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In 1914 the Western League team in Sioux City, IA changed its name from the Sioux City Packers to the Sioux City Indians. They moved from 6th to first with a 105-60 record, breaking the three-year run pennant run by the Denver Grizzlies/Denver Bears. Larry LeJeune led the league with a .361 average, stole 50 bases (fourth-most), scored 124 runs (second-most), was fourth in doubles (40), fifth in triples (14) and tied for third in total bases (289). Jim Kane (.336) tied for second in average, led in total bases (313) and hits (221) and was 5th in runs (118). Gasper won 25 games.

The 1915 club (listed as the Packers by some sources but as Indians by some other sources) went 66-68 to finish sixth. LeJeune had another good season (236 total bases, 14 homers) but not nearly as dominant as a year prior, while Kane only finished among the leaders in doubles (36). The Indians improved to third at 79-71 in 1916 as C.R. Clark finished second in the WL with a 2.65 ERA (his record was just 16-13). Gilmore (almost definitely Grover Gilmore was the league's top fielder in the outfield (.985, tied with teammate LeJeune), was fifth in average (.340) and second with 17 triples. Connolly was fifth in total bases (267), 4th in doubles (42) and Watson was second in steals (49), third in runs (118) and 4th in hits (198) and triples (tied with 15).

The Indians went 50-40 in the first half in 1918 but in the second half moved to St. Joseph, MO where they became the St. Joseph Saints two weeks after the St. Joseph Drummers had left town. Gilmore (.307) was 4th in average, third in total bases (230), second in hits (169), third in steals (42) and first in runs (116) while Connolly hit .308.

A new Indians club was placed in the city in 1919 but finished just 22-42 when World War II cut the season short. The next year they finished sixth at 68-70; pitcher Rasmussen won 20 games while Moran had 173 hits (second), 124 runs (second) and 31 steals (third). In 1920 the club took back the Packers nickname.

Source: "The Western League" by W.C. Madden and Patrick Stewart


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1914 105-60 1st Josh Clarke none League Champs
1915 66-68 6th Josh Clarke / Harry Gaspar none
1916 79-71 3rd Harry Gaspar none
1917 80-66 overall -- Ed Holly -- Team moved to St. Joseph August 5
1918 22-42 8th Ducky Holmes League suspended operations July 7
1919 69-69 5th Charley Schmidt
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