The Indianapolis Indians are in the West Division of professional Minor League baseball. Since its inception in 1902, the team has experienced a lot of success. Many of its players have gone on to play in the Major League. One notable player is Roger Maris, who hit 275 homers in his overall baseball career. He is best known for getting 61 home runs in one season, a record made in 1961 that wasn’t broken until nearly 40 years later. Another notable name, albeit more recent, is Andrew McCutchen. In 2013, he was named the National League MVP. He played with the Indians for two years before joining their Major League affiliate, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Being the second-oldest baseball franchise in America, the Indians have been recognized twice throughout history as one of the all-time best 100 minor league teams. If you want to see the Indianapolis Indians in action, grab your tickets for their upcoming season at StubHub.
What league do the Indianapolis Indians play in?
The Indianapolis Indians have played in quite a few different leagues throughout the years. They started out with the American Association in 1902 and ran with them for 60 years. In 1963, they briefly joined the International League for a single season. From 1964-1968 the Indians joined the Pacific Coast League. After that, they rejoined the American Association from 1969 to 1997. At present, they play in the International League, which they rejoined in 1998.
The Indianapolis Indians originally played at Bush Stadium from 1931-1996 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the new Victory Field stadium was constructed in 1996, the team claimed this as their new home field.
Have the Indianapolis Indians won any championships?
In 2000, the Indians won the Triple-A World Series. This series, similar to the Junior World Series, is typically held at the Cashman Field in Las Vegas. It faced two leagues against each other--the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The championship is a best-of-five series format. Past championship winners were the Tidewater Tides in 1983, the New Orleans Zephyrs in 1998, the Vancouver Canadians in 1999 and the Indianapolis Indians in 2000. The Indians won their game 3-1 against the Memphis Redbirds.
Who are some of the best players in the Indianapolis Indians?
One of the best players to be part of the Indianapolis Indians was Grover Cleveland Alexander or "Pete" Alexander. He is one of the top pitchers of all time with 373 Major League wins under his belt. Only two other players can claim to have more. His early career was marred by hit on the head, from which he developed epilepsy. Yet in 1910 he recovered and his career took off shortly after. He went on to win pitching's Triple Crown three years in a row. Another notable player who played with the Indianapolis Indians is Al Lopez. Besides being a great manager, Lopez was first a fantastic catcher. He was an All-Star twice and held the record for most games caught until his record was broken in 1987. He's also famous for hitting the last "bounce home run" in Major League history. The rules changed after that game. Although he was a great and coveted player, he never appeared in the World Series. Lopez went on to manage the Indianapolis Indians and lead them to a league title. He was also their skipper for three seasons.
What was their record in 2019?
The Indianapolis Indians had a record of 66-74 in 2019 and they finished No. 9.Back to Top