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The Keokuk Kernels joined the Three-I League in 1952. The club struggled on the field for its first two seasons but improved when it became a Cleveland Indians farm team in 1954. The 1955 Kernels won 92 games and posted a .730 winning percentage, both league records, en route to a championship. The team was led by manager Pinky May and featured several future big leaguers in their lineup. Catcher Russ Nixon hit a league-best .385, and outfielder Gordy Coleman hit .349. Pitcher Mudcat Grant won 19 games for the club, and Bill Dailey notched 17 victories. Despite the team's great success on the field, they strugged at the gate every year. After the 1957 season, the Kernels left the Three-I League, and a new club represented the city in the Midwest League. The team played its games at Joyce Park II.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1952 56-66 5th Rudy Laskowski
1953 53-75 7th Rudy Laskowski
1954 78-58 2nd Jo-Jo White Lost in 1st round
1955 92-34 1st Pinky May League Champs
1956 60-59 3rd Pinky May none
1957 55-74 5th Pinky May none
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