Frank H. Bassett, a baseball enthusiast from Hopkinsville,
Ky., seeks baseball promoters in western Kentucky and
Tennessee and southern Illinois interested in a new
professional league for the region in January.
The Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League is organized at a
meeting held at the Hotel Lucile in Madisonville, Ky. on Feb.
At the second league meeting in Henderson, Ky. on Feb. 25,
William L.. Gordon of Madisonville, Ky. is elected president with Dr.
William Irving Thompson, a Henderson dentist, as
vice-president. James A. Franceway is elected secretary and
The Cairo Egyptians capture the first Kitty League pennant.
They finished the inaugural season with a 67-41 record, 4-1/2 games ahead of the Clarksville Villagers.
The Henderson Hens disband on July 18. The Hopkinsville
Hoppers are dropped to keep a balanced schedule the remainder
of the season.
The Kitty League ends the season with permission from the
National Association on August 17. While the yellow fever
epidemic affecting cities along the Mississippi River is cited
as the official cause, some clubs use it as an excuse to
stop losing money and reserve their players for the
Cairo business manager D.F. McCarthy fines
his entire team $100 for "indifferent ball playing"
and releases every player on July 5. He also fines Ed
Eichenberger (the team's road manager) $50 for
"indifferent management" and fires him.
The Vincennes Alices (76-49) win the pennant, finishing
nine games ahead of the Jacksonville Jacks.
The Kitty League is reorganized at a meeting in Evansville,
Ind. on April 8. Clifton C. Gosnell is elected president and
secretary with former league president Dr. William Irving
Thompson as vice-president and V.E. Cochrane as treasurer.
McLeansboro and Harrisburg, Ill. enter the league for the
second-half on July 24. Both had been members of the disbanded
Southern Illinois League.
The Vincennes Alices (64-54) won the first-half title and
the McLeansboro Miners (40-18) won the second-half crown. No
championship series was held, however, and both clubs were
The Cairo Egyptians (77-46) win the Kitty League pennant,
finishing 10 games ahead of the Owensboro Distillers.
The Clarksville Volunteers and Hopkinsville Hoppers disband
on July 10.
The Kitty League tries to reorganize with teams in Cairo,
Henderson, Owensboro, and Paducah, but the effort fails.
The Dyersburg Forked Deers (60-48) win the first-half title
and the Paris Parisians (59-50) take second-half honors.
The Mayfield Pantmakers disband due to poor attendance and
club finances on Aug. 26.
The Kitty League is reorganized after a 10-year absence by
John J. McCloskey and Dr. Frank H. Bassett. Bassett is elected
president, secretary, and treasurer.
The Lexington Giants win the first-half
title on July 9.
The Portageville Pirates are awarded the
second-half title after the Jackson Generals and Union City
Greyhounds are disqualified for having too many class players
on their rosters.
Lexington refuses to participate in a
playoff series against Portageville. No league champion is
The Paducah Indians (73-45) capture the first-half season
title and the Union City Greyhounds (73-45) win the
second-half title. Union City led the championship series with
one victory when Paducah refused to continue, claiming the
Greyhounds had two ineligible players on their roster.
The first Kitty League All-Star Game was held in Paducah,
Ky. on July 29. The first-half champion Paducah Indians hosted
the All-Stars at Hook Park and won 8-3. Sam Livingston, sports
editor for the Paducah Sun-Democrat, came up
with the exhibition contest as a way to add funds to the
Fulton manager and former major leaguer
Norman (Kid) Elberfield grounds out to third base as a pinch
hitter at the age of 61 on September 12.
The Union City Greyhounds win the pennant with a 73-46
record, three games ahead of the Hopkinsville Hoppers.
The Mayfield Clothiers capture the first Shaughnessy
playoff title over the Fulton Eagles, 4 games to 1. It was the
first postseason series completed since the league reorganized
Dr. Frank H. Bassett is ousted as president of the Kitty
League in a controversial election by club owners at Paducah,
Ky. on Nov. 17. After initially being re-elected, he left the
meeting to return to his Hopkinsville home. A second
election was encouraged by certain owners and J. Ed Hannephin
of Fulton, Ky. was elected president.
The Hopkinsville Hoppers (76-53) win the pennant with a
one-and-a-half game edge over the Jackson Generals.
Jackson led the Shaughnessy playoff finals 2 games to 1
over Hopkinsville when the series was cancelled due to
unseasonably cold weather and a lack of fan interest. Jackson
was declared the playoff winners.
The Mayfield Browns (76-49) capture the Kitty League
pennant, finishing with a game-and-a-half lead over the
Bowling Green Barons and Owensboro Oilers.
Bowling Green wins the Shaughnessy playoffs against
Mayfield 4 games to 2.
The Jackson Generals win the Kitty League pennant with a
record of 84-43, 14.5 games ahead of the Hopkinsville Hoppers.
The Mayfield Clothiers win the Shaughnessy playoff after
beating the Hopkinsville Hoppers 4 games to 1.
Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7.
The Owensboro Oilers win the Kitty League pennant with an
83-39 record, twelve games ahead of the Hopkinsville Hoppers.
They also capture the Shaughnessy postseason title over the
Fulton Chicks 4 games to 3.
Earl Browne has the highest batting average in minor league
baseball (.429) as player/manager with Owensboro.
Owensboro captures its second consecutive pennant with a
77-48 record and four-and-a-half game lead over the Mayfield
The Hopkinsville Hoppers win the Shaughnessy playoffs over
the Madisonville Miners, 4 games to 1.
Hopkinsville wins the Kitty League pennant with an 85-41
record, finishing five-and-a-half games ahead of the Union
Union City sweeps the finals of the Shaughnessy playoffs
over the Madisonville Miners in four straight games.
The Owensboro Oilers capture their third pennant in four
seasons with an 82-40 record and a nine-and-a-half game lead
over the Cairo Dodgers.
The Madisonville Miners led the finals of the Shaughnessy
playoffs 2 games to 1 over Cairo before the series was
cancelled due to bad weather.
The Mayfield Clothiers won the Kitty League pennant with a
record of 73-45, four-and-a-half games ahead of the Fulton
Mayfield held a one-game edge in the Shaughnessy playoff
finals over Fulton when the series was cancelled for the
second straight season due to bad weather.
Dr. Frank H. Bassett, founder and longtime president of the
Kitty League, dies in Hopkinsville, Ky. on Aug 5.
The Fulton Railroaders captured their first full-season
pennant with a 73-46 record, finishing two games ahead of the
Fulton defeated Owensboro in four straight games to win the
The Fulton Lookouts win their second straight championship
with the best winning percentage in Kitty League history
(.689). The club finishes with an 82-37 record and a very
comfortable 15.5 game lead over the Paducah Chiefs.
The Madisonville Miners win the finals of the Shaughnessy
playoffs over the Union City Greyhounds in three straight
Fulton wins its record-setting third consecutive Kitty
League pennant with a 70-50 record, edging ahead of
Madisonville by three games.
The Paducah Chiefs win the Shaughnessy playoff title in
three straight games over Fulton.
The Union City Dodgers capture the pennant with a record of
76-40, seven games ahead of the defending champion Fulton
Union City (first-half champion) defeats the Mayfield
Clothiers (second-half champion) 4 games to 2 in the
postseason championship series.
The Jackson Generals fold on June 1 after losing 26
consecutive games to start the season.
The Central City (Ky.) Reds purchase the Jackson franchise
and begin play on July 5.
The Madisonville Miners fold on July 7. The league
continues its schedule with five clubs.
The Paducah Chiefs capture the final Kitty League pennant
with a 64-39 record, finishing a game-and-a-half ahead of the
Paducah is declared the playoff champion when the remaining
three clubs decline to participate in the Shaughnessy
Miller Field, considered the finest ballpark in the Kitty
League for many years and home to the Owensboro Oilers since
1937, was demolished on Sept. 19. "It's too valuable a
piece of land for a baseball park," says James C. Ellis,
who purchased the property.
Shelby Peace, who served 12 years as president of the Kitty
League, dies in Hopkinsville, Ky. on April 5.
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