Danville minor league baseball team (Illinois)
|Danville Baseball Team
(1888–1889, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1910–1914, 1922–1932, 1946–1954, 1970–1976, 1982)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (1970–1976, 1982)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||6 (1927, 1930, 1951, 1954, 1972, 1974)|
Several different minor league ballclubs have been based in the town of Danville, Illinois, fielding teams in 38 seasons between 1888 and 1982.
Early Danville teams
The Danville Browns were the first, playing in the Central Interstate League in 1888 and the Illinois–Indiana League in 1889. The Danville Champions played in the Central League in 1900 and the Danville Old Soldiers in the Kentucky–Illinois–Tennessee League in 1906.
The Danville Speakers played in the Eastern Illinois League in 1908 and in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (Three_I League) from 1910 to 1914. Major leaguers Medric Boucher, Cecil Coombs, Bob Fisher, Buck Hopkins, Pete Hildebrand, Hosea Siner, Bert Graham, Rube Sellers, Connie Walsh, Otto Vogel, Walt Devoy and Hod Eller played for the Speakers in its short time in existence under that moniker. They moved to Moline, Illinois and became the Moline Plowboys during the 1914 season.
The Danville Veterans joined the Three-I League in 1922 and remained through 1932, winning the league championship in 1927 and 1930. The team was an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1927–1932.
After World War II, the Brooklyn Dodgers came to town with their Danville Dodgers affiliate in the Three-I League.
After the Dodgers left, the team remained as the Danville Dans, joining the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League, winning the 1951 Championship and later capturing the Midwest League Championship in 1954, reflecting the new league name of the old Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. The Dans were affiliated with the Boston Braves (1952), Chicago White Sox (1953) and New York Giants (1954).
The Danville Warriors were a minor league baseball team located in Danville, Illinois. The team played in the Midwest League. Their home stadium was Danville Stadium, also known at times in the past as Danville Stadium Park. The Warriors entered the Midwest League as a co-op club in 1970 and became an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971. They remained a Brewers farm club through 1974. The team changed its name back to the Danville Dodgers when it became a Los Angeles Dodgers farm club in 1975. It operated through 1976, after which it folded.
The Warriors experienced their share of success in their five years in the league under that nickname. They were Southern Division first half champions in 1971 (losing to Quad Cities in the playoffs); won the Southern Division in both halves in 1972, going on to win the Midwest league championship; again won the division first half championship in 1973, beating Decatur in the first round of the playoffs but losing in the championship round to Wisconsin Rapids; and winning the second half division championship in 1974, going on to win the league title by defeating Quad Cities and Appleton in succession.
Later Danville teams
After the Danville Dodgers played in the Midwest League (1970-1976), the Danville Suns operated as an affiliate of the California Angels in 1982, before the franchise relocated to Peoria, Illinois and became the Peoria Chiefs.
Hall of Fame alumni
- Dick Schofield (1982)
- Devon White (1982) 7 x GG; 3 x MLB All-Star
- Dave Stewart (1976) MLB All-Star; 1989 World Series MVP; 1990 Roberto Clemente Award; 1987 AL Wins Leader
- Pedro Guerrero (1975) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1981 World Series MVP
- Jerry Augustine (1974)
- Dick Davis (1974)
- Bill Castro (1972-1973)
- Sam Mejias (1972-1973)
- Tom Hausman (1972)
- Sixto Lezcano (1972)
- Charlie Moore (1972)
- Eduardo Rodriguez (1972)
- Pedro Garcia
- Darrell Porter (1971) 4 x MLB All-Star; 1982 World Series MVP
- Gorman Thomas (1971) MLB All-Star; 2 × AL HR Leader (1979, 1982)
- Bill Travers (1971) MLB All-Star
- Cecil Cooper (1970) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1983 Roberto Clemente Award; 2 × AL RBI Leader (1980, 1983)
- Leon Wagner (1954) MLB All-Star; 1962 All-Star Game MVP
- Walt Moryn (1949) MLB All-Star
- Carl Erskine (1947) MLB All-Star; 2 x MLB No-hitter
- Morrie Martin (1947)
- Cal Abrams (1946)
- Toby Atwell (1946) MLB All-Star
- Preston Ward (1946)
- Bill Beckmann (1932)
- Bob Klinger (1930-1932)
- Ed Heusser (1931) 1944 NL ERA Leader
- Bill DeLancey (1931)
- Billy Myers (1929-1930)
- Ray Starr (1926, 1930) MLB All-Star
- Roger Wolff (1930)
- Hal Smith (1929)
- Ripper Collins (1928) 3 x MLB All-Star; 1934 NL HR Leader
- Tony Cuccinello (1928) 3 x MLB All-Star
- Paul Derringer (1927-1928) 6 x MLB All-Star
- Allyn Stout (1928)
- Hack Miller (1927)
- Heinie Schuble (1927)
- Phil Weintraub (1927)
- Roy Johnson (1925)
- Hick Cady (1924, MGR)
- Harry Rice (1923)
- Hod Eller (1914)
- Frank Huelsman (1900)
- Harry McIntire (1900)
- George Rohe (1900)
- John Grim (1888)
- Jerry Harrington (1888)
- MWLGuide.com, "Baseball in Danville, Illinois". Updated February 20, 2000; downloaded April 7, 2013.
- MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League 1970" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1970/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League 1971" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1971/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League 1972" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1972/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League 1973" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1973/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League Guide 1974"http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1974/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League 1975" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1975/ ; MWLGuide.com, "Midwest League Guide 1976" http://www.mwlguide.com/years/1976/ . All updated November 2000; downloaded April 7, 2013.