428/.466, 115 runs, 20 SB, 86 walks, fourth in the PONY in walks and second in runs).

In 1947, they became the Lockport Reds.

Sources: 1945 and 1947 Baseball Guides

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1943 65-45 1st Roy Johnson Lost in 1st round
1944 76-49 1st Greg Mulleavy Lost League Finals
1946 51-73 7th James Moody / Joe Glenn

Glenn replaces Moody 5/24