Pocatello, Idaho minor league baseball teams

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Pocatello, Idaho, has been home to minor league baseball teams who competed in 35 seasons of Minor League Baseball, between 1900 and 1993.[1][2]

Pocatello Baseball teams
Minor league affiliations
Previous classes
  • Rookie (1964–1965, 1984–1985, 1987–1991, 1993)
  • Class A (1963)
  • Class C (1926–1928, 1939–1942, 1946–1962)
LeaguePioneer League (1939–1942, 1946–1965, 1984–1985, 1987–1991, 1993)
Previous leagues
Utah-Idaho Intermountain League (1900)
Utah–Idaho League (1926–1928)
Major league affiliations
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1942
  • 1949
Team data
Previous names
  • Pocatello Posse (1993)
  • Pocatello Pioneers (1991)
  • Gate City Pioneers (1990)
  • Pocatello Giants (1987–1989)
  • Pocatello Gems (1984–1985)
  • Pocatello Chiefs (1962–1965)
  • Pocatello Bannocks (1961)
  • Pocatello Giants (1960)
  • Pocatello A's (1957–1959)
  • Pocatello Bannocks (1952–1956)
  • Pocatello Cardinals (1939–1942, 1946–1951)
  • Pocatello Bannocks (1926–1928)
  • Pocatello Indians (1900)
Previous parks
Halliwell Park

HistoryEdit

The Pocatello Indians played as members of the Independent Utah-Idaho Intermountain League in 1900.[3]

The Pocatello Bannocks played in the Utah–Idaho League from 1926 to 1928. Pocatello's teams since then have played in the Pioneer League. The Pocatello Cardinals, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, played during the seasons of 1939–1942 and 1946–1951, as the league paused for three years during World War II. The Cardinals won two Pioneer League titles in 1942 and 1949.

 
Hall of Fame Manager, Tommy Lasorda, 2010

A new version of the Pocatello Bannocks started in 1952, originally as a St. Louis Browns affiliate for the first two years. In 1957, they changed their name to the Pocatello A's to reflect their new connection to the Kansas City Athletics, and then in 1960 to the Pocatello Giants as the San Francisco Giants took over as their affiliate. After a final season as the Pocatello Bannocks in 1961, they changed their name to the Pocatello Chiefs in 1962 and remained under that name until they moved to Ogden, Utah, to become the Ogden Dodgers in 1966. Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda managed the Chiefs in 1965.

In 1984, baseball returned to Pocatello for two seasons, when the Lethbridge Dodgers relocated as the Pocatello Gems. This was the same team that had left in 1966.

 
Walt Weiss, 1988 AL Rookie of the Year

The Pocatello Giants were affiliated with the San Francisco Giants for the 1988 and 1989 seasons; prior affiliation was with the Oakland A's. The home stadium was Halliwell Park, located on Alameda Drive. After the 1989 season the Giants ended their farm team affiliation with the franchise. The franchise became an independent/co-op team and was renamed the Gate City Pioneers for the 1990 season; that team featured players from the Montreal Expos and Chicago White Sox farm systems as well as minor league players from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball. For the 1991 season, the team changed its name to the Pocatello Pioneers. The franchise to relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta, where they became the Lethbridge Mounties.

 
Wally Berger, 1933 Goudey card

Pocatello gained one more team in 1993, when the Salt Lake City Trappers - forced out by the move of a Class AAA Pacific Coast League team to the city - moved to town as the Pocatello Posse in 1993. After the 1993 season, the team moved to Ogden, Utah, to become the Ogden Raptors.

Semi-pro team

A new team, the Gate City Grays, was formed in 2014 as part of the Northern Utah League. They were undefeated in their first regular season and won the league championship the next two seasons.[4] The Grays are a semi-professional team not associated with MLB. Games are played at Halliwell Park.

TimelineEdit

Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League
1900 1 Pocatello Indians Independent Utah-Idaho Intermountain League
1926–1928 3 Pocatello Bannocks Class C Utah–Idaho League
1939–1942
1946–1951
10 Pocatello Cardinals Pioneer League
1952–1956 5 Pocatello Bannocks
1957–1959 3 Pocatello A's
1960 1 Pocatello Giants
1961 1 Pocatello Bannocks
1962–1965 4 Pocatello Chiefs Class C (1962)
Class A (1963)
Rookie League
1984–1985 2 Pocatello Gems Rookie League
1987–1989 3 Pocatello Giants
1990 1 Gate City Pioneers
1991 1 Pocatello Pioneers
1993 1 Pocatello Posse

Notable alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame AlumniEdit

Notable MLB AlumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pocatello, Idaho Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Gate City, Idaho Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "1900 Pocatello Indians Roster on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  4. ^ "Grays bring home Northern Utah League title". localnews8.com. September 14, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2017.