|Toledo Mud Hens|
Founded in 1965
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Triple-A East (2021-present)|
|International League (1965-2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Detroit Tigers (1987-present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Name||Toledo Mud Hens (1965-present)|
|Colors||Navy, red, white, gold|
|Mascots||Muddy and Muddonna|
|Ballpark||Fifth Third Field (2002-present)|
|Ned Skeldon Stadium (1965-2001)|
|Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club|
|General Manager||Erik Ibsen|
The Toledo Mud Hens are a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. They are located in Toledo, Ohio, and play their home games at Fifth Third Field. From their 1965 establishment as a Triple-A franchise through 2020, the Mud Hens were members of the International League. They joined the Triple-A East in 2021.
Professional baseball had been played off and on in Toledo since 1883, but the Mud Hens era began in 1896 with the "Swamp Angels", who played in the Interstate League. They played in Bay View Park, which was outside the Toledo city limits and therefore not covered by the city's blue laws. The park was located near marshland inhabited by American coots, also known as "mud hens." For this reason, the local press soon dubbed the team the "Mud Hens"--a nickname that has stuck to Toledo baseball teams for all but a few years since. After only one year, though, the team moved to Armory Park.
A Mud Hens team played in the Interstate League from 1896 through 1900, then the Western Association in 1901, the American Association from 1902 through 1913, the Southern Michigan League in 1914, and retuned to the American Association from 1916 to 1952.:95
Mid-season in 1952, Mud Hens owner Danny Menendez moved the Mud Hens to Charleston, West Virginia, where they competed as the Charleston Senators through 1960. Toledo fielded a replacement franchise in the American Association from 1953 to 1955, the Toledo Sox, which was the former Milwaukee Brewers minor-league team. That franchise subsequently moved to Wichita, Kansas, for the 1956 season, where it competed as the Wichita Braves through 1958.
An International League franchise moved to Toledo from Richmond, Virginia in 1965 adopting the Mud Hens name to become the current incarnation of the Toledo Mud Hens. However they were based in Maumee, Ohio at the converted Fort Miami Fairgrounds. The local ownership group led by Ned Skeldon signed with the New York Yankees to be its top minor league team. In 1967, the Detroit Tigers replaced the Yankees as its major league affiliate. That year, the team was third in the league but claimed the Governor's Cup via the four team playoff. The next year the team won a record 83 games and the league pennant, while failing to win the cup again. The team was affiliated with Detroit until 1974. In 1974 and 1975, the Phillies affiliated with the Mud Hens, followed by two years affiliated with Cleveland Indians. All four seasons were losing seasons.pg. 77
The Minnesota Twins took over as the team's major league affiliate and brought in Gene Cook as general manager, who was good at promoting the team, particularly as a family event. Cook also got Jamie Farr to incorporate the Mud Hens in Farr's M*A*S*H character's background.pg. 77
The records of the last five Toledo Mud Hens seasons are listed below.
|2015||61||83||.424||4th in IL West||Did not qualify|
|2016||68||76||.472||4th in IL West||Did not qualify|
|2017||70||71||.496||3rd in IL West||Did not qualify|
|2018||73||66||.525||1st in IL West||Lost Governors' Cup Semi-finals|
|2019||66||74||.471||T-2nd in IL West||Did not qualify|
|5-Year Record||338||370||.477||1 Division Title||0 League Titles|