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Team History

"As the 1993 Harrisburg Senators were named one of the top 100 minor league teams of all-time, Baseball America looked into the History of teams from Harrisburg.

Baseball in Harrisburg dates back to 1907, when the local team played in the class "D" Tri-State League. After the 1952 season, the then Harrisburg Senators and the class "B" league they played in at the time called it quits, but not before the team created some shocking controversy....

You play ball like a.... GIRL!

In 1952 the club signed twenty-four-year-old Eleanor Engle, a local (yes, female) stenographer to play shortstop, saying "She can hit a lot better than some of the fellows." For four days in June, Engle suited up for the Senators, but she never played. What an uproar! Even the team manager didn't want a "girl" playing on the team.

Eventually NAPBL president George Trautman voided her signing. Some thought the whole thing was a publicity stunt, but a reporter, after watching her practice wrote the Eleanor "...scooped up hard grounders and threw to first base like a pro."

Modern Day Incarnations

In 1987, the sport came back to a brand-new ballpark. The Eastern League franchise was named in honor of the previous tenants, linking the modern day to the past. The Senators have been phenomenally successful... over the past 12 years they have sent up more than 100 players to the Major Leagues.

Following their long tradition of baseball excellence, in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 the Senators proved they were a force to contend with by winning the Eastern League Championship! Harrisburg is the first team in league history to win four Eastern League titles in a row.

Harrisburg Senators Chronology


1889 & 90




1912 & 14



1917 - 23

























Harrisburg "Patriot" News carries Major League baseball scores on page one daily

Harrisburg Ponies win championship of Middle States League

Harrisburg Baseball Club organizes

"Chief" Bender, future Hall of Fame member, pitches for Harrisburg for a salary of $125.00 per month

Tri-State Association forms with William Farnsworth of Harrisburg as President. Farnsworth cup awarded to champs

Harrisburg wins league championship under Manager George Cockhill of Steelton

Newark, NJ, Class "AA" team moves to Harrisburg as part of International League. Jim Thorpe plays for Harrisburg

Harrisburg Joins New York State League and finishes last

Only sandlot teams. West End League, with future stars Les Bell, Fred Frankhouse and Dittie Cocklin

Harrisburg part of NYPEN (New York - Pennsylvania) League

Joe Munson hits Senator record .400 average, 33 home runs. Oscar Charleston, future Hall of Fame member, manages Harrisburg Giants and hits .430

League Champions

League Champions

League Champions

Flood washes away Island Field and ends baseball in Harrisburg

Harrisburg joins Inter-State League, Les Bell Manager. Team affiliates with
Pittsburgh Pirates

League champions with stars Billy Cox and Dennis Taylor

Senators' franchise moves to York

Senators reorganize as a Cleveland Indians farm team

Senators finish in last place. League and team disband

Harrisburg Senators reform as a Pittsburgh Pirates farm team. League champions of Class "AA" Eastern League

Affiliation switches to Montreal Expos

Eastern League champions with win over Canton

Dave Jauss, Expo Scout, named Manager

Pat Kelly named Manager

City of Harrisburg buys team to keep it from moving to Springfield, MA

Eastern League Champions

Eastern League Champions

Eastern League Champions

Eastern League Champions

Sueng Song pitches first no-hitter in modern history

RiverSide Stadium renamed Commerce Bank Park

Senators' affiliation switches to Washington Nationals

Commerce Bank Park renamed Metro Bank Park