League Affiliation: Federal Association

Founded: 1890 (Peerless League)

Ownership History:
William Thompson: 1890-1904
Eddie Thompson: 1904-1939
Powell Thompson: 1939-1951
Powell Thompson Jr.: 1951-


1908, 09, 11, 16, 18, 19, 29


1909, 16, 18, 19, 29


One of just two Peerless League clubs to gain entry into the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues in 1892, the Detroit Dynamos found little success on the field in the 19th century, but things took a turn for the better in the 20th century when they acquired two of the era's greatest pitchers in Bill Temple and Woody Trease. Though both pitchers' careers were shortened by injuries both tragic and in Temple's case, self-inflicted, the Dynamos got some very good mileage out of them. Detroit won six pennants and four World championships over the course of twelve seasons (1908-19). This success allowed them to move into a shiny new ballpark in 1915 and though the club fell on hard times after Trease and Temple left town, owner Eddie Thompson showed that like his father, he was willing to give his baseball men the greenlight to trade for high-salaried stars. The club won another WCS under Eddie Thompson in 1929 and competed for the pennant through 1933 before trading away the team's biggest stars in Frank Vance and Al Wheeler, setting off a four-year run at or near the bottom of the standings. Detroit rebounded nicely in 1938, but Eddie Thompson's death in 1939 caused ownership to pass to his much younger half-brother Powell Thompson, who tightened up the purse strings and though the Dynamos played well most of the time under Powell Thompson, their 1929 championship remains their most recent pennant. Powell Thompson died after the 1950 season and the club is now run by his son Powell Thompson Jr.

Thompson Field

BUILT: 1915


ADDRESS: 2099 Third Avenue, Detroit, MI

Thompson Field 1951