Michigan City White Caps

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Michigan City White Caps
Michigan City, Indiana
Previous Class C (1956-1959)
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Midwest League (1956-1959)
Major league affiliations
Team data
Previous parks
Ames Field

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.[1] 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.[2][1]Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Juan Marichal pitched for Michigan City in 1958.[1][3]

Juan Marichal 2010

The ballpark[edit]

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.[1] The site is located at 2501 Franklin Street.[4]

No hitter[edit]

On August 12, 1957 Bobby Bolin threw a no-hitter against the Dubuque Packers, winning 11-0.[5]


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.[6][7]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Hall of Fame Alumni

Notalbe Alumni

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager
1956 55-71[11] 7th Allan Shinn
1957 68-57[8] 4th Richard Klaus
1958 69-55[9] 2nd Buddy Kerr
1959 51-74[10] 8th Buddy Kerr