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Midwest League History

The 1970s

An overview of Midwest League history between 1970 and 1979.


The Midwest League shed two franchises during this decade. The result was recognizably the current League's ancestor, as five of the eight 1979 teams continue as league franchises.


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After the 1976 season, two franchises closed their doors and were not replaced; this began a short session without Illinois teams. Although the supporting cast would change markedly over the years, the league's core teams--Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Quad Cities, Waterloo, and Appleton--were now obvious and permanent fixtures in the MWL structure.

Decatur, on the other hand, became the first franchise to relocate after a long, unbroken residency when the team transferred to Wausau for the 1975 season. The year before, the Quincy team had moved to Dubuque. While both of these cities had significant involvement in the league prior to this period, by decade's end they'd both permanently left professional baseball.

The league saw a major affiliation shuffle after the 1974 season, and a smaller one after 1976. Four teams went the Co-op route in this period.


The Midwest League was a Class A member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues during this period.



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
1979 136 Quad City 8 2 7(+1) yes     5         3 Bill Walters
1978 140 Appleton 8 2 8 yes     5         3
1977 140 Burlington 8 2 8 yes     5         3
1976 130 Waterloo 10 2 9(+1) yes 1   6         3
1975 130 Waterloo 10 2 10 yes 1   6         3
1974 130 Danville 10 2 9(+1) yes 2   6         2
1973 130 Wisconsin Rapids 10 2 10 yes 3   5         2 James Doster
1972 130 Danville 10 2 10 yes 3   5         2
1971 126 Quad Cities 10 2 10 yes 3   5         2
1970 126 Quincy 10 1 9(+1) yes 3   5         2
Notes:
Div = number of divisions
Affil = number of affiliated teams (cooperative affiliation count in parentheses)
Split? = was this played as a split season?

Franchises, 1970-79

  Current Teams Other
YR BUR CDR CLN FTW KNE LAN QC WIS DAN DUB
 
79
 
Burlington
Bees
(MIL)
Cedar Rapids
Giants
(SF)
Clinton
Dodgers
(LA-N)
Wisconsin Rapids
Twins
(MIN)
Wausau
Timbers
(COOP)
Waterloo
Indians
(CLE)
Quad City
Cubs
(CHI-N)
Appleton
Foxes
(CHI-A)
 
 
78
 
Wausau
Mets
(NY-N)
Quad City
Angels
(CAL)
 
77
 
 
76
 
Clinton
Pilots
(COOP)
Waterloo
Royals
(KC)
Quad Cities
Angels
(CAL)
Danville
Dodgers
(LA-N)
Dubuque
Packers
(HOU)
 
75
 
Clinton
Pilots
(DET)
 
74
 
Burlington
Bees
(OAK)
Cedar Rapids
Astros
(HOU)
Decatur
Commodores
(SF)
Danville
Warriors
(MIL)
Dubuque
Packers
(COOP)
 
73
 
Quincy
Cubs
(CHI-N)
 
72
 
Cedar Rapids
Cardinals
(STL)
 
71
 
 
70
 
Clinton
Pilots
(MIL)
Danville
Warriors
(COOP)

This table is largely the work of Jon Mielke.

Sources:


Although I've attempted to proofread these tables, typing and transcription errors are basically inevitable. Formatting problems are quite possible. There may also be errors of interpretation. Please tell me if you locate any of these problems. Thanks.



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