Nebraska Minor League Baseball
Nebraska State League
McCook Braves 1956-1959
Although McCook was one of the smaller cities in the Nebraska State League
in 1956 they were one of the best towns in terms of community support.
They were second in season ticket sales with 741 and led the league in
attendance with 32,224 fans in the stands in 1956.
They were second in attendance in 57, third in 58 and led the league in
its last year of 1959. The team was managed by Bill Steinecke for all four
years. He had played for a short time with Pittsburg and was a manager and
scout for the Braves. He was instrumental in signing Elrod Hendricks from
the Virgin Islands and Phil Niekro, both of whom played for Steinecke in
The Braves were a farm team of the Milwaukee Braves and their roster was
made up of Braves rookie prospects. The team tied for second in 1956, 6
games behind. In 1957 they fell to sixth. In 58 they came close but
finished one game behind North Platte in the final standings. They won the
league in 1959, four games ahead of Holdrege.
McCook Braves 1959
Nebraska Minor League Baseball Home