Dubuque, Iowa minor league baseball
|Dubuque Baseball Club
(1879, 1888, 1890, 1895–1899, 1903–1915, 1917, 1922–1932, 1954–1968, 1974–1976)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (1956–1968, 1974–1976)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||5 (1905, 1927, 1929, 1955, 1962)|
|John Petrakis Field, Municipal Stadium|
Dubuque Baseball History
The earliest known professional team was the Dubuque Red Stockings, who played in an early version of the Northwestern League in 1879. Dubuque also had early teams that played in the Central Interstate League in 1888, Illinois–Iowa League in 1890, Eastern Iowa League in 1895 and Western Association from 1895–1899.
The Dubuque Shamrocks played in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League from 1903–1905, winning the league title in 1905.
The Dubuque Climbers played in the Mississippi Valley League from 1922 to 1923.
Of note, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Joe McGinnity played for the team both years, managing the squad the latter season. The then 51-year-old was 5-8 in 19 games in 1922 and 15-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 42 games in 1923, at the age of 53. He led the squad to a first-place finish in the standings in 1923.
The name was the Dubuque Speasmen during the 1926 season and was managed by Bill Speas, after whom the team was nicknamed.
They were once again the Dubs from 1924–1928. In 1927, still under manager Speas, they were the de facto league champions, finishing first in the standings.
They were the Dubuque Tigers from 1929 to 1932 and won a league championship in 1929.
Numerous future and former major league players played for the team, including Otto Bluege, Paul Speraw and Biggs Wehde in 1929, Johnny Dickshot, Wally Millies and Wehde in 1930, George Caithamer, Red Lutz, Hal Trosky and Phil Weintraub in 1931, and Maurice Archdeacon, Red Evans and Wehde in 1932.
Following the 1932 season, the Tigers ceased to exist.
The Dubuque Packers were a minor league baseball team that played in the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League from 1954–55 and the Midwest League from 1956–68 and 1974-76. The Quincy Gems moved to Dubuque in 1974 to restart baseball in Dubuque.
Nicknamed "Iron Man", Hall of Famer Joe McGinnity was a player/manager for three seasons (1922–23, 1925) in Dubuque, beginning at age 51. In his career, McGinnity won 246 Major League games and 231 Minor League Games. Spanning 26 seasons, McGinnity threw 7,210 Innings in winning 485 games. He went 5-8 in 1922, 15-12 in 1923. He then went 6-6 in 1925, his final season to pitch, at age 54.
From 1915 to 1976, Dubuque teams played at Memorial Stadium/John Petrakis Park (1967), which was built in 1914. Memorial Stadium was renamed after the president and GM of the franchise. The stadium was located at the 4th Street Extension, before East Dubuque Bridge in Dubuque, Iowa. Its dimensions were (LF-CF-RF): 340-400-340. The park was prone to flooding and eventually its condition led to the demise of the franchise in Dubuque.
The namesake of the ballpark, John Petrakis served as the President and GM of the franchise. Petrakis was a longtime baseball supporter in Dubuque and was instrumental in youth baseball and minor league baseball. Petrakis was recognized on a National level. In 1956, Petrakis was featured in the Saturday Evening Post and received the "Executive of the Year for minor leagues" by the Sporting News. After the demise of the original ballpark, a new field, within the Gerald McAleece Park & Recreation Complex, was named "John Petrakis Field" and dedicated on May 4, 1986.
The Dubuque Packers were the subject of the documentary A Pitch in Time: The Story of the Dubuque Packers (2013). The documentary was produced and directed by journalist Katlyn Gerken.
Major League affiliations
- Houston Astros (1975–1976)
- Kansas City Royals (1968)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (1967)
- Cleveland Indians (1961–1966)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1959–1960)
- Chicago White Sox (1954–1958)
They won league championships in 1955 & 1962.
Notable Dubuque alumni
- Bruce Bochy (1976) 1996 NL Manager of the Year; MGR: 3 × World Series Champions (2010, 2012, 2014) – San Francisco Giants
- Terry Puhl (1975) MLB AS
- Luis Pujols (1975)
- Sam Perlozzo (1974) MLB MGR
- Bill Russell (1967) 3 x MLB AS
- Steve Yeager (1967) 15 MLB Seasons
- Joe Rudi (1965) 3 x GG; 3 x MLB AS
- Dave Nelson (1964) MLB AS
- Tommy Agee (1961) GG; 2 x MLB AS; 1966 AL Rookie of the Year
- Tommy John (1961) 2 x MLB AS; 26 MLB Seasons; Tommy John surgery pioneer
- Steve Blass (1960) MLB AS
- Gene Alley (1959) 2 x GG; 2 x MLB AS
- Syd Thrift (1959 MGR) Executive, Scout and MLB GM
- J. C. Martin (1957)
- Gary Peters (1957) 2 x MLB AS; 1964 AL Wins Leader; 2 x AL ERA Leader (1963, 1966); 1963 AL Rookie of the Year
- Glen Hobbie (1956)
- Deacon Jones (1956) Hit .409 for the 1956 Packers, believed to be last professional, 400 Season
- Phil Weintraub (1931)
- Joe McGinnity (1922–23) 1904 NL ERA Leader; 5 x NL Wins Leader (1899–1900, 1903–04, 1906); Baseball Hall of Fame (1947)
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