The South Bend Cubs are a Class A minor league baseball team that competes in the Midwest League. The team is affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, a major league baseball team. Home games on the South Bend Cubs schedule are played at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
The team is unusual in that it has two mascots. Fans selected the name Stu the Cub during online voting conducted before Opening Day in 2015. At the same time, the team retained long-time mascot, Swoop the Silverhawk.
Ticket holders enjoy watching an award-winning franchise competing in an award-winning ballpark. After the South Bend Cubs set an attendance record during their inaugural season as a Chicago Cubs' affiliate, they received the 42nd annual John H. Johnson President's Award for being the most complete franchise in minor league baseball. The President's Award is considered the most prestigious honor available to a minor league baseball franchise.
Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium is also an award-winner. In 2017, Ballpark Digest named Four Winds the best single-A ballpark in the country.
South Bend Cubs history
The team won the Midwest League Championship in 1989 and 1993. In 2005, it won the championship a third time by beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Cubs also made it to the finals of the Midwest League playoffs four other times.
Before becoming affiliated with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, the team maintained relationships with two other major league baseball franchises. From 1988 to 1993, the team competed as the White Sox, a Chicago White Sox affiliate. From 1994 to 2014, the team competed as the Silver Hawks, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate.
In 2005, former Indiana governor Joe Kernan formed an investment group to purchase the team. Kernan, also a former South Bend mayor, said he wanted to ensure that the franchise would stay in the city. Chicago's Andrew T. Berlin purchased the franchise in 2011. Berlin demonstrated his commitment to the City of South Bend when he signed a 20-year lease agreement for the South Bend Cubs to continue to play at Coveleski Stadium.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Resort, secured naming rights to Four Winds Field in a 2013 agreement. The field is in Coveleski Stadium, a facility owned by the City of South Bend. It is named after Stanley Coveleski, a Hall of Fame pitcher who retired in the South Bend area. Coveleski played a pivotal role in the Cleveland Indians' 1920 World Series win, pitching three complete wins. Fans with South Bend Cubs tickets observe a bronze memorial erected in Coveleski's honor when they enter the stadium's main entrance.