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Baseball in Keokuk, Iowa

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Keokuk, Iowa.

Keokuk had a long a successful career in professional baseball, but their time in the MWL was a failure. Most of the teams were mediocre, with one terrible squad. The best Keokuk team, in 1962, couldn't draw fans, and finished the summer in Dubuque.

That said, there were some excellent performances at Joyce Park.


The franchise movement in the middle of the 1962 season causes some bookkeeping problems. For the most part, I've followed the League's lead, and credited everything that summer to Keokuk.



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Keokuk, Iowa
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballpark
MWL Fan's Guide
Season
1962
1961
1960
1959
1958

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 5
    • includes Keokuk portion of 1962 Midwest Dodgers season
  • Won/Lost overall: 266/312, .460
  • Best season: 62/60, .508 (1958 & 1959)
    • Keokuk was 49/41, .544 when the team failed in 1962
  • Championship Playoffs Won: none
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: never qualified for playoff
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 0 seasons

Keokuk joined the Midwest League in 1958; it was the direct successor to Mattoon. The Keokuk franchise failed on August 7, 1962; the team finished the season as the Midwest Dodgers, located in Dubuque. Historically, this is the Wisconsin Rapids franchise. The current Fort Wayne team is a Keokuk successor.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Keokuk Cardinals, 1958-61
  • Keokuk Dodgers, 1962

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballpark

Attendance record

  • 41,133 (1958)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Fred Whitfield (1958) .309, 23 HR, 118 RBI
  • Pitcher: Steve Anderson (1962) 14/9, 3.71

Best Big League Career

Awards

Keokuk Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Tony Torchia (1962) .338
  • Home Runs: Fred Whitfield (1958) 23
  • Runs Batted In: Fred Whitfield (1958) 118

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Gary Groce (1959) and Steve Anderson (1962) 14
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Myrle Calmus (1962) 13/2, .861
  • Earned Run Average: Robert Angel (1958) 2.25
  • Strikeouts: Jack Hamilton (1958) 225

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Notes

This summary originated as the August 12, 2000, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.


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