Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens play in the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers franchise of Major League Baseball, based about 50 miles (80 km) north of Toledo. They play their home games at Fifth Third Field.
|Toledo Mud Hens|
Founded in 1883
|Current||Triple-A (1946–1955, 1965–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||International League (1965–present)|
|American Association (1902–1913, 1916–1955)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Detroit Tigers (1934–1935, 1949–1951, 1967–1973, 1987–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (4)|
|Division titles (6)|
|Nickname||Toledo Mud Hens (1902–1913, 1919–1952, 1965–present)|
|Colors||Navy, red, white, gold|
|Ballpark||Fifth Third Field (2002–present)|
|Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc.|
|General Manager||Erik Ibsen|
Professional baseball had been played off and on in Toledo since 1883, but the Mud Hens era began in 1896 with the "Swamp Angels", who played in the Interstate League. They played in Bay View Park, which was outside the Toledo city limits and therefore not covered by the city's blue laws. The park was located near marshland inhabited by American coots, also known as "mud hens." For this reason, the local press soon dubbed the team the "Mud Hens"—a nickname that has stuck to Toledo baseball teams for all but a few years since. After only one year, though, the team moved to Armory Park.
A Mud Hens team played in the American Association from its founding in 1903 until the team moved to Wichita, KS to become the Wichita Braves in 1955. An International League franchise moved to Toledo from Richmond, Virginia in 1965 adopting the Mud Hens name to become the current incarnation of the Mud Hens.
The records of the last five Toledo Mud Hens seasons are listed below.
|2014||69||74||.483||3rd in IL West||Did Not Qualify|
|2015||61||83||.424||4th in IL West||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||68||76||.472||4th in IL West||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||70||71||.496||3rd in IL West||Did Not Qualify|
|2018||73||66||.525||1st in IL West||Lost Governors' Cup Semifinals|
|5-Year Record||341||370||.480||1 Division Title||0 League Titles|
Toledo Mud Hens roster
7-day injured list
- M*A*S*H character Maxwell Klinger (played by Jamie Farr) hailed from Toledo and often mentioned the Mud Hens as his favorite baseball team throughout the series. He was often seen wearing a Toledo Mud Hens cap (which bears a strong resemblance to a Texas Rangers cap). In fact, Klinger feels so strongly about the Mud Hens that he gets put on KP duty for a month when he punches his arch nemesis, Sgt. Zelmo Zale, who insulted the Mud Hens. Like Klinger, Farr was born and raised in Toledo, and the Mud Hens retired jersey #1 in Farr's honor.
- The title character of the comic strip Crankshaft was a pitcher for the Mud Hens just before World War II when he enlisted in the Army. He invariably wears a Mud Hens cap in the strip, and reminisces often about his playing days. In the summer of 2016 the Mud Hens retired jersey #13 in Crankshaft's honor.
- Lou Brown, the manager of the Cleveland Indians in the fictional film Major League, was said to have managed in Toledo prior to managing the Indians.
- Richard Pryor's character, Montgomery Brewster, in the 1985 film Brewster's Millions was said to have previously pitched for the Mud Hens.
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- The Toledo Baseball Guide of the Mud Hens 1883–1943, Ralph Elliott Lin Weber, 1944.