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South Bend Silver Hawks

South Bend Cubs
Founded in 1988
South Bend, Indiana
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Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass A-Advanced (from 2021)
Previous classesClass A (1988-2020)
LeagueMidwest League (1988-present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
TeamChicago Cubs (2015-present)
Previous teamsArizona Diamondbacks (1998-2014)
Chicago White Sox (1988-1997)
Minor league titles
  • 1989
  • 1993
  • 2005
  • 2019
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1993
  • 2001
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2019
Team data
NameSouth Bend Cubs (2015-present)
Previous names
South Bend Silver Hawks (1994-2014)
South Bend White Sox (1988-1993)
ColorsRoyal blue, red, white[1][2]
     
MascotsStu the Cub and Swoop the Silverhawk
BallparkFour Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium (1988-present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Andrew T. Berlin
General ManagerNick Brown
ManagerBuddy Bailey

The South Bend Cubs are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They are located in South Bend, Indiana, and play their home games at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.

The team was originally known as the South Bend White Sox from 1988 to 1993 during their affiliation with the Chicago White Sox, a partnership that lasted until 1997. They were called the South Bend Silver Hawks from 1994 to 2014. From 1998 to 2014, they were affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They then became an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and became the South Bend Cubs in 2015.[3][4]

History

Four Winds Field in South Bend.

South Bend, Indiana, was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1988.[5] Originally affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and bearing the name of the parent club, the team was renamed in 1994. The name "Silver Hawks" was chosen as an homage to the once popular Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile, which was manufactured in South Bend.

Reid Mahon with the Silver Hawks in 2007

Notable former players include Brandon Webb, and Justin Upton, the #1 overall draft pick in 2005.

The team's home park is Four Winds Field. The stadium was built in 1987 and named for Stanley Coveleski, the Hall of Fame pitcher who retired to South Bend after a career in major league baseball that included pitching an amazing three complete games to help the Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series. On September 5, 2013, the South Bend Silver Hawks announced an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Resorts, for naming rights to the field. The field is now known as Four Winds Field. As part of the agreement, a permanent bronze memorial bearing the name and likeness of Stanley Coveleski will be installed at the main entrance in his honor.

Despite playing through rumors of sale and relocation in the near future to Marion, Illinois, the Silver Hawks managed a championship season in 2005, beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and winning the 2005 Midwest League Championship. The team also won league titles in 1989 and 1993.

Former Indiana Governor (and former South Bend Mayor) Joe Kernan formed an investment group to purchase the Silver Hawks in 2005. At the time, Kernan made it clear that a principal objective of the group was to keep the team from leaving South Bend.

New ownership

In November 2011, Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, a limited partner of the Chicago White Sox and Chairman/CEO of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging and the new owner of the team, ensured his commitment to the city of South Bend by signing a 20-year cumulative lease agreement for the use of Coveleski Stadium. He then added a public commitment to the citizens of the region that he would invest $2.5 million of his own money to make upgrades to the city-owned stadium.[6][7]

Chicago Cubs

On September 18, 2014, the Silver Hawks and Chicago Cubs signed a four-year player-development contract through 2018. Owner of the team Berlin said in a statement. "Today is a turning point. I made a promise to the local community and government officials who welcomed me with open arms three years ago. I promised that I would return the team to its former glory days. And I promised that I'd do everything I could to bring people back to South Bend and prove that this is a wonderful place to invest in. Now one of the best and most beloved brands in the history of Major League Baseball is making a bold statement about this place too." [3]

With the launch of the Marquee Sports Network, Marquee indicated that a package of the teams games would be carried on the channel while seeking carriage in the South Bend area.[8]

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's reorganization of the minor leagues after the 2020 season, the Midwest League was reconfigured as a Class A-Advanced league with South Bend continuing as a Chicago Cubs affiliate.[9]

Awards

After setting attendance records during the 2015 season, the South Bend Cubs won the 42nd John H. Johnson President's Award as the minor league's "most complete franchise". The award requires a team to succeed in financial stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry. The president of the team, Joe Hart, said, "To be selected for this prestigious award over some of the best franchises across the nation is extremely humbling".[10]

Mascot

The team has two mascots. One is Stu the Cub, who was selected following an online fan vote prior to Opening Day. The other is Swoop the Silverhawk, who was the mascot when the team was known as the Silverhawks, and was kept after the name change. [11]

Roster

Playoffs

Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1989 - W, 2-0, Rockford W, 3-0, Springfield
1990 - W, 2-0, Madison L, 3-1, Quad City
1993 - W, 2-0, Rockford W, 3-1, Clinton
2001 W, 2-0, Michigan W, 2-0, Dayton L, 1-0, Kane County
2003 L, 2-0, Lansing - -
2004 W, 2-0, Fort Wayne L, 2-0, West Michigan -
2005 W, 2-0, Southwest Michigan W, 2-0, West Michigan W, 3-2, Wisconsin
2006 L, 2-0, Lansing - -
2007 W, 2-1, Dayton L, 2-0, West Michigan -
2008 W, 2-1, West Michigan W, 2-0, Dayton L, 2-0, Burlington
2009 L, 2-1, Fort Wayne - -
2013 W, 2-0, Great Lakes W, 2-1, Fort Wayne L, 3-0, Quad Cities
2016 L, 2-1, West Michigan - -
2019 W, 2-0, Bowling Green W, 2-0, Great Lakes W, 3-0, Clinton

Notable alumni

Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

  • George Bell (1993) 3 x MLB All-Star; 1988 AL Most Valuable Player
  • Terry Francona (1992, MGR) 2 x AL Manager of the Year (2013, 2016); Manager: 2 x World Series Champion - Boston Red Sox (2004, 2007)
  • Brandon Webb (2000) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2006 NL Cy Young Award

References

  1. ^ "South Bend Cubs unveil official new logo, colors and home jersey". MLB Advanced Media. December 4, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "South Bend Cubs Style Guide". Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Leventhal, Josh. "Tracking the Affiliation Shuffle". baseballamerica.com. Baseball America. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "South Bend Silver Hawks renamed South Bend Cubs". WSBT/Channel 22. Archived from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Baseball in South Bend, Indiana". MWLGuide.com.
  6. ^ "South Bend Cubs News". MiLB.com.
  7. ^ Peterson, Mark. "South Bend Silver Hawks sold, but staying in town". www.wndu.com.
  8. ^ Lafayette, Jon (February 24, 2020). "Marquee Sports Network Steps Up to the Plate". Multichannel. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Reichard, Kevin (December 9, 2020). "Cubs to return four affiliates for 2021". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ Andracki, Tony. "South Bend Cubs win minor league baseball's top honor". csnchicago.com. Comcast Sportsnet. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Johnson, David. "South Bend Cubs help New Buffalo pupils "Swoop" into reading". harborcountry-news.com. Harbor Country News. Retrieved 2015.

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