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Encyclopedia > Swing of the Quad Cities

The Swing of the Quad Cities is a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, that plays in the Midwest League. Its home games are played in Davenport, Iowa.


The club became part of the Midwest League in 1960 and was affiliated with the Milwaukee Braves for its first two seasons before joining the farm system of the new Los Angeles (later California) Angels for the 1962 season. Except for a five-year affiliation with the Chicago Cubs (1979-84), the Angels stayed in the Quad Cities through the 1992 season. The team was affiliated with the Houston Astros from 1993 to 1998 and the Minnesota Twins from 1999 to 2004 before joining the Cardinals' farm system for the 2005 season.


The team used the nickname of its major-league parent through the 1991 season. It was known as the Quad City River Bandits from 1992 through the 2003 season. On October 20, 2003, the team was renamed the Swing of the Quad Cities; the nickname, like the previous one, was chosen as the winning entry in a "name the team" contest.


The club's home ballpark is John O'Donnell Stadium, located on the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport. Built in 1931 as Municipal Stadium, it was renamed for a former local sportswriter in 1971. The park has received positive reviews for its view of the river, but the river has also created problems as the field was completely submerged during the floods of 1993 and 2001, forcing the team to play in other parks. In 2002 the Davenport city council approved plans for the renovation of John O'Donnell Stadium, which brought the facility to modern professional baseball standards. The renovations included the construction of a nine-foot-high berm around the outfield fence that provides flood protection for the park and a lawn seating area for fans. The newly-renovated stadium opened on April 29, 2004; the Swing defeated the Burlington Bees 1-0 in its first game.


The team's attendance record of 260,471 was set in 1994.


Source

  • 2003 Quad City River Bandits Souvenir Program
  • Dinda, J. (2003), "Davenport, Iowa, in the Midwest League," http://www.mwlguide.com/cities/davenport/index.html

External link

  • Swing of the Quad Cities web site (http://www.swingbaseball.com)

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Swing of the Quad Cities - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (300 words)
The Swing of the Quad Cities is a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the St.
It was known as the Quad City River Bandits from 1992 through the 2003 season.
On October 20, 2003, the team was renamed the Swing of the Quad Cities; the nickname, like the previous one, was chosen as the winning entry in a "name the team" contest.
Peoria Chiefs (676 words)
The Chiefs jumped on Swing starter Matt Scherer from the get-go as leadoff batter Eric Patterson singled to center and advanced to second on an errant pick off throw.
Quad Cities picked up a run in the 4th inning on a two out single from Jake Mullinax.
The Swing tied it against Johnson in the 5th inning but left the go-ahead run on base again.
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