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Midwest League 1959

Summary

  • Midwest League Champion: Waterloo Hawks (Red Sox)
  • Team with Best Won/Lost Record: Waterloo Hawks (Red Sox) 76/48, .613
  • Player of the Year: Joel McDaniel (Decatur/Tigers)
  • Rookie of the Year: Dale Reichert (Kokomo/Dodgers)
  • Manager of the Year: Stubby Overmire (Decatur/Tigers)

  • League Attendance: 468,837
    • 8 teams played a 126 game, split-season schedule which began on May 3 and ended on September 3. A single-tier championship playoff was planned but proved unnecessary as Waterloo won both halves.
    • The MWL had teams in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

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Overview


Composite 1959 Won/Lost Record for Each Team

                 Nickname    Affiliate Won Lost  Pct (Rank)
Clinton          C-Sox       White Sox  71  52  .577  (2) Roster
Decatur          Commodores  Tigers     63  61  .508  (3) Roster
Dubuque          Packers     Pirates    56  68  .452  (7) Roster
Keokuk           Cardinals   Cardinals  62  60  .508  (4) Roster
Kokomo           Dodgers     Dodgers    60  65  .480  (5) Roster
Michigan City    White Caps  Giants     51  74  .408  (8) Roster
Paris            Lakers      Cubs       57  68  .456  (6) Roster
Waterloo         Hawks       Red Sox    76  48  .613  (1) Roster

First Half

                 W  L   Pct  GB
Waterloo         38 24 .613  ---
Clinton          34 26 .567  3.0
Keokuk           34 27 .557  3.5
Decatur          32 31 .508  6.5
Dubuque          31 31 .500  7.0
Paris            28 34 .452 10.0
Kokomo           28 35 .444 10.5
Michigan City    23 40 .365 15.5

First half ended on July 3.

Tie Games (2):
Michigan City @ Keokuk, May 18 (1-1, 6 innings; rain)
Paris @ Clinton, July 2 (2-2, second game of double header; league curfew rule) [can anyone confirm?]

Forfeited Game: Decatur d. Waterloo on May 24. Waterloo used 18 players in a 16-inning game, one day after the league's roster limit had been reduced to 17.


Second Half

                 W  L   Pct  GB
Waterloo         38 24 .613  ---
Clinton          37 26 .587  1.5
Kokomo           32 30 .516  6.0
Decatur          31 30 .508  6.5
Paris            29 34 .460  9.5
Keokuk           28 33 .459  9.5
Michigan City    28 34 .452 10.0
Dubuque          25 37 .403 13.0

1959 Post Season

Championship:
No playoff; Waterloo won both halves.

No All-Star game was played this season.




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