Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The LumberKings Were a White Sox Team (Even Cubs!)-- Part 1

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.

Record/ Finish

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

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