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Midwest League History

The 1960s

An overview of Midwest League history between 1960 and 1969.


Given time and opportunity, the Midwest League stabilized. In the sixties, the MWL found its permanent identity. Although teams still shifted cities and made other changes, and although the league expanded from eight to ten teams, the year-to-year continuities had finally become clear.


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During these years the league moved to larger cities; indeed, it almost completely abandoned its original Southern Illinois base. By the end of the period, the league had placed several teams in Iowa and was beginning to foreshadow the modern Midwest League.

The Three-I League collapsed after the 1961 season and the Midwest League welcomed the refugee Appleton, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport franchises. Kokomo retired from the fray at that time, leaving the league with an even number of teams. The MWL played the 1969 season with only nine teams as John Petrakis' Dubuque team, always a shoestring operation, failed to make it out the gate. The franchise would move to Danville for 1970.

While the MWL's franchises had finally settled down, the affiliation picture remained pretty erratic, and some teams' development contracts changed almost annually. While there were no official Co-op teams during this decade, the 1968 Dubuque club was effectively a co-op because the brand-new Royals franchise had too few players under contract to staff the squad. The 1964 Quincy team functioned as the MWL's last truly independent franchise. Independence wasn't a good experience; that team won just 42 games.


Until 1962 the MWL was a Class D member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues; thereafter it was a Class A league.



History
Overview
Predecessors
1947-59
1960-69
1970-79
1980-89
1990-99
2000-09
Cities
Spring

Seasons

Year Games Champion Teams Div Affil Split? Teams by State President
IL IN IA KY MI MO OH WI
1969 128 Appleton 9 1 9 yes 2   5         2 James Doster
1968 126 Quad City 10 1 10 yes 2   6         2
1967 126 Appleton 10 1 10 yes 2   6         2
1966 126 Fox Cities 10 1 10 yes 2   6         2
1965 126 Burlington 10 1 10 yes 2   6         2 Jim Gruenwald
1964 126 Fox Cities 10 1 9 yes 2   6         2 Walter C. Wagner
1963 126 Clinton 10 1 10 yes 2   6         2
1962 126 Dubuque 10 1 10 yes 2   7         1 C.C. "Dutch" Hoffman
1961 126 Quincy 8 1 8 yes 2 1 5          
1960 126 Waterloo 8 1 8 yes 2 1 5          
Notes:
Div = number of divisions
Affil = number of affiliated teams (cooperative affiliation count in parentheses)
Split? = was this played as a split season?

Franchises, 1960-69

  Current Teams Other Franchises:
Last Host City
YR BUR CDR CLN FTW KNE LAN QC WIS DAN DUB KOK
 
69
 
Burlington
Bees
(OAK)
Cedar Rapids
Cardinals
(STL)
Clinton
Pilots
(SEA)
Wisconsin Rapids
Twins
(MIN)
Decatur
Commodores
(SF)
Waterloo
Hawks
(KC)
Quad Cities
Angels
(CAL)
Appleton
Foxes
(CHI-A)
Hiatus Quincy
Cubs
(CHI-N)
 
 
68
 
Clinton
Pilots
(PIT)
Waterloo
Hawks
(BOS)
Dubuque
Royals
(KC)
 
67
 
Burlington
Bees
(KC)
Dubuque
Packers
(LA-N)
 
66
 
Fox Cities
Foxes
(CHI-A)
Dubuque
Packers
(CLE)
 
65
 
Clinton
C-Sox
(CHI-A)
Fox Cities
Foxes
(BAL)
 
64
 
Cedar Rapids
Red Raiders
(CIN)
Quad Cities
Angels
(LA-A)
Quincy
Gems
(IND)
 
63
 
Wisconsin Rapids
Senators
(WAS)
Quincy
Jets
(NY-N)
 
62
 
Burlington
Bees
(PIT)
Cedar Rapids
Red Raiders
(MIL-N)
Keokuk/
Midwest

Dodgers
(LA-N)
Appleton
Foxes
(BAL)
 
61
 
  Keokuk
Cardinals
(STL)
Decatur
Commodores
(DET)
Quad Cities
Braves
(MIL-N)
  Quincy
Giants
(SF)
Kokomo
Dodgers
(LA-N)
 
60
 
Davenport
Braves
(MIL-N)
Dubuque
Packers
(PIT)

This table is largely the work of Jon Mielke.

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The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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