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.