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Council Bluffs Rails

From BR Bullpen

On June 25 1935 the Omaha Packers of the Western League moved to Council Bluffs, IA and were renamed the Council Bluffs Rails. They were the first minor league team in the city in 32 years. The team went 55-46 overall but folded before the year was over. They posted the top batting average in the league at .283. The team did boast the top doubles hitter in the circuit (Ben Hassler with 31) and the top triples hitter (Charles Clements with 15). No minor league team since has been placed in the city, in large part because the city cannot compete with its larger sister city of Omaha, NE, located across the Missouri River, which has hosted a team almost continuously since that time.

Source: "The Western League" by W.C. Madden and Patrick Stewart

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1935 33-31 -- Joe McDermott Team disbanded August 27 Omaha (22-15) moved to Council Bluffs June 25