The Ogden Gunners was the final moniker of the minor league baseball teams based in Ogden, Utah between 1900 and 1928. The Ogden Gunners played the 1926 to 1928 seasons in the Class C level Utah–Idaho League. The Gunners were preceded by Ogden teams in the 1901 Inter-Mountain League, 1902 Utah State League, 1905 Pacific National League, Union Association (1912–1914) and the 1921 Northern Utah League, winning three championships and a league pennant.

Ogden Gunners
Minor league affiliations
ClassIndependent (1900–1902, 1905)
Class D (1912–1914)
Independent (1921)
Class C (1926–1928)
LeagueUtah-Idaho Intermountain League (1900)
Inter-Mountain League (1901)
Utah State League (1902)
Pacific National League (1905)
Union Association (1912–1914)
Northern Utah League (1921)
Utah–Idaho League (1926–1928)
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1900
  • 1901
  • 1914
Conference titles (1)1921
Team data
NameOgden Lobsters (1900–1901)
Ogden (1902)
Ogden Lobsters (1905)
Ogden Canners (1912–1914)
Ogden (1921)
Ogden Gunners (1926–1928)
BallparkGlenwood Park (1912–1914)
Lorin Farr Park (1926–1928)

Ogden next hosted the 1939 Ogden Reds of the Pioneer League. Today, the Ogden Raptors play as members of the Pioneer League.

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ernie Lombardi played for the 1927 Ogden Gunners.



Ogden first had a minor league baseball team with the Ogden Lobsters of the Utah-Idaho Intermountain League in 1900. The Lobsters won the 1900 Utah-Idaho Intermountain League Championship, finishing with a record of 32–13 under manager Dad Gimlin to finish 8.0 games ahead of 2nd place Rio Grande Rios in the four-team Independent league. They finished ahead of the 3rd place Pocatello Indians and 4th place Short Line Shorts in the final league standings.[1][2][3][4]

The Ogden Lobsters joined the Inter-Mountain League in 1901, playing in the newly created four-team league, along with the Park City Miners, Railway Ducks/Lagoon Farmers and Salt Lake City White Wings. Ogden finished with a record of 31–10 to capture the 1901 Inter-Mountain League Championship, playing under returning manager Dad Gimlin to finish 5.0 games ahead of the 2nd place Salt Lake City White Wings.[5] The league folded after the 1901 season.[6][7][4]

Ogden continued play as members of the four–team Independent level Utah State League in 1902 under manager Frank "Dad" Gimlin. League standings are unknown.[8][9]

The Ogden Lobsters played in the 1905 Pacific National League, alongside the Boise Infants, Salt Lake City Fruit Pickers and Spokane Indians. Ogden placed 2nd in the league with a 20–17 record. The Pacific National League disbanded on June 20, 1905 and did not reform.[10][4]

The Ogden Canners played in the Class D Union Association from 1912 to 1914. Ogden finished 4th in 1912 with a 71–68 record. The Canners finished and 6th (last) in 1913, with a record of 49–74. The Union Association folded on August 5, 1914, however Ogden and the Salt Lake City Skyscrapers played 16 games against each other to complete their seasons. Ogden won 10 of the 16 games to finish 54–32, 2.0 games ahead of Salt Lake. In the Finals, Ogden defeated Salt Lake 4 games to 2 and captured the 1914 Union Association Championship.[11][12][4]

Ogden fielded a team in the Independent, newly formed, 1921 Northern Utah League. On July 3, 1921, Ogden pitcher Dave Davenport pitched a perfect game against Tremonton in 4–0 Ogden victory. Ogden finished with an 11–5 record in 1921, placing 2nd in the six–team Northern Utah League regular season standings, 1.0 games behind the champion Tremonton team. A "league report" stated Ogden tied with Tremonton for the second half title with 15-5 records, before losing to Tremonton in a three–game playoff series. Tremonton pitcher Franklin Coray reportedly defeated Ogden in the first game, throwing a no–hitter in a 2–0 victory. The Northern Utah League permanently folded after playing only the 1921 season.[13][14][15][16][4]

In 1921, Ogden pitcher Dave Davenport, a former major league pitcher, was still the property of the St. Louis Browns and under suspension after failing to report to the team in 1920. Davenport began the 1921 season with a 7–0 record pitching for Ogden at age 31, which included a no-hitter. After his successful start, Davenport was then released by Ogden, with pressure from the Northern Utah League owners, for being too good to pitch in the Northern Utah League.[17][18][16]

The Ogden Gunners joined the Utah–Idaho League in 1926 and were charter members, along with the Idaho Falls Spuds, Logan Collegians, Pocatello Bannocks, Twin Falls Bruins and Salt Lake City Bees.[19][20][4]

After finishing last with a 46–65 record in 1926, the Ogden Gunners finished with a 58–45 record to place 2nd in 1927, playing under manager Del Baker. Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ernie Lombardi played for the 1927 Ogden Gunners at age 19, hitting .398.[21][22][4]

In 1928, Ogden placed 4th at 57–59, with Del Baker again managing the team, as the Salt Lake City Bees won the championship. The six–team Utah–Idaho League disbanded after the 1928 season.[23][4]

(2008) Ogden, Utah

Ogden remained without a team until the Ogden Reds began play as founding members of the Pioneer League in 1939.[4] Ogden still plays in the Pioneer League today, as the Ogden Raptors.[citation needed][24]

The ballparks


From 1912 to 1914, the Ogden Canners were noted to have played home minor league games at Glenwood Park. The ballpark opened in April 1912. It was located on 27th Street, between Washington Avenue and Grant Avenue, Ogden, Utah.[25]

The Ogden Gunners (1926–1928) and later the Ogden Reds (1939) were referenced to have played home games at Lorin Farr Park. With a capacity of 2,600 (1926) and 2,500 (1939), the park had dimensions (left, center, right) of 325-377-325 (1939). Lorin Farr Park is still in use as a public park with a swimming pool complex. The address is 1691 Gramercy Avenue, Ogden, Utah.[26][27]

Notable alumni


See also


Ogden Canners players
Ogden Gunners players
Ogden (minor league baseball) players


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