Grand Rapids Furniture Makers

From BR Bullpen

The Columbus Senators moved to Grand Rapids in the middle of the 1899 season. During the winter of 1899-1900, Ban Johnson learned that the Cleveland Spiders among others, would be dropped from the National League for the 1900 season. Working quickly Ban rounded up new owners in Charles Somers and John Kilfoyl, and moved the Grand Rapids team to Cleveland where the team became known as the Cleveland Blues. Today the team now plays under the name Cleveland Indians.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1899 27-27 4th Tom Loftus / George Tebeau none Columbus (36-35) moved to Grand Rapids July 17
1911 25-36 -- Harley Parker / John Pendry -- Team moved to Newark (34-42) June 27


  • Eugene C. Murdock: Ban Johnson: Czar of Baseball (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture)

Greenwood Press; annotated edition (Oct. 28, 1982)

  • Russell Schneider: The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pa © 1996