Jamestown Community Baseball with Randy Anderson

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Jamestown Falcons Program, 1942
Jamestown Falcons Program, 1942
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson

Baseball fans came out in record-breaking numbers in 1942 to see the Jamestown Falcons, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Over 143,000 fans went through the turnstiles during the regular season and another 16,000 watched the playoff action as Manager Greg Mulleavy’s “Falks” captured both the regular season and post-season titles.

The Falcons roster featured a trio of league leaders: Johnny Newman, 30 home runs; Charlie Schupp, 24 pitching wins; and Pat McNair, 124 runs scored.

Johnny Newman
Johnny Newman

Power hitting “Big Jawn” Newman was a crowd-favorite at Municipal Stadium. He led the league in batting average and home runs in both 1941 and 1942. He was given the key to the city and made honorary mayor, fire and police chief and even dog catcher. Newman, a native of Chicago, made Jamestown his home and was a well-known bus driver and Babe Ruth League coach in his later years.

John Newman was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Two other names familiar to Jamestown baseball historians, besides Newman, could be found on the ’42 roster: third baseman Ted Wyberanec; and left-handed pitcher Lyle Parkhurst, also inductees of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.