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.
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 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 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 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.