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The Islanders first began play in 1883 as an Independent League team for one season. Later, in 1894, Rock Island reformed and eventually becoming a member of the Western Association.[1]

In 1901, the Islanders became charter members of the Three-I League. They moved to the Central Association in 1914 before rejoining the Three-I League (1916 to 1917, 1920 to 1921). They moved to the Mississippi Valley League (1922-1933) and finally, the Western League ( 1934-1935, 1937). The Islanders were affiliates of the St. Louis Browns (1932) and Cincinnati Reds (1933). The Islanders permanently disbanded on July 7, 1937.[2]

The Islanders captured league championships in 1907, 1909 and 1932.

The Islanders played their home games at Douglas Park, The historic park still exists today and hosted the very first National Football League game in 1920, hosted by the Rock Island Independents.[3][4][5]


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1899 28-8 1st Harry Sage League disbanded June 16
1901 45-66 7th Henry Tate / Harry Sage / Dom Mullaney none
1902 58-61 4th Frank Donnelly none
1903 64-54 4th Frank Donnelly none
1904 57-65 6th Ross Thornton / Kahley Miller / Hugh Nicol none
1905 68-55 2nd J.B. McConnell none
1906 58-66 5th Jack McConnell none
1907 86-46 1st Jack Tighe none League Champs
1908 59-76 7th Louis Cook / Jack Tighe none
1909 90-48 1st Jack Tighe none League Champs
1910 81-56 2nd Jack Tighe none
1911 58-79 8th Bill Carney / John Gondling none
1914 6-1 -- Ned Egan Ottumwa moved to Rock Island July 17
The NA ruled Rock Island as Three-I League territory
Rock Island moved to Galesburg July 24
1916 57-76 6th Pete Lister / Harry Bay none
1917 36-26 4th Jack Tighe Season shortened to July 8
1920 57-81 8th Jack Tighe / Norman Glockson none
1921 57-78 8th George McQuillan none
1922 66-63 3rd Jimmy Conzelman / Art Thomason none
1923 53-73 5th Art Thomason none
1924 64-57 3rd Preston Gray none
1925 65-60 3rd Preston Gray none
1926 65-55 5th Preston Gray none
1927 40-75 7th Joe Kernan none
1928 67-59 3rd Lester "Pat" Patterson none
1929 44-82 8th Walt Genin / Buck Wheat none
1930 70-56 2nd Clarence Roper none
1931 61-65 5th Clarence Roper none
1932 70-56 2nd George Young (minors02) / Riley Parker League Champs
1933 64-53 2nd Riley Parker Lost League Finals
1934 58-65 6th Riley Parker / Cliff Knox
1935 19-46 -- Tommy Taylor (minors) / Karl Swanson Team disbanded July 17
1937 20-46 -- Bill Burwell Team disbanded July 7
  1. BR Minors
  2. http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Rock%20Island&state=IL&country=US&empty=0
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named baseball-reference.com
  4. https://il-rockisland.civicplus.com/Facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=38
  5. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/192009260rii.htm
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