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Grand Island 1931

Grand Island had five returning regulars from their 1930 club. New manager Dick Brookhaus had the team operating on all cylinders as they ended the three year reign of McCook atop the league charts. They had four of the top seven pitchers in the league and a gaggle of batters who averaged over .300 for the season.


First base for Grand Island was Herman Cholcher. He led the league in doubles and averaged .353 while playing in 107 games.

Brookhaus averaged .300 while playing in 83 games.

Kippert averaged .305. He was traded to McCook during the season.

Vern Johnson averaged .382 while playing 78 games in the outfield. He was picked up by Oklahoma City in the Western League at the end of the season.

Herbert Hanson played in the dirt at short for the 1931 season. He averaged .326.

Behind the mask in 1931 was Homer Goethe. He averaged .277 in 104 games.

Donovan averaged .326 in 77 games.

Calvey played in 84 games.


Smoky Joe Mysza led the league with a record of 13-3. He had 83 k's, hit 14 batters and had 6 wild pitches. He had been released by Lincoln in 1930 and was picked up by Grand Island.

Bob Pickering played for Lincoln in 1930. He was reassigned to Grand Island for the 1931 season under a veterans rule within the NSL. He had a 2.56 ERA while having a 15-4 record.

Ballantyne had a 14-6 record.

Hibbs was 11-5 in 17 games.

Bergin was 2-3, Bretfelder??? was 1-2 and Slim Goebel was a returning player for 1931 and had a 3-9 record for the Islanders.

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