Keokuk is a city in and a county seat of Lee County, United States, along with Fort Madison. It is Iowa's southernmost city; the population was 10,780 at the 2010 census. The city is named after the Sauk chief Keokuk, thought to be buried in Rand Park, it is in the extreme southeast corner of Iowa. It is at the junction of U. S. Routes 61, 136 and 218. Just across the rivers are the towns of Hamilton and Warsaw and Alexandria, Missouri. Keokuk, along with the city of Fort Madison, is a principal city of the Fort Madison-Keokuk micropolitan area, which includes all of Lee County, Hancock County and Clark County, Missouri. Situated between the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers, the area that became Keokuk had access to a large trading area and was an ideal location for settlers. In 1820, the US Army prohibited soldiers stationed along the Mississippi River from having wives who were Native American. Dr. Samuel C. Muir, a surgeon stationed at Fort Edwards, instead resigned his commission rather than leave his Indian wife and crossed the river to resettle.
He built a log cabin for them at the bottom of the bluff, became the area's first white settler. As steamboat traffic on the Mississippi increased, more European Americans began to settle here. Around 1827, John Jacob Astor established a post of his American Fur Company at the foot of the bluff. Five buildings were erected to the business; this area became known as the "Rat Row." One of the earliest descriptions of Keokuk was by Caleb Atwater in 1829: The village is a small one containing twenty families perhaps. The American Fur Company have a store here and there is a tavern. Many Indians were fishing and their lights on the rapids in a dark night were darting about appearing and disappearing like so many fire flies. Fish were caught here in abundance; the settlement was part of the land designated in 1824 as a Half-Breed Tract by the United States Government for allotting land to mixed-race descendants of the Sauk and Fox tribes. Children of European or British men and Native women, they were excluded from tribal communal lands because their fathers were not tribal members.
Native Americans considered the settlement a neutral ground. Rules for the tract prohibited individual sale of the land, but the US Congress ended this provision in 1837, creating a land rush and instability. Centering on the riverboat trade, the settlement continued to grow; the village became known as Keokuk shortly after the Blackhawk War in 1832. Why residents named it after the Sauk chief is unknown. Keokuk was incorporated on December 13, 1847. Barnard States Merriam was elected mayor in 1852 and reelected in 1854. In 1853, Keokuk was one of the centers for outfitting Mormon pioneers for their journey west. Keokuk was the longtime home of Orion Clemens, brother of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Samuel's visits to his brother's home led him to write of the beauty of Keokuk and southeastern Iowa in Life on the Mississippi. At one time, because of its position at the foot of the lower rapids of the Mississippi, Keokuk was known as the Gate City. During the American Civil War, Keokuk became an embarking point for Union troops heading to fight in southern battles.
Injured soldiers were returned to Keokuk for treatment, so several hospitals were established. A national cemetery was designated for those. After the war was over, Keokuk continued its expansion. A medical college was founded, along with a major-league baseball team, the Keokuk Westerns, in 1875. In 1913, Lock and Dam No. 19 was completed nearby on the Mississippi River. The population of Keokuk reached 15,106 by 1930. During the last half of the 20th century, Keokuk became less engaged in Mississippi River trade and more dependent on jobs in local factories; the town celebrated 150 years in 1997. Keokuk has deep baseball history that started in 1875 when the Keokuk Westerns played in the National Association. On May 4, 1875, the Westerns and the Chicago White Stockings played the first professional baseball game in Iowa; the Keokuk Indians minor league team played in the Iowa State League, Central Association, Mississippi Valley League and Western League. After the Indians, Keokuk was home to the Keokuk Pirates, Keokuk Kernels, Keokuk Cardinals and the Keokuk Dodgers.
The team was an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Notable players included baseball pioneer Bud Fowler, 1961 Home Run Record Holder Roger Maris and Player/Announcer Tim McCarver. Keokuk is in Iowa's southeast corner along the Mississippi River and just northeast of the Des Moines River. Hamilton, lies to the east across the Mississippi on U. S. Route 136. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.58 square miles, of which 9.13 square miles is land and 1.45 square miles is water. The lowest point in the state of Iowa is 480 feet, located at the confluence of the Des Moines River with the Mississippi, just southwest of Keokuk. Keokuk has a humid continental climate, it is known for having recorded the highest temperature in Iowa, 118 °F, on July 20, 1934. As of the census of 2010, there are 10,780 people, 4,482 households, 2,818 families r
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the population decreased by 0.5% to 68,406. The city is part of the Waterloo – Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, is the more populous of the two cities. Waterloo was known as Prairie Rapids Crossing; the town was established near two Meskwaki American tribal seasonal camps alongside the Cedar River. It was first settled in 1845 when George and Mary Melrose Hanna and their children arrived on the east bank of the Red Cedar River, they were followed by the Virden and Mullan families in 1846. Evidence of these earliest families can still be found in the street names Hanna Boulevard, Mullan Avenue and Virden Creek. On December 8, 1845, the Iowa State Register and Waterloo Herald was the first newspaper published in Waterloo; the name Waterloo supplanted the original name, Prairie Rapids Crossing, shortly after Charles Mullan petitioned for a post office in the town. Since the signed petition did not include the name of the proposed post office location, Mullan was charged with selecting the name when he submitted the petition.
Tradition has it that as he flipped through a list of other post offices in the United States, he came upon the name Waterloo. The name struck his fancy, on December 29, 1851, a post office was established under that name; the town was called the same, Mullan served as the first postmaster from December 29, 1851 until August 11, 1854. There were two extended periods of rapid growth over the next 115 years. From 1895 to 1915, the population increased from a 290 % increase. From 1925 to 1960, population increased from 36,771 to 71,755; the 1895 to 1915 period was a time of rapid growth in manufacturing, rail transportation and wholesale operations. During this period the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company moved to Waterloo and, shortly after, the Rath Packing Company moved from Dubuque. Another major employer throughout the first two-thirds of the 20th century was the Illinois Central Railroad. Among the others was the less-successful brass era automobile manufacturer, the Maytag-Mason Motor Company.
On June 7, 1934, bank robber Tommy Carroll had a shootout with the FBI when he and his wife stopped to pick up gas. Accidentally parking next to a police car and wasting time dropping his gun and picking it back up, Carroll was forced to flee into an alley, where he was shot, he was taken to Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Waterloo suffered in the agricultural recession of the 1980s. John Deere, the area's largest employer, cut 10,000 jobs, the Rath meatpacking plant closed altogether, losing 2500 jobs, it is estimated. Today the city enjoys a broader industrial base, as city leaders have sought to diversify its industrial and commercial mix. Deere remains a strong presence in the city, but employs only one-third the number of people it did at its peak. In 1903, African Americans were told to leave Waterloo as it became a sundown town. In 1910, a significant number of black railroad workers were brought in as strikebreakers to the Waterloo area. Black workers were relegated to 20 square blocks in Waterloo, an area that remains the east side to this day.
In 1940, more black strikebreakers were brought in to work in the Rath meat plant. In 1948, a black strikebreaker accidentally killed a white union member as he tried to escape the striker's ire. Instead of a race riot, a strike ensued against the Rath Company; the National Guard was called in to end the 73-day strike. United Packinghouse Workers of America became the main union of the Rath Company, welcoming black workers, but United Auto Workers Local 838 continued to refuse black members. With the power of the union, Anna Mae Weems, Ada Treadwell, Charles Pearson and Jimmy Porter formed an anti-discrimination department at Rath by the 1950s; this department helped organize protests against local places. Porter would go on to organize the first black radio station in Waterloo, KBBG, in 1978. Weems became the head of local NAACP chapter. On May 31, 1966, Eddie Wallace Sallis was found dead in the local jail; the black community felt the death was suspicious, protests were held. On June 4, Weems led a march on city hall to encourage investigation into his death.
The march led to the creation of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission, which lasted only a year due to lack of funding. On Sept. 7, 1967, a city report, "Waterloo's Unfinished Business", was released. The report covered the ongoing problems in housing and employment faced by Waterloo's black community, it confirmed the housing bias faced by black residents, that many of the schools were 80% of one race, that 80% of black residents held service jobs. In a 2007 article, the Courier covered some changes in the 40 years since, finding that housing was now divided by socioeconomic status, schools still violated the desegregation plan, black unemployment was still double that of white residents; the Iowa Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in 1868. A 1967 commission found most schools were still segregated and recommended immediate desegregation, which Mayor Lloyd Turner opposed. In 1969, the Waterloo school board voted to allow open enrollment in all their schools to encourage integration. Many parents felt.
Despite the efforts between 1967 and 1970, already-black schools in the area increased in their segregation. By the 1960s, Rath was in decline and jobs there w
Appleton is a city in Outagamie and Winnebago counties in the U. S. state of Wisconsin. One of the Fox Cities, it is situated on the Fox River, 30 miles southwest of Green Bay and 100 miles north of Milwaukee. Appleton is the county seat of Outagamie County; the population was 72,623 at the 2010 census. Of this, 60,045 were in Outagamie County, 11,088 in Calumet County, 1,490 in Winnebago County. Appleton is the principal city of the Appleton, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area; the city possesses the two tallest buildings in Outagamie County, the Zuelke Building and 222 Building, at 168 and 183 feet, respectively. Appleton serves as the heart of the Fox River Valley, is home to the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Fox River Mall, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton International Airport, the Valley's two major hospitals: St. Elizabeth Hospital and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center–Appleton.
It hosts a large number of regional events such as its Flag Day parade, Christmas parade and others. The territory where Appleton is today was traditionally occupied by the Menominee; the Menominee Nation ceded the territory to the United States in the Treaty of the Cedars in 1836, with Chief Oshkosh representing the Menominee. The treaty came at the end of several years of negotiations between the Menominee, the Ho-Chunk and the federal government about how to accommodate the Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Brothertown peoples who were removed from New York to Wisconsin; the Ho-Chunk never ratified the final treaty as only the Menominee ceded land. In the Menominee language, Appleton is known as Ahkōnemeh, or "watches for them place". Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Native Americans were the first European settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post. Appleton was settled in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1853.
John F. Johnston was the first village president. Lawrence University founded in 1847, was backed financially by Amos A. Lawrence and known as the Lawrence Institute. Samuel Appleton, Lawrence's father-in-law from New England who never visited Wisconsin, donated $10,000 to the newly founded college library, the town took his name in appreciation; the community was incorporated as a city on March 1857, with Amos Storey as its first mayor. Early in the 20th century, it adopted the commission form of government. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton; the paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton. In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882; the power plant powered the Hearthstone House, the first residence in the world powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system.
Shortly thereafter, in August 1886, Appleton was the site for another national first, the operation of a commercially successful electric streetcar company. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912. Appleton had the first telephone in Wisconsin, the first incandescent light in any city outside of the East Coast. Appleton's tallest building, the 222 Building was built in 1952; the Valley Fair Shopping Center, built in 1954, laid claim to being the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States, although this claim is disputed by other malls. In 2007 most of the structure was demolished, leaving only a movie theater. A Pick'n Save Food Center now stands in its place. From 1930–1970, Appleton was a sundown town: black people were not allowed to stay overnight. There was no official city ordinance, only an unwritten law enforced informally, such as by police encouraging black people to leave town after dark. In 1936, the Institute of Paper Chemistry tried to hire the famous chemist Percy Julian but couldn't figure out how to get around the sundown law.
A partial exception was made for opera singer Marian Anderson when she sang at Lawrence University in 1941: she was allowed to stay overnight in the Conway Hotel but was not allowed to eat dinner in public. In May 2016, a report by 24/7 Wall St. found that Appleton had the highest rate of self-reported binge and heavy drinking in the country. In a Vanity Fair interview and Appleton native Willem Dafoe referred to Appleton as a "favela". Appleton is located at 44°16′N 88°24′W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.82 square miles, of which, 24.33 square miles is land and 0.49 square miles is water. Appleton has a humid continental climate typical of Wisconsin. Summers are warm to hot and winters are rather cold in comparison. Precipitation is moderate compared to other areas close to the Great Lakes, which means lesser snowfall in winter than in many other cold areas. A dew point of 90 °F was observed at Appleton at 5 p.m. on July 13, 1995. This is tied for the second highest dew point observed in the United States.
Appleton is the principal city of the Appleton–Oshkosh–Neenah CSA, a Combined Statistical Area which includes the Appleton and Oshkosh–Neenah metropolitan areas, which had a combined population of 367,365 at the 2010 census. As of the census of
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play with 15 teams in each league; the NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000; the organization oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament. Baseball's first all-professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869; the first few decades of professional baseball were characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who jumped from one team or league to another. The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix the 1919 World Series, which came to be known as the Black Sox Scandal.
The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, survived potential downturns during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier; the 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players in the mid-2000s. In 2006, an investigation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team. Today, MLB is composed of 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world.
MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 73 million spectators in 2015. MLB is governed by the Major League Baseball Constitution; this document has undergone several incarnations since its creation in 1876. Under the direction of the Commissioner of Baseball, MLB hires and maintains the sport's umpiring crews, negotiates marketing and television contracts. MLB maintains a unique, controlling relationship over the sport, including most aspects of Minor League Baseball; this is due in large part to the 1922 U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which held that baseball is not interstate commerce and therefore not subject to federal antitrust law; this ruling has been weakened only in subsequent years. The weakened ruling granted more stability to the owners of teams and has resulted in values increasing at double-digit rates. There were several challenges to MLB's primacy in the sport between the 1870s and the Federal League in 1916.
The chief executive of MLB is the commissioner Rob Manfred. The chief operating officer is Tony Petitti. There are five other executives: president, chief communications officer, chief legal officer, chief financial officer, chief baseball officer; the multimedia branch of MLB, based in Manhattan, is MLB Advanced Media. This branch oversees each of the 30 teams' websites, its charter states that MLB Advanced Media holds editorial independence from the league, but it is under the same ownership group and revenue-sharing plan. MLB Productions is a structured wing of the league, focusing on video and traditional broadcast media. MLB owns 67 percent of MLB Network, with the other 33 percent split between several cable operators and satellite provider DirecTV, it operates out of studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, has editorial independence from the league. In 1920, the weak National Commission, created to manage relationships between the two leagues, was replaced with the much more powerful Commissioner of Baseball, who had the power to make decisions for all of professional baseball unilaterally.
From 1901 to 1960, the American and National Leagues fielded eight teams apiece. In the 1960s, MLB expansion added eight teams, including the first non-U. S. Team. Two teams were added in the 1970s. From 1969 through 1993, each league consisted of an West Division. A third division, the Central Division, was formed in each league in 1994; until 1996, the two leagues met on the field only during the All-Star Game. Regular-season interleague play was introduced in 1997. In March 1995 two new franchises, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, were awarded by MLB, to begin play in 1998; this addition brought the total number of franchises to 30. In early 1997, MLB decided to assign one new team to each league: Tampa Bay joined the AL and Arizona joined the NL; the original plan was to have an odd number of teams in each league, but in order for every team to be able to play daily, this would have required interleague play to be scheduled throughout the entire season. However, it
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team of the Midwest League, the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is located in Appleton, are named for the timber rattlesnake, which oddly enough is not indigenous to the area; the team plays its home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, which opened in 1995 and seats 5,170 fans. The Timber Rattlers have won nine league championships, most in 2012. World Series-winning Managers Earl Weaver and Jack McKeon were Managers at Appleton. Baseball Hall of Fame members Pat Gillick, Earl Weaver, Goose Gossage played for Appleton. Five future Cy Young Award winners and three Most Valuable Player recipients were on Appleton/Wisconsin rosters; the 1978 Appleton Foxes were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time. The team began play as the Appleton Foxes in the Three-I League in 1958, five years after Appleton's previous minor league franchise, the Papermakers, folded along with the rest of the Wisconsin State League.
The Papermakers had played in the Wisconsin–Illinois League before starting the franchise again decades in the Wisconsin State League. The Foxes joined the Midwest League in 1962 after the Three-I League disbanded, continue play in the MWL today; the Foxes played at Appleton's Goodland Field and League Park before moving to their current home at Fox Cities Stadium, a larger, more modern ballpark on Appleton's northwest side. With the move, the Foxes took the new name of Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in an effort to attract fans outside the immediate Appleton/Fox Cities area; the franchise set its all-time attendance record of 253,240 in 2009, the first year of their affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Timber Rattlers are a non-stock club governed by Appleton Baseball Club, Inc., community-owned. Appleton Baseball Club has a 12-person board of directors, it has 168 active shareholders and 347 shares as of September 2008. Dinda, J. "Appleton, Wisconsin in the Midwest League." Midwest League Guide.
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Danville is a city in and the county seat of Vermilion County, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,027. Danville was founded in 1827 on 60 acres of land donated by Guy W. Smith and 20 acres donated by Dan W. Beckwith; the sale of lots was set for April 10, 1827 and advertised in newspapers in Indianapolis and the state capital of Vandalia. The first post office was established in May of the same year in the house of Amos Williams, organizer of Vermilion and Edgar Counties and a prominent Danville citizen. Williams and Beckwith drew up the first plat map. Beckwith was moved to Indiana as a young man, he died in 1835 of pneumonia contracted on a horseback ride back from Washington. Danville became a major industrial city in the late early twentieth centuries. From the 1850s to the 1940s, Danville was an important coal mining area; the coal formation underlying eastern Illinois and western Indiana is named the "Danville Member," after the area where it was first discovered. With the closure of the mines and many factories, Danville's economic base suffered in the latter half of the 20th century.
The former mines were converted into lakes, creating fishing and recreation opportunities at parks such as Kickapoo State Recreation Area and Kennekuk Cove County Park. Danville is located 120 miles south of Chicago, 35 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 90 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Illinois Route 1, U. S. Route 136, U. S. Route 150 intersect in Danville. Lake Vermilion is located on the northwest side of town. According to the 2010 census, Danville has a total area of 17.967 square miles, of which 17.89 square miles is land and 0.077 square miles is water. In recent years, average temperatures in Danville have ranged from a low of 17 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −26 °F was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 112 °F was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.99 inches inches in February to 4.70 inches inches in June. Danville is the principal city of the Danville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Danville and Vermilion County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,904 people, 13,327 households, 8,156 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,994.0 people per square mile. There were 14,886 housing units at an average density of 875.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 70.19% White, 24.37% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.57% of the population. There were 13,327 households out of which 28% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.8% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males. The median income for a household in the city is $30,431, the median income for a family is $39,308. Males have a median income of $31,027 versus $22,303 for females; the per capita income for the city is $16,476. 18.1% of the population and 13.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 26.8% are under the age of 18 and 10.5% are 65 or older. According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, Danville is the cheapest place to live in the United States; the City of Danville maintains 17 parks, including Harrison Park Golf Course and FETCH Dog Park in Espenschied Park. Danville's main shopping center is the Village Mall, opened in 1975. Additional retail has spread north on Route 1/Vermilion Street since the early 90s, ranging from traditional big-box stores and retail infill and redevelopment of abandoned shopping centers.
Retail in the community has increased after a large influx of redevelopment and green development happened in 2013 with the addition of Meijer and the Kohl's Plaza. 1967–1971: Al Gardner 1971–1975: Rolland E. Craig 1975–1985: David S. Palmer, namesake of David S. Palmer Arena 1985: Wilbur Scharlau, appointed acting mayor by city council following Palmer's death 1985–1986: Hardin W. Hawes, appointed acting mayor following Scharlau's resignation 1986–1987: Wilbur Scharlau, appointed mayor following resignation of Hawes 1987–2003: Robert E. Jones, namesake of Danville Municipal building 2003–2018: Scott Eisenhauer, namesake of Danville Public Works Building 2018-present: Rickey Williams Jr. appointed Acting Mayor by the city council, following Eisenhauer’s resignation. Elected to full term on April 2, 2019. Defeated Former Vermilion County Board Chairman James McMahon, Alderman Steve Nichols, Donald Crews; the City of Danville website maintains the complete list
The Clinton LumberKings are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. They are located in Clinton and play their home games at Ashford University Field. After beginning play in 1895, Clinton had sporadic teams in various leagues over the next few decades, as the Great Depression, World War I and World War II affected many baseball franchises. However, Clinton is now the oldest franchise in the league; the team has had several different major league affiliations: the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Pilots/Brewers, Tigers/White Sox co-op, Giants, Reds and Rangers, Mariners. In September 2018, they entered into a two-year player development contract with the Miami Marlins. Aside from its time as the C-Sox and the Pilots, the team used the parent major league team's nickname before adopting the LumberKings name for the 1994 season; the 2010 LumberKings season is the subject of the 2013 book "Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere" by Lucas Mann.
In 2016, led by first year manager Mitch Canham, the LumberKings won 86 games to set the mark for most in a regular season by any team in Clinton franchise history. The squad went on to sweep the Peoria Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs before defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a thrilling three game series. Game three of the Western Division final ended with a Ricky Eusebio walk off hit to win 1-0 in extra innings; the LumberKings would fall, however, in the Midwest League Championship in four games to the Great Lakes Loons. In addition to playing host to the franchise record setting LumberKings, the LumberKings transformed Ashford University Field overnight following game two of the Midwest League Championship to become a football field; the LumberKings played host to Camanche High School Football in the inaugural "LumberBowl." Camanche hosted Williamsburg High School in the game on September 16, 2016. The Raiders of Williamsburg defeated the Indians 55-7; the home park for the LumberKings is Ashford University Field in Iowa.
The stadium was built in 1937 as a Works Administration Project and named Riverview Stadium, due to its location on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was renamed Alliant Energy Field in 2002 and renovated in 2005–2006 to a capacity of 4,000, it was renamed to Ashford University Field in 2011. The Dimensions are: LF – 330, CF – 401, RF – 325. Clinton has tossed 25 no-hitters; the list includes the following no-hitters: Official website