Baseball Shorts: Why the Peoria Chiefs Sport a Dalmatian as Their (Cap) Logo

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to the fact why the Peoria Chiefs sport a Dalmatian dog as their (cap) logo. With a name like the Chiefs, one can expect that the club from Peoria once had a native American themed logo. With the political correctness spreading like a wild fire, the …

Minor League History: Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League, the league that wasn’t meant to be

It has been a while since the last episode. In today's edition of Minor League History we pay attention to a very short lived professional baseball league that lasted less than two weeks. The Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League. If you know the geography of the United States, you will know that this league operated …

MLB wipes out more than a century of Minor League history

With Minor League clubs accepting the invitations by MLB clubs in the past few days, MLB has announced the complete restructuring of Minor League Baseball. With this move, more than a century of history is deleted at once. If the cutting of 40 teams from Minor League Baseball wasn't bad enough, established leagues like the …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: R

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained.  This time the letter: R Rancho …

Origins of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: M

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. We continue with the letter M …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: L

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. We continue with the letter L: …

Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: I

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. We continue with the letter I. …

Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: A

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. A Aberdeen IronBirds: The name “IronBirds” …

Today in Baseball: Bulls play home opener in road unis

Today, forty years ago, the Durham Bulls returned from a season-opening road trip to Durham Athletic Park for their home opener. But something was going on during that first home game of the 1980 season. As the team's home uniforms were stolen two days prior to the season, Hank Aaron, the Braves' Minor League director, …

Minor League History: Montana State League

In today's episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Montana State League. This league started in 1887 and played on until 1960. Not continuously and mostly as an independent league. With the Wild West still around, baseball made its first steps in Montana in the second half of the nineteenth century. Eventually, …

Minor League History: Mississippi Valley League

In today's episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Mississippi Valley League. This was a class D league that ran from 1922 through 1933. Only in its last year of operation, the league got the B classification. In its first year of operation, the league contained six teams; five from Iowa and …

Minor League History: MINK League

In this episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas League or MINK League for short. The league was rather short-lived and lasted for three and a half seasons. The Class D MINK League started in 1910 and ran until mid-June 1913 before if folded. In the first three seasons, the league …

Marlins new AAA team announces name, unveils logos

The AAA affiliate of the Miami Marlins, that played as the New Orleans BabyCakes in the past few years, will move to Wichita, KS next season. As a team needs a name, the "new" club announced its new name yesterday: The Wichita Wind Surge. The name Wind Surge can be traced back to Wichita calling …

Minor League history: Middle States League

In today's episode, we pay attention to the Middle States League. This independent league lasted for a year (1889) and was rather unstable. The Middle States League was quite unique for its time as it was an integrated league. Three of the clubs that participated in the league were what would be called Negro League …

Minor League history: Middle Atlantic League (1946-1951)

In this episode, we pay attention to the second and final run of the Middle Atlantic League. The league would last for six more years (1946-1951) before folding for good. After World War II, many minor leagues returned from 3-4 years of absence. Also the Middle Atlantic League returned after it ceased operations after the …

Minor League history: Middle Atlantic League (1937-1942)

In this episode of Minor League history we pay attention to the Middle Atlantic League in the period of 1937-1942. After the 1942 season, MiLB was shut down due to the war effort after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and America was dragged into the war.  Cities represented: Akron, OH: Akron Yankees 1935-1941 Butler, PA: Butler Yankees 1946-1947, moved from Pennsylvania …

Minor League history: Oswego Netherlands

A special piece of Minor League history today. Since this is a blog, mainly about Dutch baseball, the club in today's limelight is a perfect fit for this blog: the Oswego Netherlands of the Canadian-American League. The Oswego Netherlands was named after the local Netherlands Milk and Ice Cream Company. The team was one of …

Today in baseball: A 24-inning complete- game shutout

Yes, you read it well. A 24-inning complete-game. It happened 110 years ago in a Pacific Coast League game. On June 8, 1909, the San Francisco Seals hosted the Oakland Oaks. Both starting pitchers went the distance. Nowadays you don't see pitchers throw that many complete games anymore. But back in the day, it was …