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Muncie Reds

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The Muncie Reds were the second Class D team to play in the town of Muncie, Indiana, following the Muncie Fruit Jars by nearly forty years. The team was founded as the Muncie Packers by the Marhoefer Packing Company. After securing an affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds, the team's name was changed to the Reds for the 1948, 1949 and 1950 seasons. The team played for a year, 1947, in the Ohio State League before becoming a member of the newly formed Ohio-Indiana League, where Muncie and Richmond were the only Indiana teams in the league.

In total, the Muncie team played for four years and during that time played all their home games at McCulloch Park. The team was managed for their entire existence by Mike Blazo. He managed them to a record of 303 wins and 249 losses for a .549 winning percentage. The team would never place first or win a league championship, but they did make the finals of the playoffs twice. Future Cincinnati Reds standouts, Joe Nuxhall and Wally Post, played for the 1947 club and were among seven players who would later play in the majors

1947 Muncie Reds (Packers)[edit]

The 1947 Muncie Reds (Packers) (from left to right):
Front Row: Flynn, Locke, Purdue, Montag, Ford, Ensley, Mello
Middle Row: Gatjanis, Shank, Lamont, Trava, Spaziano, Foster, Miller
Top Row: Myers (business manager), Florence, Venn, Dickinson, Lanning, Hilderbrand, W. Post, E. Post, Blazo (manager)


1947 Muncie Reds (Packers) Team & Individual Stats

FIN W L PCT GB Attend Manager
3rd 75 62 .547 13 51,834 Mike Blazo

Team Batting 1st

G AB R OR H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB SO RBI LOB AVR
137 4591 852 747 1267 1762 212 86 37 95 152 707 45 872 684 1075 .276

Team Fielding 3rd

G DP PB PO A E PCT
137 98 15 3608 1518 288 .947

Marion defeated Muncie 4 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Batters and Statistics

Name G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB RBI SO PCT
Tom Florence 98 386 81 136 196 19 16 3 7 18 52 2 94 35 .352
Al Spaziano 92 285 46 92 119 16 1 3 4 7 40 5 45 40 .323
Bob Montag 82 301 90 95 173 16 10 14 1 11 71 1 79 60 .316
Len Lamont 123 462 82 140 218 34 10 8 9 11 76 6 72 87 .303
Tom Gatjanis 38 150 22 45 64 7 3 2 1 1 17 0 25 27 .300
Spike Foster 111 421 80 126 177 29 8 2 9 20 65 3 51 110 .299
Don Kirby 30 94 14 27 37 5 1 1 0 4 15 1 13 21 .287
Billy Ford 86 309 52 88 116 10 9 0 9 6 39 3 37 65 .285
Howard Locke 127 481 110 130 162 13 8 1 21 48 108 4 58 71 .270
Fran Shank 49 165 32 43 59 9 2 1 4 0 29 3 25 31 .261
Bob Mello 67 254 40 63 81 10 4 0 8 3 31 7 32 40 .248
Tommy Venn 61 221 26 54 67 8 1 1 4 4 17 1 29 36 .244

Pitchers and Statistics

Name G CG W L PCT IP AB H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
Edward Post 41 19 19 8 .704 245 912 181 91 55 112 203 5 6 2.02
Jim Hilderbrand 11 3 3 2 .600 71 251 53 38 23 68 46 5 1 2.92
Dick Mix 10 4 6 2 .750 66 259 69 40 24 44 35 0 1 3.27
Wally Post 40 11 17 7 .708 184 716 179 98 68 87 167 3 10 3.33
Joe Nuxhall 18 7 7 7 .500 100 337 55 62 42 145 119 9 20 3.78
Virgil Dickenson 29 7 4 11 .207 126 504 135 88 57 74 85 3 10 4.07
Ken Lanning 25 0 3 2 .600 73 275 68 48 39 70 61 7 8 4.81
Glenn Purdue 13 0 2 4 .333 47 182 47 37 27 37 38 4 4 5.17
Elmo Commotti 7 4 3 2 .600 51 212 67 32 30 17 26 2 0 5.29
Ed Moeller 15 2 4 4 .500 56 242 78 51 45 38 20 4 3 7.23

Source: Baseball Guide and Record Book 1947 edition. Note: Records of games at Dayton on August 23-24 are not included in the team and individual statistics due to failure of the official scorer to report them.

1948 Muncie Reds[edit]

The 1948 Muncie Reds (from left to right):
Front Row: Gerard, Snuggs, Valentine, McConnell, Ford, Ensley
Middle Row: Dartt, Davis, Santora, Nieman, Sutton, Striegel, Greene
Top Row: Wilson, Trava, Hemmel, Bush, Kaufman, Miller, Blazo (manager)


1948 Muncie Reds Team & Individual Stats

FIN W L PCT GB Attend Manager
3rd 80 59 .576 2 50,925 Mike Blazo

Team Batting 2nd

G AB R OR H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB SO RBI LOB AVR
139 4740 818 769 1290 1895 216 85 73 59 222 629 27 825 682 1090 .272

Team Fielding 1st

G DP PB PO A E PCT
139 89 29 3584 1469 302 .944

Muncie defeated Portsmouth 4 games to 0 in the first round of the playoffs. Muncie Lost to Zanesville 4 games to 2 in the final round.

Batters and Statistics

Name G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB RBI SO PCT
Bob Nieman 138 507 117 186 318 45 9 23 2 23 99 1 131 57 .367
Bob Dill 94 276 65 93 170 25 11 10 1 8 88 0 76 41 .337
Mike Blazo 28 91 9 29 42 5 1 2 1 1 9 2 18 6 .319
Billy Ford 138 536 103 168 228 28 13 2 12 12 85 3 69 79 .313
Harold Treinen 77 298 63 90 151 17 7 10 4 38 16 0 57 49 .302
Walt Polinski 49 203 31 61 86 10 3 3 1 2 22 0 36 21 .300
Joe Sutton 113 434 104 123 169 21 8 3 10 67 67 5 38 46 .283
Wilbur McConnell 80 219 14 59 76 2 6 1 0 0 20 2 31 19 .269
Carl Bush 138 546 72 142 206 23 10 7 1 13 31 3 102 77 .260
John Moore 43 156 23 39 48 7 1 0 3 0 16 3 10 27 .250
Arnold Davis 92 350 70 87 150 7 13 10 5 19 63 4 56 75 .249
Wayne Carlson 115 417 73 99 121 10 3 2 6 16 80 1 39 78 .237

Pitchers and Statistics

Name G CG W L PCT IP AB H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
Larry E. Miller 32 15 16 7 .696 179 690 158 82 63 65 133 5 6 3.17
Grant Eoff 9 4 4 2 .667 60 227 49 31 24 40 68 1 5 3.60
Ray Trava 37 14 15 9 .625 215 857 210 130 89 112 207 5 5 3.73
Harold Ensley 40 6 12 7 .632 186 693 143 122 85 167 218 9 17 4.11
Leon Snuggs 19 0 3 1 .750 46 182 48 32 21 35 50 2 5 4.11
Ken Lanning 18 7 9 7 .563 116 440 109 72 54 96 103 1 4 4.34
Corky Valentine 23 7 7 9 .438 116 466 111 88 59 99 80 9 5 4.58
Stan Kauffman 31 2 7 6 .538 114 450 129 75 59 58 58 1 6 4.66
Don Striegel 16 1 2 6 .250 64 249 70 68 57 96 40 5 9 8.02

Source: Baseball Guide and Record Book 1948 edition.

1949 Muncie Reds[edit]

The 1949 Muncie Reds (from left to right):
Front Row: Sumwalt, Rozanno, Juliano, Stephenson, Scrgo, Adams, Holdren
Middle Row: Sasso, Ewen, Lamb, Kruer, Bycofski, Sinn, Ruehl, McMahon
Top Row: Settles (business manager), James, Miller, Ross, Fisher, Ralston, Dana, Stewart, Blazo (manager)


1949 Muncie Reds Team & Individual Stats

FIN W L PCT GB Attend Manager
3rd 75 63 .543 5.5 49,004 Mike Blazo

Team Batting 2nd

G AB R OR H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB SO RBI LOB AVR
139 4687 856 747 1277 1753 208 74 40 79 172 725 42 913 704 1152 .272

Team Fielding 3rd

G DP PB PO A E PCT
139 96 18 3583 1518 316 .942

Muncie defeated Springfield 3 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs. Muncie Lost to Marion 4 games to 3 in the final round.

Batters and Statistics

Name G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB RBI SO PCT
Harold Treinen 74 296 60 109 172 22 10 7 4 22 17 2 59 40 .368
Joe Juliano 126 419 80 136 177 19 5 4 14 15 63 4 73 40 .325
Louis Ruehl 102 400 83 125 181 25 11 3 3 21 72 0 64 46 .313
Rocco Sgro 139 536 115 155 183 13 3 3 8 27 86 8 70 91 .289
Vic Fleming 76 202 22 57 76 13 3 0 2 1 12 2 36 18 .282
Edward Ralston 130 482 91 134 197 26 8 7 5 23 76 5 91 92 .278
Joe Lamb 102 351 69 97 154 23 8 6 1 7 76 3 55 77 .276
Sal Sasso 121 442 115 121 161 22 3 4 10 29 123 3 62 62 .274
Ron Melgaard 74 278 52 76 94 10 4 0 7 12 31 1 41 24 .273
James Fister 36 125 22 32 46 3 4 1 1 8 30 0 33 33 .256
Edward McMahon 54 205 26 46 58 7 1 1 2 4 16 0 16 57 .224
Robert Hirsch 37 149 20 33 51 7 4 2 1 1 9 2 18 46 .221

Pitchers and Statistics

Name G CG W L PCT IP AB H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
Stan Kauffman 14 3 4 1 .800 62 244 66 33 18 18 32 3 1 2.61
Max Sumwalt 25 9 12 3 .800 123 481 106 56 38 40 90 5 4 2.78
Ed James 17 10 8 4 .667 120 480 129 57 37 41 89 0 5 2.78
Maurice Fisher 14 6 5 7 .417 96 370 80 59 34 50 60 5 10 3.19
Michael Bycofski 13 5 4 3 .571 63 260 70 44 25 35 42 4 2 3.57
Ed Kruer 20 11 10 7 .588 133 516 115 76 56 76 88 4 9 3.79
John Stewart 10 5 5 2 .714 53 210 54 27 25 26 46 1 3 4.25
William Sinn 18 3 5 4 .556 80 323 90 47 38 37 65 7 6 4.28
Tony Danna 25 5 4 7 .364 108 432 125 86 60 79 79 1 7 5.00
Jerold Riddle 17 5 7 6 .538 94 366 102 68 55 70 61 3 6 5.27

Source: Baseball Guide and Record Book 1949 edition.




1950 Muncie Reds[edit]

The 1950 Muncie Reds (from left to right):
Front Row: Long, Sumwalt, Brown, Melgaard, Messina, Calacurcio, Gross
Middle Row: May, Bycofski, Lamb, Thornton, Bowman, Blazo (manager)
Top Row: Crook, Rhame, James, Shaulis, Sweeney


1950 Muncie Reds Team & Individual Stats

FIN W L PCT GB Attend Manager
5th 73 65 .5289 17 39,354 Mike Blazo

Team Batting 5th

G AB R OR H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB SO RBI LOB AVR
139 4650 797 789 1229 1870 208 85 88 49 72 666 37 1070 679 1097 .264

Team Fielding 7th

G DP PB PO A E PCT
139 93 35 3540 1371 331 .937

Muncie did not qualify for the playoffs, finishing fifth behind Springfield with a .5289 percentage to Springfield's .5294.

Batters and Statistics

Name G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR SH SB BB HB RBI SO PCT
James Brown 63 192 50 67 121 11 2 13 1 5 46 1 45 33 .349
Billy Bowman 96 314 47 102 144 16 7 4 2 2 44 1 62 33 .325
Charles Thornton 37 139 29 44 63 9 5 0 0 2 25 3 23 25 .317
Joe Lamb 99 357 70 105 151 19 9 3 1 3 69 4 50 70 .294
Vic Fleming 40 133 19 39 57 7 4 1 1 0 7 2 22 21 .293
Walter Sweeney 128 479 77 137 231 33 11 13 3 14 37 9 82 93 .286
Don Jostworth 115 454 87 129 167 12 13 0 4 20 73 3 38 56 .284
Robert Shaulis 118 415 74 110 180 15 8 13 3 4 65 5 62 112 .265
Frank Calacurcio 135 492 105 130 195 20 9 9 11 8 79 5 55 110 .264
William Bunch 117 422 71 99 180 20 5 17 1 3 70 5 85 130 .235

Pitchers and Statistics

Name G CG W L PCT IP AB H R ER BB SO HB WP ERA
John Stewart 16 11 8 5 .615 104 381 81 34 28 43 105 1 9 2.42
Don Gross 30 17 15 7 .682 187 704 158 80 65 61 169 5 6 3.13
Ed James 23 12 10 8 .556 178 741 203 118 85 59 117 1 7 4.30
Prentiss Rainey 13 3 4 3 .571 77 520 88 48 38 33 50 3 5 4.44
Max Sumwalt 34 16 16 10 .615 211 826 207 136 110 90 193 7 6 4.69
Bob Crook 27 9 8 9 .471 129 510 131 93 69 70 88 6 10 4.81
Buster Rhame 14 5 5 5 .500 91 358 95 65 49 57 70 1 8 4.85
Robert Long 18 2 3 4 .429 51 201 48 39 28 42 62 1 11 4.94

Source: Baseball Guide and Record Book 1950 edition.

After the Ohio-Indiana League season ended the Muncie Reds suspended operations, becoming the last professional team to play in Muncie, Indiana. See where the Muncie team called home by Clicking on McCulloch Park to visit that page and view more history of that era.

Former Muncie Reds In 1951[edit]

The 1952 Issue of the Official Baseball Guide reveals that a number of one time Muncie Reds players enjoyed more than ordinary success during the 1951 season. Here are some capsule reports on some of the players, and please excuse me if some have been overlooked.

AAA LEAGUES

International League (AAA)--Wally Post, Buffalo, batted .306 in 111 games. He had 21 home runs and and batted in 65 runs. Sent up to the Cincinnati Reds near the end of the season, he batted .220 in 15 games. He fielded .980 with Buffalo.

American Association (AAA)--Bob Montag, Milwaukee, batted .256 in 86 games, hit 9 home runs, and batted in 86runs.

AA LEAGUES

Texas League (AA)--Bob Nieman, Tulsa-Oklahoma City, led the league in batting with .323, including 14 home runs. He batted in 144 runs.

Joe Nuxhall, Tulsa, had a won-lost record of 13-22 in 43 games and an earned run average 0f 3.43. He issued 102 bases on balls.

South Atlantic League (A)-- Harold Treinen, Columbia, batted .265 in 85 games. He hit 14 home runs and stole 9 bases. His fielding percentage was .982.

Charles Messina, Columbia, batted .263 in 33 games at shortstop and fielded .893.

Ed Ralston, Columbia, batted .247 and fielded .910 in 66 games at third base.

Daniel (Buster) Rhame, Columbia, had no decisions in 13 games as a pitcher.

Al Spaziano, Savannah, batted .238 in 89 games as a catcher.

A LEAGUES

Central League (A)--Max Sumwalt, Charleston, won 10 while losing 5, in 29 games, and was involved in one tie game. He had an earned run average of 3.45, fielded 1.000 and batted .261. His hits included one home run.

Ken Lanning, Charleston, won 8 while losing 7 and had a 4.17 earned run average. He fielded .929 and batted .160.

Lloyd (Spike) Foster, Charleston, batted .193 and fielded 1.000 in 18 games in the outfield.

Jimmy Brown, Charleston, batted .240 in 100 games. He fielded .984 in 68 games as a catcher and .950 in 14 games in the outfield.

Eastern League (A)-- Carl Bush, Schenectady, batted .273 in 140 games at first base. He hit 8 home runs.

B LEAGUES

Piedmont League (B)--Leonard Lamont, Newport-News, batted .260 in 142 games. He hit 12 home runs and scored 77 runs.

C LEAGUES

Pioneer League (C)--Bob Crook, Ogden, won 7 while losing 2 in 20 games. He had an earned run average of .526.

Joe Lamb, Ogden, batted .258 and fielded .975 in 80 games at first base.

Charles Messina, Ogden, batted .257 and fielded .917 in 95 games at shortstop. He hit 8 home runs.

Bill Bowman, Ogden, batted .231 in 12 games as a catcher.

Don Jostworth, Ogden, batted .191 in 14 games as a shortstop.

Maurice Fisher, Ogden won 7 while losing 6 in 30 games and had an earned run average of 4.02

Don Gross, Ogden won 10 while losing 4 and had an earned run average of 1.11. He was in 16 games.

D LEAGUES

Appalachian League (D)--Bob Crook, Welch, won 7 while losing 1 in 14 games and had an earned run average of 2.31.

Bill Bowman, Welch, batted .308 in 40 games as a catcher.

Joe Lamb, Welch, batted .246 and fielded .968 in 18 games as a first baseman.

Daniel (Buster) Rhame won 9 while losing 4, in 17 games, and had an earned run average of 3.56.

Ralph Mason, Welch, won 9 and lost 14 in 37 games and had an earned run average of 4.77.

Prentiss Rainey, Welch, pitched in 12 games and had no decisions.

Frank Calacurcio, Welch-Kingsport, batted .291 in 71 games at second base.

Mike Blazo, Welch, Manager-Catcher, batted .225 in 28 games as a catcher. He hit one home run and led league catchers in fielding with a .994 average.

Alabama-Florida League (D)-- Tommy Venn, Tallahassee, batted .315 in 82 games, including 8 home runs. He is a catcher.

Coastal Plains League (D)--Harold Ensley, Roanoke Rapids, won 4 while losing 3 in 11 games. He had an earned run average of 6.32. He also was with Concord in the North Carolina "D" league, winning 7 while losing 11 in 22 games. He had an earned run average of 5.22.




SOURCE: 1952 Official Baseball Guide and The Muncie Morning Star Newspaper Archives.


Muncie Reds that Made It To The Major Leagues[edit]

The following players played for the Muncie Reds and later played in the Major Leagues:

Sources[edit]

Stephenson
  • Pictures, captions, history, most of the statistics and information for this page were furnished by Bob Stephenson who was employed by the Muncie Reds team, during those memorable years.
  • 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950 Baseball Guide
  • Muncie Newspapers, Inc., archives
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