Quad Cities River Bandits

Quad Cities River Bandits
Quad Cities River Bandits
Founded in 1960
Davenport, Iowa
Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
  • Single-A (1960-present)
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Quad Cities River Bandits (2008-present)
  • Swing of the Quad Cities (2004-2007)
  • Quad City River Bandits (1992-2003)
  • Quad City Angels (1985-1992)
  • Quad City Cubs (1979-1984)
  • Quad City Angels (1962-1978)
  • Quad City Braves (1960-1961)
Minor league titles
League titles 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990, 2011
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: Main Street Iowa
Manager: Johnny Rodriguez
General Manager: Kirk Goodman

The Quad Cities River Bandits are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, that plays in the Midwest League. Its home games are played at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.


Franchise history

The club became part of the Midwest League in 1960 and was affiliated with the Milwaukee Braves for its first two seasons before joining the farm system of the new Los Angeles (later California) Angels for the 1962 season. Except for a five-year affiliation with the Chicago Cubs (1979-84), the Angels stayed in the Quad Cities through the 1992 season. The team was affiliated with the Houston Astros from 1993 to 1998 and the Minnesota Twins from 1999 to 2004 before joining the Cardinals' farm system for the 2005 season.[1]

A large brick stadium with many round windows on the bottom and many rectangle windows in groups of four line the top of the stadium. The words Modern Woodmen Park are displayed above the door
The River Bandits play at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport

The team used the nickname of its major-league parent through the 1991 season. It was known as the Quad City River Bandits from 1992 through the 2003 season. On October 20, 2003, the team was renamed the Swing of the Quad Cities; the nickname, like the previous one, was chosen as the winning entry in a "name the team" contest. On December 13, 2007, the team announced it would return to its earlier moniker, becoming the Quad Cities River Bandits. More than 48 percent of voters in a contest sponsored by the franchise's new owners preferred the River Bandits name over the Swing and four other finalists: the Channel Cats, the Current, the River Eagles, and the Talons.[2]

The non-profit Quad City Baseball Fans Association operated the franchise from 1960 to 1986. In 1986 Chicago businessman Harry Semrow purchased the team but sold it after the 1987 season due to poor health. Richard Holtzman, another Chicago businessman who owned as many as five minor league teams, owned the franchise from 1987 until 1998. In 1998, Holtzman sold the team to Seventh Inning Stretch, a company owned by Kevin Krause, a businessman out of Mason City, Iowa, and son of Kum & Go co-founder William Krause. On December 28, 2006, Krause agreed to sell the team to Florida-based Main Street Baseball for an undisclosed price; the sale was completed on November 29, 2007.[3][4]

The Quad City River Bandits and City of Davenport jointly unveiled plans for a $347,000 high definition video board which will be installed at Modern Woodmen Park in early June, shortly before the Bandits hosted the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game.[5] The 2011 Midwest League All-Star game was held here from June 20-21.[6]

The team's attendance record of 260,471 was set in 1994.[7]

Notable alumni

Major League Baseball players who have played in Davenport over the years include:[8]


Quad Cities River Bandits rosterview · talk · edit
Players Coaches/Other


  • 39 Andrew Benes
  • -- Daniel Bibona Injury icon 2.svg
  • 34 Seth Blair
  • 32 Ryan Copeland
  • 31 Hector Corpas
  • 44 Angel De Jesus
  • 27 Justin Edwards
  • 7 Anthony Ferrara
  • 41 Cale Johnson
  • 16 Dean Kiekhefer
  • 24 Aidan Lucas
  • 29 Iden Nazarrio
  • 22 Trevor Rosenthal
  • 25 Zach Russell
  • 19 Boone Whiting


  • -- Roberto Espinoza Injury icon 2.svg
  • 11 Geoffrey Klein
  • 35 Cody Stanley
  • 23 Kleininger Teran Injury icon 2.svg


  • -- Joey Bergman
  • 4 Patrick Elkins
  • 3 Ronny Gil
  • 37 Luis Mateo Injury icon 2.svg
  • 28 Jonathan Rodriguez
  • 5 Victor Sanchez Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Jason Stidham Injury icon 2.svg
  • 8 Colin Walsh
  • 30 Kolten Wong


  • 36 Chris Edmonson
  • 12 Nicholas Longmire
  • 26 Mike O'Neill
  • 10 Michael Swinson
  • 15 Oscar Taveras


  • 18 Johnny Rodriguez


  • 13 Joe Kruzel (Batting)
  • 21 Timothy Leveque (Pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 12, 2011
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