Page 28 - Salem Magazine Spring 2014
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  Cover Story
1939 - 1942
VIRGINIA LEAGUE
   SALEM-ROANOKE FRIENDS
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The Salem-Roanoke Friends were the first minor league team to play in Salem wh The Beginning
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3 MLB (CIN)
3 MLB (NYG)
6 MLB (CHC, PIT)
School enrollment in 1926 was increasing enough that the school board bought a seven-acre tract of land between the Boulevard, Florida and 6th Streets, where a Lutheran Orphanage was located. Plans for a new elementary school and auditorium were proposed for the opening of the 1927- 28 school term. Due to lack of funding, the school was never constructed.
225-248 OVERALL RECORD (.476 W-L%)
Did you know?
Ray Ryan, a former player for the Roanoke Tigers and the man credited with starting minor league baseball in Salem, was featured in the
famous T206 baseball card collection from 1909. When in very good condition, the card will sell for around $80.
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That all changed on the morning of January 19, 1931 when an electrical fire heavily damaged Salem High School located on Broad Street. A new high school was built and the damaged building was renovated into a new elementary school in 1932.
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The land on Florida and Boulevard, once planned for the new elementary school, was proposed as a site for a football and baseball field. City Council approved the proposal and Municipal Field was built and opened in the spring of 1932.
Ray Ryan, a former baseball player for the Roanoke Tigers in 1909, convinced the Virginia League to field an expansion team in the new ballpark in Salem. The field
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