Central Association

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The Central Association was an American minor league baseball league. It began operations in 1908, and ran continuously through 1917. It was reorganized thirty years later, operating as a Class-C league from 1947-1949, with major league affiliates for most teams. Hall of Fame Inductees Burleigh Grimes and Jake Beckley are league alumni.

1908–1917 league[edit]

In 1908, The teams from Burlington, Iowa, Jacksonville, Illinois, Keokuk, Iowa, Oskaloosa, Iowa, Ottumwa, Iowa, Quincy, Illinois, and Waterloo, Iowa joined after having left the Iowa State League. A new team in Kewanee, Illinois joined as well.

In 1909, Oskaloosa folded. The Hannibal, Missouri team moved from the Illinois–Missouri League. In 1910, Jacksonville moved to the Northern Association, Waterloo moved to the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League and teams from Galesburg, Illinois and Monmouth, Illinois joined after having left the Illinois–Missouri League. For the 1911 season, Quincy moved to the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League and a new team in Muscatine, Iowa formed and joined the league.

For 1913, Galesburg and Hannibal folded while teams in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Waterloo, Iowa formed and joined the league. In 1914, Kewanee and Monmouth folded while teams in Clinton, Iowa and Marshalltown, Iowa formed and joined the league. Ottumwa moved to Rock Island, Illinois, then again to Galesburg, Illinois. In 1915 Galesburg folded and a new team in Mason City, Iowa formed and joined the league. The Clinton team folded during the season. The league also threw out several wins by Keokuk (1), Marshalltown (5), Waterloo (1), and Clinton (40) after the fact.

Keokuk folded in 1916, while new teams in Clinton, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa formed and joined the league. Burlington moved to Ottumwa on July 20, and Muscatine also forfeited 34 wins this year. In the final season, 1917 Muscatine and Ottumwa folded. New teams in Dubuque, Iowa and LaCrosse, Wisconsin formed and joined the league. Dubuque moved to Charles City, Iowa on July 4. Cedar Rapids moved to Clear Lake, Iowa on July 27, Clinton and LaCrosse both folded before the end of the season on July 17. After the season, the league, and all teams in it, folded.

1947–1949 league[edit]

In 1947, a new league of the same name was created with teams in Clinton, Iowa, Hannibal, Missouri, Rockford, Illinois, Keokuk, Iowa, Burlington, Illinois, and Moline, Illinois. In 1948, the Moline A's moved to Kewanee, Illinois mid-season. Then, in 1949, the team from Hannibal folded and new team formed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to join the league. After the season, Cedar Rapids joined the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League, and the rest of the teams, and the league itself, folded.

Year by year[edit]


Team Name Record
Waterloo Lulus 88-37
Burlington Pathfinders 83-41
Quincy Gems 73-55
Keokuk Indians 57-68
Jacksonville Lunatics 56-69
Oskaloosa Quakers 51-75
Kewanee Boilermakers 48-79
Ottumwa Packers 48-80


Burlington Pathfinders 83-51
Hannibal Cannibals 83-53
Keokuk Indians 80-57
Kewanee Boilermakers 73-61
Waterloo Lulus 64-69
Quincy Vets 62-73
Jacksonville Braves 46-84
Ottumwa Packers 48-91


Quincy Vets 85-50
Ottumwa Packers 86-57
Hannibal Cannibals 77-60
Galesburg Pavers 69-67
Keokuk Indians 67-70
Monmouth Browns 62-72
Burlington Pathfinders 56-81
Kewanee Boilermakers 49-91


Ottumwa Speedboys 87-41
Burlington Cowboys 81-44
Galesburg Pavers 66-63
Keokuk Indians 64-64
Kewanee Boilermakers 59-67
Monmouth Browns 59-69
Muscatine Camels 48-80
Hannibal Cannibals 45-81


Ottumwa Speedboys 79-50
Kewanee Boilermakers 74-51
Burlington Pathfinders 73-53
Monmouth Browns 71-55
Hannibal Cannibals 67-61
Galesburg Pavers 61-67
Keokuk Indians 49-76
Muscatine Wallopers 33-94


Ottumwa Packers 72-54
Muscatine Wallopers 68-54
Monmouth Browns 64-62
Keokuk Indians 62-63
Burlington Pathfinders 63-66
Cedar Rapids Rabbits 59-65
Kewanee Boilermakers 59-65
Waterloo Jays 53-71


Waterloo Jays 78-51
Burlington Pathfinders 75-53
Muscatine Boilermakers 72-53
Clinton Pilots 67-61
Cedar Rapids Bunnies 64-60
Keokuk Indians 52-76
Marshalltown Ansons 52-76
Ottumwa Rockers/ Rock Island Islanders/ Galesburg Pavers 49-79


Burlington Pathfinders 81-38
Muscatine Muskies 63-57
Keokuk Indians 51-52
Mason City Claydiggers 58-63
Cedar Rapids Rabbits 54-62
Marshalltown Ansons 46-67
Waterloo Jays 52-74
Clinton Pilots 13-69


Marshalltown Ansons 77-50
Clinton Pilots 73-51
Cedar Rapids Rabbits 62-64
Burlington Pathfinders/ Ottumwa Packers 62-64
Waterloo Shamrocks 58-67
Mason City Claydiggers 50-76
Fort Dodge Dodgers 41-86
Muscatine Muskies 45-34


Marshalltown Ansons 64-34
Mason City Claydiggers 54-38
Waterloo Loons 50-42
Cedar Rapids Rabbits/ Clear Lake Rabbits 39-52
Dubuque Dubs/ Charles City Tractorites 40-54
Fort Dodge Dodgers 37-57
Clinton Pilots 40-33
LaCrosse Infants 29-43


Team Name Affiliation Record
Clinton Cubs Chicago Cubs 73-51
Hannibal Pilots St. Louis Browns 69-56
Rockford Rox Chicago White Sox 68-57
Keokuk Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 61-64
Burlington Indians Cleveland Indians 52-72
Moline A's Philadelphia A's 51-74

Clinton defeated Rockford 3 games to 2, and Hannibal defeated Keokuk 3 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Clinton defeated Hannibal 4 games to 1 for the championship.


Clinton Cubs Chicago Cubs 79-47
Burlington Indians Cleveland Indians 68-62
Hannibal Pilots St. Louis Browns
Keokuk Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 61-67
Rockford Rox Cincinnati Reds 56-72
Moline A's/Kewanee A's Philadelphia A's 53-74

Clinton beat Burlingto 4 games to 2, and Keokuk beat Hannibal 4 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs. Clinton beat Keokuk for the title 4 games to none.


Burlington Indians Cleveland Indians 81-48
Keokuk Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 74-54
Kewanee A's Philadelphia A's 68-60
Cedar Rapids Rockets 63-67
Clinton Steers Chicago Cubs 61-65
Rockford Rox Cincinnati Reds 38-91

Cedar Rapids beat Burlington 3 games to none, and Kewanee beat Keokuk 3 games to none, in the first round of the playoffs. Kewanee defeated Cedar Rapids 4 games to 2 for the title.


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