To the north of the border, we go for today’s post, featuring the Winnipeg Maroons and their simplistic jersey as seen below.
Back row (left to right) – C.H. McFadyen (President), Art Morrison (Publicity), Hugh Filson P, Hank Ruffing P, Fred Crinkovich P, Don Godfreson P, Ian McDonald (Trainer), Joe Mowry MGR/OF, John Jackson (Exec), Johnny Peterson (Business Manager).
Front row – Windy Hansch 2B, Bill Barnacle CF, Hugh Gustafson 1B, Frank Danneker SS, Al Erickson C.
There’s also the matter of this maroon colored cap….
This is probably the most simple uniform I have found in the MiLB historical research that I’ve done to date. It’s also the ugliest one I have ever seen. The maroon color of that cap is awful, I don’t find many baseball uniforms ugly, but this is one of them. It’s also intriguing to me that there existed many international MiLB teams. There were MiLB teams in Cuba and Canada, there’s also the current Mexican League.
Alumni of the Maroons include Hank Miklos who pitched a total of seven innings for the Chicago Cubs. He wasn’t a notable major league player, but looking at Baseball Reference he died in Adrian, Mi. The same town in which I went to college (that’s pretty neat if you ask me). Miklos posted an ERA of 7.71 in those lone seven innings for the Cubs.
Another alumni of the Maroons was Joe Mowry who played three seasons for the Boston Braves who posted a stat line of .233/.284/.313/.596 in 192 games.
As the case goes with many of the historical MiLB teams, there’s not much out there on the 1939 Winnipeg Maroons, but you can find of the most simple and ugly uniforms in MiLB history.