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West Palm Beach Indians

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West Palm Beach Indians
19401956
(1940–1942, 1946–1956)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Class-level
Previous
  • Class D (1955–1956)
  • Class B (1949–1954)
  • Class C (1946–1948)
  • Class D (1940–1942)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueFlorida State League (1955–1956)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
  • West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs (1956)
  • West Palm Beach Indians (1940–1955)
Previous parks
Connie Mack Field

The West Palm Beach Indians were a minor league baseball team based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The team played its home games at Connie Mack Field.[1]

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Contents

History

Through its existence, the Indians were mostly an independent team playing in the Florida East Coast League from 1940 to 1942, the Florida International League from 1946 to 1954, and the Florida State League in 1955. In between, they were affiliated with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950, Havana Sugar Kings in 1954, and Milwaukee Braves in 1955.[1] In 1956, the franchise name was changed to the West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs an affiliate of the Cincinnati Redlegs.[2] Managed by Walt Novick, the 1965 team posted an 81-58 record to finish in third place, ​8 12 games out of the first place spot. The team included on its roster future big leaguers as Dave Bristol, Duane Richards and Cookie Rojas. The franchise but did not return for the 1957 season.[3]

West Palm Beach was without a professional team until 1965, when the West Palm Beach Braves joined the Florida State League as an affiliate of the Milwaukee Braves.[1]

The ballpark

West Palm Beach played at Connie Mack Field. The ballpark was located at the intersection of Tamarind Avenue and Okeechobee Boulevard. It was demolished in 1992 and a parking garage for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts occupies the site today. [4]

Notable alumni

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1940 52-60 4th Cecil Downs / Joe Murff Lost in First Round
1941 84-55 1st Harry Hughes Lost League Finals
1942 9-18 6th Al Reitz League disbanded May 14
1946 58-64 4th Herb Thomas (6-21) / Shaw Buck (14-11) / Harry Hughes (38-32) Lost League Finals
1947 68-86 6th Harry Hughes
1948 70-83 6th Rudy Laskowski / Michael Schemer
1949 74-78 5th Lou Finney
1950 67-85 6th Clyde Smoll / Rudy Laskowski
1951 64-75 7th Rudy Laskowski / Herschel Held
1952 68-85 6th Billy Holm / Bubba Harris
1953 57-80 5th Whitey Platt / Bubba Harris
1954 47-51 3rd Gil Torres League disbanded July 27
1955 71-68 5th Bill Steinecke none

[5]



Sources

  1. ^ a b c "Baseball Reference – West Palm Beach, Florida, Minor League City Encyclopedia".
  2. ^ 1956 West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs
  3. ^ 1956 Florida State League
  4. ^ https://www.deadballbaseball.com/?p=7331
  5. ^ BR Bullpen – West Palm Beach Indians


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