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The Toledo Mud Hens is quite a strange name for minor league baseball team, being located in Toledo of the Ohio State. The Mud Hens are part of the International League, and they are associated with the major league baseball team the Detroit Tigers. They have won back-to-back Governors' Cup championships in 2005 and 2006.
The present team is among several of the professional clubs that have existed in Toledo since 1883. They had used the name Mud Hens 1896, for the first time, as the team was bought by Charles Strobel.
It is a point to be noticed that one of the two parks where the team played that year, Bay View Park, was adjacent to marshland which was inhabited by American Coots, also known as marsh hens or mud hens, from which the team adopted their name.
The Mud Hens have a home ground, named Fifth Third Field, located at 406 Washington Street. The stadium was built in 2002, it was considered as the best minor league ballpark in America by Newsweek.
The Mud Hens are continuously playing for the International League right from the year of 1965. It was the time, when the New York Yankees' and the Richmond Virginians had moved there.
The history of Toledo hens, reveals that it was greatly disorganized for nine seasons, from 1956?64. That was the city's longest stretch without professional ball since the 1880s.
Toledo is considered at a special place by baseball historians, as it was the first league, which tried to break the barriers of color and race. There were many minor league teams in Toledo, which had lasted for short durations late in the 1880s and during the 1890s.
The team has also returned to the AA in 1890. The team had acquired the nicknames Swamp Angels and Mud Hens in 1896 due to the ballpark's proximity to marshlands and waterfowl.
The Mud Hens had joined as a charter member of the American Association in 1902. The team was used to play at Armory Park right from the year of 1897.
The Mud Hens were temporarily relocated at Cleveland during 1914 through 1915; it was a goodwill gesture to help the Cleveland Indians to support against any territorial threat by the Federal League.
The Mud Hens had acquired the status by residing deep in the second division of the circuit, they had won the AA pennant only once in the year of 1927. By the early 1950s, Toledo had annually trailed the other seven Association clubs in attendance; it had reached reaching a desperation point in mid-season of 1952.
The team had moved back to Charleston. Later, the city had got another American Association franchise in the very next year. It was a time when the Boston Braves transferred to Milwaukee in March 1953, displacing their farm club, the Milwaukee Brewers, which then shifted to Toledo as the Sox.
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