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 1938 the Fairbury franchise moved to Lincoln and Mitchell moved to Sioux City Iowa. Norfolk took the first half of the season, Sioux City the second and Norfolk beat Sioux City four games to two in the playoffs.

Nebraska State League
Standings 1938
President: Roy Carter
Standings Wins--- Losses- GB
Sioux City Cowboys 70 47 --
Norfolk Elks (NYY) 67 49 2 ½
Beatrice Blues (BRK) 62 54 7 ½
Lincoln Links (STB) 52 64 17 ½
Grand Island Cardinals (STL) 49 67 20 ½
Sioux Falls Canaries 49 68 21

BA: Lee Riley, Beatrice, .365
Runs: Marion DeJarnett, Lincoln, 124
Hits: Ned Tighe, Norfolk, 161
RBI's: Lee Riley, Beatrice, 172
HRs: Peter Monahan, Sioux City, 19
Wins: Reuben Fisher, Sioux City, 21
SOs: Reuben Fisher, Sioux City, xxx
ERA: Cletus Voss, Sioux Falls, 2.33

A group of baseball backers from Hastings made a run to add Hastings to the NSL roster for 1938. Hastings still banned Sunday baseball in the 1930's causing the league to pass it over from 1928-1937. It looked like the city council would repeal the ban in early 1938. Baseball boosters planned on enclosing city owned Harm field, add lights and schedule night and Sunday games. After adjoining property owners objected the chamber of commerce, which was behind the effort decided to drop plans for an NSL team.

Lee Riley from Princeton Nebraska led the league in batting in 1937 with a .372 average. In 1938 he repeated with a .365 average and also led the league that year in RBI's with 172. He made it to the major leagues in 1944 with Philadelphia (NL). He played in four major league games and had 12 at bats.
See Baseball Reference for his major league statistics.

Glen Moulder started slow but won 8 of his last 10 games to finish 11-10 for the year. The twenty year old from Cleveland Oklahoma was promoted to Elmira NY of the Eastern League for the 1939 season. In 1946 Glen was a pitcher for the Montreal team in the International League. That team featured Jackie Robinson. Glen had a 10-6 record with a 3.25 ERA. He made it to the major leagues after World War II with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played with Brooklyn, the Saint Louis Browns and the Chicago White Sox during his three years in the majors.

Nebraska State League All Stars 1938

Norfolk Elks 1938

Beatrice Blues 1938

Lincoln Links 1938

Grand Island Cardinals 1938

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