Waterloo Hawks (baseball)

Waterloo Hawks
(1958-1993, 1946-1956, 1936-1942, 1922-1932; 1913-1917, 1904-1911, 1895)
Waterloo, Iowa
Class A, Class B, Class D
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 12 1907, 1908, 1914, 1924, 1928, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986
Team data
Previous names
Previous parks
Red Hawk Stadium (1940-1942)
Riverfront Stadium (1943-1993)

The Waterloo Hawks was the primary name of the minor league franchise that existed on-and-off for 79 seasons between 1895 and 1993 in Waterloo, Iowa. The franchise relocated to Springfield, Illinois in 1994, before eventually becoming today's Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. Waterloo won 12 league championships, playing in the Mississippi Valley League (1922-1932), Western League (1936), Illinois-Iowa-Indiana League (1940-1942) and the Midwest League (1958-1993). The Hawks were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox (1932, 1940-1942), Boston Red Sox (1958 to 1968), Kansas City Royals (1969-1976), Cleveland Indians (1977-1988) and San Diego Padres (1990-1993).[1] Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Carlton Fisk and Luis Aparicio played for Waterloo.

The ballparks

In 1936 and from 1940 to 1942, they played their home games at Red Hawk Stadium.[2] From 1943 to 1993, they played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.


The franchise won seven Midwest League Championships: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986; two Mississippi Valley League championships: 1924 and 1928, the 1908 Central Association title and the 1907 Iowa State League championship.[3] The 1975 Royals finished with a 93–35 record and were recognized as the sixtieth greatest minor league teams of all time.[4]

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame Alumni

Notable alumni

Year-by-year record

(from Baseball Reference)

192259-684thPat Ragannone
192358-694thBert Weedennone
192484-401stCletus DixonLeague Champs
192559-666thCletus Dixonnone
192667-523rdCletus Dixonnone
192775-472ndCletus Dixonnone
192881-411stCletus DixonLeague Champs
192972-542ndCletus Dixonnone
193063-635thCletus Dixonnone
193157-686thDick Manchester / Babe Thomasnone
193252-737thElmer Bennettnone
193650-796thRalph Michaels / John Bergernone
194036-858thJohn Fitzpatrick / Frederick Bedore
194159-655thLouis Brower / Johnny Mostil
194247-715thJohnny Mostil
195866-553rdKen DealLeague Champs
195976-481stElmer YoterLeague Champs
196081-431stMatt SczesnyLeague Champs
196175-511stMatt Sczesny / Bill SlackLost League Finals
196273-501stMatt SczesnyLost League Finals
196358-666thLen Okrienone
196465-615thMatt Sczesny
196563-554thLarry Thomasnone
196656-687thDave Philley
196756-657thRac Slider
196853-608thRac Slider
196952-728thRollie Hemsleynone


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