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From BR Bullpen
- Location: Indianapolis, IN
- League: American Association 1884; Western League 1885; National League 1887-1889; Western League 1894-1899; American League 1900; Western Association 1901; Federal League 1914
- Ballparks: South Street Park (May 1-September 14, 1878), Seventh Street Park II (May 14-September 20, 1884), Bruce Grounds (May 18-September 21, 1884) Seventh Street Park II (April 20 – October 8, 1887); Seventh Street Park III (April 20, 1888 – October 5, 1889)
 Team History
The first Indianapolis Hoosiers were an expansion team in the American Association for the 1884 season. They were then invited by the owners of the Kansas City Cowboys and Milwaukee Milwaukees to join the Western League for the 1885 season. The team dropped out mid-season, which caused the league to fold.
The second team to be called the Hoosiers were the former St. Louis Maroons which had been purchased by a group of businessmen and moved to Indianapolis for the 1887 National League season. The third Hoosiers team was previously the Indianapolis Rainmakers and were owned by Cincinnati Reds owner John T. Brush. Because of his syndicate ownership of the 2 franchises, the Hoosiers were able to win three pennants during the 1890s.
The next team to use the name was the Federal League entry in 1914. The team played in Indianapolis for only one season before becoming the Newark Pepper in 1915. Since then, teams from Indianapolis have mostly been known as the Indianapolis Indians.
 Year-by-Year Record
|1884||American Association||none||29-78||11th||Jim Gifford / Bill Watkins||none|
|1885||Western League||none||27-4||1st||Bill Watkins||none|
|1887||National League||none||37-89||8th||Watch Burnham / Fred Thomas / Horace Fogel||none|
|1888||National League||none||50-85||7th||Harry Spence||none|
|1889||National League||none||59-75||7th||Frank Bancroft / Jack Glasscock||none|
|1894||Western League||none||60-64||6th||Bill Sharsig||none|
|1895||Western League||none||78-43||1st||Bill Watkins||none League Champs|
|1896||Western League||none||78-54||2nd||Bill Watkins||none|
|1897||Western League||none||98-37||1st||Bill Watkins||none League Champs|
|1898||Western League||none||84-50||2nd||Bill Watkins / Bob Allen||none|
|1899||Western League||none||75-47||1st||Bob Allen||none League Champs|
|1900||American League||none||71-64||3rd||Bill Watkins||none|
|1901||Western Association||none||57-79||6th||Bill Watkins||none|
|1914||Federal League||none||88-65||1st||Bill Phillips||none|
 See also
- Eugene C. Murdock: Ban Johnson: Czar of Baseball (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture)
Greenwood Press; annotated edition (Oct. 28, 1982)
- W.C.Madden and Patrick J. Stewart: The Western League (C) 2002 McFarland & Co., Inc. Publishers
- Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)