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Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks

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Team History[edit]

The Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks played for three seasons and represented Ozark, MO and Springfield, MO.

In 2001, the team was 38-58 in the Texas-Louisiana League, finishing 5th of 7 teams. The club drew 134,485 fans, second-best in the league, and was managed by Barry Jones. They had two All-Stars in OF Andre Johnson (.347, 15 SB, 19 HR, third in the league in average and tied for first in home runs) and P Mike Smith (1-0-10, 3.8, 150 KL<7th in ERA). Smith was the only former major leaguer on the team.

The next year, Springfield/Ozark went 45-51 in the Central Baseball League, third of four teams in the Eastern Division. Their 96,411 attendance ranked third. Phil Wilson was their skipper and they had no All-Stars. Former major leaguer Mel Hall spent part of the season at DH and had their best average (.324/.403/.397).

The Mountain Ducks ended up in 2003 with a 40-55 record, tying the Alexandria Aces for last in the eastern division of the Central League. Attendance fell to 75,865, 7th of the league's 10 teams. Wilson's squad again had no All-Stars and again had one former major leaguer (Rod Myers was 1 for 6). Tim McClaskey was a bright light a 6-2, 1.61 with 2 walks in 67 innings; had he qualified, he would have led the league in ERA.

The team appeared the following year in the Frontier League playing as the Springfield/Ozark Ducks.

Yearly Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2001 38-58 6th Barry Jones
2002 45-51 6th Phil Wilson
2003 40-56 8th (t) Phil Wilson

Sources: 2002-2004 Baseball Almanacs