Indianapolis Hoosiers

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Team History[edit]

The first Indianapolis Hoosiers were an expansion team in the American Association for the 1884 season. They were then invited by the owners of the Kansas City Cowboys and Milwaukee Milwaukees to join the Western League for the 1885 season. The team dropped out mid-season, which caused the league to fold.

The second team to be called the Hoosiers were the former St. Louis Maroons which had been purchased by a group of businessmen and moved to Indianapolis for the 1887 National League season. The third Hoosiers team was previously the Indianapolis Rainmakers and were owned by Cincinnati Reds owner John T. Brush. Because of his syndicate ownership of the 2 franchises, the Hoosiers were able to win three pennants during the 1890s.

The next team to use the name was the Federal League entry in 1914. The team played in Indianapolis for only one season before becoming the Newark Pepper in 1915. Since then, teams from Indianapolis have mostly been known as the Indianapolis Indians. The last surviving player from the Hoosiers was Edd Roush, who died in 1988.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year League Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1884 American Association none 29-78 11th Jim Gifford / Bill Watkins none
1885 Western League none 27-4 1st Bill Watkins none
1887 National League none 37-89 8th Watch Burnham / Fred Thomas / Horace Fogel none
1888 National League none 50-85 7th Harry Spence none
1889 National League none 59-75 7th Frank Bancroft / Jack Glasscock none
1894 Western League none 60-64 6th Bill Sharsig none
1895 Western League none 78-43 1st Bill Watkins none League Champs
1896 Western League none 78-54 2nd Bill Watkins none
1897 Western League none 98-37 1st Bill Watkins none League Champs
1898 Western League none 84-50 2nd Bill Watkins / Bob Allen none
1899 Western League none 75-47 1st Bob Allen none League Champs
1900 American League none 71-64 3rd Bill Watkins none
1901 Western Association none 57-79 6th Bill Watkins none
1914 Federal League none 88-65 1st Bill Phillips none

See also[edit]


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

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

  • W.C.Madden and Patrick J. Stewart: The Western League (C) 2002 McFarland & Co., Inc. Publishers
  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)
  • Benson, Michael: Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to Present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland (C) 1989