Dubuque, Iowa minor league baseball
|Dubuque Baseball Club|
(1879, 1888, 1890, 1895-1899, 1903-1915, 1917, 1922-1932, 1954-1968, 1974-1976)
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||5 (1905, 1927, 1929, 1955, 1962)|
Several different minor league baseball teams have operated in the city of Dubuque, Iowa between 1879 and 1976.
The earliest known professional team was the Dubuque Red Stockings, who played in an early version of the Northwestern League in 1879. Dubuque also had early teams that played in the Central Interstate League in 1888, Illinois-Iowa League in 1890, Eastern Iowa League in 1895 and Western Association from 1895-1899.
The Dubuque Shamrocks played in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League from 1903-1905, winning the league title in 1905.
Missisissippi Valley League
The Dubuque Climbers played in the Mississippi Valley League from 1922 to 1923.
Of note, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Joe McGinnity played for the team both years, managing the squad the latter season. The then 51-year-old was 5-8 in 19 games in 1922 and 15-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 42 games in 1923, at the age of 53. He led the squad to a first-place finish in the standings in 1923.
The name was the Dubuque Speasmen during the 1926 season and was managed by Bill Speas, after whom the team was nicknamed.
They were once again the Dubs from 1924-1928. In 1927, still under manager Speas, they were the de facto league champions, finishing first in the standings.
They wee the Dubuque Tigers from 1929 to 1932 and won a league championship in 1929.
Numerous future and former major league players played for the team, including Otto Bluege, Paul Speraw and Biggs Wehde in 1929, Johnny Dickshot, Wally Millies and Wehde in 1930, George Caithamer, Red Lutz, Hal Trosky and Phil Weintraub in 1931, and Maurice Archdeacon, Red Evans and Wehde in 1932.
Following the 1932 season, the Tigers ceased to exist.
Their minor league affiliations included:
- 1954-58: Chicago White Sox
- 1959-60: Pittsburgh Pirates
- 1961-66: Cleveland Indians
- 1967: Los Angeles Dodgers
- 1974: no affiliation
- 1975-76: Houston Astros
They won league championships in 1955 & 1962.
- Steve Yeager, major league baseball catcher
- Tommy John, major league pitcher
- Tommy Agee
- Joe Rudi
- Terry Puhl