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Class B (1937–1941; 1919–1923; 1914-17;)
Class D (1924–1932)
Class A (1894)
|Minor league affiliations|
|Central Association (1947-48)
Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1937–1941, 1914–1923)
Mississippi Valley League (1924–1932)
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1915, 1921, 1937|
The Moline Plowboys were a minor league baseball team in Moline, Illinois that existed for 27 seasons between 1914 and 1948. From 1914 to 1923, they played in the Class B Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (Three-I League); from 1924 to 1932, they played in the Class D Mississippi Valley League; and from 1937 to 1941, they again played in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League, before joining the Central Association in 1947-48. The Plowboys' ballpark from 1920 to 1948 was Browning Field. Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Warren Giles, future President of the National League was President of the Plowboys Franchise from 1919–1922.
Early Quad City baseball history
Tracing back to 1879, Quad City professional baseball includes Minor League teams in Davenport, Moline and Rock Island. The 1879 Davenport Brown Stockings played one season in the Northwestern League and Rock Island began play in 1883. Moline began play in 1914. The Davenport team was the foundation of today's Quad City River Bandits, the surviving franchise of the three.
Moline Franchise History
The Quad Cities area was able to support two teams, with the Davenport Blue Sox and the Rock Island Islanders. In July 1914, a third Quad City team was added, as the Danville Speakers relocated and the Moline Plowboys were established. The name "Plowboys" reflects the city of Moline's history as a leading center of plow production. Many residents of Moline worked for companies such as Deere, Moline Plow Company, and Minneapolis-Moline.
Moline's franchise would win Three-I Championships in 1915, 1921 and 1937. The Plowboys were an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers (1932), Chicago Cubs (1937–40) and Philadelphia A's (1947–48). Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Warren Giles, future President of the National League, was the team president of the Plowboys franchise from 1919–1922. From 1920 to 1922, the Plowboys were managed by Earle Mack, son of Baseball Hall of Fame owner/manager Connie Mack.
The Plowboys' ballpark from 1920 to 1948 was Browning Field, located at 16th Street and 23rd Avenue. The 5,600 capacity park had dimensions (LF-CF-RF) of 550-440-377. The first night game at the park was July 11, 1930.
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Warren Giles (1919–1921, Team President) Inducted, 1979
- Art Ditmar (1948)
- Joe Glenn (1947)
- Hank Wyse (1940) MLB AS
- Lennie Merullo (1939)
- Eddie Waitkus (1939) 2 x MLB All-Star; shot by obsessed fan 1949.
- Lou Novikoff (1938)
- Kirby Higbe (1937) 2 x MLB All-Star; 1941 NL wins leader
- Peanuts Lowrey (1937) MLB All-Star
- Elden Auker (1932)
- Claude Passeau (1932) 4 x MLB All-Star; 1938 NL strikeouts leader
- Mike Tresh (1932) MLB All-Star
- Jake Wade (1932)
- Len Koenecke (1932) (List of baseball players who died during their careers)
- Bob Weiland (1928)
- Fritz Mollwitz (1927)
- Evar Swanson (1924)
- Earle Mack (1922)
- Dutch Ulrich (1922)
- Bill Barrett (1921)
- Fred Heimach (1921)
- Fred Smith (1921)
- Rube Ehrhardt (1917)
- Hod Eller (1915)
|1914||20-33||8th||Connie Walsh / William Neal||none|
|1915||75-51||1st||George Hughes||League Champions|
|1917||27-38||6th||Ned Pettigrew / Bob Tarleton||season shortened to July 8|
|1921||78-55||1st||Earle Mack||League Champions|
|1923||45-91||8th||Bobby Coltrin / Jim Shollenberger||none|
|1937||74-41||2nd||Mike Gazella||League Champions|
|1938||67-59||3rd||Mike Gazella||lost league finals|
|1939||49-73||6th (t)||Mike Gazella||none|
Plowboys and Browning Field Photos: http://www.digitalballparks.com/Western/Moline.html
- "Moline, Illinois Minor League History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
- "Minor League Baseball History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21.