Waterloo Hawks (baseball)

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Waterloo Hawks
18951993
(1958-1993, 1946-1956, 1936-1942, 1922-1932; 1913-1917, 1904-1911, 1895)
Waterloo, Iowa
Class-level
Previous
Class A, Class B, Class D
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 12 1907, 1908, 1914, 1924, 1928, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986
Team data
Previous names
Previous parks
Red Hawk Stadium (1940-1942)
Riverfront Stadium (1943-1993)

The Waterloo Hawks was the primary name of the minor league franchise that existed on-and-off for 79 seasons between 1895 and 1993 in Waterloo, Iowa. The franchise relocated to Springfield, Il in 1994,before eventually becoming today's Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. Waterloo won 12 league championships, playing in the Mississippi Valley League (1922-1932), Western League (1936), Illinois-Iowa-Indiana League (1940-1942) and the Midwest League (1958-1993). The Hawks were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox (1932, 1940-1942), Boston Red Sox (1958 to 1968), Kansas City Royals (1969-1976), Cleveland Indians (1977-1988) and San Diego Padres (1990-1993). [1] Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Carlton Fisk and Luis Aparicio played for Waterloo.

The ballparks[edit]

In 1936 and from 1940 to 1942, they played their home games at Red Hawk Stadium.[2] From 1943 to 1993, they played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

Championships[edit]

The franchise won seven Midwest League titles (1958), (1959), (1960), (1975), (1976), (1980), (1986), two Mississippi Valley League championships (1924) (1928), one Central Association title (1908) and one Iowa State League championship (1907).[3] The 1975 Waterloo Royals finished 93-35 and are listed at #60 on MiLB.com Top 100 Teams.[4]

Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1922 59-68 4th Pat Ragan none
1923 58-69 4th Bert Weeden none
1924 84-40 1st Cletus Dixon League Champs
1925 59-66 6th Cletus Dixon none
1926 67-52 3rd Cletus Dixon none
1927 75-47 2nd Cletus Dixon none
1928 81-41 1st Cletus Dixon League Champs
1929 72-54 2nd Cletus Dixon none
1930 63-63 5th Cletus Dixon none
1931 57-68 6th Dick Manchester / Babe Thomas none
1932 52-73 7th Elmer Bennett none
1936 50-79 6th Ralph Michaels / John Berger none
1940 36-85 8th John Fitzpatrick / Frederick Bedore
1941 59-65 5th Louis Brower / Johnny Mostil
1942 47-71 5th Johnny Mostil
1958 66-55 3rd Ken Deal League Champs
1959 76-48 1st Elmer Yoter League Champs
1960 81-43 1st Matt Sczesny League Champs
1961 75-51 1st Matt Sczesny / Bill Slack Lost League Finals
1962 73-50 1st Matt Sczesny Lost League Finals
1963 58-66 6th Len Okrie none
1964 65-61 5th Matt Sczesny
1965 63-55 4th Larry Thomas none
1966 56-68 7th Dave Philley
1967 56-65 7th Rac Slider
1968 53-60 8th Rac Slider
1969 52-72 8th Rollie Hemsley none

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