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Pitcher Bill Sisler played for 50 minor league teams, including the York White Roses in 1933

Bill Sisler

Tim Hagerty, who is the broadcaster for Triple-A El Paso (Padres), penned a great piece for Sporting News on career minor league pitcher Bill Sisler, who managed to play for 50 minor league teams over a quarter-century.  Sisler’s story truly is remarkable, so please click and read for the details on how he was able to remain in professional baseball for so long.  Sisler holds the record for most professional teams played for.

Perusing his page on BaseballReference.com, one thing jumped out, hence this post.  One of Sisler’s 50 clubs was the 1933 York White Roses of the New York-Penn League, who were affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  At age 32, Sisler played for two Pennsylvania clubs that season, Johnstown of the Middle Atlantic League being the other.  While records are spotty, we know Sisler posted a 1-3 record in five appearances and 27 innings for York in 1933.

Of Sisler’s teammates on that ’33 York club that reached the Majors, most notable were pitcher Dutch Leonard and first baseman/outfielder Dick Siebert.  Leonard pitched 20 MLB seasons for Brooklyn, the Washington Senators, the Phillies and the Cubs.  Siebert played in 11 Major League seasons, starting out with Brooklyn and then the Cardinals, before becoming a fairly well known member of the Phillies from 1938 to 1945, to end his career.

-Paul Braverman

 

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