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Monday, May 24th, 1926

Montreal loses it's last 6 games in a row as the 18 game road trip finally comes to a close. The schedule maker has not been kind to the Saints in the early going as they've played only 11 home games out of the 39 games total. After the next three are played at home, the Saints are on the road again for another 9 games. There is light at the end of the tunnel, as starting with the June 5th game, Montreal is playing at home for the remainder of June.




The Saints had made some roster moves at the beginning of last week. Dick Cotton had been promising young outfielder a few years ago, but he was find it increasingly difficult to get at bats. He was put on waivers and Felix Foxworth was recalled from Minneapolis. Foxworth hit well in Minneapolis (.369/441/.532, 3, 24) and he can play some center field.

Ernie Woodrow was installed as the starting shortstop, as Jim Newman's glove is just not up to the task. Woodrow has a promising future, but he had a rough first week as the starter, committing 8 errors. Tommy Chandler should be available to play again by the middle of June.






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Jim Broome, Montreal's #3 ranked prospect (38th ranked over all), was promoted from Class AA Nashville to class AAA Minneapolis. He responded by going 12 for 24 with 8 extra base hits (5 home runs) and was named the Century League's Player of the Week.


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Monday, May 31st, 1926

With a 1-5 week, Montreal has now lost 11 of their past 12 games and find themselves in sole possession of last place in the Continental Association. And the club is heading into one of the toughest stretches of the schedule. After an off-day yesterday, there is a double header with New York today. The next off-day is on June 27th (so 28 games in 27 days). On the plus side, 22 of those 28 games are at home.

In transaction news, with the scheduled doubleheader today, pitcher John Newton was recalled from Minneapolis. Solly Cotton (who has yet to collect a hit this season) was put on waivers and designated for assignment.











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Class AAA outfielder Jim Broome followed up his Century League Player of the Week award by winning another one. This time going 13-24 with 4 home runs. He is now hitting .532/.623/1.255 with 9 home runs since his promotion. He is certainly making a case to be part of the right field mix in Montreal sooner rather than later. Broome's team mate, third baseman Bob Clements, is 2nd in the Century League with 30 stolen bases. Minneapolis has won 9 games in a row and trails the New Orleans Showboats by just 2 games.

In the class AA Dixie League, Nashville right fielder Tony Morris won his first Player of the Week award after going 14 for 29 with 3 home runs. Morris was promoted from class A a couple of weeks ago and is now settled in nicely, hitting .410/.422/.724 with 4 home runs and 31 runs batted in.

Class A Evansville continues to set a torrid pace with a 43-7 record. The Hawks are leading the Heartland League by 10.5 games. Pitcher Al Allen (6-0, 1.36) is now leading the Heartland in ERA.
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Monday, June 7th, 1926

As the calendar turns to June, the old adage is that you can finally make a good assessment of your club and its prospects. Philadelphia and Brooklyn are threatening to make this a two team race in the Continental Association, with the remainder of the clubs fighting to stay out of the 2nd division. Philadelphia has turned a 19-9 May into a 2 game lead, though they will be playing in Brooklyn over the next two days. As a baseball fan, it should be a good race to watch, as we turn our focus to next season in Montreal.




SAINTS ACQUIRE HAL EASON FOR CORNELISON


If the focus in Montreal is on the future, it may be a little head scratching that the club just dealt a promising young outfielder in Jim Cornelison to the Philadelphia Keystones for Hal Eason. Well, quite honestly, this trade was solely a rectification of another mistake of the past regime, the trading of Eason to the Keystones in the first place. Eason (.292/.370/.431, 5, 21) is the career leader in home runs (135) for Montreal and his 244 career home runs are 2nd overall to Max Morris. Watching Eason collect his 250th home run this summer should give fans a reason to come out to Parc Cartier and cheer. And this will allow Eason to retire as a Saint.






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The Century League's (class AAA) Batter of the Month Award was given to Jim Broome. Montreal's 5th ranked prospect had a breakout month which featured a .519 batting average, 9 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 25 runs scored.

In the Dixie League (class AA) the Batter of the Month Award went to Tony Morris. Morris, who was not a ranked prospect coming into the season, has really opened eyes. On the month he batted .400 with 4 home runs, 31 runs batted in, and 24 runs scored.

In the Heartland League (class A), both the Batter of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month awards were given to Montreal prospects. Mike Reed was the Batter of the Month after hitting .351 with 6 home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 29 runs scored. The Pitcher of the Month went to Rube Howard, who threw 28 innings, collected a 4-0 record, 29 strikeouts, and a 1.61 ERA. Neither Reed nor Howard were ranked prospects coming into this season. Howard has since been promoted to class AA Nashville.



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Monday, June 28th, 1926

As we approach the end of June, things are looking much different in Montreal. We didn't think we could complete for a Continental Association pennant this season, but instead of fighting to stay out of the second-division, we are fighting with Cleveland to stay out of last place.



A number of injuries have hit the active roster, which has resulted in an early promotion of a few interesting prospects. In addition to Phil Sandman, both Edwin Segovia and Eddie Rodgerson will miss significant time. Jim Broome was called-up from Minneapolis two weeks ago, Bob Clements got the call last week, and this week Jimmy Endler joins them.




SAINTS DEAL PLUMMER TO KINGS


In a major move, Montreal has traded pitcher Del Plummer and infielder Fred Welsch to the Brooklyn Kings in exchange for second baseman Victor Rodding and minor league shortstop Charlie Rector. Brooklyn finds itself in a tough pennant race with Philadelphia and has been looking to upgrade their pitching. Plummer has had a rough go of it lately (3-13, 5.07), but he's been better than his surface numbers would indicate. I hope being in the thick of a race and not having the pressure of being the staff ace will be good for Plummer.

Fred Welsch was included in the deal because we would like to give Clements the rest of the summer to see if he can be a fixture at third base. And even though Victor Rodding is 30 years old, he represents a big upgrade for us at second both offensively and defensively. When Edwin Segovia has recovered from his fractured hand, he'll be a utility infielder.

The intriguing piece of the deal is the young shortstop Charlie Rector. The 22 year-old Rector was originally drafted out of high school by the Kings in the 6th round of the 1922 draft. He is currently the 7th ranked shortstop prospect in the FABL. The Montreal scouting director, Jack Self, evaluates Rector as having "plus contact ability" and a "sure-handed glove". Rector will be initially assigned to the Evansville club in the Heartland League (class A).

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the struggles of catcher Paul Tattersall. On May 16th, he hit his league leading 9th home run. At the time he was batting .338/.368/.761. He hasn't homered since then, and his slash line is down to .207/.277/.420. His numbers for June: .098/.230/.148. At the moment manager Francis Asberry still trusts Tattersall to be the starting catcher. One needs to wonder how long that can last.

For now, Bill Morris will rejoin the rotation to take Plummer's spot. Jerry Taylor and Leon Thompson are the latest pitchers from Minneapolis being given a look in Montreal.





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Monday, July 12th, 1926

The week started with a sweep by New York in a July 5th double-header, and ended with a 3 game sweep by Cleveland. The 0-5 week puts in the Saints alone in last place. The scouts have begun looking at the college and high school upperclassmen who might be available in the December draft.




While Jim Broome cooled off a little this week, the three kids (Broome, Clements, and Endler) have been playing well. Clements has seemingly laid claim to third base. Phil Sandman will be available to play again later this week. It will be interesting to see how we can find everyone playing time in the outfield.




Wayne Robinson has settled into the role of staff ace after Del Plummer's departure. Pitching remains the largest disappointment this season, and so pitching coach Clarence Flowers was fired over the weekend. John Sieberg has been handling the staff at class A Evansville superbly, so he was summoned to Montreal to take over Flowers's duties.

Montreal's top ranked prospect, pitcher Charlie Stedman, has thrown 21 innings at Minneapolis (AAA) fashioning a 3-0 record with a 3.38 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Don't be surprised to see him make his Montreal debut soon.




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I wanted to highlight Jack Sykora, a 23-year-old first baseman for Evansville. Sykora has hit 19 home runs for the Hawks, which leads the entire Montreal organization. From 1922 - 1924, Sykora played for the Boston College Eagles for whom he hit 25 home runs in 148 games, slashing .304/.372/.503. He was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round of the 1924 draft. He was released by Toronto before the 1925 season began and thus began his time as organizational filler. He was signed and released six times (including Toronto again and Montreal) before being signed for the second time by Montreal in August of 1925.

He finally started receiving regular playing time this season for class A Evansville, and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity. He hit three home runs in last Thursday's game against Wichita. On the season he is batting .317/.392/.569 with 19 home runs, 16 doubles, 71 runs batted in, and 57 runs scored. That has now earned him a promotion to class AA Nashville. Montreal scouting director, Jack Self, has this to say about Sykora: "a defensive marvel with skills still developing towards excellence...good combination of bat speed and barrel control...".


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Monday, July 19th, 1926

Montreal record by month:

April -- 7-10, .412
May -- 12-18, .400
June -- 9-20, .310
July -- 7-8, .467

So after a pretty steady decline, there is a chance that we are headed to our best month yet. Let's see how things play out over the next two weeks.





And I know I've expressed disappointment here over the state of our pitching, and while that is still true, I also need to point out that Montreal is dead last in the Continental in runs scored. I really didn't expect the offense to be so dismal (except for home runs -- Montreal has hit 32 home runs, second to Cleveland's 41).

Phil Sandman is recovered from his ankle sprain and will be rejoining the lineup this week. An outfield of Sandman/Eason/Broome has the potential to score runs. And Rodding only solidifies the top of the lineup. I would like to see an uptick in runs scored over the last half of the season.

To make room for Sandman, Jimmy Endler will return to Minneapolis. Endler strained his wrist breaking up a double play at second last week, and so he'll rejoin Minneapolis to let the wrist heal and get some regular at bats.



Charlie Stedman had his best start of the year last week (8.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 11 strikeouts) so he is being called up from Minneapolis to join the Saints rotation. Mike Vonderheide, who has been pitching in relief, will also get his turn as a starter. Stedman and Vonderheide will replace Morris and Young.



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Monday, July 26th, 1926

A disappointing 2-4 week, though 3 of the 4 losses were of the 1-run variety, all 3 at Toronto. That evens our season record with Toronto at 6-6 in the battle of the Canadian clubs.



Hal Eason's next home run will be the 250th of his career. Jim Broome slugged his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season, while Paul Tattersall hit his Continental-leading 11th. As mentioned above, Tattersall has been in a dreadful slump since mid-May. Here's hoping that he can find his stroke again.



Clarence Flowers was the Montreal pitching coach for 1925 and the first half of 1926. The staff ERA in 1925 was 4.13 and is 1926 was 4.33. Since being replaced by former Evansville pitching coach John Sieberg, the staff ERA is 3.12. It's only been two weeks, but you can see a similar trend in Evansville. There, the staff under Sieberg had a 2.90 ERA. Under this replacement the ERA is 3.74. Again, these are small sample sizes but the trend seems to be positive.





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Monday, August 9th, 1926

It's interesting to see how the Continental Association has stratified into well demarcated first and second divisions. Baltimore currently "leads" the second division, with Montreal ten games back. If there was a third division, the Saints would be in it.



The highlight of the past couple of weeks was Hal Eason's 250th career home run. It came at Parc Cartier, in the 9th inning of 9-7 loss to Philadelphia. There were 9,162 spectators in attendance. Even though the Saints have been drifting in and out of last place all season, attendance is up 5% over 1925.

Now that all the outfielders are healthy, it's a challenge for Asbury to find everyone playing time. Rodgerson and Eason are fixtures in center and right, while Sandman and Broome are essentially splitting time in left.







Prospect Update


As we are well into the second half of what is turning out to be a lost season, I thought I would take some time to look at the Saints top ten prospects, as indicated by the FABL's central scouting office. (With the FABL's top 200 prospect ranking in parenthesis.)

Overall the Saints farm system is ranked 8th out of 16th by the FABL. In the Continental, Baltimore, Toronto, and Philadelphia have higher ranked systems.

1. Charlie Stedman (16th) Stedman was acquired (along with catcher Ed Pinkham, who will appear later on this list) over the winter from the Chicago Chiefs for center fielder Bert Hartman. Hartman is doing his usual stellar job in Chicago (.322/.414/.403), but given that Stedman is the only pitcher on this list, I'm happy to have made the trade. Stedman is currently on the Montreal active roster. He began the season at class AA Nashville where he went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA. He then started 4 games for class AAA Minneapolis (2-0, 2.73). He has had some difficulty making the jump to the majors (0-2, 4.64 in 3 starts), but there is no reason not to keep running him out there this season.

2. Jim Broome (36th) A 23-year-old outfielder, Broome is the 2nd player of 3 on this list who are currently on the active roster. Broome made it clear with his minor league performance (.353/.427/.582, 18, 76 at Nashville and Minneapolis combined) that he was ready to play. He has performed well since his call-up (.290/.339/.426, 4, 18) and has even started taking at bats away from Phil Sandman now that the entire outfield is healthy.

3. Joe Fix (42nd) The 22-year-old center fielder is currently at class AAA Minneapolis. He started well at class AA Nashville (.299/.349/.437, 5, 39) before missing 6 weeks rehabbing a sprained elbow. He is struggling a bit at class AAA (.185/.241/.556, 1, 2), but he's only been playing in Minneapolis for about a week.

4. Tony Henderson (45th) A 23-year-old center fielder also currently on the Minneapolis roster (hitting .271/.349/.458, 6, 27). He is out until early September with a sprained ankle (which is why Fix was promoted from Nashville to Minneapolis).

5. Charlie Rector (70th) The 22-year-old short stop was just acquired in June (along with Victor Rodding) from Brooklyn in exchange for Del Plummer and Fred Welsch. Rector has been at class A Evansville since, where he has hit .294/.324/.413 with superb defense. He has just been promoted to class AA Nashville.

6. Jimmy Endler A 24-year-old outfielder currently at Minneapolis where he is hitting .362/.405/.618 with 17 home runs, 74 runs batted in, and 28 stolen bases. He spent some time in Montreal when both Sandman and Rodgerson were injured, but Endler struggled at the plate (.194/.268/.389) in making the transition.

7. Jack Brown (80th) Brown is a 19-year-old second baseman drafted out of high school in the 3rd round of the 1925 draft. He has spent the season at class B Mobile, where he is hitting .249/.307/.305 with 15 stolen bases. Brown has elite speed and at 6'1", 175 lbs, he has some power potential as he fills out his frame.

8. Ed Pinkham (87th) A 23-year-old catcher, Pinkham was part of the deal that brought Charlie Stedman to Montreal. Currently at class AA Nashville, Pinkham is hitting .278/.340/.376 with 2 home runs and 11 doubles in 74 games. Montreal scouts say he is the best defensive catcher in the Dixie League.

9. Bob Clements (90th) The 24-year-old third baseman is on the active roster. He was given the third base job after Fred Welsch was dealt to Brooklyn. Clements has a unique skill set at third base, where he doesn't show a lot of power but he has plus speed. Clements has 12 stolen bases in 41 games for Montreal after swiping 39 bags for Minneapolis.

10. Jake Allen (108th) Here's an example where the league scouting office is perhaps higher on a player than I am. Allen was signed as a minor league free agent just this past June. Originally, Allen was drafted out of high school by the New York Stars in the first round of the 1922 draft. He has also spent time in the Washington and Cleveland organizations. The 23-year-old infielder is currently playing for class A Evansville, where he is hitting .267/.310/.422 with 8 home runs, 20 doubles, and 59 runs batted in.
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Two highlights as we head into the final month of the season -- Montreal has its first winning month in August, finishing with a 15-13 record. And 24-year-old shortstop, Ernie Woodrow, wins the Continental Association's Rookie of the Month award for August. Woodrow has been scuffling a bit in the field, but for the month he hit .416 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 1 home run; he scored 13 times and drove in 10 runs. The Saints no longer have the worst offense in the Continental; that distinction belongs to Cleveland. Overall, clubs in the CA have averaged 4.7 runs/game. Montreal and Cleveland are the only two clubs that have scored at a pace below 4.7 runs/game.



As the offense seems to be slowly getting better, so has the pitching. As a group the Montreal starters now have the 4th best ERA in the CA.




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In the Century League (AAA), Minneapolis first baseman Tony Morris picked up the Player of the Month award for August. The 24-year-old hit .364 with 6 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 24 runs scored. Morris was drafted as an outfielder in the fourth round of the 1925 draft. Since the Montreal system is so crowded in the outfield, Morris has been working on learning first base. He has spent time this season at Evansville, Nashville, and Minneapolis. Combining his numbers across the levels, he has hit .377/.438/.656 with 32 home runs and 144 runs batted in. With the minor league seasons wrapping up this week, Morris has earned a September call-up to Montreal.


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December 20th, 1926

We neglected an end of the season recap, but we needed a bit of a vacation after the disappointing season. Montreal followed up a winning month in August with a dreadful 9-15 September. And while the Saints managed to avoid finishing in last place in the CA, the 93 loss season was much below expectations. Everyone is ready to turn the page to a new year.

(Note: for a full report on the FABL 1926 season, see the commissioner's thread here: http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...d.php?t=301821)



Hal Eason finished with 24 home runs (19 for the Saints), and he led the CA in home runs. It was his 6th time leading the CA in home runs (he led the Federal in 1924 for the Keystones).

A nice September surprise was 24-year-old catcher Jim Schaffer. He hit .450/.476/.700 after his call-up. He'll be given a long look next Spring.






Sanderson Retires


Sam Sanderson debuted as a 23-year-old in 1912. He was the starting catcher in Montreal for 14 season, before losing the job after the last season's acquisition of Paul Tattersall. In Saints' history, Sanderson is 2nd in games played (1761), 4th in runs scored (870), 3rd in hits (1657), 3rd in doubles (296), 3rd in runs batted in (887), and 2nd in home runs (120). Sanderson really embraced the upper-cut swing revolution of the 1920's. Of his 120 home runs, 92 came after 1920. He won the CA Whitney Award in 1921, hitting .333/.413/.563 with 21 home runs, 100 runs scored, and 104 runs batted in.



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