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Baseball History in Dayton Ohio


From: Baseball Days—Dayton’s North Side Field 1922-1934

Written by Roland L. Larke, Sponsored by the Dayton & Montgomery County Public Library, 1992

The Knelbelkamp family of Louisville, Kentucky, continued to support their minor league Aviators in Dayton in 1930. The veteran American League star pitcher, Nick Cullop, a farmer out of Chilhowie, Virginia, became manager after a season as a pitcher on the staff of the 1929 Aviators. Frederick Howell, prominent Dayton attorney, who would become an outstanding exponent of the sport of baseball in Dayton, became club president.


Johnny Marcum was established as a Dayton sports hero as his ascent to stardom with the Philadelphia A’s continued. Besides regular turns on the pitching mound, the “Moose” often served as a slugging outfielder, finishing the season with a .414 batting average.


Another future major league pitcher, Clyde “The Mad” Hatter, continued his erratic rookie career. A classic example of his wildness is often recalled by older fans. Donavan, the Springfield first baseman, claimed Hatter’s pitch hit his hand and he went to the dugout to have it treated. The umpire ordered Hatter to continue pitching and Hatter, with a two-strike no ball count, walked the batter who was seated in the dugout.


Other outstanding figures on the Dayton roster were right fielder Lou Russell; Daytonian George Harr, catcher; Jimmy Vorhoff, infielder; and Johnny Brewer, first baseman.


Former major league stars managed all of the league teams. They were Heine Groh for Canton, Punch Knoll for Ft. Wayne, Jocko Munch for Erie, John McCloskey for Richmond, Joe Dunn for Springfield and Nick Cullop for Dayton.