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Was this the best pro team in Iowa history?

Davenport Blue Sox of 1933 dazzled during the Depression
@JoshJacksonMiLB
10:00 AM EDT

Al Piechota. Otto Denning. Como Cotelle. They scan more “Moonlight Graham” than “Shoeless Joe Jackson,” but the 1933 Davenport Blue Sox were one of the greatest teams in Minor League history. They also may well be the best team to ever play pro ball in Iowa. When the Quad Cities

Then and now: California League

Star-studded circuit a Golden State of baseball opportunity
@BensBiz
April 8, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Florida State League

Single-A circuit continues to carve its place in baseball history
@MavalloneMiLB
April 6, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Carolina League

Game’s brightest stars left lasting legacy in baseball hotbed
@RobTnova24
April 4, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Northwest League

At six teams, Minor Leagues' smallest circuit rich in tradition
@JoeTrezz
April 1, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Midwest League

Everything old new again after last year's bump to High-A
@Steph_Sheehan
March 30, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: South Atlantic League

From Carolina origins, circuit now ranges from New York to Georgia
@TrujilloReports
March 28, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Southern League

Long after Aaron broke boundaries, circuit adding to its legacy
@Steph_Sheehan
March 23, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more. Take a tour of the Double-A Southern League, where baseball

Then and now: Eastern League

Largest Double-A circuit enters its 11th decade of play
@JoeTrezz
March 21, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Pacific Coast League

'Third major league' filled with star power from the start
@MavalloneMiLB
March 18, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more. Follow baseball's westward expansion to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League,

Then and now: International League

With 20 teams, largest loop in the Minors boasts storied history
@RobTnova24
March 17, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more. Retrace the first steps of baseball’s integration, hail to the

Saints celebrate barnstorming Colored Gophers

St. Paul also pays respects to 'Daddy,' the club's legendary founder
@RobTnova24
February 14, 2022

Before the first National Negro League was formed in 1920, Black baseball teams were making substantial strides to grow their popularity across the country. One of those teams is not widely regarded in the history books, possibly because it was only around for four years, but the legacy of the

Then and now: Texas League 

One of the oldest active circuits navigated its way to Double-A
@TrujilloReports
January 29, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Big Papi stole derby spotlight with Timber Rattlers

Ortiz outslugged Griffey, A-Rod in first full season in Minor Leagues
@RobTnova24
January 25, 2022

This story was originally published in 2020. It's being resurfaced now in the light of David Ortiz's election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Allen's final days in Minors marked by fear, racism

Future MVP took lessons learned from Jim Crow South to Majors
@MavalloneMiLB
February 16, 2021

It's easy to forget that less than 20 years separated Jackie Robinson's integration of affiliated baseball in 1946 and Dick Allen's Triple-A debut in 1963. Between the time Robinson set foot in Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as the first Black man to play in the Majors and Allen's

Modern marvels: Sparks showcased iron arm

Righty's 44 complete games most among players active this century
@RobTnova24
February 15, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. In "Modern marvels," we present their stories. We covered the hits leaders, strikeouts leaders, home run leaders and saves leaders in previous editions.

Modern marvels: Snead's speed stole the show

Speedster racked up 507 stolen bases over nine MiLB seasons
@christripodi
February 4, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. "Modern marvels" presents their stories. We covered the hits leaders, the strikeout leaders, the home run leaders and the saves leaders in previous

'Uncle Benny': Remembering a Minors legend

Survivor and fighter Geraghty mentored Aaron and many others
@BensBiz
February 4, 2021

The recent passing of Henry Aaron resulted in a wide-scale exploration and celebration of his legendary baseball career. These historical deep dives have led to a greater awareness of and appreciation for those who influenced who him along the way. Ben Geraghty, whom Aaron once said was "the greatest manager

Hammer time: Aaron's Minor League career

Baseball icon honed his skills in Eau Claire and Jacksonville
@BensBiz
January 26, 2021

Henry Aaron, one of the most talented and accomplished players in the history of professional sports, passed away Friday at age 86. It is difficult to overestimate how much Aaron meant to the game, and to American society at large. As many have pointed out in the course of eulogizing

PCL's historic Oaks reclaimed glory under Stengel

Charter club climbed back to top before graduating skip to Yankees
@JoshJacksonMiLB
January 25, 2021

By the time Casey Stengel became manager of the Oakland Oaks for the 1946 season, the franchise already had nearly a half-century of backstory. Sometimes it stood tall and strong among Pacific Coast League competitors, but often seeming overshadowed by the San Francisco Seals, whose city was about five times

Modern marvels: Williams steadily saved the day

Right-hander slammed the door 223 times over 16 MiLB campaigns
January 21, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. "Modern marvels" presents their stories. We covered the hits leaders, the strikeouts leaders and the home run leaders in previous editions.

No spin zone: Phil Niekro's Minor League career

Knuckleballer's journey began in Wellsville, ended in Cooperstown
@BensBiz
January 19, 2021

Phil Niekro, 300-game winner and Hall of Famer, passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 81. He was the best knuckleball pitcher in baseball history. Niekro, often referred to by his knuckleball-referencing nickname of Knucksie, spent 24 seasons (1964 through 1987) in the Major Leagues and pitched until

Modern marvels: Hessman reigns as home run king

Slugger belted an American-record 433 long balls over 19 seasons
January 18, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. In "Modern marvels," we present their stories. Read about the hits leaders and the strikeouts leaders in previous editions. It should come as

Taking a walk through Lasorda's playing days

Legendary Dodgers skipper spent parts of three decades in Minors
@BensBiz
January 14, 2021

Tommy Lasorda enjoyed one of the longest careers in professional baseball history, one that spanned from 1945 to his death at age 93 on Jan. 7. Of course, he will be best remembered as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a post he held from 1976 through 1996. Lasorda's

Modern marvels: Figueroa is Minors' K king

Righty baffled hitters in career that included 17 seasons on farm
January 13, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. In "Modern marvels," we present their stories. Learn about the hits leaders here.