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Posted on Mar 28 2019 in General

Indiana’s Home Teams

Right fielder Tirso Ornelas signs autographs for fans in Fort Wayne last season. Ornelas is ranked No. 16 among the Padres’ highly touted young players. Photo courtesy of Fort Wayne TinCaps.

In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings broke new ground as they stepped to the plate. For the first time, an assembled starting roster of baseball players was being openly paid to play. If ever a case was made for “getting what you pay for,” that team was it. The Red Stockings hit pay dirt and finished the season with a perfect 57-0 record.

Thus, the theretofore genteel pastoral pastime of “base ball” became a professional sport. And the “National Pastime” was born.

Professional baseball celebrates is sesquicentennial this year. No one’s planning a bigger block party than Indiana’s backyard neighbor. Though not a direct descendant of that original Red Stockings team, the Cincinnati Reds are marking pro baseball’s 150 years with throwback uniforms, promotions and specials all season long.

While Indiana has no current Major League “home team,” Hoosiers certainly have had a role in developing the game and witnessing its growth from the very start — and still does. Five professional minor league teams around the state offer Hoosiers a great chance to catch some of the game’s rising stars.

Read on to learn more about Indiana’s home teams:

Moses of the Mets

Whether the “Miracle Mets” received divine intervention or not, one thing is for sure: the 1969 World Champs did have a Moses. Parting the major leagues and leading the put-upon New York Mets to the promised land was manager Gil Hodges, the former Dodgers star and native Hoosier. 

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Little-known Indiana Baseball Trivia

Are you a Hoosier baseball aficionado or just love some good trivia? Take a look at these gems about baseball in Indiana. Read more here:

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