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The Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks
are a minor league baseball team in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho. The team is currently a farm team for the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
and play in the Class A-Short Season
Class A-Short Season
Northwest League.


1 History 2 Ballparks 3 Previous teams

3.1 Pioneer League 3.2 Northwest League

3.2.1 A's 3.2.2 Buckskins

4 Ownership and media 5 Yearly records

5.1 Playoffs

6 Roster 7 Notable alumni 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Prior to moving to Boise, the team was the Tri-Cities Triplets, who played in Richland, Washington, for four seasons after moving over from Walla Walla in 1983.[2] An affiliate of the Texas Rangers for the first two seasons in Richland, they operated as an independent in 1985 and 1986. The Triplets were sold in the fall of 1986 to Diamond Sports and moved to Idaho
for the 1987 season.[3][4] Diamond Sports was headed by the Triplets' general manager Mal Fichman.[5][6][7] Their debut game was on the road and drew over 7,100 at Spokane, aided by the appearance of Hank Aaron.[4][8] Continuing as an independent for their first three seasons in Boise, they joined the California Angels organization in 1990; the Angels were previously affiliated with the Bend Bucks for two seasons.[9] The Hawks made the playoffs that first season under the Angels and then won the league title four times in the next five years. After eleven seasons with the Angels, the Hawks moved their affiliation in 2001 to the Chicago Cubs, who were with the Eugene Emeralds for the two previous seasons.[10][11] Under the Cubs, the Hawks won two league titles and were runners-up three times. After fourteen years with Chicago, the Hawks switched in 2015 to the Rockies, who were previously affiliated with the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco for fourteen seasons.[12] The Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks
had the “Dream Team” in 2012. This team had future big leaguers: Dan Vouglebach, Wilson Contreras, Albert Almora
Albert Almora
Jr., Feliz Pena, Stephen Bruno, Marco Hernandez, Trey Martin, Yasiel Balencourt, and Pierce Johnson. They also had the MILB Nickname Champ: Rock Shoulders Ballparks[edit] The Hawks play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Garden City, Idaho
north of the Western Idaho
Fairgrounds.[13] The facility on the banks of the Boise River
Boise River
has a seating capacity of 3,500; it opened in 1989 for the Hawks' third season, its last without an affiliation. The stadium was privately built by an investor group led by Bill Pereira and son Cord Pereira. For their first two seasons, the Hawks played their home games at Bill Wigle Field on the campus of Borah High School.[7][13] Previous teams[edit] Pioneer League[edit] Starting in 1939, Boise was a longtime member of the Pioneer League, then in Class C. The teams were originally known as the Pilots (unaffiliated), then Yankees (New York affiliation, 1952–53), back to Pilots (1954),[14] and then Braves (Miwaukee affiliation, 1955–63).[15] They played at Airway Park, later known as Braves Field, about a half mile (0.8 km) east of Bronco Stadium, in Municipal Park in east Boise, now the site of the headquarters of the Idaho
Department of Fish and Game. Noted broadcaster Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker
played catcher for the league champion Boise Braves in 1956[16] and 1958.[17] The Pioneer League was moved to Class A for one season in 1963, and it was the last for the Boise Braves; the city went 11 summers without minor league baseball. The Pioneer League, now a rookie league, shifted west in the Treasure Valley
Treasure Valley
to Caldwell with the Cubs, who played at Simplot Stadium
Simplot Stadium
from 1964 through 1971. Northwest League[edit] A's[edit] Boise's original team in the Northwest League
Northwest League
was the Boise A's, who debuted in 1975. The new franchise was awarded in 1974 to begin play in 1975, but in the meantime, two NWL teams folded after the 1974 season, New Westminster in British Columbia, and Lewiston in north central Idaho.[18][19] The Lewiston Broncs were an affiliate of the Oakland A's, who shifted their players to Boise for 1975. The Boise A's played their home games at Borah Field and the manager was Tom Trebelhorn, a Bronc player the previous year.[20][21] The home opener on June 18 drew 1,814 fans for the first pro game in Boise since 1963.[22] Fresh from high school, future hall of famer Rickey Henderson
Rickey Henderson
played in 46 games for Boise in 1976 and hit .336 as a 17-year-old.[23] Even with the exciting Henderson, attendance had fallen dramatically from an average of 800 per home game in 1975 to just 250 in 1976.[24] After just two seasons, the team left for Medicine Hat in eastern Alberta
for the 1977 season, where they joined the Pioneer League, a rookie league since 1964, as the Medicine Hat A's.[25] The A's went without an affiliate in the NWL in 1977; in 1978 it was the Bend Timber Hawks,[26] who moved south in 1979 and became the Medford A's.[27] Buckskins[edit] After a summer without pro ball, the independent Boise Buckskins debuted in the Northwest League
Northwest League
in 1978 at Borah Field,[24] owned by the former female general manager of the Portland Mavericks, 27-year-old Lanny Moss.[28] Despite starting with an 11-3 win over Salem in their debut,[29] the team never gained a foothold and quickly folded after a 23–49 (.319) season,[30] poor financial performance, low attendance, inability to meet payroll,[31][32] and the failure to garner an affiliation with a major league club. The Philadelphia Phillies chose to put their NWL team in Bend in 1979, rather than Boise or Salem.[33] Boise went without minor league baseball for eight summers until the Hawks arrived in 1987. The manager was Gerry Craft, who made headlines early regarding divine guidance.[34][35] A notable Buckskin was Danny Thomas (1951–1980), the sixth overall pick in the 1972 draft who had played over 50 games with the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
in late 1976 and early 1977. Because of his religious beliefs, he played only six days per week.[32][36][37] Ownership and media[edit] The Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks
are owned by Agon Sports & Entertainment LLC, and the company president is Jeff Eisemann. Yearly records[edit] as the Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks

Year MLB Club Record Finish Manager Post-season

1987 none (3 yrs.) 26–50 8th Derrel Thomas (9-29) Mal Fichman (17-21)

1988 30–46 7th Mal Fichman

1989 35–40 5th Mal Fichman

1990 Angels (11 yrs.) 53–23 1st Tom Kotchman League Finals

1991 50–26 1st Tom Kotchman League Champions

1992 40–36 3rd Tom Kotchman

1993 41–35 3rd Tom Kotchman League Champions

1994 44–32 2nd Tom Kotchman League Champions

1995 48–27 1st Tom Kotchman League Champions

1996 43–33 2nd Tom Kotchman

1997 51–25 1st Tom Kotchman League Finals

1998 47–29 1st (t) Tom Kotchman League Finals

1999 43–33 2nd Tom Kotchman

2000 41–35 1st (t) Tom Kotchman

2001 Cubs (14 yrs.) 52–23 1st Steve McFarland League Finals

2002 49–27 1st Steve McFarland League Champions

2003 27–49 8th Steve McFarland

2004 42–34 1st (t) Tom Beyers League Champions

2005 34–42 6th (t) Trey Forkerway

2006 44–32 2nd Steve McFarland League Finals

2007 37–39 3rd (t) Tom Beyers

2008 43–33 2nd Tom Beyers

2009 34–42 6th (t) Casey Kopitzke

2010 34–42 5th Jody Davis

2011 36–40 5th Mark Johnson Semifinals

2012 37–39 4th Mark Johnson League Finals

2013 41–35 3rd Gary Van Tol League Finals

2014 41–35 3rd Gary Van Tol Semifinals

2015 Rockies (3 yrs.) 30–46 8th Frank Gonzalez

2016 33–44 4th Andy González

2017     Scott Little


1990: Lost to Spokane 2-1 in finals. 1991: Defeated Yakima 2-0 to win championship. 1993: Defeated Bellingham 2-0 to win championship. 1994: Defeated Yakima 2-1 to win championship. 1995: Defeated Bellingham 2-1 to win championship. 1997: Lost to Portland 3-2 in finals. 1998: Lost to Salem-Keizer 3-0 in finals. 2001: Lost to Salem-Keizer 3-0 in finals. 2002: Defeated Everett 3-0 to win championship. 2004: Defeated Vancouver 3-0 in finals. 2006: Lost to Salem-Keizer 3-1 in finals. 2011: Lost to Tri-City 2-0 in semifinals. 2012: Defeated Yakima 2-1 in semifinals; lost to Vancouver 2-1 in finals. 2013: Defeated Salem-Keizer 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Vancouver 2-1 in finals. 2014: Lost to Hillsboro 2-0 in semifinals.


Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks

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Players Coaches/Other


53 Alec Byrd 35 Justin Calomeni 40 Moises Ceja 29 Jared Gesell 33 Luis Guzman 48 Nate Harris 26 Jesse Lepore 12 Pearson McMahan 52 Keinter Olivares 27 George Thanopoulos


31 Austin Bernard 20 Christian Correa


 6 Luis Castro 17 Danny Edgeworth  5 LJ Hatch


19 Cole Anderson 45 Daniel Jipping 28 Aubry McCarty  1 J. B. Moss


44 Scott Little


34 Bob Apodaca
Bob Apodaca
(pitching) -- Cesar Galvez (coach)

7-day disabled list * On Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
40-man roster # Rehab assignment ∞ Reserve list ‡ Restricted list § Suspended list † Temporary inactive list Roster updated March 30, 2018 Transactions → More rosters: MiLB •  Northwest League
Northwest League
→ Colorado Rockies minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

Garret Anderson
Garret Anderson
(1990) Troy Percival
Troy Percival
(1990–1991) Jarrod Washburn
Jarrod Washburn
(1995) John Lackey
John Lackey
(1999) Francisco Rodríguez (1999) Rich Hill (2001) Dontrelle Willis
Dontrelle Willis
(2001) Ricky Nolasco
Ricky Nolasco
(2002) Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija
(2006) Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson
(2007) Willson Contreras
Willson Contreras
(2012) Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
(2014) Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
(2014) Pierce Johnson (2012) Jeimer Candelario (2012) Felix Pena (2012) Justin Bour
Justin Bour
(2010) Marco Hernandez (2012) Tony Campana
Tony Campana

World Series champions

Dontrelle Willis
Dontrelle Willis
– 2003 Marlins Francisco Rodríguez – 2002 Angels Garret Anderson
Garret Anderson
– 2002 Angels Jarrod Washburn
Jarrod Washburn
– 2002 Angels John Lackey
John Lackey
– 2002 Angels, 2013 Red Sox, 2016 Cubs Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
– 2016 Cubs Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
– 2016 Cubs Wilson Contreras – 2016 Cubs Albert Almora
Albert Almora
– 2016 Cubs Matt Szczur
Matt Szczur
– 2016 Cubs Felix Pena - 2016 Cubs Jeimer Candelario - 2016 Cubs

See also[edit]

Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks
players (1987–present) Boise Buckskins players (1978) Boise A's players (1975–1976)

Boise Braves players (1955–1963) Boise Pilots players (1939–1942, 1946–1951, 1954) Boise Yankees players (1952–1953)


^ "Humphrey the Hawk".  ^ "Tri-City Americans can learn lesson or two from Fichman". Tri-City Herald. July 24, 1988. p. D1.  ^ Stalwick, Howie (June 15, 1987). "Tribe geared for fan assault; Aaron due". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. p. C1.  ^ a b Stalwick, Howie (June 17, 1987). "Valentin plays heart out in Indians debut". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. p. D1.  ^ "Trips sale final to Diamond Sports". Tri-City Herald. November 10, 1986. p. C3.  ^ "It's official: Triplets now Boise Hawks". Tri-City Herald. November 21, 1986. p. D2.  ^ a b "Boise's manager hoping to tear down baseball's racial barrier". Idahonian. Moscow. Associated Press. July 11, 1987. p. 20.  ^ Stalwick, Howie (June 2, 1987). "Aaron will help Tribe open year". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. B4.  ^ Pritchett, John (October 5, 1989). "Bucks will be back in Bend next year, likely as a co-op". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. D1.  ^ "Ems put into new division". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. October 6, 2000. p. 4B.  ^ Clark, Bob (June 22, 2001). "Cubs keep a presence in league". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 5B.  ^ Moore, Timothy (June 18, 2015). " Boise Hawks
Boise Hawks
set to kick off first season as Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
affiliate". Purple Row. Retrieved October 29, 2015.  ^ a b "Miscellany". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (staff and wire reports). October 28, 1988. p. D2.  ^ "Boise releases Eddie Fernandes". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. October 26, 1954. p. 17.  ^ baseball-reference.com – minor league franchises – Boise, Idaho – accessed 2011-10-10 ^ Lassanske, Bob (August 4, 1956). "Uecker stars as catcher with Boise". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 6, part 2.  ^ baseball-reference.com – Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker
– minor league statistics – accessed 2011-10-16 ^ Barrows, Bob (January 10, 1975). "Directors' vote kills Bronc baseball". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. B1.  ^ Barrows, Bob (January 11, 1975). "Broncs' demise no sudden thing". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. B1.  ^ "Pro ball returns to Boise after absence of 11 years". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 18, 1975. p. B1.  ^ baseball-reference – Tom Trebelhorn
Tom Trebelhorn
– minor league statistics – accessed 2011-10-16 ^ "Boise drops opener before 1,814 fans". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 19, 1975. p. B1.  ^ "1976 Boise A's – team statistics". Baseball
Reference. Retrieved October 29, 2011.  ^ a b "Boise board tables 'Buckskins'". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. September 14, 1977. p. B3.  ^ "Teams added for Pioneer". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. October 14, 1976. p. 34.  ^ Coulter, Mel (June 14, 1978). "Hawks must play waiting game as debut approaches". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. 12.  ^ Welch, Bob (July 4, 1979). "Seeing too much red at Genna". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. 12.  ^ Coulter, Mel (June 29, 1978). "A first for pro ball". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. 14.  ^ "Veteran, rookie supply opening-night punch". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. June 21, 1978. p. 9.  ^ " Northwest League
Northwest League
– final standings". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. September 1, 1978. p. 1D.  ^ "Buckskins continue sans pay". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 22, 1978. p. 15.  ^ a b "'Skins vote to play as Ems regain first". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 22, 1978. p. 3C.  ^ "Boise baseball team pulls out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 10, 1979. p. B2.  ^ Withers, Bud (June 28, 1978). "Boise has to bear with Him after another loss to Eugene". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.  ^ "Advice from God led to release". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 29, 1978. p. 1B.  ^ Stewart, Chuck (May 9, 1978). "A job for Danny?". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 23.  ^ "Ex-Indian suicide victim". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. July 15, 1980. p. 17. 

External links[edit]

Official website Teams history for Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
from Baseball-Reference.com 1950s ballpark aerial photo

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