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The Iowa State League was a class D loop that played from 1904 through 1907. In 1908 it was renamed the Central Association. There were eleven cities that were represented in the league. Nine of those were from Iowa and the remaining two hailed from Illinois. Six of these teams participated in each year the league was in operation.

In 1912 the Iowa State League returned as an independent league.

The Ottumwa, IA squad won the league's first championship in 1904 and followed that up with a repeat performance in the 1905 season. The Burlington Pathfinders won in 1906 and the final league championship in 1907 went to yet another Iowa outfit, the Waterloo Cubs, to keep the league title in their home state.

Six of the league's teams were to go with the newly named Central Association, where they enjoyed a comfortable run from 1908 through 1917.


Contents

[edit] Cities Represented

In 1906, Boone moved to Clinton July 14.


[edit] Teams & Statistics

[edit] 1904

President: Frank S. Norton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Ottumwa Snappers 70 36 .660 - 17,630 Snapper Kennedy
Waterloo Microbes 64 43 .598 6.5 18,695 James Myers
Marshalltown Grays 60 49 .550 11.5 23,117 Robert Warner
Keokuk Indians 58 50 .537 13 15,741 Tom Hackett
Ft. Dodge Gypsum Eaters 57 52 .523 14.5 13,582 Frank Boyle
Boone Coal Miners 50 61 .450 22.5 16,581 Thomas Reynolds / Walter Holcomb / O.P. DePew
Oskaloosa Quakers 38 69 .355 32.5 16,620 William Tilley / Red Donahue
Burlington River Rats 36 73 .330 35.5 21,352 Sullivan /George Stovall /Bob Black
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Snapper Kennedy Ottumwa BA .325 Louis Schaub Ottumwa W 23
Snapper Kennedy Ottumwa Hits 142 Louis Schaub Ottumwa SO 298
Joe Beaver Ottumwa Runs 76 Louis Schaub Ottumwa Pct .767; 23-7
Al Spencer Ottumwa Runs 76

[edit] 1905

President: Frank S. Norton

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Ottumwa Snappers 74 45 .621 - 22,261 Snapper Kennedy
Ft. Dodge Gypsumites 73 49 .599 2.5 19,270 Frank Boyle
Boone Greyhounds 65 54 .546 9 19,588 Frank Haller
Oskaloosa Quakers 65 56 .537 10 22,256 Howard Cassibone
Keokuk Indians 59 62 .488 16 18,931 Ned Egan
Marshalltown Grays 55 66 .454 20 no report Bobby Warner
Waterloo Microbes 56 69 .448 21 19,754 Harry Meek / Frank Lohr
Burlington Flint Hills 37 83 .368 37.5 26,635 Rusty Owens / Reynolds /Charlie Frisbee
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Harry Meek Waterloo/Boone BA .320 Harry Corns Boone W 25
Harry Meek Waterloo/Boone Hits 152 Melvin Blexurd Keokuk SO 207
John Bassey Boone Runs 83 Fred Steel Oskaloosa Pct .857; 18-3
Red Fisher Boone Runs 83

[edit] 1906

1906 Iowa State League
President: L. S. Peckham

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Burlington Pathfinders 83 39 .680 - Ned Egan
Oskaloosa Quakers 75 49 .605 9 Ham Patterson
Fort Dodge Gypsumites 68 49 .581 12.5 Frank Boyle
Marshalltown Brownies 65 55 .542 17 Rollo Brown
Keokuk Indians 53 67 .442 24 Pat McAndrews
Boone/Clinton Miners # 46 70 .397 34 William Wooley / Pat Ryan / Johnson
Waterloo Microbes 48 76 .387 36 Charlie Frisbee / F.G. Anklam
Ottumwa Champs 44 77 .364 38.5 William Niles / William Everett

# Boone moved to Clinton July 14.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
William Davidson Ft. Dodge BA .344 Frank Shaw Oscaloosa W 29
Cy Neighbors Burlington Hits 161 Joe Bills Keokuk SO 209
Cy Neighbors Burlington Runs 96 Frank Dick Marshalltown Pct .857; 18-3


[edit] 1907

1907 Iowa State League
President: L. S. Peckham

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Waterloo Cubs 79 45 .637 - 27,992 Frank Boyle
Burlington Pathfinders 77 51 .602 4 43,420 Ned Egan
Oskaloosa Quakers 70 55 .560 9.5 22,585 Ham Patterson
Jacksonville Lunatics 63 61 .508 16 29,448 Frank Belt
Marshalltown Snappers 62 61 .504 16.5 14,992 Snapper Kennedy
Quincy Gems 61 66 .480 19.5 37,000 Harry Hofer
Ottumwa Packers 51 74 .408 28.5 24,974 Jack Corbett
Keokuk Indians 39 89 .305 42 20,760 Cy Black / Charles Yeager
Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John House Burlington BA .308 Frank Green Burlington W 28
John House Burlington Hits 158 Fred Steel Oscaloosa Pct .817; 9-2
John House Burlington Runs 91

[edit] 1912

1912 Iowa State League
President: D.M. Conroy/James Williams

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Mason City Cementmakers 38 27 .585 - Frank Barber
Fort Dodge Boosters 34 25 .576 1 Connie Collins
Esterville 28 22 .560 2.5 Harry Welch
Emmetsburg 24 38 .387 12.5 Ed Smithson
Clear Lake Fish Eaters # 11 24 .314 NA Dick Wells/M. Bacon

# Clear Lake ceased operations July 14 after playing two games of the second half; the games were both deleted from the league records
Playoffs: Esterville 4 games, Fort Dodge 1

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions

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