Local Sports History




This page attempts to detail all of the Columbus area sports team history for the college, minor and professional league levels.

Note: Teams are listed by sport in chronological order by the year the team formed and in alphabetical order by team name.

**Last Updated: 6/9/2020

Australian Rules Football

Columbus Jackaroos
Home Field: Whetstone Park of Roses
Level: Professional
Years: 2008-Present
League: United States Australian Football League
Website: http://columbusfooty.com/
Note: There seems to be either other teams or a name change to the Cats, so I don’t have league rankings or records.

Baseball
Baseball in the Columbus area may have been played casually as early as the 1840s, but the first organized teams did not appear until decades later. Baseball, rather than football, would be the first organized sports team to carry the name “Buckeyes” in Columbus.

1870-1879

Columbus Buckeyes
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Minor
Years: 1877
League: International Association for Professional Baseball Players
League Rank: 5th of 7
Record: 9-11-2
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 1877 season.

1880-1889

Columbus Buckeyes
Home Field: Recreation Park 1
Level: Professional
Years: 1883-1884
League: American Association
League Rank: 5th of 8 (1883), 2nd of 13 (1884)
Record: 32-65 (1883), 69-39 (1884)
Reason Disbanded: Declared bankruptcy and folded after the 1884 season.

Columbus Buckeyes in 1884.

Columbus Senators
Home Field: Neil Park
Level: Minor
Years: 1888, 1895, 1897-1930
League: Tri-State League (1888), Interstate League (1895) Western League (1897-1899), Interstate League (1900), Western Association (1901), American Association (1902-1930)
League Rank
1888: 3rd of 9
1895: 5th of 8
1897: N/A
1898: N/A
1899: 8th of 8
1900: 6th of 8
1901: 7th of 8
1902: N/A
1903: 6th of 8
1904: 2nd of 8
1905: 1st of 8
1906: 1st of 8
1907: 1st of 8
1908: 3rd of 8
1909: 7th of 8
1910: 3rd of 8
1911: 3rd of 8
1912: 3rd of 8
1913: 4th of 8
1914: 4th of 8
1915: 8th of 8
1916: 7th of 8
1917: 4th of 8
1918: 2nd of 8
1919: 6th of 8
1920: 7th of 8
1921: 8th of 8
1922: 8th of 8
1923: 4th of 8
1924: 7th of 8
1925: 8th of 8
1926: 8th of 8
1927: 8th of 8
1928: 7th of 8
1929: 6th of 8
1930: 6th of 8
Alternate Names: Columbus Buckeyes (1888, 1895)
Reason Disbanded: Acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and changed to the Columbus Red Birds.

The Columbus Senators in 1906.

Columbus Solons
Home Field: Recreation Park
Level: Professional
Years: 1889-1891
League: American Association
League Rank: 6th of 8 (1889), 2nd of 9 (1890), 6th of 9 (1891)
Record: 60-78 (1889), 79-55 (1890), 61-76 (1891)
Reason Disbanded: Folded when the American Association ended after the 1891 season.

1890-1899

Columbus Reds
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1892
League: Western League
League Rank: 1st of 8
Record: 46-20
Reason Disbanded: Western League folded halfway through the 1892 season.

1900-1909

Lancaster Lanks
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Minor
Years: 1905-1912
League: Ohio-Pennsylvanie League 1905-1907 and the Ohio State League 1908-1912
League Rank: 1905- N/A 1906- 3rd 1907- 4th 1908- 1st 1909- N/A 1910- 5th 1911- 7th 1912- 4th
Reason Disbanded: The team moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey partway through the 1912 season.

Newark Newks
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Minor
Years: 1905-1912, 1915
League: Ohio-Pennsylvania League 1905-1907, Ohio State League 1908-1910, Central League 1911, Ohio State League 1911-1912, Buckeye League 1915
League Rank: 1905- N/A 1906- 6th 1907- 2nd 1908- 5th 1909- N/A 1910- 4th 1911- 5th/7th 1912- 3rd 1915- 4th
Alternate Names: Newark Idelwilds (1905), Newark Cotton Tops (1906), Newark Newks (1907-1911), Newark Skeeters (1911-1912), Newark New Socks (1915)
Reason Disbanded: Moved to Piqua, Ohio in 1911, but reorganized under a different team in the same year. Folded in 1912 before briefly coming back in 1915.

1920-1929

Columbus Buckeyes
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1921
League: Negro National League
League Rank: 7th of 8
Record: 25-38
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 1921 season.

1930-1939

Columbus Red Birds
Home Field: Red Bird Stadium (Cooper Stadium)
Level: Minor
Years: 1931-1954
League: American Association, affiliate of St. Louis Cardinals
League Rank
1931: 4th of 8
1932: 2nd of 8
1933: 1st of 8
1934: 2nd of 8
1935: 3rd of 8
1936: 6th of 8
1937: 1st of 8
1938: 7th of 8
1939: 7th of 8
1940: 2nd of 8
1941: 1st of 8
1942: 3rd of 8
1943: 3rd of 8
1944: 5th of 8
1945: 8th of 8
1946: 8th of 8
1947: 5th of 8
1948: 4th of 8
1949: 7th of 8
1950: 3rd of 8
1951: 8th of 8
1952: 7th of 9
1953: 7th of 8
1954: 4th of 8
Reason Disbanded: The Cardinals moved the team to Omaha before the 1955 season.

Columbus Blue Birds
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1933
League: Negro National League
League Rank: 6th of 6th
Record: 11-18
Reason Disbanded: Incorporated into the Akron Black Tyrites team midway through the 1933 season before finally moving to Cleveland.

Columbus Elite Giants
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1935
League: Negro National League
League Rank: 4th of 8
Record: 16-17
Reason Disbanded: The team moved to Washington, DC before the 1936 season.

1940-1949

1950-1959

Columbus Jets
Home Field: Jets Stadium (Cooper Stadium)
Level: Minor
Years: 1955-1970
League: International League- affiliated with the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1956) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1957-1970)
League Rank
1955: 7th of 8
1956: 7th of 8
1957: 7th of 8
1958: 4th of 8
1959: 2nd of 8
1960: 5th of 8
1961: 1st of 8
1962: 5th of 8
1963: 5th of 10
1964: 6th of 8
1965: 1st of 8
1966: 2nd of 8
1967: 4th of 8
1968: 2nd of 8
1969: 4th of 8
1970: 2nd of 8
Reason Disbanded: The team moved to Charleston, West Virginia before the 1971 season.

Columbus Clippers
Home Field: Cooper Stadium, Huntington Park
Level: Minor
Years: 1977-Present
League: International League- affilated with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1977-1978), New York Yankees (1979-2006), Washington Nationals (2007-2008) and Cleveland Indians (2009-Present)
League Rank
1977: 7th of 8
1978: 7th of 8
1979: 1st of 8
1980: 1st of 8
1981: 1st of 8
1982: 2nd of 8
1983: 1st of 8
1984: 1st of 8
1985: 3rd of 8
1986: 6th of 8
1987: 2nd of 8
1988: 5th of 8
1989: 3rd of 8
1990: 2nd of 8
1991: 1st of 8
1992: 1st of 8
1993: 3rd of 10
1994: 3rd of 10
1995: 4th of 10
1996: 1st of 10
1997: 2rd of 10
1998: 12th of 14
1999: 1st of 14
2000: 8th of 14
2001: 9th of 14
2002: 12th of 14
2003: 4th of 14
2004: 3rd of 14
2005: 5th of 14
2006: 9th of 14
2007: 11th of 14
2008: 7th of 14
2009: 13th of 14
2010: 4th of 14
2011: 1st of 14
2012: 6th of 14
2013: 8th of 14
2014: 2nd of 14
2015: 1st of 14
2016: 3rd of 14
2017: 6th of 14
2018: 5th of 14
2019: 1st of 14

Basketball

Columbus Horizon
Home: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Minor
Years: 1989-1994
League: Continental Basketball Association
Division Rank
1989-1990: 4th
1990-1991: 4th
1991-1992: 4th
1992-1993: 3rd
1993-1994: 4th
Reason Disbanded: Low attendence and financal issues caused the team to move to Shreveport, Louisiana.

Columbus Quest
Home: Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center
Level: Professional (Women’s)
Years: 1996-1998
League: American Basketball League
Division Rank: 1st of 4 (1996-1997), 1st of 4 (1997-1998) 1st of 5 (1998-1999)
Record: 31-9 (1996-1997), 36-8 (1997-1998) 11-3 (1998-1999)
Reason Disbanded: The league ceased operations partway through the 1998-1999 season.

Columbus Cyclones
Home Field: Westerville North HS Gymnasium
Level: Professional
Years: 2006-2007
League: Internatonal Basketball League
Division Rank: 2nd of 6(2006), 2nd of 6 (2007)
Record: 20-3 (2006), 20-5 (2007)
Reason Disbanded: Moved to Marysville after the 2006 season to become the Marsyville Meteors. The team folded after the 2007 season.

Football

Ohio State Buckeyes
Home Field: Ohio Stadium
Level: College
Years: 1890-Present
League: Big Ten Conference
Website: https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/




1900-1909

Ohio Medical
Home Field: Unknown
Level: College
Years: 1901-1902
League: Independent
League Rank: 11th of 28 (1901), 2nd of 27 (1902)
Record: 5-3-1 (1901), 9-1-0 (1902)
Reason Disbanded: As it was also an Ohio State team, the team was discontinued after the 1902 season.

Columbus Panhandles
Home Field: Indianola Park (1909-1915), Neil Park (1916-1926)
Level: Professional
Years: 1901-1926
League: 1901-1903 (None), 1904-1919 (Ohio League), 1920-1921 (American Professional Football Association), 1922-1926 (National Football League-NFL)
League Rank
Not Known 1901-1919
1920: 13th of 14
1921: 17th of 21
1922: 18th of 18
1923: 9th of 20
1924: 10th of 18
1925: 20th of 20
1926: 19th of 22
Alternative Names: Columbus Tigers (1923-1926)
Reason Disbanded: The NFL chose to eliminate financially weaker teams, so the Panhandles/Tigers were folded after the 1926 season.

The Panhandles NFL team in 1921.

1930-1939

Columbus Bobbs
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1936
League: Midwest Football League
League Rank: 6th of 7
Record: 0-4-1
Reason Disbanded: Left the league after the 1936 season.

Columbus Bullies
Home Field: Cooper Stadium
Level: Professional
Years: 1939-1941
League: American Professional Football Association (1939), American Football League (1940-1941)
League Rank: Unknown
Record: 8-1-1 (1939), 8-1-1 (1940), 5-1-2 (1941)
Reason Disbanded: After the US entered WWII at in December, 1941, many players in the league were drafted and the league folded in 1942.

1990-1999

Columbus Thunderbolts
Home Field: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Professional
Years: 1991
League: Arena Football League
League Rank: 8th of 8
Record: 0-10
Reason Disbanded: The team had moved from Cleveland for the 1991 season, and moved back to Cleveland for the 1992 season.

Ohio Glory
Home Field: Ohio Stadium
Level: Professional
Years: 1992
League: World League of American Football
Division Rank: 4th of 4
Record: 1-9
Reason Disbanded: All North American teams were folded after 1992 season.

2000-2009

Columbus Comets
Home Field: Grove City Christian School
Level: Professional
Years: 2003-Present
League: National Women’s Football Association (2003-2008), Women’s Football Alliance (2009-Present)
Division Rank
2003-2010: Not Available
2011: 3rd of 5
2012: 3rd of 3
2013-2019: Not Available

Columbus Destroyers
Home Field: Nationwide Arena
Level: Professional
Years: 2004-2008, 2019
League: Arena Football League
League Rank
2004: 4th of 5
2005: 4th of 4
2006: 4th of 4
2007: 3rd of 4
2008: 5th of 5
2019: 6th of 6
Reason Disbanded: The AFL ended operations after the 2019 season.



Hockey

1960-1969

Columbus Checkers
Home: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Minor
Years: 1966-1970
League: International Hockey League
Division Rank
1966-1967: 7th of 7
1967-1968: 3rd of 7
1968-1969: 6th of 7
1969-1970: 4th of 4
Record: 23-41-1 (1966-1967), 32-30-10 (1967-1968), 36-37-9 (1968-1969), 24-36-12 (1969-1970)

1970-1979

Columbus Golden Seals/Columbus Owls
Home: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Minor
Years: 1971-1977
League: International Hockey League
League Rank: Unknown
Alternate Names: Name changed to Columbus Owls after the 1972-73 season.

1990-1999

Columbus Chill
Home: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Professional
Years: 1991-1999
League: East Coast Hockey League
Division Rank
1991-1992: 7th of 8
1992-1993: 7th of 8
1993-1994: 2nd of 6
1994-1995: 4th of 6
1995-1996: 4th of 8
1996-1997: 1st of 8
1997-1998: 5th of 6
1998-1999: 1st of 6
Reason Disbanded: The team moved to Reading, Pennsylvania after the 1999 season due to the upcoming arrival of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000.

2000-2009

Columbus Blue Jackets
Home: Nationwide Arena
Level: Professional
Years: 2000-Present
League: National Hockey League
League Rank
2000-2001: 23rd of 30
2001-2002: 29th of 30
2002-2003: 28th of 30
2003-2004: 27th of 30
2004-2005: Season wasn’t played.
2005-2006: 25th of 30
2006-2007: 24th of 30
2007-2008: 25th of 30
2008-2009: 16th of 30
2009-2010: 27th of 30
2010-2011: 24th of 30
2011-2012: 30th of 30
2012-2013: 17th of 30
2013-2014: 14th of 30
2014-2015: 23rd of 30
2015-2016: 27th of 30
2016-2017: 4th of 30
2017-2018: 14th of 30
2018-2019: 13th of 30
2019-2020: 13th of 30*
*Shortened season.

Columbus Stars
Home: Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Level: Minor
Years: 2003-2004
League: United Hockey League
Division Rank: 6th of 6
Record: 19-11-4
Reason Disbanded: Had the lowest attendence of any minor or professional hockey league.

Columbus Junior Blue Jackets
Home: Nationwide Arena
Level: Minor
Years: 2006-2008
League: United States Hockey League
Division Rank: 5th of 6 (2006-2007), 5th of 6 (2007-2008)
Record: 13-40-7 (2006-2007), 26-28-6 (2007-2008
Reason Disbanded: Could not find a permanent home to play, so the team folded.

Lacrosse

2000-2009

Columbus Landsharks
Home Field: Nationwide Arena
Level: Professional
Years: 2001-2003
League: National Lacrosse League
League Rank: 8th of 9 (2001), 5th of 5 (2002) 4th of 4 (2003)
Record: 3-11 (2001), 5-11 (2002), 8-8 (2003)
Reason Disbanded: The team moved to Arizona after the 2003 season due to poor attendance.

Ohio Machine
Home Field: Fortress Field
Level: Professional
Years: 2012-2018
League: Major League Lacrosse
League Rank
2012: 8th of 8
2013: 8th of 8
2014: 4th of 8
2015: 2nd of 8
2016: 1st of 9
2017: 2nd of 9
2018: 9th of 9
Reason Disbanded: The league contracted from 9 to 6 teams after the 2018 season, and the Machine were folded.

Rugby

Columbus RFC
Home Field: Fortress Field
Level: Professional
Years: 1975-Present
League: Midwest Rugby Premiership/USA Rugby
Division Rank: 5th of 5 (2019-2020)
Record: 0-8-0 (2019-2020)
Website: https://columbusrfc.com/
Notes: Records for past years seem to be unavailable.

Soccer

1970-1979

Columbus Magic
Home Field: Cooper Stadium
Level: Professional
Years: 1979-1980
League: American Soccer League
League Rank: 2nd of 11 (1979), 7th of 8 (1980)
Record: 17-8-3 (1979), 11-14-3 (1980)
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 1980 season.

1980-1989

Columbus Capitals
Home Field: Columbus Convention Center
Level: Professional
Years: 1984-1986
League: American Indoor Soccer Association
League Rank: 2nd of 6 (1984-1985), 5th of 6 (1985-1986)
Record: 26-14 (1984-1985), 13-27 (1985-1986)
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 1985-86 season.

1990-1999

Ohio Xoggz
Home Field: Dublin Coffman High School
Level: Professional
Years: 1994-1996
League: United States International Soccer League
Division Rank: 3rd of 9 (1994), 2nd of 5 (1995), 4th of 5(1996)
Record: 11-7 (1994), 16-3 (1995), 6-12 (1996)
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 1996 season.

Columbus Ziggx
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1995-1998
League: United States Inter-Regional Women’s League, W-League
Division Rank: 3rd of 6 (1995), 3rd of 7 (1996), 2nd of 6 (1997), 4th of 6 (1998)
Record: 5-4 (1995), 7-3 (1996), 6-1 (1997) 6-7 (1998)
Reason Disbanded: Declining attendance caused the team to fold after the 1998 season.

Columbus Invaders
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 1996-1997
League: National Professional Soccer League
League Rank: 15th of 15
Record: 5-35
Reason Disbanded: Folded after 1996-97 season from competition with Columbus Crew.

Columbus Crew
Home Field: Mapfre Stadium
Level: Professional
Years: 1996-Present
League: Major League Soccer
League Rank
1996: 4th of 9
1997: 3rd of 9
1998: 2nd of 10
1999: 2nd of 10
2000: 4th of 10
2001: 2nd of 10
2002: 2nd of 10
2003: 5th of 10
2004: 1st of 10
2005: 6th of 10
2006: 6th of 12
2007: 6th of 13
2008: 1st of 13
2009: 1st of 14
2010: 2nd of 15
2011: 4th of 17
2012: 6th of 18
2013: 8th of 18
2014: 3rd of 18
2015: 2nd of 20
2016: 9th of 20
2017: 5th of 22
2018: 5th of 23
2019: 10th of 24

2000-2009

Columbus Lady Shooting Stars
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 2003
League: USL W-League
Division Rank: 3rd of 5
Record: 4-5-1
Reason Disbanded: Folded before the 2004 season.

Columbus Shooting Stars
Home Field: Unknown
Level: Professional
Years: 2003
League: Premiere Development League
Division Rank: 6th of 6
Record: 2-14-2
Reason Disbanded: Although part of the league in 2004, the team never played any games and formally disbanded after that season.

Ohio Premier Women’s SC
Home Field: Dublin Coffman HS
Level: Professional
Years: 2008-2012
League: Women’s Premier Soccer League
Division Rank: 2nd of 5 (2008), 1st of 5 (2009), 1st of 6 (2010), 1st of 5 (2011), 4th of 7 (2012)
Record: 6-1-1 (2008), 8-0-0 (2009), 7-1-2 (2010), 7-0-1 (2011), 2-1-1 (2012)
Reason Disbanded: Folded after the 2012 season.

2010-2019

Columbus Eagles FC
Home Field: Memorial Stadium at Otterbein University (2014-2019), Home Field at Capital University (Present)
Level: Professional
Years: 2014-Present
League: Women’s Premier Soccer League
Division Rank
2015: 6th of 6
2016: 4th of 5
2017: 3rd of 5
2018: 2nd of 9
2019: 4th of 6

FC Columbus
Home Field: Panther Stadium, Ohio Dominican University
Level: Semi-Professional
Years: 2018-Present
League: National Premier Soccer League
Division Rank: 3rd of 7 (2018), 5th of 8 (2019)
Record: 6-4-2 (2018), 4-8-2 (2019)

Stadiums and Arenas

Cooper Stadium
Year Built: 1931
Year Closed: 2008
Year Demolished: 2016 (partial)
Location: 1155 W. Mound Street
Built as Red Bird Stadium.

Fortress Field
Year Built: 2017
Cost: $15 Million
Location: 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz
Capacity: 6,500
https://fortressobetz.com/

Nationwide Arena

Ohio Expo Center Coliseum
Built: 1918
Location: Ohio State Fairgrounds
Capacity: 5,600

Recreation Park 1
Year Built: Unknown
Year Closed: Unknown
Location: SE Corner of Mound Street and Parsons Avenue. The site is now part of the 70/71 split.

Recreation Park 2
Year Built: Unknown
Year Closed: Unknown
Location: Bounded by E. Whittier Street, Ebner Street, E. Kossuth and S. Jaeger Street.
Site of the first OSU home football game.

Neil Park
Built: Before 1905 (Wooden) Steel/Concrete (1905)
Closed: 1932
Location: 475 Cleveland Avenue
Demolished: 1937
Capacity: 6,500
Was the first steel and concrete baseball stadium in the United States.

Schottenstein Center

Ohio Stadium

Huntington Park

Mapfre Stadium
Built: 1999
Location: 1 Black and Gold Boulevard
Capacity: 22,555 (Original) 19,968 (Current)
Built as the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.