Baseball Amateur

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 Dayton Amateur Baseball Commission, Incorporated, was commissioned by the State of Ohio in 1927. Judge Frederick Howell was one of its founders. Although there were some rules regulating player participation prior to that time. A two-year waiting period was required of pros before returning to amateur status.


Amateur and semi-pro baseball teams in the city of Dayton used North Side Field when it was not in use by the minor league professional clubs. During the 1920s and early 1930s Dayton’s Amateur Baseball Commission organized amateur teams into leagues such as the American, National and Federal Leagues. Suburban and church leagues were also formed.


Industries, merchants, tradesmen, athletic clubs, churches and breweries and various community organizations sponsored teams.


The larger Dayton industries sponsored semi-pro clubs who also were formed into leagues. Most outstanding was the league consisting of McCalls, Delco, Frigidaire, NCR, Wright Field and Inland. The most unique semi-pro league was the General Motors Oldchebuipon league, the name derived from General Motors cars.


Noted Dayton baseball stars like Harvey Reese, Julie Tangeman, George Harr, Pinnie Coleman and others, played as amateurs, semi-pros and professionals throughout their careers.


The City of Dayton was honored in 1932 when the renowned Amateur National Baseball Federation held its annual tournament here and North Side Field was the primary ballpark for games. Dayton teams played well, but Fischer Foods of Detroit defeated Detroit Grand Trunk for the national title at North Side Field.