1886 – 1961
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The Topeka Owls was the primary name of the minor league baseball franchise based in Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Topeka first began professional play in 1886 as the Topeka Capitals and had numerous names throughout their existence as a minor league team. Topeka was called the Topeka Reds (1960–1961), Topeka Hawks (1956–1959), Topeka Owls (1946–1954, 1939–1942), Topeka Senators (1933–1934, 1930–1931, 1924–1926), Topeka Jayhawks (1932, 1927–1929, 1909–1915), Topeka Kaws (1922–1923), Topeka Savages (1916), Topeka White Sox (1905–1908), Topeka Saints (1904), Topeka Colts (1897), Topeka Populists (1893), Topeka Giants (1895, 1898) and the Topeka Capitals (1886, 1893).
Topeka competed in various leagues with various Major League Baseball affiliations. Topeka competed as a member the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League (1959–1961), Western League (1956–1958, 1933–1934, 1929–1931, 1909–1916, 1886–1887), Western Association (1946–1954, 1939–1942, 1932, 1927–1928, 1924, 1905–1908, 1893), Southwestern League (1925–1926, 1922–1923), and the Kansas State League (1895, 1897–1898).
The Owls and their other namesakes were affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds (1959–1961, 1933–1934), Milwaukee Braves (1956–1958), Chicago White Sox (1953–1954), Chicago Cubs (1951–1952), St. Louis Browns (1939–1940, 1930) and St. Louis Cardinals (1927–1928).
The Topeka teams played at the Topeka Baseball Park, located at 15th and Adams. They later played at Freefair Park. Beginning in 1940 they played at Owl Ballpark located at North Topeka Boulevard and Lyman Road, at the address of 225 NW. Lyman. The park was expanded from 2750 seats to 4700 seats during its exiatance with dimensions of (Left, Center, Right): 335-410-315 (1939) and 316-403-309 (1961). Owl Ballpark was demolished in 1963.
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