Yakima Valley Braves

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Yakima Valley Braves
(1937-1941, 1946-1966)
Yakima, Washington
Class-level
Previous
  • Class A (1952-1964)
  • Class B (1937-1951)
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (7)
  • 1950
  • 1956
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1963
  • 1964
Team data
Previous names
  • Yakima Braves (1965-1966)
  • Yakima Bears (1949-1964)
  • Yakima Packers (1948)
  • Yakima Stars (1946-1947)
  • Yakima Pippins (1937-1941)
Previous parks
Parker Field

The Yakima Valley Braves, was the final name of a minor league baseball club, located in Yakima, Washington between 1937 and 1966. The club, also referred to as the Yakima Braves, played as a member of the Western International League until 1954 and the Northwest League from 1955-1966. The team was originally established in 1937 as the Yakima Pippins. After World War II, the team was re-established as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and renamed the Yakima Stars between 1946 and 1947. In the 1948, the team was unaffiliated and was renamed the Yakima Packers. The team took on the Yakima Bears moniker in 1949 and later became an affiliate of the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves beginning in 1958. The club later folded in 1966 under the Braves name.

From 1990-2012, a revived Yakima Bears team was fielded in the Northwest League as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season-by-season[edit]

(from Pippins' Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Stars' Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Packers' Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Bears' Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Braves' Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1937 80-61 2nd Ray Jacobs
1938 77-55 1st Ray Jacobs Lost League Finals
(vs. Bellingham Chinooks 4 games to 3)
Won in first round
(vs. Wenatchee Chiefs 3 games to 1)
1939 72-73 5th Ray Jacobs
1940 79-67 2nd Goldie Holt Lost in 1st round
(vs. Tacoma Tigers 2 games to 1)
1941 70-64 3rd Goldie Holt
1946 71-69 5th Spencer Harris (21-31) / Harlond Clift (50-38) No Playoffs
1947 59-95 8th Harlond Clift No playoffs
1948 52-109 8th Vernon Johnson (26-56) / Hub Kittle (26-53) No playoffs
1949 99-51 1st Joe Orengo Lost finals
(vs. Vancouver Capilanos 3 gms to 0)
Won in first round
(vs. Spokane Indians 3 games to 1)
1950 92-58 1st Joe Orengo League Champs
No playoffs
1951 63-80 5th Bill Brenner No playoffs
1952 73-79 5th Dario Lodigiani No playoffs
1953 70-74 6th Dario Lodigiani (19-26) / Walt Novick (51-48)
1954 80-57 2nd Lou Stringer
1955 59-69 5th Hub Kittle
1956 86-45 1st Hub Kittle League Champs
No playoffs
1957 69-66 3rd Hub Kittle
1958 76-60 3rd Hub Kittle League Champs
1959 70-69 4th Hub Kittle League Champs
1960 85-57 1st Buddy Hicks League Champs
No playoffs
1961 79-60 2nd Buddy Hicks Lost Playoffs
1962 69-71 4th Buddy Hicks
1963 84-56 1st Buddy Hicks League Champs
1964 72-68 3rd Hub Kittle League Champs
1965 62-77 5th Hub Kittle
1966 39-44 3rd Eddie Haas No playoffs

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Rico Carty (1962) MLB All-Star; 1970 NL Batting Title