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Ryan Mahoney

About Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney is the Curator/Director of Collections and Historic Sites for the Schenectady County Historical Society where he oversees the Historical Society’s museum and the Mabee Farm Historic Site.

Originally from the Indian Lake, N.Y., Ryan has a M.A. in Public History from the University at Albany.

Schenectady Baseball History: The Mohawk Giants

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MohawkGiantsTalk-007When you discuss Negro baseball, most people think of names like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell.  These were some of the biggest stars in the professional Negro leagues.  However, this was not the only place where you could see Negro teams play.  Throughout the country there were independent teams, like the Mohawk Colored Giants.

The Giants got their start in 1913 under the organization of Bill Wernecke.  Although this was seasonal work for these ball players, they were full time paid players.  By offering full time jobs, Wernecke was able to lure players into Schenectady from all over the country.  The Giants would play their home games at the nicest ball field in Schenectady, Island Park.
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