Kokomo Dodgers
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Kokomo Dodgers
Kokomo Dodgers
Minor league affiliations
Previous classesClass D (1955-1961)
LeagueMidwest League (1956-1961)
Previous leagues
Mississippi-Ohio Valley League (1955)
Major league affiliations
Previous teams
Team data
Previous names
  • Kokomo Dodgers (1956-1961)
  • Kokomo Giants (1955)
Previous parks
Highland Park Stadium (1955-1961)

The Kokomo Dodgers was the primary moniker of the minor league baseball team based in Kokomo, Indiana between 1955 and 1961. The 1956 Kokomo Dodgers were a charter member of the Midwest League, as the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League changed names. Kokomo was an affiliate of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1956 to 1961, after initially playing as a New York Giants affiliate in 1955.

Baseball Hall of Fame member Orlando Cepeda played for the 1955 Kokomo Giants.


In 1955, Kokomo replaced the Danville Dans in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League, playing as the Kokomo Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.[1] The next season, Kokomo became an charter member of newly formed Midwest League, which grew out of the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. The other seven Midwest League charter franchises were the Clinton Pirates, Dubuque Packers, Decatur Commodores, Michigan City White Caps, Paris Lakers, Lafayette Red Sox and Mattoon Phillies.[2][3]

Former Dodger Pete Reiser was the team's manager during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.[4][5] The team won the Midwest League pennant in 1957, but lost in the playoffs.[6][7][8]

The Ballpark

The team played at Highland Park Stadium.[8]

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

See also

Kokomo Dodgers players


  1. ^ http://www.mwlguide.com/cities/danville/
  2. ^ "1956 Midwest League".
  3. ^ "1955 Kokomo Giants Statistics".
  4. ^ (27 October 1981). Reckless Reiser Dead at 62, Windsor Star, Retrieved December 10, 2010 ("for two years managed the Kokomo Dodgers in the Class D Midwest League")
  5. ^ (24 January 1956). Sports in short, Milwaukee Journal, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  6. ^ Cox, Don (29 November 1957). Sports salutes, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  7. ^ Cox, Don. (15 March 1958). Sports salutes, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  8. ^ a b Boyle, Robert H. (2 September 1957). Pete In The Bush, Sports Illustrated, Retrieved December 10, 2010 (detailed article profiling Reiser at Kokomo)

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