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Moline Plowboys

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Moline Plowboys
18921948
(1892, 1894, 1914–1917, 1919–1932, 1937–1941, 1947–1948)
Moline, Illinois
Minor league affiliations
Previous classesClass C (1947–1948)
Class B (1937–1941; 1919–1923; 1914–1917)
Class D (1924–1932)
Class A (1894)[1]
Previous leagues
Central Association (1947–1948)
Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1937–1941)
Mississippi Valley League (1924–1932)
Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1914–1923)
Western Association (1894)
Illinois-Iowa League (1892)
Major league affiliations
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles 4 1894, 1915, 1921, 1937
Team data
Previous names
  • Moline A's (1947–1948)
  • Moline Plowboys (1914–1917, 1919–1932, 1937–1941)
  • Rock Island-Moline Islanders (1894)
  • Rock Island-Moline Twins (1892)
Previous parks
  • Browning Field (1920–1932, 1937–1941, 1947–1948)
  • Athletic Park/Three-I Park (1914, 1917, 1919)
  • Twin Cities Park (1892, 1894)

The Moline Plowboys was a primary name of the minor league baseball team in Moline, Illinois, one of the Quad Cities. Moline played in the Illinois-Iowa League (1892), Western Association (1894), the Class D Mississippi Valley League (1924–1932), Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1914–1923, 1937–1941) and the Central Association (1947–1948). The franchise played as the Moline A's in 1947–1948.

Moline was an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers (1932), Chicago Cubs (1937–1940) and Philadelphia Athletics (1947–1948).

The Plowboys' ballpark from 1920 to 1948 was Browning Field.[2]

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Warren Giles, future President of the National League was President of the Plowboys Franchise from 1919–1922.[3]

Warren Giles, National League President, 1962
Warren Giles, National League President, 1962

History

Tracing back to 1879, Quad City professional baseball includes Minor League teams in Davenport, Iowa, Moline, Illinois and Rock Island, Illinois, as well as nearby Kewanee, Illinois. The 1879 Davenport Brown Stockings played one season in the Northwestern League and the Rock Island Islanders began play in 1883. Moline began play in 1914. The Davenport team was the foundation of today's Quad City River Bandits, the surviving franchise of the three.[4]

Moline and Rock Island partnered with two early teams. In 1892, the Rock Island-Moline Twins played in the final season of the Illinois-Iowa League. In 1894, Rock Island played as a member of the Western Association as the Rock Island-Moline Islanders that season and captured the Western Association Championship in 1894 (72-50).[5]

The Quad Cities area was able to support two teams, with the Davenport Blue Sox and the Rock Island Islanders. In July 1914, a third Quad City team was added when the Danville Speakers relocated to Moline and the Moline Plowboys were established. The name "Plowboys" referred to the city of Moline's local industry of plow production. Moline was home to companies such as Deere, Moline Plow Company, and Minneapolis-Moline.

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Warren Giles was team President of the Plowboys from 1919–1922. Giles later became president and general manager of the Cincinnati Reds (1937–1951) and president of the National League (1951–1969).[3] From 1920 to 1922, the Plowboys were managed by Earle Mack, son of Baseball Hall of Fame owner/manager Connie Mack.[6]

Moline won Three-I Championships in 1915, 1921 and 1937. The Plowboys were an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers (1932), Chicago Cubs (1937–1940). They franchise reemerged as the Moline A's in 1947–1948, playing in the Central Association as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Athletics. Moline moved to Kewanee, Illinois, on June 18, 1948, becoming the Kewanee A's and winning the Central Association Championship in 1949, the year the league folded. Moline has not hosted another minor league baseball franchise.[7]

The ballparks

The 1892 and 1894 Rock Island-Moline teams played at Twin City Park. The ballpark was located at 5th Avenue & 43rd Street in Rock Island, Illinois.[8]

From 1914-1919, the Plowboy teams played at Athletic Park, also nicknamed "Three-I Park". The ballpark was located at 4th Avenue and 37th Street Moline, Illinois.[9][10][11]

The Plowboys' ballpark from 1920 to 1948 was Browning Field. The 5,600 capacity park had dimensions (LF-CF-RF) of 550-440-377. The first night game at the park was July 11, 1930. Located at 16th Street & 23rd Avenue Moline, Illinois, Browning Field and the adjacent Wharton Field House are still in use today by the athletic teams of Moline High School.[12][10][13]

In an exhibition game on April 12, 1920 the Plowboys defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-1 in the first "major-league" game played at Browning Field. The Chicago Cubs played an exhibition at Browning Field against their affiliate Plowboys on April 14, 1938.[12][14]

Babe Ruth appeared at Browning Field on June 26, 1940. 2,600 were in attendance for the Plowboys exhibition game featuring Ruth. Ruth put on a batting practice exhibition as well.[10][15]

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1914 20–33 8th Connie Walsh / William Neal none
1915 75–51 1st George Hughes League Champions
1916 59–76 5th George Hughes none
1917 27–38 6th Ned Pettigrew / Bob Tarleton season shortened to July 8
1919 40–81 6th George Hughes none
1920 69–70 4th Earle Mack none
1921 78–55 1st Earle Mack League Champions
1922 49–89 8th Earle Mack none
1923 45–91 8th Bobby Coltrin / Jim Shollenberger none
1924 59–65 5th Jim Shollenberger none
1925 73–52 2nd Jim Shollenberger none
1926 71–50 2nd Jim Shollenberger none
1927 63–55 5th Fritz Mollwitz none
1928 69–54 2nd Richard Manchester none
1929 63–63 4th Richard Manchester none
1930 63–62 4th Riley Parker none
1931 68–58 3rd Riley Parker none
1932 55–66 6th Ernie Lorbeer none
1937 74–41 2nd Mike Gazella League Champions
1938 67–59 3rd Mike Gazella lost league finals
1939 49–73 6th (t) Mike Gazella none
1940 46–78 7th Mike Gazella none
1941 43–82 8th Joe Mowry none
1947 51–74 6th Elwood Wheaton / Joe Glenn none
1948 17–25 -- Joe Glenn moved to Kewanee June 18

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

Eddie Waitkus
Eddie Waitkus

External links

References

  1. ^ "Moline, Illinois Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Moline, Illinois Minor League History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  3. ^ a b "Warren Giles | Society for American Baseball Research". sabr.org.
  4. ^ "Minor League Baseball History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  5. ^ "Two-I League - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  6. ^ "Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League (D) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference.com.
  7. ^ "Moline A's - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  8. ^ "Twin City Park in Rock Island, IL history and teams on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/park.cgi?id=IL029
  10. ^ a b c Emery, Tom. "From Giles to Higbe to 'The Natural,' Moline Plowboys entertained for decades". Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.
  11. ^ "Three-I Park in Moline, IL history and teams on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  12. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/park.cgi?id=IL030
  13. ^ "Browning Field in Moline, IL history and teams on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  14. ^ http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs193/1102126619946/archive/1118710125156.html
  15. ^ Green, Doug. "Moline's Browning Field turns 100". The Quad-City Times.
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