Springfield (IL) Cardinals

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Team History[edit]

The Springfield Cardinals, based in Springfield, IL, competed in the Midwest League from 1982 to 1993. The team moved to Madison, WI after the 1993 season and became the Madison Hatters. They were replaced in the city by the Springfield Sultans.

Before the Cardinals, Springfield had hosted the Springfield Redbirds of the AAA American Association, who moved from New Orleans, LA before the 1978 season and on to Louisville, KY, after the 1981 campaign.

These Springfield Cardinals are not to be confused with the Springfield (OH) Cardinals that competed in the Middle Atlantic League from 1941-1942, or the Springfield (MO) Cardinals in the Western Association 1932, 1935-1942, Western League 1933, the Texas League 2005-2019 and since 2022, and in the Double-A Central (in 2021).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach
1982 83-53 2nd Dave Bialas Lost in 1st round
1983 80-59 2nd Dave Bialas Lost League Finals
1984 70-69 7th Joe Rigoli Lost League Finals
1985 66-74 8th (t) Lloyd Merritt Steve Turco
1986 87-53 1st Gaylen Pitts Lost in 1st round
1987 94-46 1st Gaylen Pitts Lost League Finals Mark Riggins
1988 81-58 3rd Mark DeJohn Lost in 1st round Chris Maloney
1989 73-62 5th Dan Radison Lost League Finals Rick Colbert
1990 63-76 9th Keith Champion Roger Erickson
1991 58-79 13th Mike Ramsey Roger Erickson
1992 84-56 2nd Rick Colbert Roy Silver
1993 78-58 3rd Mike Ramsey Lost in 1st round Scott Melvin