The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, that plays in the Pacific Coast League. Their home games are played in Des Moines, Iowa, at Principal Park.
Triple-A baseball came to Iowa’s capital city in 1969, as the Iowa Oaks of the American Association began play. The Oaks were affiliates of the Oakland Athletics (1969–1973), the Chicago White Sox (1973–1974 and 1976–1980), and the Houston Astros (1975).
In 1981, the team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs and adopted the nickname of the parent team, although it is often shortened to “I-Cubs” by fans and media to avoid confusion with the major league team.