Grand Rapids (baseball team)

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Grand Rapids
18831951
(1883–1884, 1889–1891, 1894–1917, 1920–1924, 1926, 1934, 1940–1941, 1948–1951)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Class-level
Previous
  • Class A (1948–1951)
  • Class C (1940–1941)
  • Class B (1903–1934)
  • Class D (1902)
  • Class A (1899, 1901)
  • Class B (1898–1899)
  • Class A (1895–1897)
Minor league affiliations
League Central League (1948–1951)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
  • Grand Rapids Jets (1948–1950)
  • Grand Rapids Colts (1941)
  • Grand Rapids Dodgers (1940)
  • Grand Rapids Tigers (1934)
  • Grand Rapids Black Sox (1912, 1915–1917, 1926)
  • Grand Rapids Homoners (1924)
  • Grand Rapids Billbobs (1922–1923)
  • Grand Rapids Joshers (1920–1921)
  • Grand Rapids Champs (1914)
  • Grand Rapids Bill-eds (1913)
  • Grand Rapids Grads (1912)
  • Grand Rapids Furniture Makers (1901, 1911)
  • Grand Rapids Raiders (1910)
  • Grand Rapids Wolverines (1906–1909)
  • Grand Rapids Orphans (1903–1905)
  • Grand Rapids Colts (1902)
  • Grand Rapids Prodigals (1899)
  • Grand Rapids Cabinet Makers (1898)
  • Grand Rapids Rippers (1894, 1896)
  • Grand Rapids Bob-o-links (1897)
  • Grand Rapids Gold Bugs (1896–1897)
  • Grand Rapids Shamrocks (1890–1891)
  • Grand Rapids Baseball Club (1883–1884, 1889–1890, 1901)
Previous parks
Recreation Park, Angler Park, Bigelow Field

The Grand Rapids Baseball Club was a minor league baseball team based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA that played under several different names at various times between 1883 and 1951. They played mostly in the Central League but also in various other Michigan-based leagues.

After a long minor league hiatus in Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League began play Comstock Park, Michigan, just outside Grand Rapids, in 1994.

The Ballparks

Early Grand Rapids teams played at Recreation Park for weekdays games and at Alger Park on Reeds Lake for the weekends. Later, the teams played at Bigelow Field on South Division Avenue.[1]

Bigelow Field was located at 3873 Division Avenue South Grand Rapids, MI 49548. A fast food restaurant occupies a portion of the site today. [2]

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ https://www.milb.com/west-michigan/ballpark/history
  2. ^ https://theclio.com/web/entry?id=11332

External links

  • Baseball Reference


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