Saginaw’s professional minor league baseball endeavors started in 1883 with a team called the Saginaw Old Golds with the name derived from the color of the uniforms, which was common way of naming teams back then (like the Red Sox). Pitcher John Clarkston played for the Old Golds for one year before moving into the majors. He is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the 12th winning-est pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
From 1883 to 1925 saw many baseball teams in Saginaw and many of the teams playing ball at the old fairgrounds. The most successful team was the Saginaw Ducks. Howard “Ducky” Holmes, a former St. Louis Cardinals, caught for and managed the Saginaw Ducks starting in 1913. He led the Ducks to 2 pennants. Pitcher Jesse Haines was 17-14 for that ‘Ducks’ team. He went on to pitch 19 major league seasons, 210 wins, and a spot in the Baseball H.O.F. Jesse won 44 games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
I am not sure what happened in 1925 that caused Saginaw baseball to see a long gap until another team. I am thinking maybe the great depression but that is a little early, so I am not sure, maybe there was no interest in the sport for a while. In 1940 Saginaw Businessman James “Ike” Bearanger formed the Saginaw Stadium Corporation and built the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Holland and 20th streets. The team that Played in the Stadium was the team that Bearinger owned and operated. In 1940 it was a was a farm team for Philadelphia called the Saginaw Athletics, in 1941 they switched affiliations and changed the name to the White Sox. At the start of WWII, baseball in Saginaw was put on hold because of the war.
After the war in 1948, investors formed a new team and renamed the stadium that Bearinger had built to the Saginaw Stadium. The team that played in the new stadium was the Saginaw Jacks with Saginaw native and former major Leauger Ed Albosta as pitcher. The team played their last season in 1951 and the property that the stadium was on became Veterans memorial Park, in 2009 the park was renamed in honor of youth baseball coach Lawrence H. McKinney.
Here is a list of teams that played in Saginaw
1951 Saginaw Jacks Central League
1948-5o Saginaw Bears Central League
1941 Saginaw White Sox Michigan State League
1940 Saginaw Athletics Michigan State League
1919 – 25 Saginaw Aces Michigan-Ontario League
1915-13 Saginaw Ducks Southern Michigan League
1912 Saginaw Trailers Southern Michigan League
1911 Saginaw Krazy Kats Southern Michigan League
1908- 10 Saginaw Wa-was Southern Michigan League
1906 Saginaw Interstate Association
1906 Saginaw Southern Michigan League
1902 Saginaw/Jackson White Sox Michigan State League
1900 Saginaw Salt Eaters International League
1898 Saginaw Braves International League
1897 Saginaw Lumberman Michigan State League
1896 Saginaw Lumbermen Interstate League
1893 Saginaw Alerts Ohio-Michigan League
1890 Saginaw-Bay City Hyphens International Association
1889 Saginaw Michigan State League
1884 Saginaw Greys Michigan State League
1883 Saginaw Old Golds Northwestern League
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