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; one of the first multi-state 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 a dozen players numerous players who started their 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.

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. 

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 - circa 1930

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

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

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