Michigan City White Caps
|Michigan City White Caps
Michigan City, Indiana
|Previous||Class C (1956-1959)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|Midwest League (1956-1959)|
|Major league affiliations|
The Michigan City White Caps were a minor league baseball team that played in Michigan City, Indiana from 1956 to 1959. The team had been the Hannibal Stags, moving to Michigan City to become a charter member of the Midwest League in 1956. The White Caps were affiliated with the Giants, who played in New York from 1956–57 and San Francisco from 1958-59. The franchise folded after the 1959 season, but the nickname name was restored to the region when today's West Michigan White Caps began play in the Midwest League in 1994.Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Juan Marichal pitched for Michigan City in 1958.
The White Caps played at Ames Field. The park was constructed in 1936 and demolished in 1995. Today, the Michigan City High School football field occupies the site. The site is located at 2501 Franklin Street.
During the White Caps era, Michigan City was home to the Jaymar-Ruby Corporation (1922-2009), which made the then-popular Sansabelt dress pants, among other apparel. As a perk, White Caps players were given free dress pants by the company. Allegedly, Juan Marichal did not like the pants and gave them away.
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Juan Marichal (1958) Inducted, 1983
- "1957 Michigan City White Caps". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- "1958 Michigan City White Caps". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- "1959 Michigan City White Caps". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- "1956 Michigan City White Caps". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
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