The Hannibal Hoots were a collegiate summer league baseball team in the United States Prospect League. The team played two seasons in the league, but only one of those seasons saw them use Hannibal as its home; flooding along the Mississippi River caused Bear Creek, which flows into the river and runs alongside the Hoots' home stadium, to flood the stadium. As a result, the Hoots played their 2019 home schedule in nearby Quincy, Illinois at the home stadium of the Quincy Gems. The Hoots formed in late 2017 and were an expansion franchise for the 2018 season. The Hoots and other collegiate summer leagues and teams exist to give top college players professional-like experience without affecting NCAA eligibility.
|League||Prospect League (West Division)|
|Former name(s)||Hannibal Caveman|
|Management||Matt Stembridge (GM)|
|Media||The Hannibal Courier-Post|
Hannibal's previous team in the Prospect League, the Hannibal Cavemen, suspended operations after the 2016 season, leaving the city without a team for the 2017 season. Rick DeStefane, a co-owner of the Cavemen, would become the sole owner of the Hoots. The two franchises are considered by the Prospect League to have been independent of one another.
After the Hannibal Cavemen folded in 2016, the Prospect League awarded a franchise to Rick DeStefane, with the goal of returning to the field for the 2018 season. The franchise partnered with the Hannibal Courier-Post to hold a "Dub the Club" contest, which resulted in five "finalist" name choices for the team - Hoots, Hucks, Huckle-Bears, Lumber Barons, and Steamers. The team and newspaper announced the winning name, the Hoots, on November 8, 2017.
The Hoots played at Clemens Field. The original Clemens field was built in 1924, but was destroyed by a fire. The current stadium was rebuilt and opened in 1939. However, due to extensive flooding along the Mississippi River during the spring and summer of 2019, Clemens Field and surrounding property sustained damage that forced the team to play its home games in nearby Quincy, Illinois, home of Prospect League rival Quincy Gems.
Clemens Field was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
|Season||Manager||Record||Win %||League||Division||GB||Post-season record||Post-season win %||Post-season result||Notes|
|2018||Clayton Hicks||25–35||.417||10th||5th||11.0||0–0||.000||-||Inaugural season|
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