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Columbus Senators

The Columbus Senators Minor league baseball team was born in 1888 as a founding member of the Tri-State League. After that, the Senators played in the Western League (1897-1899), Interstate League (1900) Western Association (1901) and American Association (1902-1930). The team represented Columbus, Ohio, and played their home games at Recreation Park and Neil Park.

In their first season, the Senators finished in third place with a 64-50 record. The nickname was used again in 1897, when the Columbus team in the Western League changed its name from the Columbus Buckeyes to the Senators. Columbus competed until 1899, when the team had to move before the season was completed. In 1900, Columbus also posted a Senators club in the Interstate League, moving to the Western Association in 1901.

1906 team photo.

By 1902, the Senators became one of the founding members of the new American Association. Before the 1905 season the team owner built Neil Park, the first concrete-and-steel stadium in the minor leagues. From 1905 through 1907, the Senators won the league title, losing the Junior World Series in 1906 and 1907. The team declined after that, and never finished higher than fourth place between 1919 and 1930. The 1905 Senators were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.[1]

In 1931, the St. Louis Cardinals took control of the Columbus team as part of their developing minor league system and renamed them the Columbus Red Birds.

Yearly Team Records

Year Record   Finish Manager League   Notes
1888 64-50 3rd James Curry
Frank Arnold
1897 89-47 2nd George Tebeau WL  
1898 73-60 5th Tom Loftus
George Tebeau
1899 63-62 5th Tom Loftus
George Tebeau
1900 58-78 6th Bob Quinn ISL
1901 55-86 7th Frank Metz
Jimmy Gardner
Ed Zinram
1902 58-78 6th Frank Leonard
Jack Grim
1903   56-84   6th     Frank Leonard
       Bob Quinn
    Jimmy Bannon
1904   88-61   2nd     Bill Clymer       AA
1905 100-52   1st     Bill Clymer       AA     Championship title  
1906   91-57   1st     Bill Clymer       AA     Championship title  
Lost Junior World Series to
    the Buffalo Bisons
1907   90-94   1st     Bill Clymer       AA     Championship title  
Lost Junior World Series to
  the Toronto Maple Leafs
1908   86-68   3rd     Bill Clymer       AA
1909   80-87   7th     Bill Clymer
      Bill Friel
1910   88-77   3rd       Bill Friel       AA
1911   87-78   3rd       Bill Friel       AA
1912   98-68   3rd       Bill Friel       AA
1913   93-74   4th   Bill Hinchman       AA
1914   86-77   4th   Bill Hinchman       AA
1915   54-91   8th   Rudy Hulswitt       AA
1916   71-90   7th   Rudy Hulswitt
    Bob Quinn
  William Johns
1917   84-69   4th   Joe Tinker       AA
1918   41-32   2nd   Joe Tinker       AA
1919   70-84   6th   Grover Hartley       AA
1920   66-99   7th   Bill Clymer       AA
1921   69-96   8th   Pants Rowland       AA
1922   63-102   8th   Pants Rowland       AA
1923   79-89   4th  Carlton Molesworth        AA
1924   75-93   7th   Carlton Molesworth        AA
1925   61-106   8th   Carlton Molesworth        AA
1926   39-125   8th       Hank Gowdy
  George McQuillan
1927   60-108   8th       Ivey Wingo       AA
1928   68-100   7th     Nemo Leibold       AA
1929   75-91   6th     Nemo Leibold       AA
1930   67-86   6th     Nemo Leibold       AA

Hall of Fame alumni


  • The American Association: A Baseball History, 1902-1991 - Bill O'Neal. Publisher: Eakin Press, 1992. Language: English. Format: Paperback, 410pp. ISBN 0-89015-812-6
  • Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball - Lloyd Johnson, Miles Wolff. Publisher: Baseball America, 1993. Language: English. Format: Paperback, 420pp. ISBN 0-9637189-1-6
  1. ^ "Top 100 Teams". 2001. Retrieved 2017.

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