Kokomo Dodgers

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Kokomo Dodgers
19541961
(1890, 1896, 1899–1900, 1907, 1909)
Kokomo, Indiana
Class-level
Previous Class D
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1956–1961)
Previous leagues
Mississippi–Ohio Valley League (1955)
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
  • Kokomo Dodgers (1956–1961)
  • Kokomo Giants (1955)
Previous parks
Highland Park Stadium

The Kokomo Dodgers was a minor league baseball team based in Kokomo, Indiana that was a charter member of the Midwest League. They were affiliated with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers and the franchise operated from 1955 through 1961. Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Orlando Cepeda played for Kokomo, as did Tommy Davis, a 2-time National League Batting Title winner.

History[edit]

At the turn of the century, from 1890 to 1909, Kokomo had various minor league teams, but none were sustained. Then, in 1955, Kokomo replaced the Danville Dans in the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League, playing as the Kokomo Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.[1] The next season, Kokomo became an initial member of newly formed Midwest League, which grew out of the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League. The other Midwest League charter franchises were: Clinton Pirates, Dubuque Packers, Decatur Commodores, Michigan City White Caps, Paris Lakers, Lafayette Red Sox and Mattoon Phillies. The Kokomo Dodgers folded after the 1961 season.[2][3]

Former Dodger Pete Reiser was the team's manager during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.[4][5] The team won the Midwest League pennant in 1957, but lost in the playoffs.[6][7][8]

On 5-19-58 Scott Breeden pitched a no-hitter against the Keokuk Cardinals, winning 3-0.[9]

The Ballpark[edit]

The team played at Highland Park Stadium.[8][10] Still in use as a ballpark, the park is located at 900 W. Deffenbaugh Street as part of the Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department and is now known as known as CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park.[11] The stadium originally seated 7000 with the capacity was reduced to 3000-3500 in 1985 and 2014 renovations.[12][13]

Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Notbale Kokomo Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mwlguide.com/cities/danville/
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/league.cgi?id=0c107f1f
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?id=f8b5cab2
  4. ^ (27 October 1981). Reckless Reiser Dead at 62, Windsor Star, Retrieved December 10, 2010 ("for two years managed the Kokomo Dodgers in the Class D Midwest League")
  5. ^ (24 January 1956). Sports in short, Milwaukee Journal, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  6. ^ Cox, Don (29 November 1957). Sports salutes, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  7. ^ Cox, Don. (15 March 1958). Sports salutes, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  8. ^ a b Boyle, Robert H. (2 September 1957). Pete In The Bush, Sports Illustrated, Retrieved December 10, 2010 (detailed article profiling Reiser at Kokomo)
  9. ^ http://mwlguide.com/reference/nohitters.html
  10. ^ Highland Park Stadium, Midwest League Guide, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  11. ^ http://www.cityofkokomo.org/departments/parks_and_amenities.php
  12. ^ http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=35&url=kokomoknights
  13. ^ http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/local_news/highland-park-stadium-due-for-makeover/article_e32fa90e-27fa-5657-8015-a9677f7008b8.html

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