Fortney Gators - 1921-1937, 1951-1974

Donald Mahley (1943-2014)

 †††† Ambassador Don Mahley passed away on March 1, 2014 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Husband of Julianna Stephenson Mahley for 45 years, he had a career in the U.S. Army for 27 years with work at the National Security Council and Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.  Later he was confirmed as the State Department Ambassador serving as Special Negotiator for Nonproliferation.  His work on the protocol for the Biological Weapons Treaty, establishing the Office for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and negotiating the recently signed Arms Trade Treaty are notable.

 

 

†††† He was also known for his love of animals, fantasy baseball, the theater world where he served on the board of directors of Synetic Theater, Chicago Cubs, and coaching the speech and debate teams at USMA, single malt scotch, vintage port and pinot noir, and above all the many friends and colleagues he knew over the years. 

 

†††† Don received full military honors at a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery on November 3, 2014.

 

 

History Brief: After beginning TCBA life as the Fortney Gators in 1921, theDon Mahley-led Franchise #2 team played at Gator Field until 1937. With war on the horizon, Mahley enlisted in the US Army and would ultimately rise to the rank of Colonel. Mahley entrusted the control of his franchise to young James MacEachern, who guided the team until 1942. In 1943, war industrialist Steve Lyon used his stash of war bucks to buy out MacEachernís control of Franchise #2, until Mahley returned. While teaching at the Army War College in the midst of the Korean Conflict, Mahley realized that the close proximity to a TCBA team would allow him to live out his alter-life as a TCBA manager once again. He reacquired the Franchise #2 team in 1951 and victoriously returned to the Fortney area. In the early 1970ís, deeply involved in courting his future wife, Julianna Mahley,Don sold his rights to Franchise #2 to Illinois high school principal John Gatto following the 1974 season. After nine seasons in the Chicago area, the franchise was reacquired by the now-married Don Mahley, who moved the team to Annandale in 1984. He sold the franchise a second time in 1997 to speculator John Carter. After Carter was exposed as a fraud, the franchise was obtained by Mike Kane's Innisfree group in 1998, providing Mahley with the funds necessary to purchase Expansion Franchise #23 in 1999, which he located in Woebegone. The world was saddened in 2014 upon the death of Ambassador Mahley, a true TCBA friend, always.

 

 


Don Mahley - A Friend, Always

 

League Champion

1926 1936 1952 1953 1970

 

Division Champion

1921 1922 1923 1926 1933 1936

1952 1953 1954 1960 1966 1968

1970 1971 1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Time Record

W

L

3489

2917

 

All-Time Batting Statistics

All-Time Pitching Statistics

 

Team Season Records

Year

Won

Lost

Place

Division

Playoffs

1974

82

80

2

Gorney

1973

99

63

1

Gorney

DC

1972

79

82

4

Gorney

1971

90

71

1

Brown

DC

1970

102

60

1

Brown

DC

LC

1969

100

63

2

Brown

1968

102

60

1

Brown

DC

1967

81

81

3

Brown

1966

100

62

1

Brown

DC

1965

78

84

3

Brown

1964

85

76

2

Brown

1963

94

68

2

Brown

1962

81

80

2

Brown

1961

77

71

3

Brown

1960

95

59

1

Brown

DC

1959

85

66

2

Brown

1958

70

84

2

Brown

1957

82

72

3

Brown

1956

70

82

4

Brown

1955

75

79

3

Brown

1954

83

71

1

Brown

DC

1953

99

55

1

Brown

DC

LC

1952

96

57

1

Brown

DC

LC

1951

80

74

2

Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1938

56

98

4

Brown

 

 

 

1937

81

73

2

Brown

 

 

 

1936

96

58

1

Brown

 

DC

LC

1935

81

69

2

Brown

 

 

 

1934

88

66

2

Brown

1933

84

70

1

Brown

DC

1932

76

78

3

Brown

1931

64

89

4

Brown

1930

71

83

4

Brown

1929

73

80

3

Brown

1928

64

90

3

Brown

1927

73

81

3

Brown

1926

92

62

1

Brown

DC

LC

1925

66

89

3

Brown

1924

94

60

2

Brown

1923

101

53

1

Brown

DC

1922

98

56

1

Brown

DC

1921

99

55

1

Brown

DC