1904 Miller News: Welcome Rusty!

24th February – back pages:Rusty Owens - MJ

Also on the 24th, Manager Watkins announced the signing of another pitcher, one Rusty Owens, “…the star pitcher of the Three-I league last year.” Owens pitched last year for Rockford, winning 19 games, while the year before he was 24-14. Apparently Indianapolis (run by Watkins) drafted Owens sometime last year, and now Watkins has purchased his contract from Indianapolis. Besides pitching, Owens is a utility player, and played every position last year but for catcher.

Perhaps Owens is seen as a replacement for Dick Williams, who seems to be moving  to the Pacific Coast league?

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