Jamestown Community Baseball: JCB Journal: 1946

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John Jachym & Happy Chandler
John Jachym & Happy Chandler
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson

The 1946 season saw a new owner of the Jamestown Falcons. U.S. Marine Captain John Jachym, formerly of South Dayton, NY, purchased the club from Harry Bisgeier for $22,000, the most ever paid for a Class D professional team. For a pre-season banquet, Jachym convinced the Commissioner of Baseball, “Happy” Chandler to visit Jamestown.

Jamestown Falcons Program, 1946
Jamestown Falcons Program, 1946

The Jamestown fans came out in droves to see the post-war ’46 squad managed by Marv Olson. Over 5,000 folks showed up for the opening game and season total exceeded 112,000. The Detroit farm club rewarded their supporters with an 84-41 record and a first place finish in the PONY League.

 

Among the players were several men who developed strong ties to the area: Ted Wyberanec, a 1990 Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee, John Pollock, Tom Hurst, Burwin “Swat” Ericson and Irv Carlson.

Ted Wyberanec
Ted Wyberanec