Columbus Jets

From BR Bullpen


In 1955, the Columbus (OH) Red Birds left the American Association when the St. Louis Cardinals moved the team to Omaha. Eleven local fans chipped in $10,000 apiece to buy Red Bird Stadium (renamed Jets Stadium) and the Ottawa A's of the International League, who were renamed the Columbus Jets. The Jets were affiliates of the Kansas City A's for two years, then allied with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1957-70. Future Hall of Famer Willie Stargell played for the club in '62. The team won IL penants in '61 and '65. In '71, the city's refusal to refurbish the aging stadium (then 39 years old) led the Pirates to move the team to Charleston, WV, where they became the Charleston Charlies.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1955 64-89 7th Nick Cullop
1956 69-84 7th Nick Cullop
1957 69-85 7th Frank Oceak
1958 77-77 4th Clyde King Lost in 1st round
1959 84-70 2nd Cal Ermer Lost in 1st round
1960 69-84 6th Cal Ermer
1961 92-62 1st Larry Shepard Lost in 1st round
1962 80-74 5th Larry Shepard
1963 75-73 5th Larry Shepard
1964 68-85 6th Larry Shepard
1965 85-61 1st Larry Shepard Lost League Finals
1966 82-65 2nd Larry Shepard Lost in 1st round
1967 69-71 4th Hardy Peterson Lost League Finals
1968 82-64 2nd Johnny Pesky Lost League Finals
1969 74-66 4th Don Hoak Lost League Finals
1970 81-59 2nd Joe Morgan Lost League Finals