Presidential Hopefuls Field of Dreams Day – Iowans in Baseball

by Bill Chuck on February 1, 2016

Screenshot 2016-02-01 11.37.11It’s finally the day that the first votes will be cast in what has already been a too long Presidential campaign. Iowa has the honor of dubbing more losers than winners in their caucuses and it turns out that many of their winners are losers.

But Iowa is also the birthplace of some of baseball’s greats and most famously, The Field of Dreams.
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Hall of Famers born in Iowa

Batters – Overall, 217 Iowans came to the plate in the majors

Name Yrs From To G AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OPS Birthplace
Cap Anson HOF 27 1871 1897 2524 10281 1999 3435 97 2075 984 330 .334 .841 Marshalltown
Fred Clarke HOF 21 1894 1915 2246 8584 1622 2678 67 1015 875 511 .312 .814 Winterset
Red Faber HOF 20 1914 1933 670 1269 98 170 3 70 169 479 .134 .401 Cascade
Dazzy Vance HOF 16 1915 1935 442 971 68 146 7 75 79 287 .150 .417 Orient
Dave Bancroft HOF 16 1915 1930 1913 7182 1048 2004 32 591 827 487 .279 .714 Sioux City
Bob Feller HOF 18 1936 1956 570 1282 99 193 8 99 100 505 .151 .425 Van Meter
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Pitchers – Overall, 126 Iowans toed the rubber in the majors

Name Yrs From To G AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OPS Birthplace
Cap Anson HOF 27 1871 1897 2524 10281 1999 3435 97 2075 984 330 .334 .841 Marshalltown
Fred Clarke HOF 21 1894 1915 2246 8584 1622 2678 67 1015 875 511 .312 .814 Winterset
Red Faber HOF 20 1914 1933 670 1269 98 170 3 70 169 479 .134 .401 Cascade
Dazzy Vance HOF 16 1915 1935 442 971 68 146 7 75 79 287 .150 .417 Orient
Dave Bancroft HOF 16 1915 1930 1913 7182 1048 2004 32 591 827 487 .279 .714 Sioux City
Bob Feller HOF 18 1936 1956 570 1282 99 193 8 99 100 505 .151 .425 Van Meter
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Managers – Overall, nine Iowans were MLB managers

Mgr Yrs From To W L W-L% Ties Best
Fin
Wrst
Fin
Avg Birthplace
Cap Anson HOF 21 1875 1898 1295 947 .578 46 1 9 4.0 Marshalltown
Dave Bancroft HOF 4 1924 1927 249 363 .407 3 5 8 6.8 Sioux City
Fred Clarke HOF 19 1897 1915 1602 1181 .576 46 1 11 3.7 Winterset
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Iowans who were MLB All-Stars

Rk Name Yrs From To ASG Birthplace Pos
1 Bob Feller HOF 18 1936 1956 8 Van Meter *1
2 Joel Hanrahan 7 2007 2013 2 Des Moines *1
3 Denis Menke 13 1962 1974 2 Bancroft *6*543/79
4 Gene Baker 8 1953 1961 1 Davenport *45/6
5 Mike Boddicker 14 1980 1993 1 Cedar Rapids *1/D
6 Mace Brown 10 1935 1946 1 North English *1
7 Joe Hoerner 14 1963 1977 1 Dubuque *1
8 Duane Josephson 8 1965 1972 1 New Hampton *2/3
9 Bobby Knoop 9 1964 1972 1 Sioux City *4/5
10 Tim Laudner 9 1981 1989 1 Mason City *2D/3
11 Bob Lee 5 1964 1968 1 Ottumwa 1
12 Jon Lieber 14 1994 2008 1 Council Bluffs *1
13 Michael Wacha 3 2013 2015 1 Iowa City 1
14 Tony Watson 5 2011 2015 1 Sioux City *1
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Recent Iowans in the majors

Nine to Know: MLB Iowans at the plate since 2012

Rk Name From To G AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Birthplace
1 Jeremy Hellickson 2010 2015 144 47 3 10 0 7 2 17 .213 .269 .213 .482 Des Moines
2 Colin Rea 2015 2015 7 9 2 2 0 0 1 4 .222 .300 .333 .633 Cascade
3 Scott Schebler 2015 2015 19 36 6 9 3 4 3 13 .250 .325 .500 .825 Cedar Rapids
4 Michael Wacha 2013 2015 64 102 6 12 0 9 4 48 .118 .151 .127 .278 Iowa City
5 Tony Watson 2011 2015 333 6 0 1 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .167 .333 Sioux City
6 Ryan Sweeney 2006 2014 682 2118 265 584 23 224 183 342 .276 .333 .380 .713 Cedar Rapids
7 Jerry Hairston 1998 2013 1442 4387 580 1126 70 420 373 572 .257 .324 .368 .692 Des Moines
8 Joel Hanrahan 2007 2013 362 17 3 4 0 3 0 5 .235 .235 .471 .706 Des Moines
9 Jeff Clement 2007 2012 152 385 33 84 14 39 26 110 .218 .277 .371 .648 Marshalltown
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Nine to Know: Pitchers from Iowa in the majors since 2007

Name From To ▾ W L W-L% ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO Birthplace
Jeremy Hellickson 2010 2015 49 48 .505 3.94 142 135 0 786.0 748 363 344 105 253 584 Des Moines
Colin Rea 2015 2015 2 2 .500 4.26 6 6 0 31.2 29 16 15 2 11 26 Cascade
Michael Wacha 2013 2015 26 14 .650 3.21 64 58 0 353.0 309 135 126 30 110 312 Iowa City
Tony Watson 2011 2015 24 8 .750 2.46 333 0 5 318.2 241 91 87 24 87 287 Sioux City
Joel Hanrahan 2007 2013 22 18 .550 3.85 362 11 100 404.2 369 186 173 40 198 441 Des Moines
Joe Bisenius 2007 2010 0 0 6.75 7 0 0 6.2 8 6 5 1 8 8 Sioux City
Jon Lieber 1994 2008 131 124 .514 4.27 401 327 2 2198.0 2388 1158 1043 285 422 1553 Council Bluffs
Jordan De Jong 2007 2007 0 0 8.00 6 0 0 9.0 11 9 8 0 5 7 Orange City
Wes Obermueller 2002 2007 11 22 .333 5.82 80 48 0 315.1 379 220 204 42 141 166 Cedar Rapids
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Generated 2/1/2016.

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Minor League teams in Iowa

The next time we will hear about Iowa, it will be about the prospects playing at each of these minor league teams:

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