Medford Rogues

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Medford Nuggets / Rogues
19481951
Medford, Oregon
Class-level
Previous Class D
Minor league affiliations
League Far West League
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
  • Medford Rogues (1950–1951)
  • Medford Nuggets (1948–1949)
Previous parks
Jackson County Baseball Park

The Medford Nuggets / Rogues were a Minor League Baseball team based in Medford, Oregon. They were members of the Class D Far West League from 1948 through 1951.

Medford Nuggets[edit]

The Medford Nuggets formed part of the Far West League from 1948 through 1949. They were an affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 but were unaffiliated in 1949. Some sources list the team as the Medford Dodgers in the 1948 season. The team played their home games at Jackson County Baseball Park (renamed "Miles Field" in 1969)[1] in Medford.

Season-by-season Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1948 66–56 2nd Larry Shepard Lost 1st round
1949 39–84 6th Dan Reagan

Future major leaguers[edit]

Medford Rogues[edit]

The team name was changed to the Medford Rogues the following season,[2] and played under that name from 1950 to 1951. In the Rogue Valley, Medford's Bear Creek is a tributary of the Rogue River.

The Rogues were an affiliate of the New York Giants in 1950 and were unaffiliated in 1951. The team folded in 1951 when they were unable to find a new home field after the ballpark was destroyed in a mysterious fire following a night game on July 3.[3][4][5][6][7]

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1950 69–70 4th Tommy Nelson
Wilfred Jonas
Lost 1st round
1951 47–67 5th Frank Lucchesi

Future major leaguers[edit]

Later teams in Medford[edit]

The Medford franchise was known to have paved the way for future teams in the city like the Medford Giants, Medford Dodgers, and the Medford A's / Southern Oregon Timberjacks of the short-season Class A Northwest League.

The West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league, fielded a new franchise that began play in the summer of 2013 at Harry & David Field in Medford.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miles Field". Medford, Oregon: Waymarking. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Medford Rogues win series". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. September 2, 1950. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "Larks, Medford clubs assured of quiet Fourth". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. July 4, 1951. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Medford ball park burns after game". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. July 4, 1951. p. 9. 
  5. ^ "Medford ball park destroyed by fire". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. United Press. July 4, 1951. p. 17. 
  6. ^ Love, Bill (July 5, 1951). "Larks back home; Friday big night". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Rogues readying new ballpark". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. July 7, 1951. p. 8. 
  8. ^ Medford Rogues official website

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