The Clinton LumberKings beat the Lansing Lugnuts 7-3 Friday to notch their 4,000th victory as a member of the Midwest League. Luis Liberato and Dalton Kelly each drove in a pair of runs for the LumberKings.
Clinton is the first team to collect 4,000 wins in the Midwest League. It is the league’s oldest team, operating continuously since 1954 (when the Midwest League was known as the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League). The then-Clinton Pirates got off to a great start in the league, finishing second in the eight-team league. (They lost the championship series to the Danville Dans, who were a New York Giants affiliate.)
Clinton is the only current MWL team that was in the circuit when it became known as the Midwest League in 1956. Davenport (now the Quad Cities River Bandits) was the next current MWL team to join the league, in 1960. Appleton (now the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), Burlington and Cedar Rapids joined the league in 1962.
Clinton won its first Midwest League championship title in 1963, when the C-Sox (a Chicago White Sox affiliate) went 83-41. Clinton won the league title one other time, in 1991, when they went 81-58 as a San Francisco Giants affiliate.
In addition to the Pirates, the White Sox and the Giants, Clinton has been affiliated with the Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres, the Cincinnati Reds, the Montreal Expos, the Texas Rangers and, currently, the Seattle Mariners.