South Bend Silver Hawks
|South Bend Silver Hawks
Founded in 1988
South Bend, Indiana
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (1988-present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Arizona Diamondbacks (1997-present)|
|Previous||Chicago White Sox (1988-1996)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1989, 1993, 1991, 1997, 2001 (co-champions with Kane County), 2005|
|Division titles||1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2008|
|Nickname||South Bend Silver Hawks (1994-present)|
|Previous names||South Bend White Sox (1988-1993)|
|Ballpark||Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium (1988-present)|
|Andrew T. Berlin|
|General manager||Joe Hart, President & GM|
South Bend, Indiana was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1988. Originally affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and bearing the name of the parent club, the team was renamed in 1994. The name "Silver Hawks" was chosen as an homage to the once popular Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile, which was manufactured in South Bend.
Notable former players include Brandon Webb, and Justin Upton, the #1 overall draft pick in 2005.
The team's home park is Four Winds Field. The stadium was built in 1987 and named for Stanley Coveleski, the Hall of Fame pitcher who retired to South Bend after a career in major league baseball that included pitching an amazing 3 complete games to help the Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series. September 5, 2013 The South Bend Silver Hawks announced that it reached an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Resorts, for naming rights to its field. The field is now known as Four Winds Field. As part of the agreement, a permanent bronze memorial bearing the name and likeness of Stanley Coveleski will be installed at the main entrance in his honor.
Despite playing through rumors of sale and relocation in the near future to Marion, Illinois, the Silver Hawks managed a championship season in 2005, beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and winning the 2005 Midwest League Championship. The team also won league titles in 1989 and 1993.
Former Indiana Governor (and former South Bend Mayor) Joe Kernan formed an investment group to purchase the Silver Hawks in 2005. At the time, Kernan made it clear that a principal objective of the group was to keep the team from leaving South Bend.
In November 2011, Dylan ed an agreement with a new owner of the team who would keep the team in South Bend for at least the next twenty years. That agreement was with Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Illinois. Berlin, a limited partner of the Chicago White Sox and Chairman/CEO of Chicago-based, Berlin Packaging, ensured his commitment to the city of South Bend by signing a twenty-year cumulative lease agreement for the use of Farwell and then added a public commitment to the citizens of the region that he would invest two and a half million dollars of his own money to make upgrades to the city-owned stadium.
The team has one mascot, Swoop.
South Bend Silver Hawks roster
- Dinda, J. (2003), "South Bend, Indiana, in the Midwest League," http://www.mwlguide.com/cities/southbend/index.html
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