Paris Lakers

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Paris Lakers
19501959
(1907–1908, 1950–1959)
Paris, Illinois
Class-level
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
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1 (1956)
Team data
Previous names
Lakers (1950–1959)
Previous parks
Lakers Stadium

The Paris Lakers were a minor league baseball team in Paris, Illinois that was an original franchise in the Midwest League, playing from 1950–1959. The Lakers previously played in the Mississippi–Ohio Valley League, the predecessor of the MWL from 1950–1955. 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 1956 Midwest League championship, the first year of the league.[2] The team finished 85-42 in the 1952 Mississippi–Ohio Valley League.[3]

No-hitter[edit]

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 Lakers Stadium in Twin Lakes Park located at 39°38'1"N 87°41'50"W.[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.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baseball in Paris, Illinois at mwlguide.com, URL accessed July 1, 2010. Archived 2010-07-01 at WebCite 07-01-10
  2. ^ Midwest League 1956 at mwlguide.com, URL accessed July 1, 2010. Archived 2010-07-01 at WebCite 07-01-10
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?id=3dec0828
  4. ^ http://mwlguide.com/reference/nohitters.html
  5. ^ http://wikimapia.org/33497288/Laker-Stadium
  6. ^ http://mwlguide.com/cities/paris/park.html
  7. ^ http://www.lib.niu.edu/1996/ihy960465.html