Paris Lakers

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Paris Lakers
(1907–1908, 1950–1959)
Paris, Illinois
Previous Class D
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League
Previous leagues
Midwest League (1956–1959)
Mississippi–Ohio Valley League (1950–1955)
Eastern Illinois League (1907–1908)
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 1 (1956)
Team data
Previous names
Lakers (1950–1959)
Previous parks
Laker Stadium

The Paris Lakers were a minor league baseball team in Paris, Illinois, playing from 1950–1959. The Lakers were an original franchise in the 1956 Midwest League, having previously had played in the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League, the predecessor of the Midwest League. In 1907–1908, Paris had fielded a team in the Eastern Illinois League.[1]

From 1950 to 1954, the Lakers played as an independent team, and from 1955–1959, they were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.[1]

The Lakers won the first ever Midwest League championship in 1956, defeating the Dubuque Packers 3 games to 1.[2] The team finished 85-42 in the 1952 Mississippi–Ohio Valley League.[3]


On August 18, 1957 Kenneth Rollins threw a no-hitter against the Michigan City White Caps, winning 12-0.[4]

The ballpark[edit]

The Lakers' home field was Laker Stadium at 137 W. Steidl Road, Paris, IL 61944. [5] The park hosted the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League All-Star Game in 1951.[6] The field and part of the original stands are still in use today, within Twin Lakes Park.[7]

Notable MLB alumni[edit]