Wichita Aviators (baseball)
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||4 (1905, 1907, 1921, 1930)|
The Wichita Aviators were a minor league baseball team based in Wichita, Kansas.
The club played mostly in the Western League. However, the club began play as the Wichita Jobbers, a member of the Western Association. The Jobbers played in the Western Association from 1905-1908, winning the league championship in 1905 and 1907. The 1907 Jobbers were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.
The Jobbers then moved to the Western League, where they played until midway through their 1911 season. That year, the team relocated to Pueblo, Colorado, where they finished out the year as the Pueblo Indians.
However, a team representing Wichita was fielded in 1912 to compete in the Western League. The Wichita Witches played continuously in the league until 1916. The team finished their 1916 season in Colorado Springs, Colorado as the Colorado Springs Millionaires, before returning to Wichita in 1917. The team was again renamed the Joggers from 1918-1920, before retaking the Witches moniker as they won their third league title, the first in the Western League, in 1921. From 1923-1926, the club was renamed the Wichita Izzies, and they took the name the Wichita Larks from 1927-1929.
Multiple Izzies players had or would go on to have major league experience.
In 1920, the club was renamed the Wichita Aviators, and from 1930-1931 they became an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1931, the Aviators won their second Western league title, and fourth overall league title. The Aviators affiliation changed in 1932 from the Pirates to the Chicago Cubs.
In 1933 the Wichita Aviators became the Wichita Oilers. After beginning the year 6-13, the club moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where they became the Muskogee Oilers. Overall the Oilers were 26-95, one of the worst records ever posted in the Western League. The club was just 20-82 after leaving Wichita, and only went 8-57 in the second half. The Oilers did not return in 1934 and Wichita would not have another team until the Wichita Indians began play in 1950.
(from Jobbers Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Witches Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Larks Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Izzies Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Aviators Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Oilers Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|1905||79-56||1st||William Kimmell||League Champs|
|1906||75-65||3rd||William Kimmell / Jack Holland|
|1907||98-35||1st||Jack Holland||League Champs|
|1911||15-9||--||Frank Isbell||Team moved to Pueblo (77-66) May 22|
|1913||65-101||8th||George Hughes / Charlie Babb / Nick Maddox|
|1914||63-102||8th||Nick Maddox / George Graham|
|1915||57-80||7th||Clyde "Buzzy" Wares / Ham Patterson|
|1916||55-84||--||Jimmy Jackson||Team moved to Colorado Springs (2-10) September 10|
|1917||61-87||8th||Frank Isbell / Bobby Wallace / Joe Berger|
|1918||41-24||1st||Joe Berger||League suspended operations July 7|
|1921||106-61||1st||Joe Berger||League Champs|
|1922||94-73||3rd||Joe Berger / Howie Gregory|
|1926||58-108||8th||Howie Gregory / Pat Haley|
|1928||94-70||3rd||Doc Crandall / Art Griggs|
|1930||89-56||1st||Art Griggs||League Champs|
|1931||92-58||2nd||Art Griggs / Howie Gregory||Lost League Finals
vs. Des Moines Demons 4 games to 2.
|1933||6-13||--||Rube Marquard||Team moved to Muskogee (20-82) on June 6, 1933|