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

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

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

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 - 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