1907-1915 Central Association - Keokuk

The job of manager for this team had been changing hands yearly until the years 1908-1912 when Frank "Pa" Belt was manager. The other teams in the Central Association were Ottumwa, IA, Kewanee, IL, Burlington, IA, Monmouth, IL, Hannibal, MO, Galesburg, IL, and Muscatine, IA. The 1915 team reached second place and was then sold to Fort Dodge, Iowa. One notable game of the 1915 season was a 0-0 tie between Keokuk and Burlington. After twenty-two innings, the two teams finally just gave up.
The following players played for Keokuk in this league and went on to play in the major leagues:
Alva "Rip" Williams was catcher for Keokuk in 1907. He was born in Carthage, Illinois in 1891. He played for Boston American League in 1911, and later played for the Washington Senators through 1916, then with Cleveland in 1918. He was catcher for the great Walter Johnson in Washington.
Red Corriden played for Keokuk in 1908 and played professionally from 1910-1915 for St. Louis, Detroit, and the Chicago Cubs. Corriden then continued his baseball career as a coach.
Hugh Miller played for the Keokuk Central Association team in 1908 and 1910. He later played professionally for St. Louis and Philadelphia, then stopped playing in 1915.
Charlie Hollocher also played in this league and moved up to play with the Chicago Cubs from 1918-1924.

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