Grand Island, Nebraska minor league baseball history

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Minor league baseball teams were based in Grand Island, Nebraska in various seasons between 1892 and 1959. Grand Island teams played as members of the Nebraska State League (1892 1910–1915, 1922–1923), Tri-State League (1924) and Nebraska State League (1928–1932, 1937–1938, 1956–1959).

Grand Island, Nebraska
minor league baseball teams
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass B (1892)
Class D (1910–1915, 1922–1924, 1928–1932, 1937–1938, 1956–1959)
LeagueNebraska State League (1892 1910–1915, 1922–1923)
Tri-State League (1924)
Nebraska State League (1928–1932, 1937–1938, 1956–1959)
Major league affiliations
TeamSt. Louis Cardinals (1937–1938)
Kansas City Athletics (1956–1959)
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1914
  • 1931
  • 1957
Team data
NameGrand Island Sugar Citys (1892)
Grand Island Collegians (1910–1913)
Grand Island Islanders (1914)
Grand Island Champions (1915, 1922–1923)
Grand Island Islanders (1924)
Grand Island Champs (1928)
Grand Island Islanders (1929–1932)
Grand Island Red Birds (1937)
Grand Island Cardinals (1938)
Grand Island Athletics (1956–1959)
BallparkMunicipal Field (1956–1959)

Grand Island was a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937 and 1938 and Kansas City Athletics from 1956 to 1959.


From 1956 to 1959, the Nebraska State League was composed of players in their first professional season. Based in Grand Island, Nebraska, the team was an affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics. The Grand Island Athletics or "A's" played their home games at Municipal Field. The A's captured the League Championship in 1957.[1]

Grand Island also played as a member of the Nebraska State League from 1937 to 1938, 1928–1932, 1922–1923, 1910–1915 and in 1892. Grand Island played as the Grand Island Cardinals (1938), Grand Island Red Birds (1937), the Grand Island Islanders (1929–1932, 1914), Grand Island Champs (1928), Grand Island Champions (1922-1923, 1915), Grand Island Collegians (1910-1913) and Grand Island Sugar Citys (1892). The Grand Island Islanders played in the Tri-State League for the 1924 season. Overall, Grand Island captured Nebraska State League championships in 1914, 1931 and 1957.[2]

Many of the Grand Island players lived in Grand Island's Yancey Hotel.[1]

The Nebraska State League permanently folded after the 1959 season, along with 1959 league members Grand Island Athletics, Hastings Giants, Holdrege White Sox, Kearney Yankees, McCook Braves and North Platte Indians. Grand Island has not hosted another minor league team.[3]

The ballparkEdit

The Grand Island Athletics reportedly played minor league home games at Municipal Field. The ballpark still exists today, within Grand Island's Ryder Park. Municipal Field is located at 202 North Custer Avenue, Grand Island, Nebraska.[4][1]


Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League Affiliate
1892 1 Grand Island Sugar Citys Class B Nebraska State League None
1910–1913 4 Grand Island Collegians Class D
1914 1 Grand Island Islanders
1915, 1922–1923 3 Grand Island Champions
1924 1 Grand Island Islanders Tri-State League
1928 1 Grand Island Champs Nebraska State League
1929–1932 4 Grand Island Islanders
1937 1 Grand Island Red Birds St. Louis Cardinals
1938 1 Grand Island Cardinals
1956–1959 4 Grand Island Athletics Kansas City Athletics

Year-by-year recordEdit

(from Grand Island Athletics - BR Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1956 35–28 2nd Art Mazmanian None held
1957 33–22 1st Art Mazmanian League Champions
1958 33–30 3rd Art Mazmanian None held
1959 32–30 3rd Art Mazmanian None held

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Grand Island Athletics 1956".
  2. ^ "Grand Island, Nebraska Encyclopedia".
  3. ^ "Nebraska State League - BR Bullpen".
  4. ^ "Facility Directory Standard Map | City of Grand Island, NE".