Pueblo Indians

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The Pueblo Indians were charter members of the new Western League in 1900. The team from Pueblo, CO was the worst in the league at 41-64 though they had the #3 and #4 players in batting average (McHale, .320 and Preston, .317).

The club did not return in 1901 but was back in the league in 1905 when the Colorado Springs Millionaires moved to Pueblo in the middle of the season. The Colorado Springs-Pueblo club went 52-93, 5th in the 6-team circuit. A year later the Indians were back in last at 63-85; they led the league in runs (843) behind batting champ Bill McGilvray (.372, 109 runs, 32 steals), hit leader Henry Melchior (.353, 108 R, 30 SB, third in average, 220 hits) and run leader Jim Cook (149 runs). The club improved to fifth in 1907 with a 66-74 mark. McGilvray finished third in average (.308) and led the league in both hits (174) and runs (94). Pueblo repeated in 5th in 1908 with a 62-79 record. Matticks hit .318, tied for third in the league in average, while Ham Patterson tied for the circuit lead with 7 homers. In '09, the Indians were again in last (58-93) with two 20-game losers (Swift, 23 and Galgano, 21).

After missing the 1910 season, the Indians returned in 1911 when the Wichita Jobbers moved to Pueblo during the season, The Wichita-Pueblo club went 92-75, third in the league, but 20 games behind the Denver Grizzlies. The team had two 20-game winners - Ellis (22-11) and Jackson (22-20, a league-high 168 walks and second with 208 strikeouts) tied for third in the league in wins. Outfielder Belden led the league with 43 doubles while Berger led in triples (17) and runs (128) and was second in doubles (41) and 5th in hits (198).

The Pueblo team existed in the Rocky Mountain League briefly with the Indians name, but was unstable and played in three different cities during the campaign. The Pueblo Indians name was not used by another professional baseball team after that.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1900 41-64 6th Billy Hulen none
1905 30-44 5th Ed McKean / Jack Tanner / Pop Schriver none Colorado Springs (22-48) moved to Pueblo on July 15
1906 63-85 6th Frank Selee none
1907 65-73 5th Frank Selee / Lew Drill none
1908 63-78 5th Ham Patterson / Frank Selee none
1909 58-93 8th Walter Carlisle none
1911 77-66 3rd Frank Isbell none Wichita (15-9) moved to Pueblo on May 22
1912 22-7 overall -- John Galena / Ira Bidwell League disbanded on July 5 Team moved to Trinidad on June 8

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