|Sport||Minor league baseball, Independent|
|No. of teams||8|
|Most titles||1 |
Dubuque Colts (1895)
The Eastern Iowa League was an independent minor league baseball league that played in the 1895 season. The eight-team Eastern Iowa League consisted of teams based in Iowa and Illinois. The Eastern Iowa League played only the 1895 season before permanently folding.
The Eastern Iowa League was formed for the 1895 season as an Independent minor league. A league with the same name had operated as a non-classified league in 1890. The Eastern Iowa League League began play on May 10, 1895, as an eight-team league. The Eastern Iowa League League hosted Iowa franchises from Burlington, Iowa (Burlington Spiders), Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids Rabbits), Clinton, Iowa (Clinton Bridegrooms), Dubuque, Iowa (Dubuque Colts), Ottumwa, Iowa (Ottumwa Brownies) and Waterloo, Iowa (Waterloo Indians). The Illinois franchises were based in Rock Island, Illinois (Rock Island Tri-Cities) and Galesburg, Illinois (Galesburg Trotters).
After the season began in 1895, two franchises were expelled from the league. On June 14, 1895, both the Clinton Bridegrooms and the Rock Island Tri-Cities were expelled from the Eastern Iowa League.
On July 8, 1895, four days after being reinstated, the Clinton Bridegrooms were expelled from the league again. The Waterloo Indians were also expelled from the Eastern Iowa League on July 8, 1895.
The Dubuque Colts franchise explored joining the Western Association in 1895 and one of the Dubuque directors of the Dubuque club wrote a letter to the Cedar Rapids franchise in an attempt to have Cedar Rapids join them in the move. The teams did not leave the 1895 Eastern Iowa League.
Local businesses regularly closed when Eastern Iowa League teams hosted home games.
The Dubuque Colts (66-31) had the best overall record in the Eastern Iowa League, which ended the season with four teams. Dubuque won the Eastern Iowa League Championship by winning both halves, so no playoffs were held. The rest of the Eastern Iowa League 1895 regular season records were: Burlington Spiders (52-39), Ottumwa Brownies (49-52), Cedar Rapids Rabbits (43-51). The four teams who were didn't finish the season were the Waterloo Indians, who stopped play with a 21-25 record, the Rock Island Tri-Cities (14-18), Galesburg Trotters (13-27) and Clinton Bridegrooms (11-26).
The Eastern Iowa League permanently disbanded after the 1895 season was completed.
|Team name||City represented||Ballpark||Year(s) active|
|Burlington Spiders||Burlington, Iowa||Athletic Park||1895|
|Cedar Rapids Rabbits||Cedar Rapids, Iowa||West End Grounds||1895|
|Clinton Bridegrooms||Clinton, Iowa||Ringwood Park||1895|
|Dubuque Colts||Dubuque, Iowa||26th Street Field,
Base Ball Grounds
|Galesburg Trotters||Galesburg, Illinois||Willard Field||1895|
|Ottumwa Brownies||Ottumwa, Iowa||Green Street Park||1895|
|Rock Island Tri-Cities||Rock Island, Illinois||12th Street Grounds,
Twin City Park
|Waterloo Indians||Waterloo, Iowa||West End Grounds||1895|
|Dubuque Colts||66||31||.680||-||Joe Cantillon/Tom Morrissey|
|Burlington Spiders||52||39||.571||11||Paul Hines|
|Ottumwa Brownies||49||52||.485||19||Fred Orelup|
|Cedar Rapids Rabbits||43||51||.457||21.5||John Buchan/Pa Rourke|
|Waterloo Indians #||21||25||.457||NA||Mike Lawrence/Baker|
|Galesburg Trotters $||13||27||.325||NA||Frank DuShane|
|Rock Island Tri-Cities %||14||18||.438||NA||Harry Sage|
|Clinton Bridegrooms %||11||26||.297||NA||George Shugart/Edward Corbett|
% Rock Island and Clinton expelled June 14; Clinton rejoined the league July 4, but expelled again July 8.
$ Galesburg disbanded June 25.
# Waterloo expelled July 8.
Playoffs: none heldPlayer Statistics
|Tom Morrissey||Dubuque||BA||.404||Jake Weimer||Burlington||W||18|
|Leroy Hackett||Burlington||Runs||97||Jake Weimer||Burlington||SO||148|
|Tom Morrissey||Dubuque||Hits||137||Pop Dillon||Ottumwa||PCT||.714 10-4|