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- Location: Moline, IL
- League: Three-I League 1914-1917, 1919-1923; Mississippi Valley League 1924-1932; Three-I League 1937-1941
- Affiliation: Detroit Tigers 1932; Chicago Cubs 1937-1940
- Ballpark: Browning Field
The Moline Plowboys were based in Moline, IL, formed when the franchise relocated to Moline from Danville, IL on July 14, 1914, The Plowboys played in the Class B Three-I League (1914 to 1923), the Class D Mississippi Valley League (1924 to 1932) and again in the Three-I League (1937 to 1941). Finally, they played in the Central Association, (1947-48) before disbanding in 1948. The plowboys were affiliates of the Philadelphia A's (1947-48), Chicago Cubs (1937–40) and Detroit Tigers (1932). The Plowboys' home was Browning Field.
Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Warren Giles, future President of the National League, served as President of the Plowboys from 1919–1922.
The Plowboys' ballpark (1920 to 1948) was Browning Field, located at 16th Street and 23rd Avenue. The 5,600 capacity park had dimensions (LF-CF-RF) of 550-440-377. The first night game at the park was July 11, 1930.
In an exhibition on April 12, 1920 the Plowboys defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-1 in the first "major-league" game played at Browning. The Chicago Cubs played an exhibition at Browning Field against their affiliate Plowboys on April 14, 1938.
Babe Ruth appeared at Browning Field on June 26, 1940. 2,600 attended the Plowboys exhibition game featuring Ruth. They also saw watch Ruth put on a batting practice exhibition
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Warren Giles Team President 1919–1921; President of National League (1951–1969); Baseball Hall of Fame (1979)
- Art Ditmar (1948)
- Joe Glenn (1947)
- Hank Wyse (1940)
- Lennie Merullo (1939)
- Eddie Waitkus (1939)
- Lou Novikoff (1938)
- Kirby Higbe (1937)
- Peanuts Lowrey (1937)
- Elden Auker (1932)
- Claude Passeau (1932)
- Mike Tresh (1932)
- Jake Wade (1932)
- Len Koenecke (1932)
- Bob Weiland (1928)
- Fritz Mollwitz (1927)
- Evar Swanson (1924)
- Earle Mack (1922)
- Dutch Ulrich (1922)
- Bill Barrett (1921)
- Fred Heimach (1921)
- Fred Smith (1921)
- Rube Ehrhardt (1917),
- Hod Eller (1915)
|1914||20-33||8th||Connie Walsh / William Neal||none||Danville (26-53) moved to Moline July 14|
|1915||75-51||1st||George Hughes||League Champs|
|1917||27-38||6th||Ned Pettigrew / Bob Tarleton||Season shortened to July 8|
|1921||78-55||1st||Earle Mack||none League Champs|
|1923||45-91||8th||Bobby Coltrin / Jim Shollenberger||none|
|1937||74-41||2nd||Mike Gazella||League Champs|
|1938||67-59||3rd||Mike Gazella||Lost League Finals|
|1939||49-73||6th (t)||Mike Gazella|
- ↑ "Moline, Illinois Minor League History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
- ↑ http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/448fdd3f
- ↑ http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/park.cgi?id=IL030
- ↑ qconline.com
- ↑ http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs193/1102126619946/archive/1118710125156.html
- ↑ http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/football/moline-s-browning-field-turns/article_8e3a0966-0dc7-11e2-9160-0019bb2963f4.html
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