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 in 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 the nation.  In 1879, Ted Sullivan, Tom Loftus, and Charley Comiskey began a lifelong journey 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, 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.  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 is memorialized in 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 Journal.
Tom 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

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.

Photographs & Images

LJTP 100.069 - Red Faber No. 22 with Billy Sullivan Signature - 1929

LJTP 100.067 - Dubuque Tigers with Red Faber - 1910

LJTP 100.068 - Red Faber and Babe Ruth - 1929

LJTP 100.070 - St. Joseph College Baseball Field – circa 1910

LJTP 100.071 - Dubuque League Park – circa 1910

LJTP 100.072 - Joe McGinnity – Dubuque Climbers - 1923

LJTP 100.073 - Humeston, Iowa Baseball Team – 1894

LJTP 100.074 - Unknown Cream City Baseball Player - 1880

LJTP 100.075 - Red Faber Autographed Postcard - 1973

LJTP 100.076 - Charles Comiskey – Spink Sport Stories - 1921

LJTP 100.077 - Thomas J. Loftus – Spink Sport Stories - 1921

LJTP 100.078 - Deion Sanders - Dubuque Plumpers – Atlanta Braves Baseball Card - 1991

LJTP 100.079 - Red Faber Perez-Steele #96 from Stan Musial Collection - 1981

LJTP 100.080 - Dubuque Plumpers - Atlanta Braves Team - 1991

LJTP 100.081 - Dubuque Plumpbers - Atlanta Braves Team - 1990

LJTP 100.082 - 1914 Dubuque Dubs Three I League

LJTP 100.083 - 1903 Dubuque Shamrocks

LJTP 100.084 - 1905 Dubuque Shamrocks club

LJTP 100.085 - 1905 Dubuque Shamrocks

LJTP 100.086 - 1906 Dubuque Dubs

LJTP 100.087 - 1908 Dubuque Dubs

LJTP 100.088 - 1909 Dubuque Dubs

LJTP 100.089 - 1923 Dubuque Climbers

LJTP 100.090 - 1929 Dubuque Tigers

LJTP 100.091 - Pants Rowland

LJTP 100.092 - Red Faber 1933 Goudey #79 Baseball Card

LJTP 100.093 - 1976 Dubuque Packers with Bruce Bochy

LJTP 800.016 - Red Faber 1961 Fleer #24 Baseball Card

LJTP 100.095 - Dubuque Packers - 1957

LJTP 100.095 - Dubuque Packers - 1957

LJTP 100.097 - Ron Gant - Atlanta Braves - Dubuque Plumpers - 1989

LJTP 100.097 - Ron Gant - Atlanta Braves - Dubuque Plumpers - 1989

LJTP 100.123 - Tom Loftus - Old Judge Baseball Card - 1888

LJTP 100.124 - Dubuque Red Stockings - 1879 North West Champions

LJTP 100.125 - 1975 Dubuque Packers Baseball Cards

LJTP 100.126 - 1976 Dubuque Packers Baseball Cards

LJTP 100.127 - Kevin Rhomberg Minor League Baseball Card

LJTP 100.030 - Charles Comiskey and Arlie Latham - 1888

LJTP 100.142 - Ray Schalk with Red Faber 1964

LJTP 100.143 - Match between Red Stockings and Atlantics - Harper's Weekly - 1870

LJTP 100.144 - Red Faber 1st HR - 1923

LJTP 100.189 - Red Faber, Joe Benz, and Bob Buckeye - c1960

LJTP 100.190 - Galena Independents - Glass Negative - 1890

LJTP 100.191 - Galena Youth Base Ball - Glass Negative - c1890

LJTP 100.192 - Galena Independents - Glass Negative - 1904

LJTP 100.193 - Galena Independents - Glass Negative - 1905

LJTP 100.194 - Galena Independents - Glass Negative - c1906

Letters & Documents

LJTP 200.034 - North West Base Ball Tournament Letter - 1865

LJTP 400.014 - Dubuque Base Ball Association Stock Certificate - 1895

Books

LJTP 600.003 - 1979 San Francisco Giants Photo Album Compliments Dubuque Plumpers - 1979

LJTP 600.004 - Dubuque Packers Game-Day Program - 1976

LJTP 600.010 - 1983 Official Program for MLB 50th All-Star Game

Misc. Artifacts

LJTP 700.020 - Dubuque Plumpers – San Francisco Giants Rain Jacket – circa 1979

LJTP 700.021 - Dubuque Plumpers – Atlanta Braves Pocket Schedule - 1981

LJTP 700.022 - Dubuque Plumpers – Atlanta Braves Pocket Schedule - 1989

LJTP 700.023 - Dubuque Plumpers – Atlanta Braves Pocket Schedule - 1990

LJTP 700.024 - Dubuque Plumpers – Atlanta Braves Pocket Schedule - 1991

LJTP 700.024 - Last Seen Ticket - Shoeless Joe Movie

LJTP 700.025 - Shoeless Joe Last Shot Button

LJTP 700.026 - Field of Dreams Ertl Toys Tractor - 1990

LJTP 700.027 - Field of Dreams Universal Studios Bat - 1989

LJTP 700.044 - Dubuque Packers Fan - 1955

LJTP 700.045 - 50th All-Star Game Dubuque Plumpers Rain Jacket - 1983

LJTP 700.046 - National League Chicago Orphans Tom Loftus Flask - 1900