29 Facts About Indianapolis Indians


Indianapolis Indians are a Minor League Baseball team of the International League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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The Indians previously played at Owen J Bush Stadium from 1931 to 1996 and at two versions of Washington Park from 1902 to 1931.

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Indianapolis Indians is the second-oldest minor league franchise in American professional baseball.

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Since then, the Indianapolis Indians have played at the highest level of Minor League Baseball, though the terminology has changed.

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Indianapolis Indians remained in the AA until the league disbanded after the 1962 season.

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The Indianapolis Indians have won the International League championship twice.

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Indianapolis Indians, Indiana, has been home to professional baseball teams since the late 19th century.

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Since then, the Indianapolis Indians have remained at the top level of Minor League Baseball, though the terminology has changed: Class A, Double-A, and Triple-A.

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Indianapolis Indians died in a plane crash two years later, and his brother, Norman Perry, assumed ownership in 1929.

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The Indianapolis Indians entered into their first major league affiliation in 1939 and 1940 as the top farm club of the Cincinnati Reds.

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Indianapolis Indians became the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947.

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Cleveland Indianapolis Indians purchased the team in 1952, and made them their Triple-A affiliate.

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The affiliation between the major and minor league Indianapolis Indians remained intact until the teams parted ways after the 1956 season.

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Indianapolis Indians held a brief three-year affiliation with the Chicago White Sox from 1957 to 1959, with their only winning season occurring in the final season.

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The Indianapolis Indians rejoined the Chicago White Sox organization in 1962 and experienced another semifinal playoff exit in the first year of the affiliation.

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Indianapolis Indians became members of the Triple-A International League in 1963 and retained their affiliation with the White Sox.

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The Indianapolis Indians continued to serve as the top farm club of the Chicago White Sox through 1967, but they were unable to return to the postseason during the affiliation.

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American Association was revived in 1969, and the Indianapolis Indians rejoined the league as the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

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Indianapolis Indians became part of the Montreal Expos organization in 1984 in what would become one of the most successful periods in team history.

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Indianapolis Indians affiliated with Cincinnati for the fourth time in 1993.

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The Indianapolis Indians made return trips to the postseason over the next three years but suffered semifinal eliminations in 1995 and 1997 and a finals loss in 1996.

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Indianapolis Indians returned to the IL, of which they had previously been members in 1963.

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Indianapolis Indians became the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 after having previously been in their farm system in 1951.

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Indianapolis Indians won back-to-back Western Division titles in 2012 and 2013 but lost in the semifinal round each time.

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Per the league's playoff procedures, the teams were declared co-champions of the Western Division, and the Indianapolis Indians lost the tiebreaker to be seeded as the wild card team.

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The Indianapolis Indians did not qualify for the postseason from 2018 to 2019.

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Thirteen former Indianapolis Indians have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame based on their performance in or contributions to Major League Baseball.

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In July 2020, a year before Major League Baseball's similarly-named Cleveland Indians changed their moniker to the "Guardians" in 2021, Indianapolis management said it would form a committee to determine whether a change was necessary, based on dialogue with local organizations and community members.

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Meanwhile, the primary newspaper covering the team, the Indianapolis Indians Star, started to report stories and results about the team using only the city's name, without the supposedly controversial nickname.

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