Independence Producers

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Team History[edit]

The Independence Producers were the hosts of the first night game in organized baseball history, which was played on April 28, 1930 at Riverside Park, under temporary lights. The visiting Muskogee Chiefs defeated their hosts, 3-1. the game had originally been scheduled for Opening Day, on Saturday April 26th, but was rained out. As the following day, a Sunday, called for a day game, the historic occasion was moved back two days. It was pressing for Independence to get the game in, as a rival team, the Des Moines Demons of the Western League, was planning to play under the lights for its home opener, scheduled for May 2nd.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1921 103-38 1st Ted Waring none League Champs
1922 79-58 4th Ted Waring / Walt Fromm
1923 49-85 8th Drummond Brown
1924 45-21 -- Pat Mason -- Team disbanded on July 5
1925 44-105 6th Mick Reidy / Pat O'Byrne
1928 66-67 4th Jimmy Payton Lost League Finals
1929 71-78 4th Marty Purtell
1930 76-56 1st Marty Purtell League Champs
1931 77-69 3rd Marty Purtell none
1932 12-10 / 4-12 -- Marty Purtell Independence moved to Joplin on May 23,
Joplin (7-10) moved back on June 10
Independence moved to Hutchinson (35-36) on July 20

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Metcalf: "Organized Baseball's Night Birth", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 47-49.

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