Columbus (OH) Red Birds
- Location: Columbus, OH
- League: American Association 1931-1954
- Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals 1931-1954
- Ballpark: Neil Park, 1931-1932; Red Bird Stadium 1932-1954
In 1931 the St. Louis Cardinals acquired the former Columbus Senators and renamed them the Columbus Red Birds. The team, which had finished between 6th and 8th for the prior seven years, finished fourth in '31, then in '32 improved to second. In '33, they won the pennant, won the playoffs in the American Association then claimed the Junior World Series, the first such title for the AA titlist. In '34, they repeated as Junior World Series champs, becoming the first two-time JWS winner. Other teams began to match the Cardinals in farm system depth and the team won only 3 more pennants in the next 20 years ('37, '41 and '50). In '41 and '50 they won the Junior World Series.
Among the players developed during the years were Paul Dean (the top pitcher in the American Association in '33), Terry Moore, Enos Slaughter, Max Lanier, Harry Brecheen, Murry Dickson, Walker Cooper, Harry Walker, Preacher Roe and Harvey Haddix.
In '55, the Cardinals moved their AA club to Omaha, where they became the Omaha Cardinals. Eleven local fans each contributed $10,000 to buy the Ottawa A's and Red Bird Stadium and give Columbus the Columbus Jets in the International League to replace the Red Birds.
|1932||88-77||2nd||Nemo Leibold (46-42) / Billy Southworth (42-35)||none|
|1933||101-51||1st||Ray Blades||League Champs|
|1934||85-68||2nd||Ray Blades||League Champs|
|1935||84-70||3rd (t)||Ray Blades||none|
|1937||90-64||1st||Burt Shotton||League Champs|
|1940||90-60||2nd||Burt Shotton||Lost in 1st round|
|1941||95-58||1st||Burt Shotton||League Champs|
|1942||82-72||3rd||Eddie Dyer||League Champs|
|1943||84-67||3rd||Nick Cullop||League Champs|
|1948||81-73||4th||Hal Anderson||Lost League Finals|
|1950||84-69||3rd||Rollie Hemsley||League Champs|
|1954||77-76||4th||Johnny Keane||Lost in 1st round|