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
Colorado Rockies and play in the
Class A-Short Season
Class A-Short Season Northwest
3 Previous teams
3.1 Pioneer League
3.2 Northwest League
4 Ownership and media
5 Yearly records
7 Notable alumni
8 See also
10 External links
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. 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. Diamond Sports was
headed by the Triplets' general manager Mal Fichman.
Their debut game was on the road and drew over 7,100 at Spokane, aided
by the appearance of Hank Aaron. 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. 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. 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. The
Boise Hawks had the “Dream
Team” in 2012. This team had future big leaguers: Dan Vouglebach,
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
The Hawks play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Garden City,
Idaho north of the Western
Idaho Fairgrounds. The facility on the
banks of the
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
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), and then Braves (Miwaukee affiliation,
1955–63). 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 played
catcher for the league champion
Boise Braves in 1956 and 1958.
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 to Caldwell with the Cubs, who
Simplot Stadium from 1964 through 1971.
Boise's original team in the
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. 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.
The home opener on June 18 drew 1,814 fans for the first pro game in
Boise since 1963. Fresh from high school, future hall of famer
Rickey Henderson played in 46 games for Boise in 1976 and hit .336 as
a 17-year-old. Even with the exciting Henderson, attendance had
fallen dramatically from an average of 800 per home game in 1975 to
just 250 in 1976. 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. The A's went without an affiliate in the NWL in 1977; in 1978
it was the Bend Timber Hawks, who moved south in 1979 and became
the Medford A's.
After a summer without pro ball, the independent Boise Buckskins
debuted in the
Northwest League in 1978 at Borah Field, owned by
the former female general manager of the Portland Mavericks,
27-year-old Lanny Moss. Despite starting with an 11-3 win over
Salem in their debut, the team never gained a foothold and quickly
folded after a 23–49 (.319) season, poor financial performance,
low attendance, inability to meet payroll, 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. 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. A notable Buckskin was Danny Thomas (1951–1980),
the sixth overall pick in the 1972 draft who had played over 50 games
Milwaukee Brewers in late 1976 and early 1977. Because of his
religious beliefs, he played only six days per week.
Ownership and media
Boise Hawks are owned by Agon Sports & Entertainment LLC, and
the company president is Jeff Eisemann.
Boise Hawks (1987–present)
Derrel Thomas (9-29)
Mal Fichman (17-21)
Gary Van Tol
Gary Van Tol
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
2013: Defeated Salem-Keizer 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Vancouver 2-1
2014: Lost to Hillsboro 2-0 in semifinals.
Boise Hawks roster
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
Bob Apodaca (pitching)
-- Cesar Galvez (coach)
7-day disabled list
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 → Colorado
Rockies minor league players
Garret Anderson (1990)
Troy Percival (1990–1991)
Jarrod Washburn (1995)
John Lackey (1999)
Francisco Rodríguez (1999)
Rich Hill (2001)
Dontrelle Willis (2001)
Ricky Nolasco (2002)
Jeff Samardzija (2006)
Josh Donaldson (2007)
Willson Contreras (2012)
Kris Bryant (2014)
Kyle Schwarber (2014)
Pierce Johnson (2012)
Jeimer Candelario (2012)
Felix Pena (2012)
Justin Bour (2010)
Marco Hernandez (2012)
Tony Campana (2008)
World Series champions
Dontrelle Willis – 2003 Marlins
Francisco Rodríguez – 2002 Angels
Garret Anderson – 2002 Angels
Jarrod Washburn – 2002 Angels
John Lackey – 2002 Angels, 2013 Red Sox, 2016 Cubs
Kris Bryant – 2016 Cubs
Kyle Schwarber – 2016 Cubs
Wilson Contreras – 2016 Cubs
Albert Almora – 2016 Cubs
Matt Szczur – 2016 Cubs
Felix Pena - 2016 Cubs
Jeimer Candelario - 2016 Cubs
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.
^ "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 set to kick off first
Colorado Rockies affiliate". Purple Row. Retrieved October
^ 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 – 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.
^ baseball-reference –
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 – 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.
^ "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.
Teams history for
Boise, Idaho from Baseball-Reference.com
1950s ballpark aerial photo
Based in Denver, Colorado
First-round draft picks
Owners and executives
Opening Day starting pitchers
Mile High Stadium
Hi Corbett Field
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Blake Street Bombers
"Hey! Baby" (DJ Ötzi song)
"Rocky Mountain Way" (Joe Walsh song)
"The Losing Edge" (South Park)
2007 NL Wild Card tie-breaker
2017 NL Wild Card Game
Owners: Charlie and Dick Monfort
General Manager: Jeff Bridich
Manager: Bud Black
National League pennants (1)
Wild card berths (4)
Minor league affiliates
Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)
Hartford Yard Goats
Hartford Yard Goats (AA)
Lancaster JetHawks (A Adv.)
Asheville Tourists (A)
Boise Hawks (Short A)
Grand Junction Rockies
Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie Adv.)
DSL Rockies 1 (Rookie)
DSL Rockies 2 (Rookie)
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Radio network affiliates
1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993
Tri-City Dust Devils
Sports teams based in Idaho
NWL: Boise Hawks
Idaho Falls Chukars
Treasure Valley Rollergirls
College athletics – NCAA Div. I – FBS
Boise State Broncos
NCAA Div. I – FCS
Idaho State Bengals
NCAA Div. II
Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks
Lewis–Clark State College Warriors
College of Southern
Idaho Golden Eagles