St. Cloud Rox (minor league baseball)

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The St. Cloud Rox were a professional minor league baseball team that existed from 1946 to 1971 in the Northern League and returned in new form in 2012 replacing the St. Cloud Riverbats in the Northwoods summer wooden bat college league . Located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the team played in the Northern League and was affiliated with the New York Giants from 1946 to 1957, the San Francisco Giants from 1958 to 1959, the Chicago Cubs from 1960 to 1964 and the Minnesota Twins from 1965 to 1971.[1] They play their current home games at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, MN.[2] The original Rox played at Rox Park until 1970 and spent their final season at the newly constructed Municipal Stadium (now Dick Putz Field). The original Rox ceased playing after the 1971 season when the old Northern League folded. Hall of Fame players to play for the Rox include Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry.

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1946 73-31 1st Walter Kopp League Champs
1947 48-71 7th Dave Bancroft
1948 78-40 2nd Charlie Fox Lost in 1st round
1949 65-59 3rd Charlie Fox Lost in 1st round
1950 72-51 1st Charlie Fox Lost in 1st round
1951 64-55 2nd Harold Kollar Lost in 1st round
1952 60-64 6th Charlie Fox
1953 66-59 3rd Charlie Fox Lost in 1st round
1954 76-54 2nd Charlie Fox Lost in 1st round
1955 78-47 2nd Charlie Fox League Champs
1956 61-64 6th Charlie Fox
1957 59-63 5th Pete Pavlick
1958 72-50 1st Richard Klaus Lost League Finals
1959 43-80 8th Richard Klaus
1960 49-74 8th Fred Martin
1961 73-54 3rd Joe Macko Lost League Finals
1962 61-63 5th George Freese
1963 51-69 6th Walt Dixon 4th 16-14*
1964 54-68 5th Walt Dixon 4th 15-18*
1965 73-23 1st Jim Rantz League Champs
1966 49-18 1st Ken Staples League Champs
1967 44-26 1st Ken Staples League Champs
1968 43-27 1st Carroll Hardy League Champs
1969 33-37 3rd Jim Merrick none
1970 31-39 5th Jim Merrick none
1971 42-28 1st Ken Staples League Champs