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The AAA Iowa Oaks began play in the American Association in 1969. The team played their home games at Sec Taylor Stadium. They became an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in 1981, and the following year they became known as the Iowa Cubs. As the Oaks, the team never won a title. They did have the top record in the eastern division in 1973 and manager Joe Sparks won AA Manager of the Year honors but the team lost to the Tulsa Oilers in the title game. Among the players to put up impressive seasons were 1978 Allie Reynolds Award winner Dewey Robinson, home run leader Bill McNulty in 1971 and Vida Blue fanning 165 in 133 innings, while allowing just 88 hits in 1970. Blue was 12-3 with a 2.17 ERA for the Oaks and had the best season during the time the team was affiliated with the Oakland A's. From '69-'72 the team was associated with Oakland, before switching to the Chicago White Sox for the next 8 seasons.

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1969 62-78 4th Jimmy Williams none
1970 70-68 2nd (t) Sherm Lollar
1971 71-69 3rd (t) Sherm Lollar
1972 62-78 5th Sherm Lollar
1973 83-53 1st Joe Sparks Lost League Finals
1974 74-62 3rd Joe Sparks
1975 56-79 7th Joe Sparks
1976 68-68 4th Loren Babe
1977 61-75 7th Joe Sparks
1978 66-70 5th Joe Sparks
1979 69-67 4th Tony LaRussa (54-52) / Joe Sparks (15-15)
1980 59-77 7th Pete Ward / Sam Ewing
1981 53-82 8th Randy Hundley (13-31) / Roy Hartsfield (40-51)
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