Allentown Chiefs

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Allentown Chiefs
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Previous Class A (1957)
Minor league affiliations
League Eastern League
Major league affiliations
Previous unaffiliated (Independent)
Team data
Previous parks
Breadon Field
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Breadon Field, looking south to north along the first base line, about 1960. The press box is above the roof over the stands.

The Allentown Chiefs were a minor league baseball team. They played in the Class A Eastern League, and started the 1957 season in Syracuse, New York. The team was purchased by the Boston Red Sox and was moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, mid-season on July 13, 1957, and finished the season playing at Breadon Field in Whitehall Township, just north of Allentown.

The 1957 team was not affiliated with any major league team, however, the Chiefs were a longtime affiliate of the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1957 season. After finishing the season in Allentown, the team was re-designated as the Allentown Red Sox, with Boston moving their Eastern League Class A team from Albany, New York, to Allentown for the 1958 season.

A new Detroit-affiliated team in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began operations for the 1958 Eastern League season.


  • 1957 Season (Combined Syracuse/Allentown)
Won: 56 Lost: 84 Pct: .400 5th Place Eastern Division, 19 GB
Manager: Frank Calo
Pos Player Avg Pos Player W-L ERA
1B Edward Kneuper .263 SP Leverette Spencer 16-14 2.90
2B Clell Hobson .230 SP John Isaac 9-10 5.05
SS Julio Palazzini .279 SP George Aitken 9-13 4.97
3B Tom Sarna .253 SP John Wall 7-10 4.50
C Jim Tolleson .249 SP Cliff Ross 3-15 5.32
OF Jerry Elder .223 SP Marv Rotblatt 8-5 4.01
OF Andrew Rellick .248 SP Ralph Birkofer 2-8 4.90
OF Jim Kirby .267 RP Larry Kendig 2-6 3.36

1957 Complete Team Statistics

Major league players

Chicago Cubs, NL, 1949
New York Mets, NL, 1962, 1965
  • John Romonosky
Chicago White Sox, AL, 1948, 1950, 1951
  • Cliff Ross
Cincinnati Reds, NL, 1954
Chicago White Sox, AL, 1948, 1950, 1951

See also