Toledo Mud Hens

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Toledo Mud Hens
Founded in 1883
Toledo, Ohio
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Triple-A (1946–1955, 1965–present)
  • Double-A (1908–1913, 1916–1945)
  • Single-A (1902–1907)
Minor league affiliations
League International League (1965–present)
Division West Division
Previous leagues
American Association (1902–1913, 1916–1955)
Major league affiliations
Current Detroit Tigers (1934–1935, 1949–1951, 1967–1973, 1987–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1968
  • 2005
  • 2006
Division titles (5)
  • 1967
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
Team data
Nickname Toledo Mud Hens (1902–1913, 1919–1952, 1965–present)
Previous names
  • Toledo Iron Men (1916–1918)
  • Toledo Sox (1953–1955)
Colors Navy, red, white, gold
Ballpark Fifth Third Field (2002–present)
Previous parks
Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc.
Manager Lloyd McClendon
General Manager Joseph D. Napoli

The Toledo Mud Hens are a minor league baseball team located in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens play in the International League, and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers franchise of Major League Baseball, based about 50 miles (80 km) north of Toledo.


Professional baseball had been played off and on in Toledo since 1883, but the Mud Hens era began in 1896 with the "Swamp Angels", who played in the Interstate League. They played in Bay View Park, which was outside the Toledo city limits and therefore not covered by the city's blue laws. The park was located near marshland inhabited by American coots, also known as "mud hens." For this reason, the local press soon dubbed the team the "Mud Hens"—a nickname that has stuck to Toledo baseball teams for all but a few years since. After only one year, though, the team moved to Armory Park.[1]:10; 17

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Toledo Mud Hens roster
Players Coaches/Other





Designated Hitter

  • 25 Dean Green



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated January 22, 2016
More MiLB rosters
Detroit Tigers minor league players

Popular culture[edit]

  • M*A*S*H character Maxwell Klinger (played by Jamie Farr) hailed from Toledo and often mentioned his favorite baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens, throughout the series. He often wore a Toledo Mud Hens jersey and cap in the series. Like Klinger, Farr was born and raised in Toledo.
  • The title character of the comic strip Crankshaft was a pitcher for the Mud Hens just before World War II, when he enlisted in the Army. He invariably wears a Mud Hens' cap in the strip, and reminisces often about his playing days.
  • The Toledo Mud Hens were mentioned in the film Major League as Lou Brown was their manager prior to managing the Indians.

See also[edit]


  • The Toledo Baseball Guide of the Mud Hens 1883–1943, Ralph Elliott Lin Weber, 1944.

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