Nebraska Minor League Baseball
Nebraska State League
The Nebraska State League was resurrected in 1928. It was a class "D" league. Minor league structure during this time included "AA", "A", "B", "C" and "D" leagues.
In 1936 the Beatrice Blues secured a working agreement with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Norfolk and the returning Mitchell Kernels with the St. Louis Cardinals and Lincoln was associated with the Reds. Fairbury also started the season giving the league six teams. Lincoln and Fairbury folded mid season, leaving the league with four teams. Mitchell won the playoffs from Sioux Falls four games to two.
Nebraska State League 1936
President: Roy Carter
Standings Wins--- Losses- GB
Sioux Falls Canaries 71 49 --
Mitchell Kernels (STL) 68 50 2
Norfolk Elks (STL) 63 57 8
Beatrice Blues (BRK) 56 65 15 ½
Lincoln Red Links (CIN) 26 38 NA
Fairbury Jeffs 19 44 NA

BA:Melvin Pelton, Mitchell, .373
Runs:Bill James, Norfolk, 137
Hits:Bert Haas, Beatrice, 178
RBI's:Bill James, Norfolk, 122
HRs:Bill James, Norfolk, 29
Wins:Frank Wagner, Sioux Falls, 21
SOs:Robert Swan, Sioux Falls, 267
ERA:Frank Wagner, Sioux Falls, 3.08

Pid Purdy , a Beatrice native took over the Lincoln Nebraska State League franchise team. He was 31 years old when he struck a deal to buy Cy Lingles franchise. Since Pid had played for the Reds, he struck a deal with the Cincinatti franchise to serve as a quasi farm team of the Reds. Pid went to Ohio for the opening of the season and set up a relationship with the Reds. Unfortunatly, attendance did not match expectations and by July the franchise was in financial trouble. In early July temperatures in Lincoln and Omaha were at all time record highs. A high temperature of 109 in Omaha and daily temperatures over 100 degrees in Lincoln was common. Attendance at the games dropped even more. Purdy attempted to strike a last minute deal with Grand Island or North Platte but both fell through. With Fairbury also in trouble the two franchises were dropped and the league muddled through with four teams.

Bert Haas was a twenty two year old prospect from Naperville Illinois. He led the league in hits for Beatrice. In late 1937 he broke into the major leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had a nine year major league career with five different clubs. His best year was 1947 when he was named to the National League all star team.
See Baseball Reference for his major league statistics.

Johnny Hopp was a 19 year old prospect from Hastings who played for Norfolk in 1936. He played in 107 games and averaged .361. The next two years he played for Rochester and in 1939 he started with Houston in the Texas League and finished with St. Louis in the National League. He was named to the All Star team in 1946 when he played with Boston (NL). He played in the majors through the 1952 season and had a .296 lifetime average.

Bowman 1951

Norfolk Elks 1936 Beatrice Blues 1936
Lincoln Links 1936 Fairbury Jeffs 1936

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