Welch Miners

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Welch Miners
(1937–1942, 1946–1955)
Welch, West Virginia
Previous Class D
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 1952–1953

The Welch Miners were a Minor League Baseball team based in Welch, West Virginia. The team operated from 1937 through 1942 in the Mountain State League and in the Appalachian League from 1946 to 1955.

Over the course of nineteen seasons, the Welch Miners were affiliated with the Boston Braves (1942, 1952), Philadelphia Athletics (1947–1950, 1953–1955), and Cincinnati Reds (1951).

The team won consecutive league titles in 1952 and 1953, and moved to Marion, Virginia, during the 1955 season, changing their name to the Marion Athletics.

Notable alumni[edit]

Team history[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager(s) Playoffs
1937 59–43 2nd Eddie Krajnik Lost in 2nd round
1938 56–64 4th Eddie Krajnik
Charles Bowie
Carlos Ratliff
Lost in 1st round
1939 72–57 2nd Sam Gray Lost in 1st round
1940 63–62 4th Tex Stuart
Roy Hall
Lost in 1st round
1941 64–62 4th Fred Neisler Lost in league finals
1942 67–55 2nd Don Manno Lost in 1st round
1946 33–84 8th Steve Secik
George Smiley
Jim McNeish
Joe Santomauro
1947 49–74 8th Walter Youse
Joe Bird
1948 70–53 2nd Woody Wheaton Lost in 1st round
1949 48–73 6th William Hoffner
Mike Kreshka
1950 46–76 6th Eddie Morgan
Woody Wheaton
1951 54–74 6th Mike Blazo
1952 59–57 3rd Jack Crosswhite League Champs
1953 82–43 2nd Jack Crosswhite League Champs
1954 59–54 4th Jack Crosswhite Lost in 1st round
1955 45–77 8th Herb Mancini