From the 2013 LumberKing Souvenir Program.
As a big White Sox fan, I found some information in this fact-filled booklet (just $1) of definite interest.
From 1937-1941, Clinton was a minor league team for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. There was no team, from 1942 to 1946 (World War II), and baseball returned in 1947 when it became a CHICAGO CUBS team. And, unlike the Cubs, Clinton finished in first place in '47 and '48. (So, perhaps, instead of that old goat, maybe this explains the curse.)
After a year as a co-op and five years in the Pittsburgh organization, Clinton became a White Sox affiliate in 1959, known as the C-Sox. Those great Sox teams of the 60s were made up of a lot of players who developed their skills there by the bank of the Mississippi.
1959-- 71-52-- 2nd
1960-- 61-56-- 3rd
1961-- 69-56-- 2nd
1962-- 63-62-- 6th
1963-- 83-41-- 1st
1964-- 77-48-- 2nd
1965-- 45-72-- 10th
In 1966, Clinton went back to the Pittsburgh organization. The team became known as the LumberKings in 1994 and has kept the name ever since, through a lot of different affiliations.
Perhaps either the Sox or Cubs should get back to Clinton.
"G-o-o-o You Clinton Sox" As Andy the Clown Used to Say. (Well, Paraphrase.) =--RoadDog