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The GE Club Voltmen, Fort Wayne General Electrics and simply General Electric were all names synonymous with championships in the city of Fort Wayne in the late 1940’s. The Voltmen competed in the Michigan-Indiana Semi-Pro Baseball League which in turn qualified them to compete for the National Semi-Pro Championship in Wichita, Kansas, today known as the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Corporate sponsorship of teams was common at the time and General Electric held a strong foothold in the Fort Wayne community with their large campus located just south of the city’s downtown making them a perfect fit to hold naming rights of the local semi pro-ball club. The Fort Wayne General Electrics basketball team also competed in the National Basketball League at the time.

The Voltmen played their way to the 1947 Michigan-Indiana Semi Pro League title before moving on to Wichita to take on Golden Coors of Colorado whom they defeated 4-2, bringing home the clubs first national championship. Manager John Braden was named the manager of the tournament along with Bill Brandt (P), Ray Scott (SS), Henry Blair (C), Pete Chapman (OF) and Pete Elko (UTL) who were named to the All-American Team.

Despite three consecutive national championships, General Electric dropped their sponsorship of the team after the 1949 season Capeheart Television and Allen Dairy went on to sponsor the club in future season. In total the club won five total national championships, adding titles in 1950 and 1956.

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