Mississippi-Ohio Valley League

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The Mississippi-Ohio Valley League was an American minor league baseball league. It operated from 1949 through 1955.

1949[edit]

Teams from Belleville, Illinois, Centralia, Illinois, Marion, Illinois, Mattoon, Illinois, Mount Vernon, Illinois, and West Frankfort, Illinois moved from the Illinois State League and joined the league. Mount Vernon moved to Paducah, Kentucky.

Team Name Affiliation Record
Centralia Cubs 74-44
West Frankfort Cardinals   St. Louis Cardinals 71-49
Mattoon Indians 62-56
Paducah Chiefs 54-65
Mount Vernon Kings 53-67
Belleville Stags 43-76

Mattoon beat Centralia 3 games to none in the playoffs. Paducah beat West Frankfort by 3 games to none as well. Paducah beat Mattoon 4 games to 3 for the championship.

1950[edit]

Belleville folded. The team from Springfield, Illinois left the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League and joined. New teams in Paris, Illinois and Vincennes, Indiana formed and joined the league.

Centralia Sterlings 83-40
West Frankfort Cardinals   St. Louis Cardinals 72-47
Mattoon Indians 71-47
Paducah Chiefs 67-55
Springfield Giants 60-59
Paris Lakers 43-75
Vincennes Citizens 43-76
Mount Vernon Kings 37-77

Centralia beat Mattoon 3 games to 1, and Paducah beat West Frankfort 3 games to none, in the first round of the playoffs. The championship series was cancelled due to bad weather.

1951[edit]

Springfield and West Frankfort folded. Paducah left to join the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League. Danville, Illinois joined the league after having left the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League. The best records for the first and second halves of the season were also recorded.

Paris Lakers 84-36 (1st half winner) (2nd half winner)
Centralia Zeros 69-51
Mount Vernon Kings   60-59
Danville Dans 51-67
Mattoon Indians 49-69
Vincennes Velvets 43-74

1952[edit]

New teams in Decatur, Illinois and Hannibal, Missouri formed. The team from Vincennes moved to Canton, Ohio.

Danville Dans Boston Braves 87-40 (1st half winner)
Paris Lakers 85-42 (2nd half winner)
Decatur Commodores 73-52
Hannibal Stags 70-57
Mount Vernon Kings 55-67
Vincennes Velvets/Canton Citizens   54-70
Centralia Zeros 41-83
Mattoon Indians Cincinnati Reds 35-89

Hannibal beat Danville 3 games to 1, and Decatur beat Paris 3 games to 2 in the first round of the playoffs. Decatur won the championship over Hannibal 3 games to 1.

1953[edit]

Canton and Centralia folded.

Decatur Commodores   68-50
Paris Lakers 66-53
Mattoon Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 64-56
Hannibal Cannibals St. Louis Cardinals 55-62
Mount Vernon Kings 55-64
Danville Dans Chicago White Sox 48-71

Decatur beat Hannibal 3 games to none, and Paris beat Mattoon 3 games to none, in the first round of the playoffs. Decatur won the championship over Paris 3 games to 2.

1954[edit]

New teams in Clinton, Iowa and Dubuque, Iowa formed and joined the league.

Decatur Commodores   74-52
Danville Dans New York Giants 66-59
Clinton Pirates 63-59
Dubuque Packers Chicago White Sox 62-61
Mattoon Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 62-64
Paris Lakers 58-68
Hannibal Cannibals St. Louis Cardinals 58-68
Mount Vernon Kings 57-69

Clinton beat Decatur 2 games to none, and Danville beat Dubuque 2 games to 1, in the first round of the playoffs. Danville won the championship over Clinton 3 games to none.

1955[edit]

Danville and Mount Vernon folded. New teams in Kokomo, Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana formed and joined the league.

Dubuque Packers Chicago White Sox 74-52
Mattoon Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 68-57
Clinton Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 68-57
Kokomo Giants 64-62
Lafayette Chiefs Cleveland Indians 63-63
Decatur Commodores   St. Louis Cardinals 62-64
Paris Lakers Brooklyn Dodgers 62-64
Hannibal Citizens 42-84

Dubuque beat Clinton 2 games to none, and Mattoon beat Kokomo 2 games to none, in the first round of the playoffs. Dubuque won the championship over Mattoon 3 games to none. The team from Hannibal folded. All other teams from the league became charter members of the new, Class D Midwest League, now a Low Class A circuit, and the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League folded.

References[edit]

  • Sumner, Benjamin Barrett. Minor League Baseball Standings:All North American Leagues, Through 1999. Jefferson, N.C.:McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0781-6