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Baseball in Clinton, Iowa

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Clinton, Iowa.

Clinton's the League's oldest team. They've had a handful of excellent seasons, and several terrible squads. They've seen Denny McLain and Matt Williams; Orel Hershiser played here, and so did Ron LeFlore. Don Money was Clinton's shortstop when he was young. Jim Leyland managed the Pilots for three years; Jack Mull managed here for five.

Over the years, this team's had some fine hitting performances, but the season's story usually features the pitchers. Notice all the no hitters in the game highlights; especially notice the three no hitters thrown at the 1967 opposition.

And check out Mark Grant's terrific hot stretch in July and August of 1982.


Clinton hosted Midwest League All-Star Games in 1976, 1988, 1998, and 2009.



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Clinton, Iowa
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
1976 Pilots
Ballpark
MWL Fan's Guide
Seasons
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
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1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
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1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
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1994
1995
1996
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2001
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2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 56
  • Won/Lost overall: 3558/3816, .483
  • Best season: 83/41, .669 (1963)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: 1 (plus 1 non-playoff championship)
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 29/41, .414
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 5 seasons

Clinton joined the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League, an MWL predecessor, in 1955 as an expansion team. Clinton is still represented in the Midwest League.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Clinton Pirates, 1954-58
  • Clinton C-Sox, 1959-65
  • Clinton Pilots, 1966-76
  • Clinton Dodgers, 1977-79
  • Clinton Giants, 1980-93
  • Clinton LumberKings, 1994-present

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballpark

Attendance record

  • 127,251 (1988)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Bobby Lee Smith (1959) .307, 19 HR, 110 RBI or Stan Wentzel (1956) .300, 14 HR, 116 RBI
  • Pitcher: Salomon Torres (1991) 16 wins, 214 strikeouts, 1.41 ERA

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • 1963 Don Bacon (Manager of the Year)
  • 1982 Mark Grant (Prospect of the Year)
  • 1991 Salomon Torres (Most Valuable Player)
  • 1993 Jack Mull (Manager of the Year)

Clinton Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Thomas Huber (1956) .345
  • Home Runs: Dick Kenworthy (1961) 22
  • Runs Batted In: Stan Wentzel (1956) 116

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Arturo Miro (1956) 22
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Bryan Hickerson (1987) 11/0, 1.000
  • Earned Run Average: Salomon Torres (1991) 1.41
  • Strikeouts: David Jimenez (1954) 249

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Note

This summary originated as the July 10, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.

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