Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League (also known as the "Three-I" or "Three Eye")
was a national force in minor league baseball for the first sixty years
of the twentieth century. The Three Eye was the nation's oldest Class B
minor league, then the highest level of low minor leagues. Communities
represented in the league included Bloomington (Illinois), Cedar Rapids,
Danville, Davenport, Decatur, Evansville, Moline, Peoria, Springfield,
Terre Haute, Waterloo, and others.
League is well represented in the halls of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lou
Boudreau, Mordecai Brown, Red Faber, Hank Greenberg, Burleigh Grimes, Carl
Hubbell, Red Ruffing, and others played in the league en route to Cooperstown.
In addition, many big league stars spent time in the Three Eye, including
Hank Bauer, Ossie Bluege, Del Crandall, Carl Erskine, Kirby Higby, Frank
Howard, Harvey Kuenn, Allie Reynolds, Charlie Root, Gus Suhr, Eddie Waitkus,
Whitlaw Wyatt, and many more.
This in an ongoing
research project and much information remains fragmentary at best and overlooked
at worst. With the assistance of interested visitors (and perhaps former
players), it is hoped that this site will develop into a studied overview
of the great Three Eye.
A brief narrative account of the storied Three-I League.
Pennant winners and cellar dwellers, 1901-1961.
Pitching and batting leaders, as well as miscellany.
A fair number of Three Eye veterans capped their careers with enshrinement
in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sketches of league veterans, some well known and many more long forgotten.
The lost history of minor league baseball is etched on the world-weary
faces of more than one Three-I League skipper.
A collection of images from around the Class B loop.
Personal recollections from those that played on the fields and those that
watched from the stands.
In-depth (and occasionally peculiar) explorations of the storied Three