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[edit] Team History

The name Spokane Indians, traditionally adopted by ball teams from Spokane, WA is probably a corruption of Inlanders, a reference to the city's geographic location. That was the "official" name of Spokane's entry in the 1904 Pacific National League, but it was soon shortened to Indians by fans and sportswriters alike. There is no indication that the 1903 edition of the team had a nickname, but it has retroactively been referred to as the Indians as well. In any case, the name has stuck to Spokane ever since, through a variety of leagues and affiliations.

The 1905 Indians began the season in Victoria, BC as the Victoria Legislators. They moved to Spokane on July 11, 1905.

On June 24, 1946, the club, playing in the Western International League was the victim of one of the deadliest accidents in American sports history. The team bus, carrying 16 players, crashed on Highway 10 in the Snoqualmie Pass on its way from Spokane to Bremerton, WA. The bus rolled into the ravine along the highway and caught fire, killing manager Mel Cole and eight players, severely injuring three others.

In 1985, brothers George Brett, Ken Brett, Bobby Brett and J.B. Brett bought the Indians.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1903 82-68 2nd W.V. Garrett / C.H. Williams none
1904 73-57 2nd Charlie Reilly none
1905 20-19 3rd Charlie Reilly none PNL ended play June 20
27-20 (41-58 overall) 4th G.G. Howlett / Ed Hutchinson / Charles McIntyre none Victoria (NWL) moved to Spokane July 11
1906 37-50 4th Bill Hurley none
1907 68-76 5th E.E. Quinn none
1908 72-75 4th E.E. Quinn none
1909 100-66 2nd Robert Brown none
1910 96-65 1st Dan Dugdale none League Champs
1911 96-71 2nd Joseph Cohen none
1912 95-72 2nd Harry Ostdiek none
1913 70-97 6th Harry Ostdiek / Watt Powell / Mike Lynch none
1914 84-68 3rd Mike Lynch none
1915 81-74 3rd Bob Wicker
1916 79-48 1st Nick Williams none League Champs
1917 36-41 4th Nick Williams none
1918 9-16 -- Nick Williams Team disbanded May 26
1920 56-58 5th Cliff Blankenship none
1940 84-59 1st Eddie Leishman Lost League Finals
1941 89-44 1st Ray Jacobs none League Champs (Lost series to All-Star team)
1942 58-83 4th Ray Jacobs none
1946 54-78 7th Mel Cole / Glenn Wright / Ben Geraghty none
1947 87-67 2nd Ben Geraghty none
1948 102-64 1st Buddy Ryan / Dolph Camilli none League Champs
1949 78-71 3rd Jim Brillheart Lost in 1st round
1950 63-85 7th Alan Strange none
1951 93-49 1st Alan Strange none League Champs
1952 91-64 2nd Don Osborn none
1953 75-67 5th Don Osborn League Champs
1954 30-24 -- Don Osborn team disbanded on June 21
1955 47-80 7th Eddie Lake
1956 56-77 7th Joe Rossi none
1958 68-85 7th Goldie Holt / Bobby Bragan none
1959 77-77 5th Bobby Bragan none
1960 92-61 1st Preston Gomez none, League Champs
1961 68-86 7th Preston Gomez none
1962 58-96 8th Preston Gomez none
1963 98-60 1st Danny Ozark Lost League Finals
1964 85-73 5th Danny Ozark
1965 57-90 11th Bill Brenzel / Duke Snider / Pete Reiser
1966 75-73 7th Roy Hartsfield
1967 80-68 2nd Roy Hartsfield Lost League Finals
1968 85-60 2nd Roy Hartsfield Lost League Finals
1969 71-73 2nd Tommy Lasorda
1970 94-52 1st Tommy Lasorda League Champs
1971 92-56 3rd Tommy Lasorda
1972 42-36 2nd Bill Berrier
1973 81-63 2nd Del Wilber League Champs
1974 78-64 1st Del Wilber League Champs
1975 64-78 7th Del Wilber
1976 65-78 7th Frank Howard
1977 75-69 4th John Felske
1978 64-75 8th John Felske
1979 68-79 9th Rene Lachemann
1980 60-80 8th Rene Lachemann
1981 56-84 10th Rene Lachemann (11-9) / Ken Pape (45-75)
1982 78-65 3rd Moose Stubing Lost League Finals
1983 23-46 8th Ed Olsen
1984 35-39 6th (t) Jack Maloof
1985 33-41 6th (t) Jack Maloof
1986 39-35 5th Rob Picciolo
1987 54-22 1st Rob Picciolo League Champs
1988 42-34 3rd (t) Steve Lubratich League Champs
1989 41-34 1st Bruce Bochy League Champs
1990 49-27 2nd Gene Glynn League Champs
1991 24-52 8th Gene Glynn
1992 32-44 8th Ed Romero
1993 35-41 6th (t) Tim Flannery
1994 30-46 7th Ty Waller
1995 36-40 6th Al Pedrique
1996 37-39 5th Bob Herold
1997 45-31 2nd Jeff Garber
1998 47-29 1st (t) Jeff Garber
1999 44-32 1st Kevin Long League Champs
2000 38-38 5th Tom Poquette
2001 22-54 8th Tom Poquette
2002 29-47 7th Tom Poquette
2003 50-26 1st Darryl Kennedy League Champs
2004 41-35 3rd (t) Darryl Kennedy
2005 37-39 4th Greg Riddoch League Champs
2006 26-50 8th Mike Micucci
2007 33-42 7th Tim Hulett
2008 51-25 1st Tim Hulett League Champs
2009 37-39 4th Tim Hulett
2010 43-33 2nd (t) Tim Hulett Lost League Finals
2011 35-41 6th Tim Hulett
2012 28-48 8th Tim Hulett
2013 38-38 5th Tim Hulett
2014 Tim Hulett

[edit] Further Reading

  • Beth Mary Bollinger: Until The End Of The Ninth, Rooftop Publishing, 2007 (a novel based on the true story of the 1946 bus crash and its aftermath).
  • Jim Price: "Devastating crash reverberates 60 years later", in Mark Armour, ed.: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, 2006, pp. 92-94.
  • Jim Price: "Stars leapt to bigs through Spokane", in Mark Armour, ed.: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, 2006, pp. 84-91.

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