Zanesville Infants

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The Zanesville Infants were a short-lived franchise based in Zanesville, OH in the Central League. The organization's name was intended to highlight that they were a new minor-league club.

A ball club comprising many players who later formed the core of the Infants was established in Zanesville in 1907, when local investors purchased the Youngstown Ohio Works. The investors also offered a contract to the Youngstown, OH, club's ex-manager, Marty Hogan, a former major league outfielder. While the Zanesville team failed in its bid to join the Ohio-Pennsylvania League, it did become part of the less prestigious Pennsylvania-Ohio-Maryland League. The Zanesville team disbanded along with the P-O-M League at the close of the 1907 season.

Hogan managed the Infants in the 1908 season but moved on to Lancaster, PA, the following year, where he led the Lancaster Red Roses to their first championship in the Tri-State League. In July 1909, the Zanesville Infants earned a spot in baseball history when the team participated in the first electrified night game in Grand Rapids, MI. The event was made possible by inventor George Cahill, who provided his new portable lighting equipment.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1908 67-73 6th Marty Hogan none
1909 75-58 2nd Roy Montgomery none


Peter Filchia, Professional Baseball Franchises (New York: FactsOnFile, 1993), p. 259.