Nebraska Minor League Baseball
Cy Lingle

Cy Lingle was a fixture in Nebraska minor leagues in the 20's and 30's.

He started with the Cairo Egyptians in 1913 andwas with the Cedar Rapids Rabbits in 1914. Stops at Quincy, Hannibal and Fort Dodge followed.

In 1918 he made his first stop in Omaha.

Cy was a catcher for Omaha in the Western League from 1920-1922. In 1920 he caught 93 games and had a .193 average, in 1921 he caught 136 games and in 1922 he shared time with Wilder behind the mask. He is also listed as a catcher for Dallas in the Texas League in 1922. In 1923 Wilder became the regular catcher and Cy moved to the Dallas Steers for two years.

In 1925 he was a second team all star catching for Des Moines in the Western League.

From 1926 through 1929 he bounced around the Southern Association, playing for New Orleans and Chattanooga.

In 1930 he was sold to Des Moines from Chattanooga. He played for Des Moines in 1930 and 31 and Pueblo and Omaha in 1932.

In 1933, the depression put the Omaha franchise and Barney Burch in deep financial trouble. Des Moines expected Cy to be the manager of their club that year instead Pug Griffin and Cy Lingle took over the Omaha club for that year. Cy did play in 60 games for Des Moines in 1933.

In 1934 he and Pug took over the Lincoln franchise in the class "D" Nebraska State League. Cy caught 20 games for the Links in 1934 and was listed a manager along with Pug Griffin. The links won the pennant with a 69-41 record.

Cy managed the Links in 1935. They lost a number of their 1934 squad to higher classification teams. The Links came in third with a 50-64 record.

In January of 1936, Pug was suspended from baseball. Gambling was suspected, but no official reason was given. Pid Purdy, a former major league player from Beatrice, bought the franchise and Cy was out of a job.


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