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Midwest League Cities

This page links to pages on MLWguide.com about the cities which have hosted teams in the Midwest League and its predecessors, the Illinois State League and the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. It also has a summary of each town's participation in our league.


Who's had the best teams? Appleton. Waterloo's second. In a shorter term, Grand Rapids (West Michigan) and Danville.

Beloit's had the least success of the long-term league members. Keokuk had bad teams, period.


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MWL Fan's Guide

While our league lives in America's heartland, its teams live in towns and cities. This page is an index to pages documenting each MWL town's participation in the league. You'll find lists of team officers. You'll find yearly results. You'll find affiliation information. You'll find yearly leaders in a number of hitting and pitching categories. These are a start on a team history for each town.


The following lists summarize each town's MWL history. The links are to pages with more detailed information about the town's participation in our league. Many of these pages linked below are incomplete. Things will improve; it's a big project, and I'm not rushing to complete it.


Illinois

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Belleville (1947) 3 1 1 0 0 0
Canton 1 0 0 0 0 0
Centralia 6 2 0 0 0 3
Danville (1974) 12 1 4 4 5 7
Decatur (1957) 23 3 3 3 4 6
Geneva (2001) 19 4 1 1 4 11
  these teams were called Kane County
Marion 2 0 0 0 0 1
Mattoon 11 0 0 0 3 5
Mount Vernon 8 0 0 0 1 2
Paris (1956) 10 2 1 1 2 4
Peoria (2002) 27 2 1 1 3 8
Quincy (1970) 14 1 2 2 2 2
Rockford 12 1 0 0 2 8
Springfield 15 2 0 0 4 9
West Frankfort (1948) 4 1 1 1 1 3

Indiana

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Fort Wayne (2009) 17 1 1 1 1 9
Kokomo 7 2 0 0 0 2
Lafayette 3 0 0 0 0 1
Michigan City 4 0 0 0 1 1
South Bend (2005) 22 2 3 3 6 11
Vincennes 3 0 0 0 0 0

Iowa

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Burlington (2008) 48 1 4 3 5 9
Cedar Rapids (1994) 48 3 3 3 4 18
Clinton (1991) 56 5 2 1 5 18
Davenport (1990) 50 1 4 4 9 22
  includes teams called Quad City & Quad Cities
Dubuque (1962) 18 1 2 2 3 5
Keokuk 5 0 0 0 0 0
  includes 1962 Midwest Dodgers
Waterloo (1986) 36 9 7 5 9 12

Kentucky

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Paducah (1949) 2 0 1 1 1 2

Michigan

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Battle Creek (2000) 12 0 1 1 2 9
  includes teams called Michigan & Southwest Michigan
Grand Rapids (2007) 16 5 5 5 5 13
  these teams were called West Michigan
Lansing (2003) 14 0 2 2 3 10
Midland 3 0 0 0 0 1
  these teams were called Great Lakes

Missouri

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Hannibal 4 0 0 0 1 2

Ohio

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Dayton 10 0 0 0 0 5

Wisconsin

City (Last Championship)
Link to information
MWL
Seasons
Wins
Leader
League
Champs
Playoff
Winner
Playoff
Finals
Playoff
Qualifier
Appleton (1984) 48 9 8 7 13 20
  includes teams called Fox Cities & Wisconsin
Beloit (1995) 28 1 1 1 5 12
Kenosha (1987) 9 0 2 2 3 3
Madison 13 1 0 0 2 5
Wausau (1981) 16 1 1 1 1 2
Wisconsin Rapids (1973) 21 1 1 1 2 5

Notes

Five ways to count a season successful:

  • MWL Seasons = Seasons the town (has) fielded an MWL/M-OVL/ISL team.
  • Wins Leader = Seasons the franchise led the league in wins.
  • League Champs = Championships won by this franchise.
    • This count includes 8 championships awarded without playoffs.
  • Playoff Winner = Seasons the team won the championship playoff.
  • Playoff Finals = Seasons the team reached the last game in the playoff.
  • Playoff Qualifier = Seasons the team qualified for championship series.

Some of the material on this page originated as the September 28, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Source Notes

I compiled the tables from the Wolff & Johnson Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, then compared it with other sources.

While the League's Media Guide has a similar table, its intentions are enough different that it misses my point. Where the information differs, I'm quite confident my table is correct.



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