Happy Golden Anniversary

You all know that I enjoy stories like these. Mr. Batterson has hit the bull's eye.

Q-C reaches 50 years in the Midwest League
Professional baseball traces its origins in the Quad-Cities region to 1879, but Davenport found itself without a minor-league team when the Davenport Sox, a Three-I League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, moved to Lincoln, Neb., after the 1958 season.

Local businessman Hugo "Hooks" Kohn started a drive to return a team to Davenport's riverfront baseball stadium, and months later, the Quad-City Baseball Fans Association was formed.

The group raised funds, volunteered time and was successful in its attempt to "keep the lights burning" at what was then known as Municipal Stadium.

Kohn convinced a co-worker at a downtown office building, Doris Krucker, to assist him as the secretary of the organization. She recalled that 13 people braved a snowstorm on the night of the group's first meeting.

"People wanted baseball," Krucker said. "We collected $1 from everybody in attendance, and that $13 was our start."
50 years of stats, facts and lists (More at the link)
Quad-Cities and Clinton are the only Midwest League franchises in existence in 1960 still playing the game today. Here are the final standings from that season:









Quad-Cities Golden Anniversary All-Star Team

Mauer, Dunston, Morneau, Finley, more at the link.

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