The Post-Journal

Jamestown Community Baseball News - 1941

Jamestown Falcons 1941 program

Ernest Kessler, former Jamestown councilman, was chairman of the citizens committee that raised funds for the construction of the new stadium for the Jamestown Falcons. Judge Allan Bargar was also instrumental in soliciting funds for the group that purchased a 20 acre tract of land on Falconer Street. Construction commenced in the fall of 1940 and was completed in time for the May home opener of the 1941 season. Municipal Stadium, which seats 4,200, was built for a cost $60,000.

The 1941 club, led by manager Greg Mulleavy, won the regular season league championship. Attendance exceeded 122,000.

Voted by fans as the Most Popular Falcon was shortstop John O’Neil from Shelbiana, KY. Known as “Tip” or “Scooter,” O’Neil made it to the big leagues with the Philadelphia Philles in 1946. He was involved in baseball for 45 years as a player, manager, general manager and scout.

Besides his year as a Jamestown player in 1941, he also played for the 1954 Falcons and was the general manager of the 1964 Jamestown squad. O’Neil, who married a Jamestown girl and made the city his home, was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

John O'Neil
John O'Neil.

The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.