Founded in 1954
(Clinton Began play 1895)
|Previous||Class D (1955–1962; 1910–1917)
Class C (1947–1949)
Class B (1937–1941; 1906–1907)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (1956–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Seattle Mariners (2009–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (2)||
|Division titles (3)||
|Nickname||Clinton LumberKings (1994–present)|
|Ballpark||Ashford University Field (1937–present)|
|General Manager||Ted Tornow|
Clinton baseball history
After beginning play in 1895, Clinton had sporadic teams in various leagues over the next few decades, as the Great Depression, World War I and World War II affected many baseball franchises. However, Clinton joined the Midwest League in 1956 and is now the oldest franchise in the league. The team has had several different major league affiliations: the Brooklyn Dodgers (1937–38), New York Giants (1939–41), Chicago Cubs (1947–49), Pirates (1954–58 and 1966–68), White Sox (1959–65), Pilots/Brewers (1969–70), Tigers (1971–75), Tigers/White Sox co-op (1976), Dodgers (1977–79), Giants (1980–94), Padres (1995–98), Reds (1999–2000), Expos (2001–02), and the Rangers (2003–08). Since 2009, they have been an affiliate of the Mariners.
Aside from its time as the C-Sox (1960–65) and the Pilots (1966–76), the team used the parent major league team's nickname before adopting the LumberKings name for the 1994 season.
The 2010 LumberKings season is the subject of the 2013 book "Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere" by Lucas Mann.
In 2016, led by first year manager Mitch Canham, the LumberKings won 86 games to set the mark for most in a regular season by any team in Clinton franchise history. The squad went on to sweep the Peoria Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs before defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a thrilling three game series. Game three of the Western Division final ended with a Ricky Eusebio walk off hit to win 1-0 in extra innings. The LumberKings would fall, however, in the Midwest League Championship in four games to the Great Lakes Loons.
In addition to playing host to the franchise record setting LumberKings (86-54), the LumberKings transformed Ashford University Field overnight following game two of the Midwest League Championship to become a football field. The LumberKings played host to Camanche High School Football in the inaugural "LumberBowl." Camanche hosted Williamsburg High School[disambiguation needed] in the game on September 16, 2016. The Raiders of Williamsburg defeated the Indians 55-7.
Clinton LumberKings roster
7-day disabled list
Ashford University Field
The home park for the LumberKings is Ashford University Field in Clinton, Iowa. The stadium was built in 1937 as a Works Administration Project (WPA) and named Riverview Stadium, due to its location on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was renamed Alliant Energy Field in 2002 and renovated in 2005–2006 to a capacity of 4,000. It was renamed to Ashford University Field in 2011. The Dimensions are: LF – 330, CF – 401, RF – 325.
Clinton has tossed 25 no-hitters. The list includes the following no-hitters:
|8-20-57||Dick Lines||Decatur||6-0 (7 innings)|
|6-19-60||Scott Seger||Quincy||3-0 (7 innings)|
|5-23-63||Bill Dawson||Fox Cities||10-0 (7 innings)|
|6-23-64||Norbert Rodgers||Quincy||2-0 (7 innings)|
|6-11-67||John Lamb||Quad City||3-0 (7 innings)|
|6-22-67||Joe Barnett||Quincy||2-0 (7 innings)|
|8-25-67||Bill Laxton||Waterloo||2-1 (7 innings)|
|8-7-70||John Conzatti||Quad Cities||2-0 (6 innings)|
|5-3-72||Larry Bracco||Waterloo||0-1 (7 innings)|
|5-15-78||Russell McDonald||Wausau||1-0 (7 innings)|
|7-16-78||Jim Nobles||Wisconsin Rapids||7-1 (7 innings)|
|6-4-80||Jerry Stovall||Wausau||2-0 (7 innings)|
|4-20-81||Greg Bangert||Burlington||4-1 (7 innings)|
|5-9-83||Ramon Bautista||Appleton||2-0 (7 innings)|
|6-6-89||Chris Hancock/Chris Fye||Burlington||11-0 |
|8-4-96||Jim Sak/Todd Bussa||Burlington||3-0|
|8-03-00||Scott Dunn||Lansing||7-0 (Perfect Game)|
|7-9-03||Domingo Valdez||Kane County||4-0 (7 innings - G2)|
|7-11-12||Jordan Shipers||West Michigan||10-0|
|7/17/16||Victor Sanchez||Lansing||1-0 |
|5-1-15||Daniel Missaki/Kody Kerski/Troy Scott||Cedar Rapids||1-0|
|8-9-16||Pedro Vasquez/Joey Strain/Lukas Schiraldi/Matt Walker||Beloit||2-0|
- McAlpin, Heller (May 9, 2013). "Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park". NPR. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
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