McCook pretty much led the league from start to finish. The Generals started building their franchise with Elmer "Doc" Bennett as their manager. Doc built a team of strong hitters and quality pitchers. His McCook teams went on to win three straight league championships under his direction. After the first ten games they were 7-3 and in first place.
Second place was contended by Lincoln, North Platte and Beatrice. Lincoln had a lock until a disasterous road trip late in the season. North Platte could have challenged but they lost both ends of a double header to McCook in early September.
McCook had four players who averaged over .340 and a team batting average of .309. Combined with Harlan Pyle's twenty win season the McCook Generals were the 1928 Nebraska State League Champions.
McCook also rated first at the box office in 1928 with an average attendance of 257 on weekdays and 663 on Sundays.
On May 9th McCook manager "Doc" Bennett and club president Barney Polye met forty candidates at the Red Willow county fairground ball park. The fairgrounds grandstand had been recently remodeled and had a capacity of 2,000.
In early June a cyclone/tornado ravaged the west edge of McCook. In typical McCook fashion, hard work and cooperation led to the quick rebuilding of the town.
Winning the championship in 1928 was a financial boon for the players as the league awarded a $500.00 bonus to the team. The second place team received $300.00 and third received $200.00.
The McCook Chamber of Commerce held a banquet to honor the champions at the Keystone Hotel.
Second base for McCook in 1928 was held down by Herb Pember. He averaged .341 in 121 games and led the league with 172 hits and 116 runs. He was an all star honorable mention.
George "Pie" Anderson played the hot corner for the Generals in 1928. He was a second team all star and averaged .283.
|Short stop in 1928 was held down by Herb Pember . Herb was a rookie from Kenesaw Nebraska. He batted .341 in 1928 and after batting .400 for McCook in 1929 in 117 games he was promoted to Kansas City. He played for Kansas City and Springfield in the III league during his five year professional career.|
| Herb Pember
Behind the mask for McCook in 1928 was Harold Jameson . He averaged .223.
Right field in 1928 was held down by John Doupnick (Douprich in some papers).
Left field Morris Novack
Center garden was tended by Maurice Casselman. He averaged .341 in 106 games in the garden.
Leslie Barnhart was 10-11 in 34 games and a second team all star. The Norcatur Kansas native led the league with 7.8 strike outs for every 9 innings pitched.
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