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Baseball in Salem
1943 - 1953
PIEDMONT LEAGUE
ROANOKE ROSOX
BOSTON RED SOX (1943-1953)
configuration was flipped so the 2,000-seat concrete bleachers could be built into the side of the hill.
 On May 20, 1939, professional baseball made its official debut in Salem when the Salem-Roanoke Friends beat the Lynchburg Grays 9-2 in front of more than 1,000 fans. Team owners installed lights later that season and the first night game was played on June 27, 1939.
P HAL BROWN 1946-47 3B FRED HATFIELD 1946 SS VIRGIL STALLCUP 1946 3B PINKY HIGGINS* 1947 1B CHARLIE MAXWELL* 1947-49
14 (CHW, BOS, BAL, NYY, HOU) 9 (BOS, DET, CHW, CLE, CIN) 7 (CIN, STL)
14 (PHA, BOS, DET)
14 (BOS, BAL, DET, CHW) 7 (BOS, PIT, NYG)
7 (BOS, WSH, DET)
7 (BOS, KCA, WAS)
11 (BOS, BAL)
11 (BOS, MLN, PHI)
9 (BOS, WSH, CHW, HOU)
10 (BOS, DET, PHI, CHW, MIN) 7 (BOS, WSH, CLE, LAA, CLE, MLB, CHC) 8 (BOS, CHC, HOU)
The Friends, named for Salem’s “Friendly City” moniker, won the Virginia League crown in 1941 beating the Lynchburg Senators. In 1943, World War II forced gas and tire rationing and a ban on driving vehicles for pleasure. The team owners decided to move the club to Maher Field next to the brand new Victory Stadium on Reserve Avenue in Roanoke, where fans could walk to the games.
P WINDY McCALL SS MILT BOLLING C PETE DALEY
P IKE DELOCK
C SAMMY WHITE*
P RUSS KEMMERER 2B TED LEPCIO
3B KEN ASPROMONTE P ARNOLD EARLEY
1947 1948-49 1949 1950 1950 1951 1951 1952 1953
The team became the Roanoke RoSox, a Piedmont League team for the Boston Red Sox. Mid-way through the 1953 season, team management fell apart just after the RoSox team boarded the bus bound for a Norfolk road trip. With no money left, the owners called Calvin Falwell, the Lynchburg team owner, to have the bus pulled over by the state police and sent back to Roanoke. Minor league baseball never returned to the Star City.
673-656 OVERALL RECORD (.506 W-L%)
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