Evansville, Indiana, USA is the home of two minor league professional, one semi-professional, and two amateur sports teams. The city is also the home to two NCAA collegiate teams, and nine high schools that participate in the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Every August, Evansville plays host to the top tier boat racing circuit of H1 Unlimited when it hosts Thunder on the Ohio along the Ohio River in downtown Evansville. Evansville has hosted Thunder on the Ohio since 1979.
Evansville is currently the home of two minor league professional sports teams. These current/active teams have won a combined 1 league championship and 5 division titles.
|Evansville Otters||Frontier League||Baseball||Bosse Field||1995||1 League Title; 5 Division Titles|
|Evansville IceMen||All American Hockey League||Ice hockey||Swonder Ice Arena||2008||None|
The Evansville Otters are a professional
minor league baseball team based
in Evansville. The team is part of the West Division of the Frontier
League. The Otters have won one league title and five division
titles since their inception in 1995. The team plays at Bosse Field, which has
been used for minor league baseball since it opened in 1915 and is
the third oldest ballpark used for professional baseball on a
regular basis in the United States. The Otters were previously
known as the Lancaster Scouts (1993–1994).
The Evansville IceMen are a professional
minor league hockey team based in
Evansville. The team is part of the All
American Hockey League. The IceMen's home stadium is Swonder Ice
Arena. On February 14, 2009 Evansville IceMen goaltender Kira Hurley became the
first female goalie to ever register a point in a men's
professional game. Because of this achievement, Kira is in the Hockey Hall
of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Kira's game memorabilia (goalie stick
and game jersey) is on permanent display in the minor league
section of the Hall of Fame.
Evansville is the home of one semi-professional sports team. This current/active team has won 1 league championship and 2 division titles.
|Ohio River Bearcats||Great Midwest Football League||American Football||Reitz Bowl & Central Stadium||2008||1 League Title; 2 Division Titles|
The Ohio River Bearcats are a
semi-professional football team based in Evansville. The team is
part of the Great Midwest Football
League and their season runs from Mid-May to Late September.
The Ohio River Bearcat's home field is the Reitz
Bowl & Central Stadium.
Evansville is home to two Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) leagues: the Demolition City Roller Derby and the Southern Indiana Roller Derby flat track roller derby leagues. In the WFTDA, member leagues create "travel" teams who play against each other in regional matches, although some leagues that are not WFTDA members have independently arranged their own travel teams and inter-league bouts. The two Evansville travel teams are the Rollergirls of Sothern Indiana (Southern Indiana Roller Derby League), and the Dynamite Dolls (Demolition City Roller Derby League).
|Rollergirls of Southern Indiana||Southern Indiana Roller Derby/ WFTDA||Flat Track Roller Derby||Swonder Ice Arena||2007||None|
|Dynamite Dolls||Demolition City Roller Derby/ WFTDA||Flat Track Roller Derby||Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum||2008||None|
The Rollergirls of Southern Indiana are an
amateur flat track roller derby team based in
Evansville. The team is a part of the Southern Indiana
Roller Derby and is a member of the WFTDA. The team
plays at Swonder Ice Arena.
The Dynamite Dolls are an amateur flat
track roller derby team based in Evansville. The team is a part
of the Demolition City Roller Derby and is a
member of the WFTDA. The team
plays at the Soldiers and Sailors
Evansville has two universities that field teams for the NCAA: the University of Evansville (Purple Aces) and University of Southern Indiana (Screaming Eagles). These schools have a combined 6 team national championships.
|School||Established||Division||Conference||National Titles||Championship Sport/Years|
|University of Evansville Purple Aces||1854||Div I||MVC||5||• Mens Basketball: (5) 1959*, 1960*, 1964*, 1965* and 1971*|
|University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles||1965||Div II||GLVC||1||• Mens Basketball: (1) 1995|
* NCAA College Division (now Division II) national championships
The University of Evansville athletics department was built upon a foundation of success in men's basketball, including NCAA College Division (now Division II) national championships in 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1971. The team was led by legendary coach Arad McCutchan from 1946 to 1977 who led the Purple Aces to a 515-313 record. In 1977 UE began playing in NCAA Division I athletics.
Since 1990, all 15 Screaming Eagles teams have participated in their respective national tournaments and/or were ranked at the national level. USI claimed one national championship (men's basketball, 1995), finished three times as the national finalist (men's basketball, 1994 and 2004; and women's basketball, 1997), and earned one third-place finish (men's cross country, 1982).
Evansville has had a long history with professional sports teams. Past professional organizations have included the NFL, Triple-A minor league baseball, arena Arena football, and professional basketball. Past Evansville major league, minor league, and semi professional teams have won a combined 15 championships.
|Evansville Hoosiers||Baseball||Central Interstate League||1889|
|Evansville||Baseball||Illinois-Indiana League (Two-I League)||1892|
|Evansville Blackbirds||Baseball||Southern League||1895|
|Evansville River Rats||Baseball||Three-I League||1901- 1902||B||None|
|Evansville River Rats||Baseball||Central League||1903- 1910||B||Central League Title 1908|
|Evansville Strikers||Baseball||Central League||1911||B||None|
|Evansville Yankees||Baseball||KITTY League||1912||D||None|
|Evansville River Rats||Baseball||Central League||1914- 1915||Bosse Field||B||Central League Title 1915|
|Evansville Evas||Baseball||Central League||1916- 1917||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Black Sox||Baseball||Three-I League||1919||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Evas||Baseball||Three-I League||1920- 1923||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Little Evas||Baseball||Three-I League||1924||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Pocketeers||Baseball||Three-I League||1925||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Hubs||Baseball||Three-I League||1926- 1931||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Bees||Baseball||Three-I League||1938-1942||Bosse Field||B||Boston Bees, 1938-1940
Boston Braves, 1940-1942
|Evansville Braves||Baseball||Three-I League||1946- 1957||Bosse Field||B||Boston
Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1957
|Three-I League Title 1946, 1948, 1956, 1957|
|Evansville White Sox||Baseball||Southern League||1966- 1968||Bosse Field||AA||Chicago White Sox, 1966-1968||None|
|Evansville Triplets||Baseball||American Association||1970- 1984||Bosse Field||AAA||Minnesota
Milwaukee Brewers, 1971-1973
Detroit Tigers, 1974-1984
|American Association Title 1972, 1975, 1979|
|Evansville Outlaws||Baseball||National Semi-Pro Baseball Association||1990- 2007||Various||Semi-Pro||N.A.||US Baseball Congress Semi-Pro World Series Champions 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007|
|Evansville Crimson Giants||Football||National Football League||1921- 1922||Bosse Field||None|
|Evansville Vipers||Football||Ohio Valley
Football League, 2000-2006
Mid Continental Football League, 2006-2007
|2000- 2007||Goebel Soccer Complex||None|
|Evansville BlueCats||Football||National Indoor Football
United Indoor Football, 2005-2007
|2003- 2007||Roberts Municipal Stadium||None|
|Evansville Express||Football||National Women's Football Association||2004- 2005||Goebel Soccer Complex||None|
|Tri-State Titans||Football||Mid Ohio Football League||2008- 2009||Goebel Soccer Complex||None|
|Evansville Agogans||Basketball||National Professional Basketball League||1950-1951||Old Evansville Central High School Stadium (Current Downtown Evansville YMCA Stadium)||None|
|Evansville Thunder||Basketball||Continental Basketball Association||1984-1986||Roberts Municipal Stadium||None|
Every August, Evansville hosts Thunder on the Ohio. Thunder on the Ohio is a hydroplane boat race in the H1 Unlimited season. The race is held on the Ohio River in downtown Evansville. Evansville has hosted Thunder on the Ohio since 1979. The winner of Thunder on the Ohio receives the Four Freedoms Trophy, which is named after the nearby Four Freedoms Monument which rests along the Ohio River. The race has frequently been broadcasted on ESPN and the SPEED television network.
Thunder on the Ohio has been an Unlimited hydroplane mainstay for 30 consecutive years. "Ideal Evansville" replaced Owensboro, Kentucky, on the unlimited calendar in 1979. Evansville was the world headquarters of Atlas Van Lines, Inc., which sponsored Bill Muncey's race team. Muncey played a major role in Evansville being awarded its first sanction.
Prior to Thunder on the Ohio, the 725 Cubic Inch Class boats, the forerunners of the modern unlimiteds, raced at Evansville from 1938 through 1940.
Dave Villwock has won more Evansville races than anyone else,
including seven with Miss Budweiser.
Evansville has a proud high school sport heritage, including 48 team championships. Evansville has 9 active city high schools that participate in the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The 48 team titles won by Evansville city high schools includes 14 football titles, 12 wrestling titles, 6 basketball titles, 5 tennis titles, 4 baseball titles, 4 soccer titles, 2 golf titles, and 1 softball title. Defunct IHSAA high schools from Evansville that are no longer active include Evansville Rex Mundi and Evansville Lincoln.
|School||Established||Conference||State Team Titles||Championship Sport/Years|
|Evansville Bosse||1924||SIAC||3||• Boys Basketball: (3) 1943-44, 1944-45, 1961-62|
|Evansville Day School||1946||IHSAA Independent||0|
|Evansville Harrison||1962||SIAC||1||• Girls Golf: (1) 1988-89|
|Evansville Mater Dei||1949||SIAC||15||• Baseball: (1) 1998-99 • Boys Basketball: (1) 2003-04 • Football:(1) 2000-01 • Wrestling: (12) 1985-86, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07|
|Evansville Memorial||1922||SIAC||15||• Baseball: (3) 1977-79, 1988-89, 1992-93 • Football: (2) 1937-38*, 1958-59* • Boys Soccer: (2) 2007-08, 2008-09 • Girls Soccer: (2) 1996-97, 2008-09 • Softball: (1) 2001-02 • Girls Tennis: (5) 1990-91, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96|
|Evansville North||1956||SIAC||2||• Boys Basketball: (1) 1966-67 • Boys Golf: (1) 1999-00|
|Evansville Reitz||1918||SIAC||12||• Girls Basketball: (1) 1980-81 • Football: (11) 1933-34*, 1940-41*, 1948-49*, 1953-54*, 1956-57*, 1957-58*, 1960-61*, 1961-62*, 1971-72*, 2007-08, 2009-10|
|Evansville Signature||2002||IHSAA Independent||0|
* = indicates title won before IHSAA State Tournament was initiated