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Dayton Dragons

Dayton Dragons
Founded in 1988 in Rockford, Illinois
Based in Dayton, Ohio since 2000
DaytonDragons.pngDragons cap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass A[1]
LeagueMidwest League (1988-present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
TeamCincinnati Reds (1999-present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
  • 1988
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 2001
  • 2011
Team data
NicknameDayton Dragons (2000-present)
Previous names
  • Rockford Reds (1999)
  • Rockford Cubbies (1995-1998)
  • Rockford Royals (1993-1994)
  • Rockford Expos (1988-1992)
MascotHeater (2000-present)
Gem (2001-present)
Wink (2003-present)
Casey the Cub (1995-1998)
Rocky the Duck (1988-1994)
BallparkDay Air Ballpark (2000-present)
Previous parks
Marinelli Field (1988-1999)
Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC
ManagerGookie Dawkins
General ManagerRobert Murphy

The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League based in Dayton, Ohio. The Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Their home stadium is Day Air Ballpark, formerly known as Fifth Third Field. In 2011, they broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers.[2][3]

The Dragons came to Dayton in 2000. They were previously the Rockford Expos (then Royals, Cubbies, and Reds), a franchise based in Rockford, Illinois.

Day Air Ballpark

The team's home park is Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, formerly known as Fifth Third Field. During its first season, the Dragons set a Minor League Baseball Class-A single-season attendance record of 581,853. The Dragons broke that record in 2003 and again in 2004.[4] The Dragons broke the record again in 2010 with a season attendance total of 597,433, which still stands as the Class-A record.

The Dragons have averaged 8,360 fans per game over their 19-year history (through the 2018 season). They have led the Class-A level in attendance in every year of their existence and have finished first among all teams below the Triple-A level for 13 straight years from 2006-2018.[5]

On July 9, 2011, the Dragons officially set a new record of 815 consecutive sellout games.[6] The sellout streak is the longest across all professional sports in the US, passing the previous record set by the Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-1995.[7][8] On May 10, 2014, the streak of consecutive sellouts reached 1,000 games. According to the official team website, every game in the team's 19-year existence has been a sellout.[9] The Dragons consecutive game sell-out streak has continued through the 2018 season. The streak now stands at 1,316 consecutive sold-out games, an all-time record for sports in North America.[10]

In 2020, the team's stadium was renamed from Fifth Third Field to Day Air Ballpark.[11]


In 2014 founding ownership group Mandalay Baseball Properties sold the team to Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC.[12]


  • The Dragons have led the Midwest League and all of Single A baseball in total season attendance in each of their 18 seasons.[13]
  • In 2000, Dragons President Robert Murphy received the Midwest League Executive of the Year Award. He received the award again in 2012.
  • In 2004, the Dragons were selected as the winner of the Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America (top Class-A franchise).
  • In 2007, the Dragons were selected as one of the "10 Hottest Tickets in Sports" by Sports Illustrated.[14]
  • On July 9, 2011, the Dragons set a new record for most consecutive sold-out games (815 total) in all of professional sports.[15] As of the end of the 2018 season, the still-in-progress record stands at 1,316 straight games.[16]
  • In 2011, Ballpark Digest named the Dragons the "Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year."[17] This honor came during a year in which they set the all-time professional sports sellout streak of 815 (they finished the season at 843 consecutive sellouts); finished 1st in the Midwest League Eastern Division and had the overall best Midwest League record (.593); set franchise records for wins (83-57), wins in a half (48-22 during the second half, which was also the best record among the 80 teams in the seven full-season Minor League Baseball leagues that split their seasons), road wins (38), and wins in a month (22 in August); set franchise records for team ERA (3.39) and shutout wins (14); set a Midwest League pitching record for strikeouts (1,292); and set a franchise record for stolen bases (224, including 103 by shortstop Billy Hamilton, which was the 9th highest total ever for a Minor Leaguer).[18][19][20]
  • In 2012, the Dragons were a finalist team for the Sports Business Journal "Professional Sports Team of the Year."[21]
  • In 2012, the Dragons franchise was selected as the winner of the John H. Johnson President's Trophy.[22] The winning team, chosen from all minor league teams (Single A, Double A, and Triple A), is chosen by the president of Minor League Baseball and given to "the complete baseball franchise -- based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry." Only two other Midwest Leagues teams have received this award.[23]
  • In 2016, Forbes listed the Dragons as the third-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $45 million, making them the most valuable Class A minor league franchise.[24]
  • In 2016, Dragons Vice President of Sponsor Services Brandy Guinaugh was named the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year for all of Minor League Baseball[25]
  • In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Dragons have been the Midwest League nominee for Minor League Baseball's Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award for outstanding support of U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans.[26]
  • In 2018, the Dragons were selected by Dayton Business Journal as the Miami Valley's Customer Service Business of the Year.[27]
  • In 2018, Robert Murphy, Dragons President & General Manager, was selected by Baseball America as the Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year.[28]
  • The Dragons have hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game two times, in 2001 and 2013.[29]

Season-by-season records

Season Regular Season Postseason
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2000 70 67 .511 4th in MWL East 2 3 .400 Defeated West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 2-1
Lost to Michigan in League Semifinals, 0-2
2001 82 57 .590 2nd in MWL East 2 2 .500 Defeated Lansing in League Quarterfinals, 2-0
Lost to South Bend in League Semifinals, 0-2
2002 73 67 .521 4th in MWL East 0 2 .000 Lost to West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 0-2
2003 61 78 .439 6th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2004 48 92 .343 6th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2005 60 79 .432 6th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2006 67 73 .479 5th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2007 78 62 .557 3rd in MWL East 1 2 .333 Lost to South Bend in League Quarterfinals, 1-2
2008 66 72 .478 2nd in MWL East 2 2 .500 Defeated Lansing in League Quarterfinals, 2-0
Lost to South Bend In League Semifinals, 0-2
2009 59 80 .425 4th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2010 53 85 .384 8th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2011 83 57 .593 1st in MWL East 1 2 .333 Lost to Lansing In League Quarterfinals, 1-2
2012 60 78 .435 8th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2013 65 74 .468 6th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2014 68 70 .493 3rd in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2015 71 68 .511 5th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2016 47 93 .336 8th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
2017 71 69 .507 4th in MWL East 3 3 .500 Defeated West Michigan in League Quarterfinals, 2-1
Lost to Fort Wayne in League Semifinals, 1-2
2018 58 80 .420 8th in MWL East - - - Did not Qualify
TOTAL 1,240 1,401 .470 -- 11 16 .407 --

Major league alumni

Through the 2018 season, 97 Dragons players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball since the team's move to Dayton in 2000. The following are notable players whose minor league career included playing for the Dayton Dragons, including the years they played in Dayton.

Managers and coaches

The Dragons have had ten managers in their history:

Additionally, past Dragons coaching staffs have included three inductees into the Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Fame as players:

Team affiliations


Radio: All Dragons home and road games are broadcast on radio on 980 WONE, with Tom Nichols as the lead broadcaster. The broadcasts are also available via the internet at and and on mobile devices via the Dragons mobile app. Dragons radio broadcasts moved to WONE starting with the 2011 season after Dragons games aired on WING 1410 AM from 2003-2010 and on WHIO 1290 AM from 2000-2002. Nichols has served as the Dragons Director of Broadcasting and lead play-by-play announcer since the 2008 season. Mike Vander Woude was the team's primary broadcaster from 2000-2007. All home and road games have been broadcast throughout the Dragons history.

Television: The Dragons have televised 25 games per season since the 2011 season with Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols serving as the lead announcer. In 2016, telecasts moved to WBDT (Dayton's CW) as games appeared on an over-the-air network station for the first time in Dragons history.[30] Over the 2016-2018 seasons, WDTN sports director Jack Pohl and WDTN weekend sports anchor Hutch Konerman have teamed with Nichols on Dragons television broadcasts. From 2001-2010, the Dragons television schedule included 15 games per season before the number of broadcasts was increased to 25 in 2011. The Dragons televised five games in their inaugural season of 2000. Dragons games were televised on WHIO-TV digital channel 7.2 (Time Warner Cable channels 23 and 372) from 2009-2015.[31] Games were televised on Time Warner Cable from 2000-2008. Over the years, Dragons color commentators on television broadcasts have included Joe Nuxhall, Ken Griffey Sr., Tom Browning, Ron Oester, Bill Doran, Tommy Helms, Todd Benzinger, Doug Bair, Jeff Reboulet, and Hal McCoy, among others.[32]


Player milestones in Dayton Dragons history

  • Austin Kearns hit home runs in eight consecutive games from July 17-July 24, 2000.[33]
  • Donald Lutz became the first and only Dragons player to hit for the cycle on July 21, 2011, vs. the Peoria Chiefs. He did it in reverse order within the first five innings of the game (home run, triple, double, single).
  • Billy Hamilton became the first player in the history of the Cincinnati Reds organization to compile at least 100 stolen bases in a season when he stole 103 in 2011.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean hit an ultimate grand slam home run (game-ending home run with team trailing by three runs) to defeat Beloit on July 18, 2013. Mejias-Brean's walk-off homer came with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, trailing 6-3.[34]
  • On July 13, 2015, three consecutive Dayton batters connected on home runs. In the second inning, Jose Ortiz, Jimmy Pickens, and Luis Gonzalez hit home runs vs. the Beloit Snappers.
  • On May 20, 2017, three Dayton pitchers combined for the first nine-inning no-hitter in Dragons history. Scott Moss, Carlos Machorro, and Brian Hunter combined to no-hit the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
  • On July 31, 2017, Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 36 consecutive games to break the Midwest League record that had stood since 1977 (Tony Toups, Waterloo, 35). Siri's streak eventually reached 39 straight games.[35]


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  2. ^ "Dragons Break All-Time Sports Sell-Out Record". Dayton Dragons News. April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Dayton Dragons Break Sellout Record". July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "History | Midwest League About". Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Dragons Lead Class-A in Attendance Again". Dayton Dragons. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Dragons Break All-Time Sports Sell-Out Record". Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Dayton Dragons all time professional sellout streak MLB".
  8. ^ Neumann, Thomas (July 8, 2011). "Dayton Dragons break Portland Trail Blazers' sellout streak". Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Dragons Sell-Out Streak Reaches 1,000". May 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Dragons 2018 Season Review" (PDF). September 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Gnau, Thomas (January 29, 2020). "Dayton Dragons to rename stadium Day Air Ballpark". WHIO-TV. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Focus is on Dayton, Dragons' new owners say". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Crunching the 2011 Minor League Baseball attendance figures | News". September 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "About the Dayton Dragons".
  15. ^ Samuels, Holly. "Dragons knock record out of the park". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Dragons Attendance again High in National Rankings". September 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ Dragons Selected as Organization of the Year. (August 23, 2011). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  18. ^ Dragons enter playoffs with best record in team history. (September 6, 2011). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  19. ^ Dragons End Regular Season with Record-Breaking Win. (September 5, 2011). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  20. ^ Dragons pitchers set MWL record. (September 4, 2011). Retrieved on September 23, 2011.
  21. ^ "Dragons are finalist for team of the year award". Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ Jablonski, David (November 20, 2012). "Dragons Claim Minor League Baseball's Top Honor". Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ Major Award Winners,
  24. ^ Klebnikov, Sergei (July 8, 2016). "Minor League Baseball's Most Valuable Teams - 3. Dayton Dragons". Forbes. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ "Dayton Dragons vice president wins top minor league award". November 10, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Dragons Support of Military Nominated for Award". October 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ "Dragons Honored by DBJ as Customer Service Business of the Year". November 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Robert Murphy Crafts a Culture of Success". November 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "Dragons land 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game". June 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  30. ^ Pendleton, Marc F. (March 21, 2016). "Dragons partner with CW". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ Katz, Marc (April 3, 2009). "Dragons like their viewership chances". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2016.
  32. ^ Dragons on TV Wednesday,, 26 August 2014.
  33. ^ Thrasher, Don (April 10, 2015). "Dayton Dragons: The History of a Beloved Hometown Team". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2017.
  34. ^ "Dayton Dragons 2017 Media Guide" (PDF). April 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  35. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (July 31, 2017). "Reds prospect Jose Siri sets Midwest League record with 36-game hitting streak". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2017.

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