Baseball

Dubuque County, Iowa, and the Tri-State area have a rich baseball history going back to the mid-nineteenth century.  Ed Prell of the Chicago Tribune called Dubuque an early cradle for baseball during the nineteenth century. In 1865, the Julien Base Ball Club of Dubuque hosted the North West Base Ball Tournament; the second-ever multi-state championship baseball tournaments in baseball history.  In 1878, Ted Sullivan, Tom Loftus, and Charley Comiskey began a lifelong journey in Dubuque that would result in the creation of the American League and modern Major League Baseball as we know it today.

From 1860 to present, Dubuque County, Iowa, helped produce four MLB Hall of Famers, five MLB team owners, seven MLB player-managers plus five MLB managers, collectively winning twelve pennants and six World Championships.  Add to that numerous players who started their professional careers in Dubuque, or the eight born Dubuquer's who made it to the major leagues, and you have an impressive list for small-town America.  Four Dubuquers have also served as minor league presidents.  And finally, six league pennants where captured by Dubuque minor league teams in 1879, 1905, 1923, 1929, 1955, and 1962. All of this early American baseball history foreshadowed Dubuque County's Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.

Articles

Historian John T. Pregler periodically publishes articles on this website and through other publications. Click on a link below to access an article.

The article below was published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Baseball Research JournalTom Loftus - The American League's Forgotten Founding Father

The article below was published on The Lens of History October 16, 2020, as part of the FROM THE ARCHIVES series. The article is about two images from the archives of baseball Hall of Famer and Dubuque County native Urban "Red" Faber.  FROM THE ARCHIVES: Red Faber and Babe Ruth

The article below was published on The Lens of History November 8, 2020, as part of the FROM THE ARCHIVES series. The article is about an image of Dubuque's League Park, often mistaken for Comiskey Park in Dubuque.  FROM THE ARCHIVES: Dubuque's League Park

The article below was published on The Lens of History January 1, 2021, as part of the FROM THE ARCHIVES series. The article is about a Western Union telegram that shows the 1968 Dubuque Packers were the Kansas City Royals first minor league team.  FROM THE ARCHIVES: Dubuque Packers-Kansas City Royals first farm club.

Audio & Video

Historian John T. Pregler periodically gives lectures in person and on 1370 AM KDTH.  Click on the link(s) below to access a lecture. 

On March 30, 2020, John T. Pregler did the first episode of TALKIN' BASEBALL on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On May 28, 2020, John T. Pregler did the second episode of TALKIN' BASEBALL on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On July 16, 2020, John T. Pregler did the third episode of TALKIN' BASEBALL on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On August 11, 2020, John T. Pregler appeared on Warren Rogan's Sports' Forgotten Heroes. Rogan is a former producer, writer, and director at NHL Productions and The Golf Channel, among a long list of other titles. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On August 19, 2020, John T. Pregler did the fourth episode of TALKIN' BASEBALL on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On October 2, 2020, John T. Pregler did the fifth episode of TALKIN' BASEBALL on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On April 2, 2021, John T. Pregler discussed the HOMETOWN HOME RUNS exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum on KDTH Voices of the Tri-States. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

On April 6, 2021, John T. Pregler conducted an online lecture for the Dubuque County Historical Society's HOMETOWN HOME RUNS virtual museum tour, highlighting the 2021 exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

 

Photographs & Images

LJTP 100.328 - Dubuque Climbers - c1922

LJTP 100.329 - Dubuque Climbers - c1922

LJTP 100.330 - Dubuque Climbers - c1922

LJTP 100.331 - Tom Loftus Old Judge Baseball Card - 1888

LJTP 100.332 - Dubuque Hustlers - Allen and Rowland - 1911

LJTP 100.333.001 - 1879 Dubuque Rabbits - Frank Loftus - c1925

LJTP 100.345 - Max Lanier and Johnny Petrakis - 1968

LJTP 100.357 - Dubuque Plumpers - Dale Murphy - Signed - 1989

LJTP 100.358 - Dubuque Plumpers - Tom Glavine - 1989

LJTP 100.359 - Dubuque Plumpers - Tom Glavine - 1990

LJTP 100.360 - Dubuque Plumpers - John Smolz - 1990

LJTP 100.361 - Dubuque Plumpers - Bobby Cox - 1990

LJTP 100.362 - Dubuque Plumpers - Phil Niekro - Signed - 1990

LJTP 100.363 - Dubuque Plumpers - Tom Glavine - Signed - 1991

LJTP 100.364 - Dubuque Plumpers - Mike Stanton - Signed - 1991

LJTP 100.365 - Dubuque Plumpers - Jeff Treadway - Signed - 1991

LJTP 100.366 - Dubuque Plumpers - Rafael Belliard - Signed - 1991

LJTP 800.017.001 - Field of Dreams Cast Signatures

LJTP 800.018 - Fleer - Phil Niekro - Signed - 1983

LJTP 100.370 - Dubuque Pack - Dale Murphy - 1989

LJTP 100.383 - Clevland Infield - Trosky, Mack, Boudreau, Keltner - circa 1940-41

LJTP 100.384 - Cleveland Indians - Mel Harder - circa 1940s

LJTP 100.385 - Cleveland Indians Rowe Postcard - Mel Harder -circa 1940

LJTP 100.386 - Baseball Magazine - M114 Premium Poster - Mel Harder - 1935

LJTP 100.387 - Baseball Magazine - M114 Premium Poster - Hal Trosky - 1936

LJTP 100.393 - Dubuque Pack - Francisco Cabrera - Signed - 1990

LJTP 100.395 - Dubuque Pack - Homer the Brave - Signed - 1991

LJTP 100.397 - Dubuque Pack - Dale Murphy - 1990

LJTP 100.398 - Dubuque Pack - Dale Murphy - 1989

LJTP 100.399 - Press Photo - Red Faber with Wife Retires - 1934

LJTP 100.400 - Houston Colts Rookie Stars - Joe Hoerner - 1964

LJTP 100.401 - Topps St. Louis Cardinals - Joe Hoerner - 1968

LJTP 100.402 - Hall of Fame Sheet - Red Faber - 1964

LJTP 100.403 - Reach Baseball Guide - Charles Comiskey - 1917

LJTP 100.404 - Harper's Weekly Athletics vs Atlantics - 1865

LJTP 100.405 - RPPC Postcard - Red Faber - 1932

LJTP 100.406 - Pants Rowland and John McGraw - 1917

LJTP 100.407 - Harper's Weekly - Baseball at Hoboken - 1859

LJTP 100.408 - Harper's Weekly - Guelph Maple Leaf Club - 1874

LJTP 100.409 - Harper's Weekly - Baseball on Skates - 1884

LJTP 100.410 - Harper's Weekly - Famous Atlantic Nine - 1865

LJTP 100.411 - Harper's Weekly - Providence Baseball Club - 1882

LJTP 100.412 - Pants Rowland Pres PCL and Harridge AL Pres - 1954

LJTP 100.413 - Wirephoto - Pants Rowland - Chicago Cubs VP - 1954

LJTP 100.414 - Yankees First-ever Draft Pick - Bill Burbach - 1969

LJTP 100.415 - Press Photo - Chicago White Sox Coach - Red Faber - 1952

LJTP 100.416 - Press Photo -Chicago White Sox - Red Faber - circa 1929

LJTP 100.418 - Press Photo - Pants Rowland Buys Reading Keystones - 1930

LJTP 300.020.001 - Baseball Magazine - Bob Feller - Feb 1937

LJTP 100.419 - 3.5x5 Photo - Ford Frick & Clarence Rowland (Signed) - July 1961

LJTP 100.420 - Press Photo - Leslie O'Connor & PCL Pres. Clarence Rowland - 1951

LJTP 100.421 - Press Photo - PCL Pres. Clarence Rowland First Pitch - 1952

LJTP 100.422 - Press Photo - Chicago Cubs Vice President Clarence Rowland - 1956

Letters & Documents

LJTP 200.052 - Western Union KC Royals to Max Lanier - 1st Farm Team - 1968

LJTP 200.053 - Max Lanier Batavia Ball Club - 1966

LJTP 200.059 - Chas. Comiskey Bio by Ted Sullivan - 1919

LJTP 700.070 - DBBC Envelope - CH Rowland - 1912

Books & Newspapers

LJTP 300.015 - Dubuque T-H MLB-FOD Newspaper - Aug 12 2021

LJTP 300.016 - Dubuque T-H MLB-FOD Newspaper - Aug 13 2021

LJTP 300.017 - Dyersville Gazette MLB-FOD Newspaper - Aug 18 2021

 LJTP 600.014 - Plantations and Up to Date Humorous Negro Stories by Ted Sullivan - 1915

LJTP 600.015 - Field of Dreams Commemorative Program - 1991

LJTP 600.016 - Field of Dreams Festival Program - 1994

LJTP 600.017 - Dubuque Packers Game Day Program - 1960

LJTP 600.018 - Dubuque Packers Game Day Program - 1960.jpg

LJTP 600.019 - 2021 MLB at Field of Dreams Sox v Yankees Program

LJTP 300.020 - Baseball Magazine - Hal Trosky - Feb 1937

LJTP 600.020 - MLB FOD Program- Cubs v Reds - 2022

LJTP 600.021 - MiLB FOD Program- Davenport v Cedar Rapids - 2022

LJTP 600.022 - Dubuque Packers Official Score Book - 1966

LJTP 600.023- Dubuque Packers Official Score Book - 1959

LJTP 600.024- Dubuque Packers Official Score Book - 1961

LJTP 300.023 - The Reach Official American League Baseball Guide - 1903

Misc. Artifacts

LJTP 700.048 - Dubuque Plumpers - Milwaukee Brewers - 1983

LJTP 700.049 - Dubuque Plumpers - Minnesota Twins - 1984

LJTP 700.050 - Dubuque Plumpers - Minnesota Twins - 1984

LJTP 700.051 - Dubuque Plumpers - Kansas City Royals-Chiefs - 1982

LJTP 700.052 - Chicago White Sox Field of Dreams Game-used - Brian Goodwin No. 18 - Aug 12 2021

LJTP 700.053 - Back the Packers Dubuque button - 1974

LJTP 700.054 - MLB at FOD Sox v Yankees Tickets - 2021

LJTP 700.055 - Dubuque Plumpers Atlanta Braves Baseball Card Holder - 1991

LJTP 700.056 - MLB at Field of Dreams Sox v Yankees Limited Edition Coin - 2021

LJTP 700.057 - MLB at Field of Dreams Sox v Yankees Pennant - 2021

LJTP 700.058 - MLB at Field of Dreams Sox v Yankees Limited Edition Pin

LJTP 700.059 - MLB at Field of Dreams Wheeties Box - 2021

LJTP 700.060 - 19th Century Dubuque Baseball - circa 1860

LJTP 700.061 - Topps Baseball Card Truck Tour - Final Destination Field of Dreams - 2021

LJTP 700.062 - Topps Baseball Card Truck Tour - Final Destination Field of Dreams - 2021

LJTP 700.063 - Bob Feller Roadmaster Bicycle Advertisement - 1941

LJTP 700.064 - Dubuque Plumpers - Milwaukee Brewers Ad - 1984

LJTP 700.065 - Dubuque Plumpers - Milwaukee Brewers Ad - 1984

LJTP 700.066 - Dubuque Plumpers - Atlanta Braves Baseball Card Holder - 1990

LJTP 700.067 MLB at FOD Cubs v Reds Pennant - 2022

LJTP 700.068 -Chicago Cubs Field of Dreams Game-used - No. 4 Nelson Velazquez - Aug 2023

LJTP 700.069 - Cincinnati Reds Field of Dreams Game-used Uniform - Buck Farmer - 2022

LJTP 700.071 - Ferguson Bakery Felt Pennant BF2 - Pants Rowland - 1916

LJTP 700.072 - FOD Ball - Joey Votto Signed - 2022

LJTP 700.073 - MLB@FOD - Nico Hoerner Signed - 2022

LJTP 700.074 - Pacific Coast League Ball - Pres. Clarence Rowland - circa 1940

LJTP 700.075 - Three-I League Ball - Waterloo Hawks - Signed - 1949

LJTP 700.076 - Universal Studio Field of Dreams Ball - 1989

LJTP 700.077 - MLB NY Mets - Jacob deGrom Game-used - Aug 7 2022

LJTP 700.078 - MLB NY Mets - Max Scherzer Game-used - Jul 22 2022

LJTP 700.079 - MLB@FOD Cubs v Reds Commemorative Ball - Aug 11 2022

LJTP 700.080 - MLB@FOD Cubs v Reds Commemorative Gold Ball - Aug 11 2022