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The Boston Reds were a 19th century baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts that played in the Players' League in 1890 and in the American Association in 1891. They played in the Congress Street Grounds in the 1890s. The team took its name from the successful Boston club of the National Association and National League formerly known as the (Boston) Red Stockings, who had changed their name to the Beaneaters in 1883. The club lasted only two seasons, but in those two seasons they were league champions.
In 1890 the Reds won the Players' League pennant when they finished first ahead of the New York Giants, and then won the American Association pennant when they finished first ahead of the St. Louis Browns (now the Cardinals). The Boston Reds are one of two major league teams to win back-to-back pennants spanning two different leagues. The Brooklyn Dodgers did it also, winning the AA pennant in 1889 and the NL pennant in 1890.
At the conclusion of the 1891 season, the National League pressed for the consolidation of the American Association with the National League. Part of the posturing included the National League directing its champion Boston Beaneaters not to play the Reds
The White Sands PupFish are a professional baseball team based in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The team is a member of the Pecos League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. For the 2009 season, the Kingfish was a traveling team without a home ballpark. In early April 2010, the Coastal Kingfish replaced the West Texas Road Hogs as the CBL travel team. The Kingfish will join the Pecos League in 2011 as the White Sands PupFish, and will relocate to Alamogordo, New Mexico.
The Big Bend Cowboys are a professional baseball team based in Alpine, Texas, in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Cowboys are a franchise of the Continental Baseball League, which is not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. They play their home games at historic Kokernot Field, a 1,200 seat stone and wrought-iron replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field that dates from 1948.
Alpine and the Big Bend region have a long baseball history. From 1947 to 1958, the Alpine Cowboys, owned by West Texas rancher and philanthropist Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., won a dozen regional semi-pro championships and were national runners-up. The team featured future major league stars, including Norm Cash, Gaylord Perry, and Joe Horlen. At the end of championship seasons, Kokernot would present each team member with a pair of handmade red cowboy boots emblazoned with the brand of his "o6" Ranch -- a tradition that continues with the current Cowboys' cap insignia.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team is a member of the Big Ten Conference in the NCAA, and is currently coached by Darin Erstad. The program started in 1889.
The Huskers have been to twelve NCAA baseball regionals (1979, 1980, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008). Nebraska has been to four super regionals (2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005) and three College World Series (2001, 2002, and 2005). They have also had seventeen 40 win seasons with 7 since 2000.
Nebraska's all-time record is 1,990–1,455–11 (.577). Since 1999, the Huskers constructed a 562–290–2 record (.659). Their all-time conference record is 762–747–1 (.505) and 215–166–1 (.564) in the Big 12 Era.
From 1979 through 2001, the Cornhuskers played at Buck Beltzer Stadium where they went 527–137. On July 30, 1999 the university announced plans for Haymarket Park which includes Hawks Field, and a softball field. Hawks Field is named for one of the primary donor families that contributed to the construction of the baseball stadium and Haymarket Park is named because of its location in Lincoln's historic Haymarket District. The Cornhuskers have played at Hawks Field since March 5, 2002.
Hawks Field is
The Kansas City Cowboys was the name of three different baseball Major League Baseball teams in Kansas City, Missouri in the 19th century.
The first Cowboys were a team in the Union Association during its only season, 1884. Referred to as the "Cowboys" mostly by historians, they had no official nickname during their short life and were most frequently referred to by local press of the day as the "Unions" and by the press of other cities as the "Kaycees". They were the first professional baseball team to represent Kansas City as well as the city's first major league team.
They began play as a replacement for the Altoona Mountain City, which collapsed in May, and played out the remainder of the season. Despite a 16-63 (.203 WL percentage) finish, the franchise was one of only two (the St. Louis club being the other) in the league to make a profit. In contemporary newspaper reports, the team had Altoona's record (6-19) combined with their own and were considered to have finished last in an eight-team league. The Unions disbanded shortly after the Union Association voted to dissolve.
The second Cowboys were a National League for a single season in 1886. They played at Association Park
The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois.The White Sox play in the American League's Central Division. Since 1991, the White Sox have played in U.S. Cellular Field, which was originally called New Comiskey Park and nicknamed The Cell by local fans. The White Sox are one of two major league clubs based in Chicago, the other being the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The White Sox last won the World Series in 2005.
One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Chicago team was established as a major league baseball club in 1900. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, after the nickname abandoned by the Cubs, and the name was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox, believed to have been because the paper would shorten it to Sox in the headlines. At this time, the team played their home games at South Side Park. In 1910, the team moved into historic Comiskey Park, which they would inhabit for more than eight decades.
The White Sox were a strong team during their first two decades, winning the 1906 World Series with a defense-oriented team dubbed "the Hitless Wonders", and the 1917 World Series led by Eddie
The Louisville Bats, which play in Louisville, Kentucky, are the Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team, formerly known as the Louisville RiverBats, plays in the International League. The Bats play their home games at Louisville Slugger Field; the naming rights for the stadium were purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
In 1982, the St. Louis Cardinals switched their Triple-A team of the American Association, the Redbirds, from Springfield, Illinois to Louisville. During the 1982 season, the Louisville Redbirds broke the minor league attendance record by drawing over 800,000. In 1983, the Redbirds were the first minor league team to draw over one million fans in a single season. In 1998, the American Association folded and the teams moved to either the International League or the Pacific Coast League. The league changed and expanded to Memphis and Durham, and the Cardinals shifted their Triple-A affiliation to Memphis, Tennessee and the new Memphis Redbirds not-for-profit franchise. In 1998 and 1999, Louisville was affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and since 2000 with the Cincinnati Reds.
The Havana Sugar Kings were a Cuban-based minor league baseball team that played in the Class AAA International League from 1954 to 1960 . They were affiliated with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, and their home stadium was El Gran Estadio del Cerro (sometimes called Gran Stadium) in Havana, Cuba.
The Sugar Kings began life in 1946 as the Havana Cubans, founded by Washington Senators scout Joe Cambria. They played in the old Class C (later Class B) Florida International League. In 1954, Roberto Maduro bought the team, moved it to the International League, and renamed it the Sugar Kings. Several talented Cuban players and other Latinos who eventually made it to the Major Leagues donned the Sugar Kings uniform, including Luis Arroyo, Pompeyo Davalillo, Tony Gonzalez, Cookie Rojas, Elio Chacon, Leo Cardenas, and Mike Cuellar.
Fidel Castro was a long-time baseball fan and often attended Sugar Kings games at Gran Stadium. In fact, Castro had been a pitcher during his days at the University of Havana. Soon after taking power, he pledged to underwrite the Sugar Kings' debts. In an exhibition contest between his own pickup squad Los Barbudos ("The Bearded Ones") and a military
The Branch Blaze is a semi-pro baseball team located in Branch, Wisconsin. Branch is located west off of Interstate Highway 43 west of the city of Manitowoc. The team nickname, "The Blaze", came from the previous amateur team of the same name. That team was named "The Blaze" because it was sponsored by the local volunteer fire department. The Blaze play their home games at the Branch Recreation Park at the Town of Manitowoc Rapids Park on Diamond 2. The team is funded by the Branch Area Recreation Association and through sponsors. The team plays in the Shoreland League which is made up of teams from Manitowoc, Kewaunee, and Brown counties in Northeastern Wisconsin. The Blaze's non-league opponents consist of the Manitowoc Bandits, Green Bay Storm, Howards Grove River Dogs, Plymouth Flames, Cleveland Wildcats, and Hortonville Stars.
The Blaze finished their inaugural season with a record of 4-11 in Shoreland League play and 5-13 overall. The team finished in 5th place out of six teams. The Blaze's victories included a walk off sacrifice fly by Craig Engelbrecht to defeat the rival Two Rivers Polar Bears and a walk off sacrifice fly by Dan Novak that defeated the Oneida Braves for
The London Majors are an independent, minor league baseball team of the, semi-pro, Intercounty Baseball League. The team was founded in 1925, and is based in London, Ontario. They play their home games at the 5,200 seat Labatt Memorial Park.
Over the years, the team has also been known at various times as the London Seniors (1934–1944) the London Majors (1944–1959) London Chester Pegg Diamonds (1960–61), the London Majors again (1962), the London Pontiacs (1963–1969), the London Avcos (1970–73) and the London El-Morocco Majors (1974–75), depending on the team sponsorship of the day.
In 1948 London Majors, considered one of the best teams in Intercounty history, not only won the Intercounty League championship, but the Ontario Baseball Association championship, the Canadian amateur men's championship, and the Can-Am North American championship of the National Baseball Congress beating the Fort Wayne, Indiana, General Electrics in a best-of-seven-game series played at Labatt Park, with such London stars as pitcher "Tireless" Tommy White, catcher Jack Fairs, short-stop/ fielder Russell (the Muscle) Evon, catcher Gil Robertson, infielder Don Cooper and rookie outfielder Joltin' Joe
LG Twins Baseball Club (Korean: LG 트윈스 야구단) is a Korea Professional Baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea. The club was known as the MBC Blue Dragons owned by the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation until 1989, when they were taken over by the LG Group. The LG Twins play their home games at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, which they share with the Doosan Bears.
The Twins won the Korean Series in 1990 and 1994. After that season with double glories of the team has never won any of the titles throughout the 2000 to 2011. In the Korean Baseball's lore of losing seasons the team has the bad reputations of DTD meant the Down team is Down. Which had said by former franchise star Lee-Soon-Chul
The Carolina Mudcats were a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They were a Double-A Southern League team from 1991 to 2011. The team played their home games at Five County Stadium.
In 2010 the franchise moved to Pensacola, Florida in a series of purchases and relocations, becoming the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Concurrently, a Carolina League franchise from Kinston, North Carolina was moved to Zebulon, taking on the Carolina Mudcats name.
The origins of the first Mudcats franchise date back to 1959, when the Chicago White Sox's affiliate, the Charleston White Sox, began play in the South Atlantic League (now the Southern League). The team relocated several times, playing in Charleston, South Carolina (1959–1961), Savannah, Georgia (1962), Lynchburg, Virginia (1963-1965), and Evansville, Indiana, (1966-1968), before moving to Columbus, Georgia in 1969 to play in Golden Park. The team was known as the Columbus Astros from 1970 to 1988, when it became an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Following the 1988 season, new owner Steve Bryant held a contest among season ticket holders to rename the team, and as a result, in 1989 the team became the Columbus Mudcats. In
The Norfolk Tides are a minor league baseball team in the Triple-A International League. They play at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 2007 they have been a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles; prior to that, they had a 38-year affiliation with the New York Mets.
The franchise began its history in the South Atlantic League in 1961 as the Tidewater Tides, playing at Lawrence Stadium in Portsmouth. The main newspaper of South Hampton Roads, The Virginian-Pilot, ran a contest to determine the team name. Although the chosen name was "Mariners," the Pilot′s editor overruled the contest, deciding he liked the alliteration of "Tidewater Tides."
The Tides spent their first year as an "independent" team with no direct major-league affiliation, but became a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate the following season. However, the South Atlantic League decided to pull out of Virginia in 1963, threatening the future of minor-league baseball in the Hampton Roads area. A local group was able to convince the Carolina League to expand by two teams, one of them being the Tides.
In 1969, the New York Mets moved their Triple-A International League affiliate, then known as the Jacksonville Suns, from
SK Wyverns Baseball Club (Hangul: 에스케이 와이번스 야구단) is a South Korean professional baseball team founded in 2000. Based in Incheon, they play their home games at Munhak Baseball Stadium.
Their current manager is Man Soo Lee (이만수).
In the 2000 season, the Ssangbangwool Raiders, a team that had previously represented the Jeollabuk-do region since 1991, was dissolved because of the bankruptcy of the Ssangbangwool Group, the teams owner, and its franchise was fortified by KBO. Then the KBO awarded a new franchise to the SK conglomerate. The name of the new franchise was determines to be the SK Wyverns. So the Raiders and the Wyverns has no historical links although the former Raiders players mostly consisted of the new team.
The Unicorns moved out of Incheon to go to Suwon, and the SK Wyverns filled the void left in Incheon. Their first Korean Series appearance came in 2003, where somewhat ironically, they were defeated by the Hyundai Unicorns in seven games.
In 2007, SK defeated the Doosan Bears in six games to win the 2007 Korean Series - the first time the franchise had won the Korean Series - after finishing the league in first place. They became the first team in Korean Series
The London Tigers were a professional AA baseball team that played in the Eastern League from 1989 to 1993. They played at Labatt Memorial Park in London, Ontario, and were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.
After 47 years without a pro team, professional baseball returned to London in 1989 when the Glens Falls Tigers moved to the city and took on the name London Tigers.
Sitting on the Tigers' Board of Directors were President Dan Ross, Vice President Mike Tucker, Vice-President and General Manager Bob Gilson, Vice-President and Assistant General Manager General Manager Bill Wilkinson and Vice-President Brian Costello.
Sitting on the Tigers' Advisory Board were Brad Nelson, Bill MacDougall, London restaurant entrepreneur Mike Smith, Spencer Clark, Bruce Johnson and Tom Whealy.
The inaugural season homeopener for the Tigers was on Friday, April 7, 1989, against the Albany, New York, Yankees.
During the team's inaugural season, the club derived its offence from unusual sources—shortstop and catcher. Shortstop Travis Fryman led the EL with 30 doubles, while hitting .265/.297/.402 and catcher Phil Clark batted .298/.328/.427.
Third baseman Scott Livingstone hit a team-high 14 HR but
The Chicago Cubs are a professional baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The Cubs are one of the two remaining charter members of the National League (the other being the Atlanta Braves) and one of two active major league clubs based in Chicago, the other being the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The team is currently owned by a family trust of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.
The Cubs have not won the World Series in 104 years, the longest championship drought of any major North American professional sports team, and are often referred to as "The Lovable Losers" because of this distinction. However, the Cubs are also known for having one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in all of American sports. They are also known as "The North Siders" because Wrigley Field, their home park since 1916, is located in Chicago's north side Lake View community at 1060 West Addison Street.
The club played its first games in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings and were founded professionally in 1876. This makes the Cubs, along with the Braves who were also founded in 1871, one of the two
The Georgia Bulldogs baseball team represents the University of Georgia in NCAA Division I college baseball.
Along with most other Georgia athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. Georgia won the College World Series in 1990.
The Bulldogs play their home games on UGA's campus in Foley Field, and are currently coached by head coach David Perno.
The Georgia Baseball team has seen most of its success in recent years, including winning the 1990 College World Series, as well as making the trip to Omaha in 1987, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008. The Diamond Dawgs, as they are called, are coached by David Perno.
In its history, the team has claimed five Southeastern Conference tournament titles, in 1933, 1954, 1955, 2001, and 2004, and five regular season conference titles, in 1933, 1953, 1954, 2004, and 2008.
The program dates back to 1886 and, according to former Sports Information Director Dan Magill, was once the most popular sport on campus. However, from the mid-1950s to the late-1980s, and then through most of the 1990s, there were only scattered bright spots as the team managed only a modicum of success.
The Pittsfield Red Sox was the name of an American minor league baseball franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 1965 through 1969. It was the Double-A Eastern League affiliate in the Boston Red Sox farm system and produced future Major League Baseball players such as George Scott, Sparky Lyle, Reggie Smith and Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. The team played at Wahconah Park.
The Berkshire city fielded its first team in Organized Baseball in 1894 when the Pittsfield Colts debuted in the New York State League, but the Colts folded after 30 games. After the Pittsfield Electrics played two seasons (1913–14) in the Class B Eastern Association, which folded after the 1914 campaign, Pittsfield was first represented in the Eastern League (then Class A) in 1919-20 as the Hillies, and won the 1919 EL pennant.
Pittsfield then fielded a team in the Class C Canadian-American League from 1941 through 1951 (although the league suspended operations for 1943-45 due to World War II). This club, initially nicknamed the Electrics, was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers (1942), Cleveland Indians (1946–50) and Philadelphia Phillies (1951). After 1948, it dropped the Electrics identity and was
The Altoona Curve are a minor league baseball team based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, named after nearby Horseshoe Curve (but also alluding to the curveball, a kind of pitch). The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates major-league club. The Curve play in Peoples Natural Gas Field, located in Altoona; it was opened in 1999 and seats 7,210 fans.
The Altoona Curve hosted the Eastern League All-Star Game at Blair County Ballpark on July 12, 2006, before a standing-room-only crowd of 9,308.
The Altoona Curve franchise began when Arizona and Tampa Bay were both awarded major-league franchises in 1998. The addition of these two teams had a domino effect through baseball with the expansion of not only the major leagues, but throughout minor-league baseball as well. With this expansion, AA baseball received two new teams to begin play in the 1999 season. The Erie SeaWolves were already an established minor-league team with outstanding short-season attendance, and were quickly awarded one of the new franchises. The second spot in the new, larger Eastern League looked to be headed to Springfield, Massachusetts, but city native Bob Lozinak,
The Lake Elsinore Storm is a minor league baseball team in Lake Elsinore, California, USA. It is a Class A - Advanced team in the California League, and is a farm team of the San Diego Padres. The Storm plays its home games at Lake Elsinore Diamond. (Pete Lehr Field) opened in 1994; the park seats 7,866 fans.
This team relocated three times and has been traced back to the Redwood Pioneers, then the Palm Springs Angels, and finally the Lake Elsinore Storm. As the Palm Springs Angels and later as the Storm, it had previously been the "high-A" affiliate of the Angels until the end of the 2000 season (along with their former mascot, Hamlet), when it and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes switched affiliations. Some former members of the Storm later became members of the Angels 2002 World Series championship team.
On May 18, 2007, the Storm set a league record for most lopsided victory, beating the Lancaster JetHawks by a 30-0 score.
Since the 2004 opening of PETCO Park, the new home field of the Padres, the Storm has played one home game there toward the end of each season, as the second half of a doubleheader following a Padres daytime home game. Usually, its opponent has been the California
The Japan national baseball team is the national baseball team representing Japan in international competitions. They are one of the more successful baseball teams in the world, having won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. The team is currently ranked 3rd in the world according to the International Baseball Federation.
The team has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since the first demonstration tournament in 1984. Until 2000, the team was made up exclusively of amateur players. Since the 2000 Summer Olympics, the team has been composed of players from Nippon Professional Baseball. The team playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic included Japanese players from Major League Baseball as well. In the Classic, the team played in Pool A and placed second, advancing to round two. They went on to win the Classic. They played at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, as they had qualified through the Asian Baseball Championship in 2007. Unlike the WBC roster, the Olympic team was exclusively formed by NPB players (but included one amateur player, who was drafted during the tournament's progress).
Like other national teams in Japan, the nickname is usually prefixed with the
The Pulaski Mariners are a minor league baseball team based in Pulaski, Virginia, United States. They are an Advanced Rookie League team in the Appalachian League, and a farm team of the Seattle Mariners. The team plays its home games at Calfee Park. They have previously been affiliated with several other major league baseball teams, most recently the Toronto Blue Jays. That affiliation ended after the 2006 season and with no major league parent to supply players the team suspended operations for one season. On Sunday, Aug. 29, Appalachian League President Lee Landers announced that the club would return with a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Pulaski's teams won the Appalachian League's championship in 1948, 1969, 1986, and 1991.
Pulaski was the 2010 Appalachian League Eastern Division Champion.
The Pulaski Mariners play at Calfee Park. Calfee Park opened in 1935 and has a capacity of 2,500 fans. A number of houses that surround the park have good views of games. The director of stadium operations is Dave Hart and the head groundskeeper is Gary Martin.
The park had major renovations prior to the 1999 season, with a new grandstand behind the plate and along the first-base
The Belfast Northstars are the only Northern Ireland representatives in the Baseball Ireland adult league. An amateur club, the Northstars play their home games at Henry Jones Field in Castlereagh, East Belfast. The Emerald Diamond, a documentary film released in 2006 that chronicles the history of baseball in Ireland and the Irish National team, features footage of a 2005 Northstars game against the Blue Devils of Dublin.
The Northstars were formed in September 1996 when 10 players split away from the former Belfast Blue Sox. The Blue Sox had been affiliated with baseball in Britain, but traveling to games and hosting visiting teams became problematic.
Following the Blue Sox' demise, Gerry Long of Los Angeles was installed as the Northstars' first coach, and the new team quickly established an affiliation with Baseball Ireland.
Following a frustrating first few years of existence, in which the team often performing poorly in the standings, the 2004 season saw the Northstars in contention to the last day of the season. The club beat one of the league's new teams, the Dublin Trojans, as well as the established Dublin Black Sox, both historical firsts. Following two narrow defeats
The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s American League (AL).
The "Blue Jays" name originates from the bird of the same name, and the fact that blue is the traditional colour of Toronto's other professional sports teams, the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts. Nicknamed "the Jays", the team's official colours are royal blue, navy blue, white, and red. An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto in 1977, initially owned by the Labatt Brewing Company. Originally based at Exhibition Stadium, the team began playing its home games at the SkyDome, upon completion of its construction in 1989. Since 2000, the Blue Jays have been owned by Rogers Communications, and in 2004, the SkyDome was purchased by that company, which renamed the venue to Rogers Centre. They are the second MLB team to be based outside the United States, and currently the only team outside the U.S. after fellow Canadian franchise, the Montreal Expos, relocated to Washington, D.C. after the 2004 season (becoming the Washington Nationals).
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Blue
The Vermont Lake Monsters are a minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A classification New York - Penn League, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. The team was located in Jamestown, New York (as the Jamestown Expos) prior to 1994, and was an Expos/Nationals affiliate from its founding until September 2010, when it became an Oakland Athletics affiliate. On August 16, 2005, the then-Expos were featured on ESPN SportsCenter as a part of the program's "50 States in 50 Days" segment on Vermont.
In 1993, Burlington businessman Ray Pecor, the owner of Lake Champlain Transportation Company in Burlington since 1976, purchased the Jamestown Expos and moved the franchise to Burlington, retaining the Expos name. The Vermont Expos played their first game at Centennial Field on June 16, 1994. The Expos lost 6 to 5 to the Pittsfield Mets but more than 5,000 fans turned out for the game.
The Montreal Expos announced on September 29, 2004, that they would move to Washington, DC after the 2004 season. They would rename themselves the Washington Nationals. Minor League Baseball
The Oklahoma City RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The RedHawks play at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, located in the Bricktown Entertainment District in downtown Oklahoma City.
The team was originally known as the Oklahoma City 89ers from 1962 to 1997 when the team played at All Sports Stadium (now demolished) at the state fairgrounds. The original name made reference to the Land Run of 1889, which led to the founding of Oklahoma City. Following the 1997 season, they became the Oklahoma RedHawks. After the 2008 season, the team once again named itself after its home city. The minor renaming was accompanied by new logos and a new color scheme.
Oklahoma City previously had a different minor league team, the Oklahoma City Indians, from 1918 to 1957 (except during World War II).
The current franchise began play in 1962 as the top affiliate of the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros). In 1973, a three-year connection with the Cleveland Indians was established. A later affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies lasted from 1976 until
The Oregon State Beavers baseball team represents Oregon State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Pacific-12 Conference. They are currently coached by Pat Casey and assistant coaches Marty Lees, David Wong, and Pat Bailey. They play home games in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers won both the 2006 and 2007 College World Series to become only the fifth team in history to win back-to-back national championships, and the first since the super regional format has been implemented.
The team was featured on the second episode in season five of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, when the show came to Corvallis to help build a new home for a family with an eight year old girl fighting cancer. The team helped demolish the family's old home with their baseball bats, while Benny Beaver operated the backhoe.
Goss Stadium at Coleman Field is the home of Oregon State Baseball. The field was established in 1907 with the stadium added in 1999 and currently holds 3,248 people. Except for the pitcher's mound, the entire infield uses artificial turf, while the outfield is natural grass.
Oregon State has had 23 All-Americans in the history of the program
The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The team is named after the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from 1982 to 2009. They played their inaugural game at the newly completed Target Field on April 12, 2010.
The team was founded in Kansas City in 1894 as the Kansas City Blues of the Western League. The team would move to Washington, D.C., in 1901 as one of the eight original teams of the American League, named the Washington Senators or Washington Nationals. Although the Washington team endured long bouts of mediocrity (immortalized in the 1955 Broadway musical Damn Yankees), they had a period of prolonged success in the 1920s and 1930s, led by Hall-of-Famers Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, and above all Walter Johnson. Manager Clark Griffith joined the team in 1912 and became the team's owner in 1920. The franchise remained under Griffith family ownership until 1984.
In 1960, Major League Baseball granted the city of
The Newark Bears are an American professional baseball team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are a member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Since the 1999 season, the Bears have played their home games at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. They were originally a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Newark was the home of several former minor league baseball teams, from the formation of the Newark Indians in 1902, and the addition of the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1936. A Federal League team, the Newark Pepper also played in 1915.
The original Newark Bears were a team in the International League from 1926 to 1949. They played their home games at the former Ruppert Stadium in what is now known as the Ironbound section of Newark.
The Newark Bears are named for the former Newark Bears team of the International League. The team was formed in 1998 by former New York Yankees catcher Rick Cerone, a Newark native. However, the Bears played their "home" schedule at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut that season while awaiting the completion of their new
The University of Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team, sometimes referred to as the Diamond Hogs, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and is currently coached by Dave van Horn. The program started in 1923, and will enter its 89th season of play in 2011. The University of Arkansas' is one of only three teams in the SEC to turn a profit from its baseball program in recent years, along with SEC Western division rivals Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Many large schools such as Iowa State, Colorado, and Wisconsin have dropped their baseball programs because of financial losses.
The Diamond Hogs have been to 25 NCAA tournaments and seven College World Series: 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2004, 2009, 2012.
The Razorbacks play baseball home games in Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, which holds 10,737. Arkansas was the first program in the nation to have an average attendance over 8,000 for the course of the season. The Razorbacks sold 10,727 tickets for a game against LSU on May 5, 2007. Baum Stadium has hosted NCAA regionals three of the last four years from 2008.
Baum Stadium was the best college baseball venue in 1998 according
The North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in NCAA Division I college baseball. They participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division.
The university fielded its first varsity baseball squad in 1867, making baseball the oldest varsity sport at the University of North Carolina.
The Tar Heels reached the College World Series four consecutive years between 2006 and 2009; and five times in six years between 2006 and 2011. They reached the national championship game in both 2006 and 2007, but lost on both occasions to the Oregon State University Beavers. They made a third straight trip to Omaha in 2008, and a fourth for the 2009 CWS. While Boshamer Stadium was being rebuilt during 2008, the team played their home games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in nearby Cary. They returned to Chapel Hill in February 2009.
The Texas A&M Aggie baseball team represents Texas A&M University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team will play its first season in the Southeastern Conference in 2013. The Aggies plays home games at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The team is currently led by head coach Rob Childress.
Texas A&M baseball has compiled an all-time record of 2411-1365-42 (.637 winning percentage) through the 2011 season. The Aggies have won 19 conference championships, 15 in the Southwest Conference and four in the Big 12. Texas A&M has made 27 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the College World Series five times, in 1951, 1964, 1993, 1999. and 2011.
The history of Texas A&M baseball began in 1894, when the team played its first game in school history. No games were recorded for the following nine years from 1895 to 1903. Seventeen different head coaches led A&M baseball from 1904 to 1958, including football coaches Charley Moran, Dana X. Bible, and Homer Norton. During this period, A&M finished 626-469-27 record (.572 winning percentage), claimed seven Southwest Conference titles, and made their first ever trip to the College World Series in 1951.
Tom Chandler came to Texas A&M as an
The Camden Riversharks is an American professional baseball team based in Camden, New Jersey. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2001 season to the present, the Riversharks have played their home games at Campbell's Field, which is situated at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Due to its location on the Delaware River, the ballpark offers a clear view of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skyline.
Since beginning play in 2001 as an expansion team, the Riversharks have consistently averaged over 4,000 fans per game, with crowds approaching and sometimes exceeding 7,000 on fireworks nights. The Riversharks are a cheaper alternative to the Philadelphia Phillies for area baseball fans. The "Riversharks" name refers to the location of Camden on the Delaware River, as the primary logo incorporates the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that links Camden to Philadelphia.
In June 2008, the Riversharks unveiled a partnership with Wawa Food Markets, based in nearby Wawa, Pennsylvania. The partnership includes a series of giveaway promotions and the addition of Wawa's mascot, Wally
The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team located in Detroit, Michigan. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit in 1894 as part of the Western League. They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in all of the American League. The Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984) and have won the American League pennant 10 times (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, and 2006). The team currently plays their home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.
The Tigers constructed Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue and began playing there in 1896. In 1912, the team moved into Navin Field, which was built on the same location. It was expanded in 1938 and renamed Briggs Stadium. It was renamed Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the Tigers played there until moving to Comerica Park in 2000.
The club is a charter member of the American League, one of four clubs (with the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians) still located in its original city. Detroit is also the only member of the Western League, the AL's minor league predecessor,
The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team located in Houston, Texas. Currently a member of the National League Central Division, the Astros will move to the American League West Division in 2013. The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.
The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. The current name was adopted three years later when they moved into the Astrodome, the world's first domed sports stadium. The name reflects Houston's role as the center of the U.S. Space Program.
The Astros have one World Series appearance, in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox.
Houston officials had been making efforts to bring a Major League team to Texas before the expansion in 1962. There were four men chiefly responsible for bringing Major League Baseball to Houston: George Kirksey and Craig Cullinan, who had led a futile attempt to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; R.E. "Bob" Smith, a prominent oilman and real estate magnate in Houston who was brought in for his financial resources; and Judge Roy Hofheinz, a former Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge who was recruited for his salesmanship and political style. They formed the
The Tucson Toros are a professional baseball team based in Tucson, Arizona, in the United States. They are owned by Tucson Baseball, LLC with Jay Zucker as chairman of the board. Sean Smock is the team's general manager.
The original Toros were a Triple-A minor league baseball team in the Pacific Coast League from 1969 to 1997, where they won the PCL Championship in 1991 and 1993. They were affiliated with several Major League Baseball teams over the years, most notably with the Houston Astros.
The current Toros were created as a new team in the independent Golden Baseball League on September 1, 2008. They were originally the Mesa Miners (2005) and Reno Silver Sox (2006–2008) before being purchased by Tucson Baseball LLC and relocating to Tucson. The new Toros play their home games at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, home of the original Toros team, starting May 21, 2009, at the start of the league's fifth anniversary. They played in the South Division in the GBL along with the Long Beach Armada, Orange County Flyers, St. George RoadRunners and Yuma Scorpions. (The expansion Tijuana Potros were supposed to play in the same division, but their season was postponed until 2010 due to the
The Honolulu Sharks were a minor league baseball team in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league. They are based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Sharks name comes from the large number of shark species native to the waters of Hawaii. They play their home games at the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium.
The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino are a minor league baseball team in San Bernardino, California, United States. They are the Class A – Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and play in the California League. The 66ers play home games at San Manuel Stadium.
The 66ers began when the Salinas Spurs moved to San Bernardino and bought the name of the San Bernardino Spirit from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes who had just left town. The team was bought by Elmore Sports Group soon afterwards. The team originally played at Fiscalini Field until 1996 when the team moved to San Bernardino Stadium, nicknamed "The Ranch" in concert with the team's new name, the San Bernardino Stampede.
Later, the stadium was re-christened San Manuel Stadium sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with their casino.
The team name was later changed to the team's current name, the Inland Empire 66ers, taken from the historic U. S. Route 66 that ran through San Bernardino. The other US highway routes 6, 60, 70, 91, 99 and 395 were known to criss-crossed San Bernardino and nearby Riverside, California.
In September 2006, the 66ers announced that it was renewing its affiliation
The Youngstown Ohio Works baseball team was a minor league club that was known for winning the premier championship of the Ohio–Pennsylvania League in 1905, and for launching the professional career of pitcher Roy Castleton a year later. A training ground for several players and officials who later established careers in Major League Baseball, the team proved a formidable regional competitor and also won the 1906 league championship.
During its brief span of activity, the Ohio Works team faced challenges that reflected common difficulties within the Ohio-Pennsylvania League, including weak financial support for teams. Following a dispute over funding, the team's owners sold the club to outside investors, just a few months before the opening of the 1907 season.
The club's strong record and regional visibility spurred the growth of amateur and minor league baseball in the Youngstown area, and the community's minor league teams produced notable players throughout the first half of the 20th century. In the late 1990s, this tradition was rekindled, with the establishment of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a minor league team based in neighboring Niles, Ohio.
The Ohio Works team was
The Clemson Tigers baseball team represents Clemson University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers are currently coached by head coach Jack Leggett and play their home games in Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Clemson baseball program is one of the most consistent in the country, having won 40 or more games in 21 of the previous 24 seasons (as of the end of the 2009 season). The Tiger program has also reached the NCAA Tournament in 22 of the previous 23 seasons. Clemson has made twelve appearances in the College World Series with an all-time record of 12–24 in Omaha.
The team has a heated in-state rivalry with the University of South Carolina. As of the end of the 2012 season, Clemson leads the all-time series 169-129-2. Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball.com has called it "college baseball's most heated rivalry," and Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has called it "far and away the most compelling rivalry college baseball has to offer."
April 24, 1896 - Clemson played its first baseball game, a 20-13 loss to Furman. The home games were played at Bowman Field in front of Tillman Hall. The Tigers’ first
The Miami Hurricanes baseball team is the college baseball program that represents the University of Miami.
Since 1973, the program has been one of college baseball's elite with 23 College World Series appearances, winning four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001) and advancing to the NCAA regionals a record 40 consecutive years.
Along with the university's other athletic teams, the baseball team became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2004–05 academic year. Previously, the baseball program competed as an NCAA independent, even during the school's Big East affiliation in other sports. Miami won its first ever conference championship in baseball when it captured the 2008 ACC Baseball Championship.
The Hurricanes play in Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park, on the UM campus, in Coral Gables, Florida. Since 1994, the team has been under the leadership of head coach Jim Morris.
The University of Miami fielded its first varsity baseball team in the spring of 1940. Jack Harding, the school's head football coach, was charged with the task of putting together the first squad. The program's first game was played on March 3, 1940 at Miami Field, which was
The Rouen Huskies are a top baseball team in Division Élite based in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, formed in 1986. They have won titles in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Huskies were the first French team to win a Silver medal in a European Cup, doing so in 2007.
The Nottingham Thieves (or University of Nottingham Baseball Club) are the official representative baseball team of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. They are currently not affiliated to any organised league but play several friendly fixtures and compete in tournaments throughout the season. They are previous holders of the "Drunken Cup", the trophy awarded to the winners of the UK inter-university baseball championship, finishing runners up in the 2011 cup final to the University of East Anglia
The idea for a University of Nottingham baseball club was originated by two students at the university, Adam Brown & Oli Ross. In 2006 the two met and discovered their shared love for the game, together they decided to establish a university baseball team. The drive to recruit players began with a poster campaign throughout the university, and soon a base of players was formed. The team became affiliated to the university's athletic union later in the year and was now recognised as an official university sports team.
The Thieves played their first competitive match against another official club on 28 October 2006 away against the Southampton University Mustangs resulting in a 7
The Troy Haymakers were an American professional baseball team.
Established in 1860 as the Union base ball club of neighboring Lansingburgh, New York, the Haymakers participated in the first professional pennant race of 1869 and joined the first professional league, the 1871 National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP). They disbanded halfway through the 1872 season "on account of an empty treasury."
By 1868 the "Troy Haymakers" nickname for Union of Lansingburgh was common, although the team was sometimes called the Trojans. On the field it was one of the strongest teams in the nominally amateur National Association of Base Ball Players. Some players were from New York City; presumably the club compensated them.
When the Association permitted openly professional teams for the 1869 season, the Haymakers were one of twelve to go pro. Evidently they were fifth in playing strength for they finished with a 12–8–1 record including two wins, eight defeats, and one tie (2–8–1) against the four strongest teams and ten wins in ten matches with the others. By playing strength they ranked about the same among fifteen professional teams in 1870, at 11–13–1. During the former
The Marysville Gold Sox is a summer collegiate wood-bat club based in Marysville, California, in the United States. The team is host of the Horizon Air Summer Series and plays its home games at Appeal-Democrat Park, formerly known as Bryant Field, adjacent to Ellis Lake, in Marysville. The team name was changed from Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox to Marysville Gold Sox in 2010 to more particularly identify the city in which the team is located.
The franchise began as a professional team in the Western Baseball League in 1995 as the Surrey Glaciers and only played one season at Stetson Bowl in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. In 1996 they relocated to Reno, Nevada, becoming known as the Reno Chukars and played their home games at Moana Stadium. They changed their name to the Reno Blackjacks in 1999 and played their final season in Reno before relocating to Marysville, where they were renamed the Feather River Mudcats for their inaugural 2000 season in Marysville.
Because of the team's infringement on the previously trademarked name of Mudcats by the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, the Feather River Mudcats changed their name to the Feather River Fury in preparation for the 2001
The Atlantic City Surf were a professional baseball team based in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Surf was most recently a member of the Can-Am League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Surf played its home games at Bernie Robbins Stadium, formerly known as The Sandcastle.
From 1998 to 2006, the Surf played in the South Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. While in the Atlantic League, the Surf won the first-ever Atlantic League championship in 1998 while also hosting the inaugural Atlantic League All-Star game.
On March 30, 2009, the Atlantic City Surf organization ceased operations, leaving the Can_am League with six teams. Players from the team were made available in an April 3, 2009 dispersal draft.
Atlantic City historically has never enjoyed much success as a venue for professional sports teams and baseball has been no exception. The city hosted a few short-lived, unnamed teams in various leagues in the 19th century, then provided a home for the defunct Lancaster Red Roses of the Tri-State League in 1912. The franchise played one more season in Atlantic City in 1913 before disbanding.
In 1916, the Bacharach Giants moved to Atlantic
The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox's home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, around 1908, following previous Boston teams that had been known as the "Red Stockings". They have played in eleven World Series, winning seven.
Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, called by some the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged beginning with the Red Sox's sale of Babe Ruth to the rival Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. However, the team's history during that period was hardly one of futility, but was rather punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad
The Kane County Cougars are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, that plays in the Midwest League. Their home games are played in Geneva, Illinois, about 35 miles west of Chicago.
The Midwest League came to Kane County in 1991 after a franchise that was previously based in Decatur, Illinois (1952–74) and Wausau, Wisconsin (1975–90) relocated there. While they've always been known as the Cougars since moving to Kane County, they were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 and 1992, with the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2002, the Oakland Athletics from 2003 until 2010, and with the Kansas City Royals for the 2011 and 2012 seasons before joining the Chicago Cubs for the 2013 season. As a Marlins farm team some key contributors to the 2003 World Series championship team played in Kane County on their way to the big leagues. Series MVP Josh Beckett played for the Cougars in 2000, while Dontrelle Willis had the league's best winning percentage and earned run average in 2002.
The Cougars play their home games at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, built in 1991. The franchise attendance record of 523,222 was set in 2001. The Cougars are perennially among
The Netherlands national baseball team is the national baseball team of the Netherlands, representing the country in international men's baseball. They are currently ranked as the best team in the European Union, and the team is also ranked sixth place in the IBAF World Rankings.
The Netherlands participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. The team has also participated in both of the other major international baseball tournaments recognised by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF): the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the Baseball World Cup. In 2011, the team caused a sensation when it won the World Cup after beating 25-time champion Cuba in the finals.
The team is controlled by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Baseball en Softball Bond, which is represented in the Confederation of European Baseball. The Netherlands competed in the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
The Netherlands territories of the former Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean have very strong baseball traditions. A team from Willemstad, Curaçao called the "Curaçao Yankees" won the 2004 Little League World Series and was runner-up in 2005. Each territory has its own baseball federation and in
The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since 1994, they have played in Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since their establishment as a Major League franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships, in 1920 and 1948.
The "Indians" name originates from a request by the club owner to decide on a new name, following the 1914 season. In reference to the Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves), the media chose "the Indians". Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos," the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo. The mascot is called Slider.
The Cleveland team originated in 1900 as the Lake Shores, when the American League (AL) was officially a minor league. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901. Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1946. At the end of the 2011 season, they
The Detroit Wolverines were a 19th century baseball team that played in the National League from 1881 to 1888 in the city of Detroit, Michigan. In total, they won 426 games and lost 437, taking their lone pennant (and World Series) in 1887. The team was disbanded following the 1888 season.
Founded at the suggestion of Detroit mayor William G. Thompson, the Wolverines played the first game of major league baseball in Detroit on May 2, 1881, in front of 1,286 fans. Their home field was called Recreation Park, and it consisted of a wooden grandstand located between Brady Street and Willis Avenue. This stadium was demolished in 1894, though its location is indicated by a historical marker in what was once left field. The name of the ball club derives from Michigan being known as "The Wolverine State". The team name "Wolverines" is now primarily associated with University of Michigan sports.
Though they folded after only eight seasons, the Wolverines occupy an important place in baseball history. On September 6 1883, they conceded 18 runs in a single inning against the Chicago White Stockings, the most ever in MLB. In 1885, new owner Frederick Kimball Stearns began spending heavily in
The Long Island Ducks is an American professional baseball team based in Central Islip, New York. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Since the 2000 season, the Ducks have played their home games at Bethpage Ballpark - formerly known as EAB Park, Citibank Park, and Suffolk County Sports Park.
The "Ducks" name refers to Long Island's duck-farming heritage, which is further represented by the Big Duck ferrocement. The Big Duck is in Suffolk County, in which Central Islip is also located.
The Ducks currently own the independent league baseball single-season attendance record of 443,142 fans. They reached this total in the summer of 2001, surpassing the previous record of 436,361 fans which the team had also set in 2000. The Ducks reached the 3 million mark in attendance in September 2006.
Bud Harrelson, a 1971 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, is a part-owner of the Ducks. He was the first manager of the team following a stint as the New York Mets manager.
Residents of Long Island anticipated the arrival of professional baseball for many years, until the Ducks' inaugural 2000
The North Shore Honu were a minor league baseball team in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league. They were based in Waipahu, Hawaii. The name Honu is derived from the Hawaiian word for a sea turtle. They played their home games at the Hans L'Orange Field.
The Pericos de Puebla (Puebla Parrots) are a baseball team that has been a member of the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol since 2000. They have existed on and off since 1942 in various other leagues. They are one of the many clubs that have represented the state of Puebla since 1924, among them Almazán de Puebla in 1922, 74 Regimiento in 1924, who also was the first champion of the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol, Club De Béisbol Hudson, in 1938, were they got their uniform colors green and white from. The club played in the Liga Invernal Veracruzana from 1949 to 1959. In 1958 they lost the title against Poza Rica and in 1959 won their first title. The clubs won a total of 4 Liga Mexicana de Béisbol: 1 in 1924 as 74 Regimiento, 2 as Ángeles Negros in 1972 and 1986 one as Pericos de Puebla in 1963. The club plays their home games in the Estadio de Béisbol Hermanos Serdán which is right next to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc were Puebla F.C. has made their home since 1972 when they left the old Estadio Ignacio Zaragoza where they played from 1942–1971. From 2002–2006 the Pericos shared their home park with the Tigres de la Angenópolis from Mexico City. The Tigres club won a championship in 2005 to later
The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, based in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers franchise are currently a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League, and are the reigning A.L. Champions since 2010, although they lost consecutive World Series appearances against the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.
The franchise was established in 1961 by the name of the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first ballclub, the original Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington, Texas, and debuted as the Rangers the following spring.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Club has made five appearances in the MLB postseason, all following division championships, in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, and 2011. In 2010, the Rangers advanced past the Division Series for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay
The Ottawa Lynx were a minor league baseball team that formerly competed in the Triple-A International League (IL) from 1993 to 2007. The team's home field was Ottawa Baseball Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the team's 15 seasons, it was the Triple-A Minor League affiliate of the Montreal Expos (1993–2002), Baltimore Orioles (2003–2006), and Philadelphia Phillies (2007). At the time, it was the only IL franchise based in Canada.
In late August 2006, the league approved the conditions to negotiate the sale of the team. The new owners moved the team to Allentown, Pennsylvania, beginning with the 2008 season, where it is known as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The team's move to Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, has brought it within the Phillies' fan base region.
During the club's last years, it had difficulty attracting fans, which was one of several factors in the decision to relocate the team.
The Canadian-American (Can-Am) League placed a team in Ottawa, called the Rapidz, for the 2008 season. On September 29, 2008, the Rapidz ceased operations as the team declared bankruptcy. After the initial ownership declared bankruptcy, the Can-Am league assumed ownership of
The Bellingham Bells are a collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The Bellingham Bells strive to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere.
The team is composed of college baseball players from some of the best collegiate programs locally, regionally, and nationally. In recent years, the Bells have produced a number of Major League products including Marc Rzepczynski of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies, and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim (Toronto Blue Jays), Kevin Richardson (Texas Rangers), and Jake Locker.
The Brooklyn Tip-Tops were a team in the short-lived Federal League of professional baseball from 1914 to 1915. The team was named by owner Robert Ward, who owned the Tip Top Bakery. They were sometimes informally called the Brooklyn Feds or BrookFeds due to being the Brooklyn team of the Federal League. The Tip Tops played in old Washington Park, which the Brooklyn Dodgers had abandoned after the 1912 season to move to Ebbets Field.
The team finished a disappointing 4th in 1914. Federal League officials believed it was important to have a successful franchise in the New York area and when the Indianapolis Hoosiers were transitioned to Newark, New Jersey, the "Federal League Ty Cobb", as 1914 FL batting champ Benny Kauff was known, was placed on the Brooklyn roster. In 1915, Kauff led the league with a .342 batting average and 55 stolen bases, but the Tip-Tops still finished in seventh place. The Newark and Brooklyn FL teams played three holiday doubleheaders during the 1915 season where one game was in Newark and the second was in Brooklyn.
On September 19, 1914, Tip-Top Ed Lafitte threw the only no-hitter in Federal League history, beating the Kansas City Packers 6-2.
The Pittsburgh Black Sox are a semi-professional, or "semi-pro," baseball club of the American National Adult Baseball Association (NABA)￢ﾀﾔcompeting in the Pittsburgh Chapter of that organization.
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The Pittsburgh Black Sox were founded in 2003 under the name Pittsburgh Stampeders as part of the humble, four-team beginnings of the NABA Pittsburgh Chapter. After a brief regular season, all four teams were seeded based upon their regular-season records and put into a single-elimination playoff bracket.
The Stampeders were eliminated in the first-round against the Pittsburgh Maulers￢ﾀﾔthe last time that the team would compete under the name Stampeders.
In 2004, the Black Sox underwent an ownership, managerial, and name change when Kenny Rayl took over the team as owner-manager and remained on as a player. The team made a sparkling debut under their new moniker in '04 as the NABA Pittsburgh Chapter doubled in size to
The Sacramento River Cats is a minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics.
The River Cats play at Raley Field, located in West Sacramento. The team began play in 1978 as the Vancouver Canadians, and played their home games at Nat Bailey Stadium until the 1999 season. Following that season, in which they won the Triple-A World Series, the team was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved to West Sacramento for the 2000 season. Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death on November 21, 2009 at age 58. His widow, Susan Savage, became majority owner upon her husband's death.
Sacramento has led all of minor league baseball in attendance during each of its first eight seasons at Raley Field. The team averaged approximately 10,000 fans per game during the 2007 regular season, for a total attendance figure of 710,235.
The PCL franchise in Sacramento for many years was the Sacramento Solons, a charter member of the PCL which was founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons represented California's capital city in 1903,
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are a professional minor league baseball team based in Moosic, Pennsylvania in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. The team plays in Northern Division of International League and and they are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees Major League Baseball club. The team plays at PNC Field (formerly Lackawanna County Stadium), their home since 1989.
During the 2012 season, while their stadium is being renovated, they are playing home games at various sites, primarily in New York state. For this season, while the team is still officially the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, they are using a alternative name which is "Empire State Yankees" for promotional purposes.
With the transition from ownership by a public authority to private hands, the new owners have expressed an intent to change the name of the team for the 2013 season, including a possible change from "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre" to some other location identifier. The public is invited to submit suggestions.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were founded in 1919 in Reading, Pennsylvania as the Reading Coal Barons. The team changed names to Marines in 1920, Aces in 1921, and Keystones in 1923. The
The Sussex Skyhawks were a professional baseball team that played at Skylands Park in Augusta, New Jersey. The team was part of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent minor baseball league also referred to as the Can-Am League, from their inaugural season in 2006 until 2010. The team was owned by a group led by Floyd Hall, who also owns the New Jersey Jackals. The team was formed in part due to their home park's previous tenant, the New Jersey Cardinals, relocating to University Park, Pennsylvania following the 2005 New York-Penn League season to become the State College Spikes.
After the announcement of a new team coming to the area, the ownership group- which was known as Sussex Professional Baseball- held an online contest for fans to try to name the team. On January 25, 2006, "Sussex Skyhawks" was chosen as the winning name. The Skyhawk name represented the Skylands Region of northwestern New Jersey, where the team was playing, and Sussex was chosen to represent Sussex County, New Jersey, where Augusta is located.
For their inaugural season, the Skyhawks hired Brian Drahman, who had been the pitching coach for the New Jersey Jackals, as their
The Washington Nationals are based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals are a member of the East Division of the National League of Major League Baseball (MLB). The team moved into newly-built Nationals Park in 2008, after playing its first three seasons in RFK Stadium. The new park is located on South Capitol Street in Southeast D.C., near the Anacostia River and with views of the Capitol.
The Nationals' name derives from the former Washington baseball team that had the same name (used interchangeably with Senators). Their nickname is "the Nats"—a shortened version that was also used by the old D.C. teams.
An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1969. As the Montreal Expos, they were the first major league team in Canada. They played their home games at Jarry Park Stadium and later in the Olympic Stadium. In 1981, the Expos won a division championship, won their first-ever playoff series by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, 3–2, and advanced to the National League Championship Series, where they would go on to lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3–2, in their only postseason appearance during the strike-shortened season. The Expos had their highest
The York Revolution is an American professional baseball team based in York, Pennsylvania. It is a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2007 season to the present, the Revolution has played its home games at Sovereign Bank Stadium, located in the Arch Street neighborhood. The team is the reigning champion of the Atlantic League, following its 3-1 Championship Series win over the Long Island Ducks on October 1, 2011.
Before the Revolution's inaugural season, baseball fans in York had waited 38 years for the return of the sport since the York White Roses folded after the 1969 season. In 2006, Yorkers chose the name "Revolution" in a team-sponsored fan ballot. The name originally referred to the city’s colonial heritage, especially because the Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation in York during the Revolutionary War. At the time of the American Revolution, York was one of the first capitals of the United States. In 2012, the Revolution unveiled a new brand to emphasize York's more recent contributions to the Industrial Revolution with a secondary
The Erie SeaWolves are a Minor League Baseball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They play in the Eastern League as the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The "SeaWolves" name refers to Erie's location along Lake Erie and their former affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially since the term "sea wolf" is a historical synonym of "pirate." The team plays at downtown Erie's Jerry Uht Park, which opened in 1995 and is part of the Louis J. Tullio Plaza along with Erie Insurance Arena and the Warner Theatre.
The SeaWolves' first game at Jerry Uht Park happened on June 20, 1995 with an Erie win over the Jamestown Jammers. José Guillén, now a Major League Baseball alumnus, hit the decisive home-run for the team.
The Erie SeaWolves were founded in 1989 in Welland, Ontario as the Welland Pirates as a member of the Short-Season New York–Penn League. The team played at Welland Stadium from 1989 to 1994 and were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the Welland Pirates relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1995, they were renamed the "Erie SeaWolves." The relocation of the team from Welland to Erie forced the Frontier League incarnation of the Erie Sailors to relocate
The Haar Disciples, officially named "Disciples Muenchen-Haar e.V. von 1990", is a baseball club founded in 1990 in Haar, a suburb of Munich. The first men's team plays in the German Baseball Bundesliga. The first women's team plays in the first softball league.
When the team was first registered with the German Baseball Association (Deutscher Baseball & Softball Verband d.V.) in 1991, the name was misspelled "Haar Desciples eV."
The full club consists of 11 teams:
The Québec Capitales are a professional baseball team based in Quebec City, Canada. The Capitales are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (aka CanAm League), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Since the 1999 season to the present, the Capitales have played their home games at Stade Municipal.
The team was established in 1999 as a member of the independent Northern League. The team's name in French is Les Capitales de Québec.
Québec City has been home to many baseball teams. The Québec Athletics played in the Québec Provincial League during the 1940 season, and in the Canadian-American League from 1941 to 1942. The Québec Alouettes followed as a member of the Canadian-American League from 1946 to 1948. The Quebec Braves played from 1949 to 1950, as they too were part of the Canadian-American League, and from 1950 to 1951 in the Provincial League. The Québec Carnavals were the AA affiliate of the Montreal Expos from 1971 through 1975, as members of the Eastern League. In 1976, the team changed its name to the Québec Metros, and continued to play until 1977.
In 1999, the Capitales joined the Northern League (East Division) as an
The Reading Phillies (also called the R-Phils or Reading Phils) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League. The team plays their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Reading Phillies were founded in 1967 and they are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The franchise has always been based in Reading and has always been known as the "Reading Phillies" since their establishment back in 1967.
The R-Phils affiliation with the Big Phils has lasted unbroken since 1967 and this affiliation is currently the longest affiliation in Minor League Baseball. The Reading Phillies relationship with the Philadelphia Phillies was solidified even further when the Philadelphia Phillies purchased the majority interest in the Reading Phillies in 2008. The Reading Phillies are the oldest/longest team in the Eastern League to play in its original/current city and also under its original/current name.
The R-Phils' stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium which was built in 1951 and was previously known as Reading Municipal Memorial Stadium, has been home to the Reading Phillies since their establishment back in 1967. The
The San Francisco Seals were a minor league baseball team in San Francisco, California, that played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1957 before transferring to Phoenix, Arizona. They were named for the abundant California Sea Lion and Harbor Seal populations in the Bay Area.
Along with the Los Angeles Angels, Portland Beavers, Oakland Oaks, Sacramento Solons, and Seattle Indians, the Seals were charter members of the Pacific Coast League which was founded in 1903. The team played its home games at Recreation Park at Harrison and 8th Streets until it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.
The mild climate of the West Coast allowed the PCL to play a much longer season than the majors and the other eastern professional baseball leagues. Seasons often ran 200 games or more, especially in the early years. In the 1905 season, the Seals set the all-time PCL record by playing in 230 games (Pacific Coast Baseball League Record Book 1903-1969, compiled by William J. Weiss, League Statistician; published by the PCL, 1969; p. 30).
The Seals finished out the 1906 season playing home games at Freeman's Park in Oakland. A new Recreation Park was constructed at 14th and Valencia Streets
The Chinese Taipei baseball team (Chinese: 中華臺北棒球代表隊; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Táiběi Bàngqiú Dàibiǎoduì), is the national team of the Republic of China (commonly known as "Taiwan"). It is governed by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association. They are generally recognized as one of the elite national baseball teams. They are currently the seventh ranked baseball team in the world, just behind Canada. They have consistently maintained a top position in Asia, with occasional drops, such as after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and rises in ranking, as after the 2009 Asian Baseball Championship. The team comprises amateurs and professionals from Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, Japan's Central League and Pacific League, and North American major (MLB) and minor leagues.
Due to political pressures from the People's Republic of China on international sports organizations, the delegation had to reach a compromise name, changing it from the National Baseball Team of the Republic of China (Chinese: 中華民國棒球國家隊; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Bàngqiú Guójiāduì) to Chinese Taipei Baseball Team.
The team has participated in many of the international and regional tournaments and has achieved many
The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are currently a member of the American League East Division. Since their inception, their home venue has been Tropicana Field. Their current manager is Joe Maddon.
Following nearly three decades of unsuccessfully trying to gain an expansion franchise or enticing existing teams to relocate to the Tampa Bay area, an ownership group led by Vince Naimoli was approved in in 1995. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays began play in the 1998 Major League Baseball season.
Their first decade of play, however, was marked by futility; they finished in last place in the American League East in all but the 2004 season, when they finished in fourth place. Following the 2007 season season, Stuart Sternberg, who had purchased controlling interest in the team from Vince Naimoli two years earlier, changed the team's name to “Rays” to represent the team as “...a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida”. The team's largely disliked original rainbow color scheme was changed to Navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold; a new serifed logo with a stylized asymmetrical sunburst was also
The Cleveland Spiders were a Major League Baseball team which played between 1887 and 1899 in Cleveland, Ohio. The team played at National League Park from 1889 to 1890 and at League Park from 1891 to 1899.
The Spiders first fielded a team in the American Association (then a major league) in 1887. At the time, they were known as the Cleveland Forest Citys or Cleveland Blues. The team was organized by Frank Robison, who eventually brought his brother Stanley aboard to help run the club.
The Forest Citys were a weak team in their early years. In 1889, they moved to the National League and became known as the Spiders. They started to improve in 1891, largely due to the signing of future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young.
The Spiders had their first taste of success in 1892 when they finished 93-56 overall; winning the second half by three games over Boston with a 53-23 record. Other than standout second baseman Cupid Childs, the Spiders had an unremarkable offense. Their success in 1892 was built on pitching strength; Young was the NL's most dominant hurler, and 22-year-old Nig Cuppy had an outstanding rookie year. Following the season, a "World's Championship Series" exhibition
The North Shore Spirit was a minor-league baseball team based in Lynn, Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. The Spirit played in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (the "Can-Am League," also known as the Northeast League), an independent league that is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or with the Minor League Baseball organization. The team was originally known as the Waterbury Spirit, based out of Waterbury, Connecticut.
The Spirit were owned by Nicholas Lopardo throughout their five-year history in Lynn.
The Waterbury Spirit began play in 1997 in the Northeast League. During the team's four year stint in Connecticut, they made the playoffs three times, losing in the first round all three times. The team folded following the 2000 season. Originally, the team was to be known as the "Waterbury Wizards" but a potential lawsuit with the Fort Wayne Wizards prompted the team to seek alternate names.
Lopardo acquired the team in 2002 when he purchased the inactive franchise. After the formation of the team was announced in August 2002, Lopardo funded a massive, expensive renovation of Fraser Field. $2 million was put into improvements in seating, comfort, and
The Oregon Ducks baseball team represents the University of Oregon in NCAA Division I college baseball in the Pacific-12 Conference. They are coached by George Horton and play their home games on campus at PK Park.
Oregon fielded its first baseball program in 1876. The Ducks won the PCC-North Division championship 9 times between 1928 and 1946. They were overall PCC champions in 1954 after the conference had unified north and south divisions in the late 1940s. The PCC dissolved in 1958.
In 1964, in the re-organized Athletic Association of Western Universities, Oregon was once again North Division champions. The team made one College World Series appearance, in 1954, and was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Arizona and Massachusetts. In 1982, the team was downgraded to a club sport.
In July 2007, the university announced that Oregon would again field an NCAA Division I baseball team beginning with the 2009 season.
In the Ducks first game in PK Park, they defeated the defending national champions, the Fresno State Bulldogs, 1-0 on a walk-off single by senior Andrew Schmidt. A sellout crowd of 2,777 was on hand for the game.
From 1936, the Ducks played baseball at Howe
The Scottsdale Scorpions are a baseball team that plays in the East Division of the Arizona Fall League located in Scottsdale, Arizona. They play their home games at Scottsdale Stadium.
For the 2011 season, the Major League Baseball teams that will send players to the Scorpions are: the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and Washington Nationals.
In 1994, the team gained worldwide media attention, when Michael Jordan began his professional baseball career by joining the Scorpions. After one year, Jordan was sent to the Double-A Birmingham Barons in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Scorpions won their first championship in 1996 against the against the Mesa Saguaros.
The Scorpions would make the championship game in 2002, 2004, and 2005 but would fail to win it. For the 2005 season, the team played its games in Surprise, Arizona due to renovations of Scottsdale Stadium. The team returned to Scottsdale Stadium the following year only to be named the Grand Canyon Scorpions. The team would change their name back to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the 2007 season.
They would once again win the championship in 2010, the first time in fourteen
The Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds were an Atlantic League team based in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. From the 1998 season to 2001, they played in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Black Diamonds were previously known as the Newburgh Black Diamonds before moving to the Lehigh Valley.
The Black Diamonds never really had a home field. In their first season in the league they were forced to play in Newburgh, New York at Delano-Hitch Stadium. When a lease agreement could not be reached with the Newburgh stadium the team played the entire 1999 season on the road. After the league amended their charter before the 2000 season forcing all teams to have a home stadium the Black Diamonds played at Memorial Park in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. They spent the rest of their short existence as a traveling team in 2001. In 2002 The Black Diamonds became the Pennsylvania Road Warriors when the stadium appeared to have fallen through and a deal to purchase the team could not be reached.
The Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds were originally slated to play at the Lehigh Valley Multi-Purpose Sport Complex, a 6,400-seat, $15 million-dollar ballpark
The Montgomery Biscuits are a minor league baseball team based in Montgomery, Alabama. The team is the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and plays in the Southern League. The 2004 season was the team's first in Montgomery. The Biscuits play in Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,000.
The franchise joined the Southern League in 1973 as the Orlando Twins, a minor-league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, which held spring training in Orlando, Florida at the time. The Orlando Twins played at Tinker Field in downtown Orlando, near the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. In 1990, the team was renamed the Orlando Sun Rays. In 1993, the Chicago Cubs became the team's new major-league affiliate, and the team was renamed the Orlando Cubs. While still a Chicago Cubs affiliate, the team renamed itself once again in 1997 and became the Orlando Rays. The following year, for one season only, the Seattle Mariners were the Rays' major-league affiliate. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, an American League expansion team in 1998, assumed the Orlando Rays' major-league affiliation the following year.
The Orlando Rays' last season at Tinker Field was 1999. From 2000 to 2003, the Orlando
The Tennessee Volunteers baseball team represents the University of Tennessee in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Tennessee athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers play all on-campus home games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Volunteers currently play home games at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The facility is undergoing extensive renovations at this time.
Lindsey Nelson Stadium was constructed between 1992 and 1993 seasons at the site of the old facility called Lower Hudson Field. The program had played in past in various locations including Lower Hudson Field and Shields-Watkins Field.
Lindsey Nelson was a Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Tennessee native and university alumnus best known for his work with the University of Tennessee, University of Notre Dame. the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, National Football League and the annual Cotton Bowl Classic.
The playing field was named for Maryville, Tennessee native Robert M. Lindsay in 2007 after a $2 million athletic departmentt contribution by Mr. Lindsay. Mr. Lindsay's father Russ Lindsay played baseball at the
The Pittsfield Colonials were a baseball team in the independent Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The team was most recently known as the American Defenders of New Hampshire (often simply referred to as the "Defenders"), and prior to that was known as the Nashua Pride.
The Colonials (in their previous incarnations as the Defenders and the Pride), played in Nashua, New Hampshire from their debut as part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 1998 until the end of the 2009 season, and called Holman Stadium in Nashua home, until the summer of 2009. In August of that year, the city of Nashua evicted the Defenders from their home and parked a tractor on home plate, refusing to move it or let the team back into the stadium until $45,000 in back rent and property taxes were repaid to the city.
The team has played at Wahconah Park, the former home of the Berskhire Black Bears of the Northeast League (the Can-Am League's predecessor), since 2010; the Colonials are the first Can-Am or Northeast League team to call the park home since the Black Bears moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 2004. The team's name was chosen in
The dmedia T-REX was a professional baseball team belonging to the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
The history of the team can be traced back to early 2001 when local Macoto Bank started to sponsor Taiwan Major League's (TML) Taipei Gida, taking over from the original sponsor Sampo Corporation. After TML's merger with CPBL in early 2003, Macoto Bank decided to run one of the 2 absorbed TML teams and the new team Macoto Gida (誠泰太陽) was formed accordingly along with its sister team First Financial Holdings Agan. Interestingly, during the merger draft Macoto Bank picked the bulk of Macoto Gida's players from Taichung Agan and Chiayi-Tainan Luka, but not the original Taipei Gida. Macoto Bank went on running and changed the team's mascot to animal-style cobras following CPBL's regulations in early 2004.
In 2004 and 2005 the Macoto Cobras was head-coached by Tai-Yuan Kuo, a legendary Taiwanese pitcher who played for the Seibu Lions for 13 years. In 2005 this team competed with Sinon Bulls in the CPBL championships, but was defeated 0-4.
After the merger of Macoto Bank into Shin Kong Financial Holdings in January 2006, the Shin Kong Financial Holdings finally did not absorb
The Great Falls Voyagers are a minor league baseball team based in Great Falls, Montana. This team has played continuously since 1969, and also played in the Pioneer League from 1948 to 1963.
The "Voyagers" name refers to an event in August 1950, when Nicholas "Nick" Mariana, the general manager of the Great Falls Electrics, saw two spinning objects approaching at a seemingly high speed. Mariana recorded 16 seconds of footage of the unidentified flying objects at Legion Park (see the Mariana UFO incident).
The Voyagers became an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox starting with the 2003 season. Previously the team was affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1983–2003), and the San Francisco Giants (1969–83). The team plays its home games at Centene Stadium and is a member of the Pioneer League.
The Latino Legends Team was an all-time all-star baseball team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in Major League Baseball. The players were chosen by fan voting. Ballots were available both online at MLB.com and at Chevrolet dealerships, and over 1.6 million total votes were cast. The team was announced at a ceremony hosted by actor Edward James Olmos prior to Game Four of the 2005 World Series.
Despite being the only native of South America in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Venezuela native Luis Aparicio was not selected. Another former White Sox star was snubbed - Cuban born outfielder Minnie Miñoso. In what was vindication for the organization, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén became the first Latin-born manager to win a World Series later that night.(Lou Piniella, manager of the World Series winning 1990 Cincinnati Reds, was born in Tampa to a family of Spanish heritage but is not technically 'Latin-born')
Other significant snubs from this team were Puerto Ricans Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Alomar and Carlos Delgado, Cuban-born Tony Perez and Negro League star Martín Dihigo. Dominican Sammy Sosa, a then still-active member of the 500 home run club
The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of both the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League Eastern Division and the American League (AL) itself. Since their inaugural season in 1998, the Rays have played their home games at Tropicana Field. The team was originally known as the "Tampa Bay Devil Rays," which was inspired by a common nickname of the manta ray, but after the 2007 season, they changed their official name to the "Tampa Bay Rays."
Tampa Bay made their Major League debut in 1998, where they were an expansion team. For their first ten seasons, Tampa Bay struggled, never had a winning record, and were always fifth in the American League Eastern Division, except for a fourth place finish in the 2004 season. However, Tampa Bay had their best season ever in 2008, when they won their first American League East Division title, defeated the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS, beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.
These statistics are current through the 2012 season. Bold denotes a playoff season, pennant or championship.
The Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs were a professional baseball team based in the Corpus Christi suburb of Robstown, Texas, in the United States. The Beach Dawgs were a former member of the Continental Baseball League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Beach Dawgs played their home games at Fairgrounds Field.
The team is composed of the remnants of two CBL teams that did not return after the league's 2007 inaugural season: the traveling Texas Heat (who did not have a home stadium in 2007) and the Lewisville Lizards. The Beach Dawgs announced their arrival in the Corpus Christi area in late January 2008, just a few weeks after the former tenants of Fairgrounds Field, the American Association's Coastal Bend Aviators, packed up and left town following two seasons of disappointing attendance figures.
There has recently been some controversy surrounding players and their contracts. Ten players were released or quit when they were informed that their pay would be decreased. The owner of the team stated that he told the guys that he would be decreasing the budget, and offered them a chance to play for decreased play. Most of these players were from countries like the
The Staten Island Yankees are a minor league baseball team, located in the New York City borough of Staten Island. Nicknamed the "Baby Bombers," the Yankees are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the New York Yankees and play in the New York - Penn League at Richmond County Bank Ballpark along the waterfront in St. George. The Yankees are the defending champion of the NY-Penn League having won the title in 2011.
The Staten Island Yankees were brought to Staten Island in 1999 in a deal brokered by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The team came from the Watertown Indians and the Oneonta Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees played their first two seasons at College of Staten Island Baseball Complex before moving into the Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the 2001 season.
The first SI Yankee to reach the major leagues as a New York Yankee was pitcher Jason Anderson, pitching in relief in an 8-4 Yankee win over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The first Staten Island Yankee to reach the majors for any team was Wily Mo Peña, who broke in with the Cincinnati Reds.
On March 26, 2006, the Staten Island Advance reported that the teams' majority owners, the Getzler family, were
The Toronto Maple Leafs are an independent, minor league baseball team of the semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League, based in Toronto, Ontario. They play their home games on "Dominico Field" at Christie Pits.
They are also known as the Intercounty Maple Leafs or the Intercounty Leafs to disambiguate themselves from the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
The Maple Leafs baseball team began play in 1969, the second season after the original Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team of the AAA International League moved to Louisville, Kentucky.
In their inaugural year, the new Leafs lost 23 games, finishing 18 games out of first place. But they have never ended a season that far back since then. They have been in first place 19 times in the subsequent years and have the best winning percentage of any active team in the League.
The team has been owned by husband and wife Jack and Lynne Dominico for the first 40 years of its existence, but has since been owned exclusively by Jack after Lynne's passing on November 8, 2008. The Intercounty Baseball League Championship is also named in their honour, the Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy. The leafs website is www.TorontoMapleLeafsbaseball.com
The Toronto Maple Leafs were a high-level minor league baseball club located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that played from 1896 to 1967. While the Maple Leafs had working agreements with numerous Major League Baseball clubs after the introduction of farm systems in the 1930s, they achieved great success as an unaffiliated club during the 1950s, when they were the strongest team on the field and in attendance in the AAA International League.
Toronto was without professional baseball from 1968–1976; in 1977 it received an expansion club in the American League, called the Blue Jays; the team still plays today.
The first Toronto club, Toronto Baseball Club, played in the Canadian League in 1885, playing its home games at William Cawthra's Jarvis Street Lacrosse Grounds (Old Lacrosse Grounds) at the northwest corner of Jarvis and Wellesley Street. It finished the season in third place. The next year, Toronto left the Canadian League along with Hamilton to join the original International League (also called the International Association), where it played from 1886–1890. The baseball stadium that would come to be known as Sunlight Park was built for the team and opened on May 22, 1886,
The Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ, Saitama Seibu Raionzu) are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based north of Tokyo in Tokorozawa, Saitama. Before 1979, they were based in Fukuoka in Kyushu. The team is owned by a subsidiary of Prince Hotels, which in turn is owned by the Seibu Group. The team experienced a recent period of financial difficulty, but the situation brightened when the team received a record ¥6 billion (about $51.11 million) posting fee from the Boston Red Sox for the right to negotiate a contract with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Between 1978 and 2008, the team logo and mascot were based on the adult version of Kimba the White Lion, a classic Japanese anime series by Osamu Tezuka. In 2004, former Seibu Lions player Kazuo Matsui became the first Japanese infielder to play in Major League Baseball.
In 1950, the team became a founding member of the Pacific League. It was then owned by Nishi-Nippon Railroad, which was based in Fukuoka. The team finished sixth that year, and at the end of the season was merged with the Nishi-Nippon Pirates to form the Nishitetsu Lions.
The Nishitetsu Lions were one of a dominant team in the Pacific League during the 1950s,
This article is about the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Collegiate League, who are based in Alexandria, LA. For the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, see Alexandria Aces (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball)
The Alexandria Aces are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Alexandria, Louisiana, in the United States. The Aces were league champions of the professional Continental Baseball League, in 2009, but when the CBL moved their market to western Texas, the Aces found a better fit in the Texas Collegiate League. The decision to join the new league was announced on February 12, 2010.
From the 1994 season to the present, the Aces have played their home games at historic Bringhurst Field, which was built in 1933 for the original Alexandria Aces.
That team started in 1934 as a member of the old Evangeline League and ceased operations with the league in 1942 due to World War II. The Aces (and the league) were revived after the war but once again ceased operations in 1957.
Baseball returned to Alexandria again in 1972, with the Aces as the San Diego Padres' AA farm club, and while it only lasted four years, many major league notables passed through
The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of the National League West Division. Their home venue is Coors Field. Their manager was Jim Tracy.
Denver had long been a hotbed of minor league baseball and many in the area desired a major league team. Following the Pittsburgh drug trials, an unsuccessful attempt was made to purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates and relocate them. However, in 1991, as part of Major League Baseball's two-team expansion (they also added the former Florida (now Miami) Marlins), an ownership group representing Denver led by John Antonucci and Michael I. Monus were granted a franchise; they took the name “Rockies” due to Denver's proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which is reflected in their logo. They began play in 1993, sharing Mile High Stadium with the National Football League's Denver Broncos their first two seasons while Coors Field was constructed. It was completed for the 1995 Major League Baseball season.
The Colorado Rockies have won one National League championship (2007). They mounted a spirited rally in the last month of the 2007 regular season, winning 21 of their final 22
The Evansville Braves were a professional minor league baseball team based in Evansville, Indiana. They played from 1946 to 1957 in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League (the "Three-I" League). They played home games at Bosse Field, which is currently the third oldest baseball stadium in regular use in the United States. The Braves were affiliated with the Boston Braves from 1946–1952 and then the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-1957.
HCAW or Mr. Cocker HCAW (sponsored name), in full Honkbalclub Allen Weerbaar, is a Dutch baseball club from Bussum. It is one of the largest baseball and softball clubs in the Netherlands and its teams play in all major domestic leagues.
The Nashville Tigers were a minor league baseball team of the Southern League from 1893 to 1894. They were located in Nashville, Tennessee and played home games at Athletic Park, which was opened in 1885. Preceded by the Nashville Blues, the Tigers were Nashville's third professional baseball team. The Tigers are credited with playing the first night baseball game in the city on July 6, 1894.
In 1893, the Nashville Tigers replaced the Nashville Blues, which folded towards the end of the 1887 season, as Nashville's entry into the Southern League. The 12-team circuit also included the Atlanta Windjammers, Augusta Electricians, Charleston Seagulls, Chattanooga Warriors, Macon Central City, Memphis Giants, Mobile Blackbirds, Montgomery Colts, New Orleans Pelicans, Savannah Electrics, and a team from Birmingham that later relocated to Pensacola. The Tigers played their home games at Athletic Park, which would later come to be known as Sulphur Dell. With a distance of 262 feet (80 m) to the right field wall, it was a notorious hitter's park.
The Tigers were managed by former major league player and manager Ted Sullivan in their inaugural season. They finished in last place with a 33–60
The New Britain Rock Cats are the Double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball club. They compete in the Eastern League and play their home games at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Connecticut.
The franchise's timeline can be traced back to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where they were a Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1969. The franchise then moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1970, and spent three years in the Ocean State. When the Pawtucket Red Sox became a Triple-A team in 1973, the BoSox moved their double-A franchise to Bristol, Connecticut. Known as the Bristol Red Sox, the team played at Muzzy Field for ten seasons from 1973 to 1982. Starting with the 1983 season, owner Joe Buzas moved the team some ten miles east to New Britain. Then known as the New Britain Red Sox, the team played its home games at Beehive Field, which is still standing next to the current stadium.
As Beehive Field became outdated and new facilities began to pop up in other cities around the league, Buzas was faced with the choice of staying in New Britain and building a new stadium, versus moving the franchise again. The Red Sox front office,
The Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox and belong to the International League, of which they are the current defending champions. They play their home games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The first team to be dubbed the Pawtucket Red Sox debuted at McCoy Stadium in 1970 as a member of the Double-A Eastern League. After three seasons as a Double-A Boston affiliate, this franchise moved to Bristol, Connecticut, in 1973 to make room for the Triple-A PawSox. Carlton Fisk, the future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, played for the Eastern League PawSox in 1970. Shortstop Rick Burleson and first baseman Cecil Cooper are among the players who toiled for both the Double-A and Triple-A editions of the team. The Bristol franchise played ten seasons in that Connecticut city before moving to New Britain in 1983. The franchise still exists as the New Britain Rock Cats, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins since 1995.
The Cleveland Indians had also placed an Eastern League club in Pawtucket, in 1966–67. The Pawtucket Indians moved to Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1968. The Pawtucket Slaters, a
The Richmond Rebels were one of eight teams in the United States Baseball League, and were based in Richmond, Virginia. The league collapsed within two months of its creation from May 1 to June 24, 1912. The Rebels were managed by Alfred Newman and owned by Ernest Landgraf.
In the United States Baseball League's only season, the Rebels finished 2nd in the league with a 15-11 record. The league had originally planned to have a 126-game season, but failed to have any team play 27 games.
On the USBL's opening day on May 1, more than 9,000 fans saw the Rebels defeat the Washington Senators 2-0. The umpire was Arlie Latham.
The Elmira Pioneers are an amateur baseball team based in Elmira, New York. They currently compete in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a wood bat collegiate summer baseball league. Prior to the 2006 baseball season, the team was a professional ballclub with a rich history of league championships and future major league stars, including some Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. They play their home games at Dunn Field.
While the Pioneers now play in an unaffiliated amateur league, Elmira has a long history of hosting Major League-affiliated professional teams. Most of those teams also were known as the Pioneers.
The Elmira Colonels played in the New York State League in 1885 and again in 1889. Two years later, the Elmira Gladiators were one of six teams in the original New York-Penn League. That league failed, but in 1892, the Gladiators were one of the original teams in the original Eastern League but only lasted one year in the league.
The Pioneers name first appeared in 1900, when the team joined a new New York State League that was founded a year earlier.
The Elmira Red Jackets, presumably named after the Seneca chief, were charter members of the new New York-Penn League
The Major League Baseball All-Time Team was chosen in 1997 to comprise the top manager and top player in each of 13 positional categories across Major League Baseball history. The team, announced by Classic Sports Network in conjunction with the events celebrated around the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, were chosen by a panel of 36 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in a first- and second-place Borda count voting system.
Manchester A's are an English amateur baseball team based in South Manchester situated in the North West region of England, playing in the British Northern League under the British Baseball Federation.
Since 1998 Manchester A's have built up a core of experienced veterans, with players such as Marchment, Gunn(Ret), Jackson and Marginson there is no shortage of advice for learning rookies and the team has built a strong squad around the veteran presence. In 2007 this resulted in the team reaching the .524 mark for the first time since 2004.
In 2008 the A's managed to cement their position within the new BBF league structure. The A's secured first place within the first month of the season and won fixtures against division rivals Bolton Robots of Doom and the newly formed Oldham North Stars. Manchester attempted to match their 2007 out of division success when facing AAA opponents but sadly could only manage a single win against the Humber Pilots.
The 2008 season also introduced the newly formed Northern Challenge Cup and the A's completed the opening rounds with wins against Liverpool Trojans, Oldham North Stars and most likely the best performance of the season against the
The New Orleans Pelicans were a Minor league professional baseball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Founded in 1887, the Pelicans became part of the Southern Association in 1901. Up until 1915, the team played at Pelican Park. The ballpark was located on Carrollton Street, straight across from present-day Jesuit High School. From 1915 through 1957, they played home games at Heinemann Park (later known as Pelican Stadium), formerly located at the riverside downriver (Southeastern) corner of Carrollton Avenue's intersection with Tulane Avenue in Mid-City New Orleans. After this, they played for two years at City Park Stadium, now called Tad Gormley Stadium, in City Park. The franchise was sold to Little Rock at the end of the 1959 season. The Southern Association folded after the 1961 season.
Notable Pelicans included Shoeless Joe Jackson, Jimmy Dygert, Henry "Cotton" Knaupp, Bill Lindsay (baseball), Zeke Bonura, Gene Freese, and Hall of Famers Dazzy Vance, Joe Sewell, Bob Lemon, and Earl Weaver. In Jackson's only season with New Orleans (1910), he hit .354 to win the league batting title and led the team to the pennant with an 87-53 record. The following year, he would hit .408
The Amarillo Dillas were a professional baseball team based in Amarillo, Texas, in the United States. The Dillas were a member of United League Baseball, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From 1994 to 2010, the Dillas played their home games at historic Potter County Memorial Stadium, nicknamed the "Dilla Villa."
The Amarillo Dillas were a charter member of the independent Texas-Louisiana League, which was formed in 1994. The Dillas were a strong team in the early years of the Texas-Louisiana League, claiming the regular season champion title in 1995, 1998, and 2000. They would win the first half championship in 1997 and were the 1999 Texas-Louisiana League champions. The Texas-Louisiana League was renamed the Central Baseball League in 2002, and several new teams were added. The Dillas struggled with attendance after the expansion, only averaging 846 fans in their championship series appearance in 2004. A neglected stadium and erosion of local fan support resulted in the Dillas being dropped from the Central League following the 2004 season in favor of the El Paso Diablos.
The Amarillo Dillas were
The Guelph Royals are a semi-professional baseball team based in the downtown area of Guelph, Ontario, and are a member of the Southern Ontario-based Intercounty Baseball League. The club was founded in 1861 as the Guelph Maple Leafs, and after winning the "Canadian Silver Ball Championship" three times between 1869 and 1872, went on to become world semi-professional champions in 1874, and hold brief membership in the International Association for Professional Base Ball Players during the 1877 season, rivalling National League teams. In 1919, they joined the Intercounty Baseball League, and underwent a series of name changes (the Guelph-Waterloo Royals in 1954; the Guelph Plymouths in 1957; the Guelph Merchants in 1958; the Guelph Royals in 1962; the Guelph CJOYs in 1964) before being officially renamed the "Royals". From 1861 to 1925, the team divided its home games between various ballparks in the city, before the construction of a stadium in Exhibition Park led them to permanently play there. In 1986, they moved into a new stadium, David E. Hastings Stadium, also in Exhibition Park. In spite of only winning one Intercounty championship between 1932 and 1993, the team has done
Illinois Club Baseball is a registered student organization of the University of Illinois. The baseball team competes in the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). The baseball team competes during the spring season with a full schedule against other teams in the NCBA. The schedule consists of both conference and non-conference competitions.
Illinois Club Baseball was founded in the spring of 2004, by Cary Bolnick and Jay Goldberg. The Illinois Club Baseball team was formerly known as POP FLY The Baseball Club (Preserving Our Pastime For Later Years), before being contacted by Sandy Sanderson, the president of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). Sandy Sanderson invited the Illinois team to join the NCBA, and Illinois Club Baseball was born. The NCBA currently has well over 100 baseball teams across the country.
The Illinois Club Baseball team is solely ran by students of the University of Illinois. The team has a head coach along with four administrators who help run the team: president, vice president, treasurer, and social chair.
The Illinois Club Baseball team is currently in the Great Lakes South Conference. Along with the Fighting Illini are the Loyola Ramblers,
The LSU baseball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I college baseball.
Along with the other LSU athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the West division of the Southeastern Conference. The LSU baseball program is considered one of the elite programs in the nation, making 15 College World Series appearances and winning 6 national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2009).
The Tigers play their home games on LSU's campus in Alex Box Stadium, and are currently coached by head coach Paul Mainieri. LSU built a new baseball stadium which opened in time for the 2009 season.
The first thirty years of LSU baseball saw its fair share of successes and failures, but the one thing the team lacked was a consistent leader. The 1895 squad played a total of four games going 0–3–1, which is not surprising considering the team did not have a head coach. During that time span, LSU had a total of 15 coaches with no coach staying longer than two seasons except C.C. Stroud who remained head coach for 8 seasons. C.C Stroud coached LSU from 1914–1921 with an overall record of 73–58–5, a winning percentage of .595. His teams won at least 10 games during 4 of
The Alexandria Aces are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Alexandria, VA. The Aces, who are members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Frank E. Mann Memorial Field at Four Mile Run Park. The Aces are owned and operated by the non-profit Capitol Baseball, Inc., and are funded through business partnerships, donations, game day admissions, team merchandise sales, concession stand sales and other fund raising efforts throughout the year.
The Aces were created in June 2006 by Patrick Malone, who was involved in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington, DC after a 34-season absence, with the Washington Nationals coming to the city for the 2005 season. Malone had previously been the owner/general manager of the Haymarket Battle Cats of the Valley Baseball League in 2005. Malone became the Aces' first and only team president. Washington, D.C. lawyer Donald R. Dinan became the owner and CEO of the organization. Former Valley League coaches Eric Williams and Brian Midkiff joined the team as manager and pitching coach/general manager, respectively. Then-Bucknell University assistant coach Ben Krentzman completed the coaching staff. After
The Bridgeport Bluefish is an American professional baseball team based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The team is a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
The game of baseball was first played in Bridgeport, Connecticut soon after the Civil War ended. Other teams that called the city home were the Victors, Mechanics, Bolts, Americans, and the Bears. Bridgeport was the home of Major Leaguer, James "Orator" O'Rourke, who signed the first African-American to play for a professional baseball team in 1895. Visiting Major League and Negro League teams often played exhibition games in Bridgeport in the shadow of the city's smokestacks. Professional baseball would not be played in Bridgeport for about another half-century, until the arrival of the Bluefish in 1998.
The first game of the Bridgeport Bluefish was May 21, 1998, and the team has had many winning seasons. The team has been to five Atlantic League Championship Series, and won in 1999 versus the Somerset Patriots. They lost to Atlantic City (1998), Newark (2002) Lancaster (2006) and
The Columbus Blue Birds was a professional baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio in 1933.
Their name appears to have been derived from that of the Columbus Red Birds, the top-level minor league baseball team that played in the American Association from 1931 through 1954.
The Blue Birds, which was one of the five founder members of the second incarnation of the Negro National League, was organised under the ownership of WJ Peebles of Columbus.
Peebles was reported to have built up "a formidable aggregation" and one that was fast growing in favour in the capital city.
Several players, who formerly wore the colors of the Homestead Grays and Kansas City Monarchs had been added to the Birds' roster for their first season.
Columbus started the season well, but proved too weak and finished the first half of the split season in last place of the six team league with a record of 11-18.
The team was disbanded and ended up merging with the Akron Tyrites, one of the top independent Negro league teams of their day.
The merged team more or less became the Cleveland Giants, which finished the season.
Batting champion Leroy Morney and slugger Jabbo Andrews were the top stars.
The Nashville Seraphs were a minor league baseball team of the Southern League in 1895. They were located in Nashville, Tennessee and played home games at Athletic Park, which was opened in 1885. Preceded by the Nashville Tigers, the Seraphs were Nashville's fourth professional baseball team. The Seraphs won the Southern League pennant in their only year of existence.
On January 14, 1895, Southern League officials granted expansion franchises to Henry Powers for Chattanooga and W. H. Stallings for Nashville. The new Nashville entry, called the Nashville Seraphs, replaced the Nashville Tigers, which folded after the 1894 season, as the city's entry into the Southern League. The nine-team circuit also included the Atlanta Crackers, Chattanooga Warriors, Evansville Blackbirds, Little Rock Travelers, Memphis Giants, Mobile Bluebirds, Montgomery Grays, and New Orleans Pelicans. The Seraphs played their home games at Athletic Park, which would later come to be known as Sulphur Dell. With a distance of 262 feet (80 m) to the right field wall, it was a notorious hitter's park.
In their first and only season of play, the Seraphs were managed by player-manager George Stallings, who also
The Providence Grays were a Major League Baseball team based in Providence, Rhode Island who played in the National League from 1878 until 1885. The Grays played at the Messer Street Grounds in the Olneyville neighborhood. The team won the National League title twice, in 1879 and 1884. The team folded after the 1885 season.
Rhode Island was a hotbed of baseball in the 1870s with several notable amateur clubs along with Brown University's powerhouse collegiate team.
In 1875, the semi-pro "Rhode Islands" were formed. After successful seasons (along with excellent paid attendance) in 1875, 1876, and 1877, the team drew the attention of the recently formed National League. When the League elected to drop the Hartford franchise after the 1877 season, Providence was awarded a franchise to replace the Connecticut club.
The new team was officially organized on January 16, 1878 by Benjamin Douglas, who became the team's general manager. Henry Root was hired as the team president‚ and Tom Carey was initially hired to be the on-field captain, whose duties were similar to the modern-day manager.
On January 21, 1878, Providence applied for membership in the NL, and was officially approved on
The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Enfranchised in 1977, the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July 1999. From their 1977 inception until June 1999, the club's home park was the Kingdome.
The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed "the M's", a title featured in their primary logo from 1987–1992. The current team colors are Navy Blue, Northwest Green (also known as dark cyan), and Metallic Silver, after having been Royal Blue and Gold from 1977–1992. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.
The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martinez drove home Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, and has since become an iconic moment in team history.
The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which
The Tacoma Rainiers are a minor league baseball team that plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) (of which they are the current defending champions), and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. A team located in Tacoma, Washington has been in the PCL every year since 1960, for the longest current active streak of membership in the league.
Tacoma's first team in the PCL was the Tacoma Tigers, who joined the league in 1904, having moved from Sacramento after the 1903 season. The 1904 Tigers won Tacoma's first PCL pennant, finishing first in both halves of the split season schedule, seven games (annualized) over the runner-up Los Angeles Angels. The 1905 Tigers won the first-half championship, then played so poorly in the second-half they moved back to Sacramento, finishing out the season as the Sacramento Solons, and losing the postseason series to the Angels. The PCL would not return to Tacoma for another 55 years; however, another Tacoma Tigers franchise operated in the Western International League from the 1930s until 1951.
The current franchise was founded in 1960 when the Phoenix Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, moved to Tacoma and became the Tacoma
The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team represents Texas Tech University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference and plays at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Behind football and men's basketball, baseball is the third oldest sport at Texas Tech. The initial team organized in 1925 and the first game, an 18–9 victory over West Texas State Teachers College, was played in 1926. In the following game, the team suffered its first ever loss, 14–9 to the team it had previously defeated. The third game in the team's history—this one against Daniel Baker College—ended in a 3–3 tie after 11 innings.
E. Y. Freeland was the first coach of the Red Raiders, though the team was known as the Matadors at the time. He remained in the position for three years before R. Grady Higginbotham took the role. Higginbotham coached for only two years. From 1930 to 1953, Tech did not field an intercollegiate baseball team. When the program returned in 1954, Beattie Feathers became the head coach of the Red Raiders and remained until 1960. He was followed by Berl Huffman (1961–1967), Kal Segrist (1968–1983), and Gary Ashby (1984–1986). Upon Ashby's departure, Larry
The Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team represents Vanderbilt University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores, named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided Vanderbilt its initial endowment in 1873 with a $500.000 , play their home games on campus at Hawkins Field, and are currently coached by head coach Tim Corbin.
Vanderbilt's baseball team has enjoyed a great deal of success in the early 2000s. The team qualified for the NCAA Super Regionals in 2004, had the nation's top recruiting class in 2005 according to Baseball America, made the NCAA field again in 2006, and won the 2007 SEC regular-season and SEC tournament crowns. The Commodores were ranked first in most polls for a majority of the 2007 season and earned the #1 national seed for the 2007 NCAA tournament.
The Commodores play their home games at Hawkins Field, which is an on-campus facility with a 2,500 seat capacity, before the installation of outfield bleachers. With the outfield bleachers, which were used in the 2007 Regionals and all of the 2008 season, the capacity was 3,535. It is adjacent
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team based in Washington, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The Wild Things are a member of the East Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2002 season to the present, the Wild Things have played their home games at Consol Energy Park.
From 1997 to 2001, the franchise played in Canton, Ohio, and was known as the Canton Crocodiles. The Crocodiles won the Frontier League championship in their inaugural year of 1997, defeating the Evansville Otters in the Championship Series. Canton broadcaster Tom Delamater authored a book about the championship season titled "Crocodiles Rock!"
In 2002, the Crocodiles were purchased and relocated to Washington, Pennsylvania. Now playing as the Washington Wild Things, the Wild Things opened new Falconi Field with a bang as they established a League Record for wins in a single season and took the powerful East Division crown. The Wild Things would go on to reach the playoffs in each of their first six seasons, setting the Frontier League single-season win mark twice.
2002-2003: Jeff Isom (110-62)
The West Oahu CaneFires were a minor league baseball team in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league. They were based in Waipahu, Hawaii. The name CaneFires is derived from the burning of sugarcane before harvest. There are many sugarcane plantations on the island of Oahu. The CaneFires began as the Kauai Emeralds, but changed their name when they moved in 1995. They played their home games at the Hans L'Orange Field.
The Allentown Cardinals were a minor league baseball team. Affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, they played in the Class B Interstate League between 1944 and 1952; then in the Class A Eastern League from 1954 to 1956.
The Cardinals played at Fairview Field until 1948, when they moved into the new Breadon Field, a steel and concrete stadium that seated 5,000 fans, which was located just north of the city in Whitehall Township. Poor attendance led to the teams demise after the 1956 season.
Did not play in 1953 season
The Alpine Cowboys are a professional baseball team based in Alpine, Texas, in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Cowboys are a franchise of the Pecos League, which is not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. They play their home games at historic Kokernot Field, a 1,200 seat stone and wrought-iron replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field that dates from 1948.
Alpine and the Big Bend region have a long baseball history. From 1947 to 1958, the Alpine Cowboys, owned by West Texas rancher and philanthropist Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., won a dozen regional semi-pro championships and were national runners-up. The team featured future major league stars, including Norm Cash, Gaylord Perry, and Joe Horlen. At the end of championship seasons, Kokernot presented each team member with a pair of handmade red cowboy boots emblazoned with the brand of his "o6" Ranch—a tradition that continues with the current Cowboys' cap insignia.
In 1959 the Boston Red Sox moved their minor league affiliate, the Lexington Red Sox of the Nebraska State League, to Alpine, and took the traditional name "Cowboys" for the team. The new Cowboys immediately won the Class D Sophomore League title and set the
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series champions. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or sometimes the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate).
The franchise joined the National League in its sixth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three National League titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the very first World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series on a game winning homerun by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series behind Roberto Clemente and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell. Overall the Pirates have won five World Series and lost two. The five that the Pirates won were all seven-game Series. After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (making the NLCS three straight years),
The Reading Red Sox are a defunct minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise.
The ball club was based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and played in the Class A New York-Pennsylvania League (1933–34) and its successor league, the Class AA Eastern League (1963–64). During the latter period, the manager was Eddie Popowski and the team featured such star players as veteran former Red Sox slugger Dick Gernert, a Reading native, and prospects Mike Andrews, Joe Foy, Tony Horton, Rico Petrocelli and Reggie Smith.
In 1965, Boston moved its AA affiliate to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and the Cleveland Indians re-established a farm club in Reading, where the Indians had a successful affiliate from 1950-61. Since 1967, the Philadelphia Phillies have based their AA affiliate in the city; it led the Eastern League in attendance in 2006.
The Round Rock Express is a class Triple-A Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team in Round Rock, Texas, owned by RSR Sports (Nolan Ryan, Don Sanders, Reid Ryan) and founded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. The team is affiliated with the Texas Rangers, for whom Nolan Ryan serves as the president and principal owner. Home games for the Round Rock Express are played at the Dell Diamond, a facility that is owned by the City of Round Rock and leased long-term to RSR Sports who run and maintain the facility. The team is named after the senior Ryan's pitcher nickname, "The Ryan Express".
The Ryan group purchased the PCL Edmonton Trappers franchise in 2003 with the intention of moving the team to Round Rock after the 2004 season. At that time, the Trappers were affiliated with the Montreal Expos. The Express group wanted to maintain its affiliation with the Astros at the Round Rock site; therefore, the Trappers/Express franchise exchanged major league affiliates after the 2004 season with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Several weeks after this switch, the Expos announced their move to Washington, D.C. as the Washington Nationals. In terms of players on the
The St. Paul Saints are a professional baseball team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the United States. The Saints are a member of the North Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Saints have played their home games at Midway Stadium since 1993, when the modern-day team started as a member of the Northern League. In 2006 the team was a founding member of the modern American Association.
Before the arrival of the Minnesota Twins in 1961, there was a long history of minor-league baseball teams called the St. Paul Saints, as well as their crosstown rivals the Minneapolis Millers. One incarnation of the Saints participated in the Union Association, a short-lived major league, in 1884. A second incarnation was active in the Western League from 1894 to 1899, and became a forerunner of the modern Chicago White Sox. The third and most long-lived incarnation of the Saints was active in the American Association from 1915 to 1960.
The current inception of the St. Paul Saints was formed in 1993 in the Northern League, one of several independent leagues not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The
The Waikiki BeachBoys were a minor league baseball team in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league. They were based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The BeachBoys name derives from the "Beach Boys of Waikiki", a group accredited with the rebirth of surfing in Hawaii.
The BeachBoys played their home games at the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium.
The Calgary Vipers were a professional baseball team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were part of the Western Division of the independent North American League. The Vipers have played all of their home games at Foothills Stadium. Previously, the Vipers played in the Northern League from 2005–2007. The Vipers were champions of the Golden Baseball League in 2009, having defeated the Tucson Toros in the Championship Series.
Management problems surfaced just prior to the end of the 2011 season. By the end of the 2011 Season, it became apparent according to news media reports, that the Vipers were financially moribund, and would not be back for 2012. It was reported by the CBC on Sept 30th, 2011, that the President quit citing lack of financial support from the ownership. The team's last two paychecks in August reportedly bounced, and the Calgary Sun is reporting the team is folding. The team's Website has since been dismantled.
As of October 6, 2011, the Vipers owner Jeff Gidney has been hospitalized with a serious illness, leaving the team's future in limbo. Owner Jeff Gidney was an enthusiast owner, in the game for the game, not for the financial return. As such it is
The Dublin Hurricanes are an amateur baseball team which competes in the Baseball Ireland adult league. The team is known for it's gritty, determined playing style and ability to wear down opposing pitchers. The 'Canes, as they are affectionately known, wear red sleeveless jerseys with black undershirts, white pants and black or red socks. The Hurricanes field both an A and B team.
The Hurricanes are one of Baseball Ireland's most successful franchises, having won two National Championships and numerous player awards. They have also taken part in several European club competitions including tournaments in Prague, London and Antwerp.
The Hurricanes were the first Irish club baseball team to take part in European competition.
The Hurricanes were formed in 1997 and started to play under the name 'The Dublin Hurricanes' in 1998. The team was one of the original founding teams of the Irish baseball league. They have also been one of the most successful teams in Irish club competition. The Canes were winners of the end of season blitz in both 2000 and 2001 and also won the Spring blitz in 2001.
They dominated in 2003 winning both the Spring blitz and the National Championship, won a
The Nashville Blues were a minor league baseball team of the Southern League in 1887. They were located in Nashville, Tennessee and played home games at Athletic Park, which was opened in 1885. Preceded by the Nashville Americans, the Blues were Nashville's second professional baseball team. Due to financial problems, the team was forced to drop out of the league before completion of the season.
In 1887, the Nashville Blues replaced the Nashville Americans, which folded after the 1886 season, as Nashville's entry into the Southern League. The seven-team circuit also included the Birmingham Ironmakers, Charleston Seagulls, Memphis Browns, Mobile Swamp Angels, New Orleans Pelicans, and a Savannah team. The Blues played their home games at Athletic Park, which would later come to be known as Sulphur Dell. With a distance of 262 feet (80 m) to the right field wall, it was a notorious hitter's park.
The Blues were managed by George Bradley, a major league veteran of 11 years, and Jim Clinton who had a 10-year major league career. Another notable player was pitcher Al Maul, who went 9–3 for the Blues and also batted .466; he had a 15-year career in the majors.
The team's first contest
The Nashville Vols were a minor league baseball team based in Nashville, Tennessee from 1901 to 1963; the team was inactive in 1962. Known as the Nashville Baseball Club during their first seven seasons, they were officially named the Nashville Volunteers in 1908 for the state's nickname, The Volunteer State. The Vols played their home games at Sulphur Dell, which opened in 1870.
They played as charter members of the Southern Association (SA) through 1961 and in the South Atlantic League (SAL) in 1963. Over their 62-year existence, the Vols competed at four class levels: Class B (1901), Class A (1902–1935), Class A1 (1936–1945), and Double-A (1946–1961, 1963). They served as a farm club for six major league teams.
The 1940 Vols were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time. The Vols won the SA Championship in 1901, 1902, 1908, 1916, 1940, 1943, 1948, 1949, and 1953. They won the Dixie Series, a best-of-seven playoff series between the SA and Texas League, in 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1949.
Beginning play in 1901, the Nashville Volunteers (commonly known as the “Vols”) were a charter member of the newly formed Southern Association. Their home ballpark was
The New Jersey Jackals are a professional baseball team based in Little Falls, New Jersey, in the United States. The Jackals are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From their inception, the Jackals have played their home games at Yogi Berra Stadium, on the campus of Montclair State University.
The club was formed in 1998, and they posted the best record in the Northeast League in their inaugural season under manager Kash Beauchamp. The Jackals won the first half with a 30–12 record, clinching the team a playoff spot. After finishing 53–31, New Jersey went on to sweep the two playoff series and win the league championship, capturing the final game at Heritage Park in Colonie, New York, over the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs.
The Jackals joined the Northern League for the 1999 season along with the rest of the Northeast League teams after the two leagues approved a merger. New Jersey finished 45–40 and advanced to the playoffs, where they swept the Allentown Ambassadors in the first round. This set up a rematch with Albany-Colonie for a chance to advance to the Northern League Championship Series,
The Águilas Cibaeñas (roughly Eagles from Cibao) are a team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded in 1937 and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 20 national titles. The Águilas have a large fan base in the Dominican Republic. In 2008, the Águilas Cibaeñas hosted the Caribbean Series at their stadium, Estadio Cibao.
The meeting was attended by many notable Dominican athletes of the time including; Luis Alfáu, Pilindo Bonetti, Charles Dore, Manuel Henriquez, Burrulote Rodríguez, Julio and Miguel Peguero Linval, Luis Mercado, and Tomas Sainllant. The athletes recommended that the National Championship of 1937 should be held between a team from Santiago, a team from San Pedro de Macoris and a team from the Capital, Ciudad Trujillo. The team from the Capital was formed from two others, the Leones del Escogido and the Tigres del Licey, Trujillo himself named them the Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo. The proposal was accepted and the team representing Santiago would be known from then on as the Águilas Cibaeñas. Since then, the club has become one of today's most competitive clubs in the history of Dominican professional baseball.
The development of
The Road Warriors are a team owned by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. From the 2000 to the 2004 seasons as well as from 2006 to 2007, they played in the North Division of the Atlantic League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
The original team was known as the Newburgh Black Diamonds and later the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds, based in Pennsylvania. Northampton County and the ownership planned a 5,000-seat stadium called the Lehigh Valley Multi-Purpose Sport Complex in Williams Township near Easton, Pennsylvania to be completed in 1999. However, the owners filed for bankruptcy and left the stadium unfinished, forcing the team to play its games on the road . In 2000, the team played in a small ballpark in Quakertown, Pennsylvania with little to no fan support. One game had a paid attendance of two people.
Finally, in 2005, the Lancaster Barnstormers took the place of the Road Warriors. When the Nashua Pride left to join the Can-Am League, the league re-established the Road Warriors for the 2006 season to replace the Pride, but did not give them a location.
With the move of the Atlantic City Surf to the Can-Am League for the 2007 season, the Road
The TCU Horned Frogs baseball team represents Texas Christian University and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I. Since 2002, they have played their home games at Lupton Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth, and holds 3,500. The current head coach is Jim Schlossnagle, who was named 2010 National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
TCU has fielded a baseball team since 1896, before the school found its permanent home in Fort Worth. The Horned Frog baseball team began playing baseball in the Southwest Conference when it became a member of the conference in 1923. That year they finished the year with a 13-11 overall record and a 2-10 conference record. In 1933 Dutch Meyer, also the coach of the football team, led TCU to its first SWC title with a 9-1 record. The Frogs would add additional SWC titles in 1956, 1966, 1967 and 1994.
While the Horned Frogs enjoyed some success during their SWC years, playing in the same league as national powers Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Texas A&M meant that regular season success was rarely rewarded with a postseason berth. However, with the building of Lupton Stadium and the hiring
The Toledo Mud Hens are a minor league baseball team located in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens play in the International League, and are affiliated with the major league baseball team the Detroit Tigers, based approximately 50 miles to the north of Toledo. The current team is one of several professional clubs that have existed in Toledo since 1883. The name "Mud Hens" was first used in 1896, after the team was bought by Charles Strobel. One of the two parks where the team played that year, Bay View Park, was adjacent to marshland which was inhabited by American Coots, also known as marsh hens or mud hens, from which the team adopted their name.
They won back-to-back Governors' Cup championships in 2005 and 2006.
The Mud Hens currently play at Fifth Third Field, at 406 Washington St. The new stadium replaced Ned Skeldon Stadium, located in suburban Maumee.
The Mud Hens have played in the International League since 1965, when the New York Yankees' AAA club, the Richmond Virginians, transferred there. Although the Tigers have been the predominant MLB parent of the IL Mud Hens (1967–73 and since 1987), the team has also been affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies (1974–75), Cleveland
The Arizona Wildcats baseball team is the intercollegiate men's baseball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) of NCAA Division I. The baseball team had its first season in 1904. The baseball team has captured four national championship titles in 1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012, with the first three coached by Jerry Kindall and the most recent by Andy Lopez. Arizona baseball teams have appeared in the NCAA National Championship title series a total of eight times, including 1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, 2004 and 2012 (College World Series). Arizona has appeared in 34 baseball tournaments in its rich history. Arizona is 7th all-time in games won in the regular season with 2,347 wins.
The fomer home of Arizona baseball is Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. The park is located on the campus of the University of Arizona, adjacent to the McKale Center, home of the UA athletics department. Arizona played its games at the Kindall Field from prior to the 1967 season through the end of the 2011 season. Modernization of the facility was completed for the 1975 season. Originally
The Loudoun Hounds is a planned American professional baseball team based in Dulles, Virginia. They will be a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Opening day has been delayed to at least the 2014 season. If built the team will play their home games at The Dog Yard near the Washington Dulles International Airport.
"Hounds" is a reflection of Loudoun County's equine history. It is a fusion of the many hound-related names submitted in a spring 2010 fan poll, including "foxhounds" after the Virginia state dog. The combination of the ballpark's eastern location and the official appellation, which primarily represents western Loudoun's foxhunts, provide a unifying element between the urban and rural areas. The team's name, logo, and uniforms were unveiled on September 21, 2010 with Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew in attendance. Given Loudoun County's proximity to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., the team will be a geographic rival of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
VIP Baseball worked for several years to bring a ballpark and a team to Loudoun County. In July 2009, county politicians approved the ballpark
The Joliet JackHammers were a professional baseball team based in Joliet, Illinois, in the United States. The JackHammers were a member of the Northern League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From 2002 to 2010, the JackHammers played their home games at Silver Cross Field.
Their first season was the 2002 season. Their first playoff appearance came in that season.
The 2008 Jackhammers were managed by one time Arizona Diamondback managerial candidate Wally Backman. The primary radio announcer was Jon Versteeg.
The Jackhammers, in response to extremely low attendance in 2009, had a total makeover to start the 2010 season. Everything, from the roster and management, all the way down to the uniforms, was re-done. Their offseason advertising campaign was also very aggressive, and included everything from newspaper ads to billboards. The Jackhammers made the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, making the season a success performance-wise. They still lagged in attendance, averaging about 3,500 fans a game, 4th in the league.
The team was sold in December 2010 after months of negotiations to Steel City Baseball LLC. Steel City bought all assets to the team seeing as
The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City, New York that competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the American League's (AL) East Division. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. The team moved to New York City in 1903 and became the New York Highlanders, before taking the "Yankees" as their official name in 1913.
The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC controlled by the family of George Steinbrenner, who purchased the team in 1973. Former catcher Joe Girardi is the team's manager, and Brian Cashman is the their general manager. Yankees home games were played at Yankee Stadium from 1923 to 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 2009, they moved into a new ballpark also called Yankee Stadium after the previous venue was closed. The team is perennially among the leaders in MLB attendance—in 2011, the Yankees had the second-highest attendance.
The Yankees have won 18 AL East titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. Forty-four Yankees players and 11 Yankees managers have been
Athletic of Philadelphia (also known as the Philadelphia Athletics) was a prominent National Association, and later National League, professional baseball team that played in the second half of the 19th century.
The city of Philadelphia "had been a baseball town from the earliest days of the game", fielding amateur teams since at least the early 1830s. In 1860, James N. Kerns formed a club, simply named "Athletic Base Ball Club", that soon dominated amateur play in the area (Jordan 1999). Harper's Weekly chronicled a match between Athletic and Atlantic of Brooklyn for the baseball championship in 1866. A famous Harper's illustration shows the Athletic players in uniforms with the familiar blackletter "A" on front.
When newspapers developed stand-alone game scores and league standings, the club was termed Athletic (Base Ball Club being dropped in any case). In prose the team was commonly called the Athletics, plural, and later generations have usually called both club and team the "Philadelphia Athletics". Athletic of Philadelphia is a compromise that contemporary readers would understand as an abbreviation for something like Athletic Base Ball Club, of Philadelphia in distinction
The Portland Sea Dogs are a minor league baseball team based in Portland, Maine that currently plays in the Eastern League. The team is sanctioned in the Eastern Division. Established in 1994, the Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
The Sea Dogs became part of the Red Sox system for the 2003 season; previously they were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. The change in affiliation brought success in the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Sea Dogs went to the Eastern League championship series both years. They won their first-ever title on September 17, 2006, defeating the Akron Aeros 8–5 in a rematch of the series from the previous year. It was the first double-A championship for a Red Sox farm team since 1983 when they were based in New Britain, Connecticut.
The Sea Dogs' home stadium is Hadlock Field, named after long-time Portland High School baseball coach Edison Hadlock. It currently has a seating capacity of 7,368. Hadlock Field is often visited by vacationing celebrities, such as former NFL coach Bill Parcells, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara. In left field stands the Maine Monster, a 37-foot-tall replica of Fenway Park's Green
The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri, who play at Busch Stadium, located at 700 Clark Avenue. They are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals were founded in the American Association in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, taking the name from an earlier National League team. They joined the National League in 1892, changed their names to the "Perfectos" in 1899 and took Cardinals as their official name in 1900.
The Cardinals are the reigning World Series champions after defeating the Texas Rangers in seven games in the 2011 World Series. In all, they have won 11 World Series, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to the New York Yankees with 27. Their 18 NL pennants tie them with the Dodgers and Giants for most among NL clubs and second overall to the Yankees' 40 appearances. Their success has been attributed in part to timely trades over the years, their willingness to take conservative spending risks, and the creation of the Minor League system in the 1920s by Branch Rickey. 39 Cardinals have been selected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame,
The Texas Longhorns baseball team represents The University of Texas at Austin and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I.
The Texas Longhorns are the winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program with a win percentage of .740. The Longhorns rank second in all-time number of total wins (3,246), behind the Fordham Rams. Texas holds the records for most appearances in the College World Series (34) and most individual CWS games won (82). The Longhorns have won six NCAA baseball national championships (1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, and 2005) — second to Southern California's total of 12 — and have appeared in the CWS Championship Game or Championship Series on six other occasions (1953, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2004, and 2009). As of the end of the 2011 season, Texas has won 77 regular season conference championships and 15 conference tournament championships in baseball.
Former Longhorns who have gone on to success in Major League Baseball include Roger Clemens, Calvin Schiraldi, Burt Hooton, Keith Moreland, Spike Owen, Mark Petkovsek, Greg Swindell, and Huston Street.
Since 1997, the Longhorns have been led by head coach Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in NCAA
The Humboldt Crabs are a collegiate summer baseball team located in Arcata, California. Playing in every season since they were founded in 1945 by Lou Bonomini, later joined by Ned Barsuglia, the Crabs are the oldest continually-operated summer collegiate baseball team in American baseball.
In the 67-year history of the Humboldt Crabs, over 300 players have continued on to play professional baseball, with over 60 former Crabs going all the way to the Major Leagues. A few examples are Garth Iorg, Dane Iorg, and Wally Scott. John Oldham, a Crabs pitcher in 1952-53, was the first to make it all the way, playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956. More recently, Leo Rosales, who pitched for the 2002 Crabs, was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. 2003 Crabs infielder Brett Pill was called up to the San Francisco Giants in 2011, and is on the 2012 roster as a 1st baseman.
The Crabs play the majority of their games at home at the Arcata Ball Park, owned by the City of Arcata. The team is made up of college players from different NCAA programs throughout the U.S. The Humboldt Crabs are a non-profit baseball organization operated by a 14-member all-volunteer Board of Directors.
The Allentown Chiefs were a minor league baseball team. They played in the Class A Eastern League, and started the 1957 season in Syracuse, New York. The team was purchased by the Boston Red Sox and was moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, mid-season on July 13, 1957, and finished the season playing at Breadon Field in Whitehall Township, just north of Allentown.
The 1957 team was not affiliated with any major league team, however, the Chiefs were a longtime affiliate of the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1957 season. After finishing the season in Allentown, the team was re-designated as the Allentown Red Sox, with Boston moving their Eastern League Class A team from Albany, New York, to Allentown for the 1958 season.
A new Detroit-affiliated team in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began operations for the 1958 Eastern League season.
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The Atlanta Crackers were minor league baseball teams based in Atlanta, Georgia, between 1901 and 1965. The Crackers were Atlanta's home team until the Atlanta Braves moved from Milwaukee in 1966.
For sixty years (until 1961), the Crackers were part of the Class AA Southern Association, a period during which they won more games than any other Association team, earning the nickname the "Yankees of the Minors". In 1962, the Association disbanded. Then, the former Miami Marlins, a Class AAA International League team that had spent 1961 playing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Charleston, West Virginia, moved to Atlanta and adopted the name "Crackers."
The Crackers played in Ponce de Leon Park from 1907 until a fire on September 9, 1923, destroyed the all-wood stadium. Spiller Field (a stadium later also called Ponce de Leon Park), became their home starting in the 1924 season; it was named in honor of a wealthy businessman who paid for the new concrete-and-steel stadium. That new park was unusual because it was constructed around a magnolia tree that became part of the outfield. Balls landing in the tree remained in play, until Earl Mann took over the team in 1947 and had the outfield
The Bay Area Toros was a professional baseball team based in Texas City, Texas, in the United States. The Toros were a member of the Continental Baseball League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2008 season to 2009, the Toros played their home games at Robinson Stadium. In 2010, the Toros suspended operations, announcing they could return for the 2011 season. The Toros were the first minor league baseball team in the Houston metropolitan area since the 1970s.
On March 22, 2008, pitcher Brandon Sisk signed with the Kansas City Royals organization.
The Edinburg Roadrunners are a professional baseball team based in Edinburg, Texas, in the United States. The Roadrunners are a member of the Eastern Division in the North American League, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. They played in United League Baseball from 2006 to 2010. From the 2006 season to the present, the Roadrunners have played their home games at Edinburg Stadium.
Formerly named the Edinburg Coyotes, this franchise of United League Baseball replaced the Central Baseball League's Edinburg Roadrunners as the area's professional baseball club. The Coyotes began their existence by winning a historic 17 games without a loss, a minor league record, completing over 5 series before finally losing to the San Angelo Colts. The Coyotes went on to win the inaugural United League regular season title before losing to the Alexandria Aces in the league championship. After spending its first three seasons as the Coyotes, United League Baseball at a press conference on April 30, 2009 announced the franchise would become the Edinburg Roadrunners, named after the prior popular ball club, including its team
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team represents the Georgia Institute of Technology in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Georgia Tech athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yellow Jackets play their home games in Russ Chandler Stadium and they are currently coached by Danny Hall.
Baseball is a very successful sport at Georgia Tech, where it is one of the premier baseball teams in the NCAA. Georgia Tech baseball is notable for its high-scoring offenses and stout defenses. Before Tech had its own baseball field, it played at Brisbine Park.
The team's success is guided by head coach Danny Hall. Danny Hall has coached Tech since 1994 and has posted 579 wins over that span. He has led Georgia Tech to 13 years of NCAA regional play and its only three College World Series appearances in 1994, 2002, and 2006.
The baseball team, under Hall, has become an annual contender for the ACC regular season and tournament titles winning each four and three times respectively.
As of April 4, 2010 the baseball team is ranked #2 in the nation.
The Yellow Jackets play their home games in Russ Chandler Stadium.
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The Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings are a professional baseball team based in Harlingen, Texas, in the United States. The WhiteWings are a member of United League Baseball, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From the 1994 season to the present, the WhiteWings have played their home games at Harlingen Field.
The WhiteWings were a charter member of the Texas-Louisiana League in 1994, which became the Central Baseball League. The WhiteWings won the Texas-Louisiana League Championship in 2000, upsetting the San Angelo Colts and Amarillo Dillas to win the pennant under manager Eddie Dennis. After falling on hard times the WhiteWings suspended operations in 2003. In late 2005, United League Baseball announced that the WhiteWings would resume play as the first charter member of the new league in 2006.
They changed their name back from Harlingen WhiteWings to their original Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in May 2009.
The Jackson Generals are a minor league baseball team of the Southern League and the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The team is located in Jackson, Tennessee, and plays their home games at Pringles Park; opened in 1998, the park currently holds 6,000 fans.
From their inaugural season until 2010, the Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The new name is reflective of the Jackson Generals minor league team based in Jackson during the first half of the 20th century.
The Generals began play as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in Jackson, Tennessee in 1998 as the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In the following season, 1999, manager Dave Trembley led the team to win the West Division title. They went on to play in the Southern League Championship series where they were defeated by the Orlando Rays, three games to one. The Diamond Jaxx also hosted the SL All-Star Game that season.
The 2000 team was managed by Dave Bialas and featured such future major league stars as Carlos Zambrano and Corey Patterson. The team also won its first, and only, SL Championship. They defeated the Birmingham Barons (3–2) to win the West Division title, and then beat the
The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since 1973, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have participated in two World Series, winning in 1985.
The "Royals" name originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899. The "Royals" name may also have been selected as a respectful recognition of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues and a nod to the Kansas City Blues franchises of the Western League and American Association. This is reflected in the similarity of the Royals logo to that of the Monarchs. The name also followed a theme of the other professional franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs football team and the-then Kansas City Kings basketball franchise.
Entering the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969, along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Ewing Kauffman, a Kansas City businessman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who
The Louisville Colonels were a Major League Baseball team that played in the American Association throughout that league's ten-year existence from 1882 until 1891, first as the Louisville Eclipse (1882–1884) and later as the Louisville Colonels (1885–1891), the latter name derived from the historic Kentucky colonels. They then joined the National League after the AA folded and played through the 1899 season. It was also the name of several minor league baseball teams that played in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 20th century.
After spending several years as a well-known semi-pro team, the Eclipse joined the new American Association in 1882. The team's backer, local distiller J. H. Pank, was named vice-president of the AA, and the team was to be run by a consortium led by W. L. Lyons. Accompanying them to the major leagues was their star player, infielder Pete Browning, who had already achieved some measure of local fame. The team got off to a good start, finishing in second place that first season. That would be their best finish for several seasons.
Ownership troubles were also afoot, as managing partner Lyons resigned in mid-1888, with team secretary Mordecai Davidson taking over.
The Navegantes del Magallanes (Magellan's Navigators) are a baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Based in Valencia, the Navegantes have won ten LVBP championships and two Caribbean World Series.
The Capy, is the official mascot of the Navegantes del Magallanes Baseball team. The bird wears a navigator costume. He has a girlfriend named Lola, a very charming parrot.
The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883. The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. Since 2004, the team's home has been Citizens Bank Park in the South Philadelphia section of the city.
The Phillies have won two World Series championships (against Kansas City in 1980 and Tampa Bay in 2008) and seven National League pennants, the first of which came in 1915. The franchise has also experienced long periods of struggle. Once the modern World Series began in 1903, it took the Phillies 77 years from that point (and 97 years from the club's establishment) to win their first World Series—longer than any of the 16 teams that made up the major leagues for the first half of the 20th century. The 77 years of drought is the fourth longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball history. The age of the team and its history of adversity have earned it the dubious distinction of having lost the most games of any team in the history of American professional sports. Notwithstanding the collectively poor
The national baseball team of the Philippines represents the country and competes in international matches and tournaments. It is organized by the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.
They were the inaugural champions of the Asian Baseball Championships in 1954 but finished fourth in seven of the next eight editions of the biennial events.
Since their last fourth place finish in 1973, the national team has struggled in competing against top level Asian clubs such as Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, among others.
They have recently participated in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, and the 2006 Asian Games. They won the gold medal at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games when they hosted the biennial meet.
Manager: Edgar delos Reyes Coaches: Ricardo Jimenez and Marcelina Baradas
The list consists of players with Filipino lineage who have competed for a Major League Baseball club, though they did not play for the national team.
Tigres del Licey is a professional baseball team founded in 1907 based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It is one of the two franchises of the Capital city of the country, the oldest and one of the most successful teams in the Dominican league, having won 22 Dominican titles and 10 Caribbean Series as of January, 2009. Some of their best players have included Pedro González, Alonso Perry, Manuel Mota, Guayubín Olivo, César Gerónimo, and Elvio Jiménez. Many of the best Dominican players and Major League Baseball players have taken part in the long history of the Tigres, including Tom Lasorda, baseball hall-of-famer who took the team to the 1973 Caribbean World Series title. The Licey logo is a cursive “L”. The team, nicknamed "El Glorioso" has a passionate fan base. Their current main rivals are the Águilas Cibaeñas of Santiago.
Circa 1900, baseball in the Dominican Republic was only a minor pastime, due to the heavy political turmoil surrounding the country back then. But by 1907, baseball was increasing in popularity with two amateur teams ("Ozama" and "Nuevo Club") being the most popular. Licey was the first attempt to team up as an antagonist for these two teams.
The Gulf Coast League Twins are the Rookie "A" Level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The team plays in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Lee County Sports Complex.
Gulf Coast League team rosters are thirty players, and cannot have more than twelve players over twenty years old, and no more than four players over 21. No player can have more than two years of prior service, excluding Rookie leagues outside the United States and Canada. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other countries.
The GCL Twins compete in the GCL's Southern Division. In 2009, the GCL Twins won the South with a 34-21 record under manager Jake Mauer, who is the older brother of the Minnesota Twins AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer. They lost 1-0 in twelve innings to the wild card winning GCL Nationals in the one game playoff. Following the season, Mauer was promoted to manager of the Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle, and Chris Heintz took the reins for the GCL Twins. Like Mauer, Heintz was also a player in the Twins organization.
The Vancouver Canadians are a minor league baseball team located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadians are the Northwest League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The C's have previously affiliated with the Oakland Athletics between 2000-2010. They are the only Canadian team in the "affiliated" minor leagues—i.e., part of the farm system of a Major League Baseball team. This came about after the Ottawa Lynx moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania. The NWL Canadians supplanted a Triple-A franchise of the same name that played for 22 seasons (1978–99) in the Pacific Coast League. The current incarnation of the Canadians was established in 2000 after the AAA Canadians moved to Sacramento, California and became the Sacramento River Cats (which is now an affiliate of the Athletics).
As a Northwest League franchise (dating back to 1979 in Medford, Oregon), the Canadians have had players such as José Canseco, Pat Britt, Rod Beck, Rickey Henderson, Scott Brosius, Jason Giambi, Tim Hudson, Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown, Troy Glaus, Sammy Sosa, Jason Windsor, Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Travis Buck, Sean Triplett, Danny Putnam, Dallas Braden and Miguel Tejada. The team formed after Medford,
The St. Louis Brown Stockings were a professional baseball club based in St. Louis, Missouri from 1875 to 1877.
Joining the National Association (NA) in the final season of that league, the Brown Stockings were the first team to represent St. Louis in a professional baseball association (Spink 1911). The original Brown Stockings, or Browns (different from the St. Louis Browns or future Orioles), were a charter member of the National League in 1876 and completed the first two NL seasons.
Like the White Stockings in Chicago (est. 1870), the Brown Stockings in St. Louis (est. 1875) adopted uniforms and acquired a nickname by descent with variation from the famous Red Stockings of Cincinnati (est. 1869), the first professional baseball team, which garnered much public interest due to an undefeated streak during a barnstorming tour in 1869-1870.
The Brown Stockings played their games at Grand Avenue Grounds, which later would be the site of Sportsman's Park. Brown Stocking George Bradley pitched the very first no-hitter in major league history, on July 15, 1876.
The Brown Stockings slipped to 28-32 in 1877 after going 45-19 and finishing third in 1876. The team signed stars Jim Devlin
The Trenton Thunder are an American Minor League Baseball team and are the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Thunder play in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League, and have won two league championships. The Thunder's home stadium is Mercer County Waterfront Park in Trenton, New Jersey.
An ownership group called Schenectady Professional Baseball Team, Inc. fielded an expansion franchise in Upstate New York to play in the Eastern League at the Double-A level for the 1980 season. The Trenton Thunder were founded in 1980 in Glens Falls, New York, as the Glens Falls White Sox. The team was affiliated with the Chicago White Sox from 1980-1985. The team switched affiliations from the White Sox to the Detroit Tigers in 1986. The team was then renamed Glens Falls Tigers after that and continued to play in Glens Falls until 1988.
The team was managed by Bob Schaefer and the team went to a 67-71 record in their first season with the Tigers in 1986. Manager Tom Burgess took over as manager in 1987 which was the team's worst season in the Eastern League as the team's record was 58-79. During the 1987 season, Burgess was fired and replaced by a two-manager team of Tom Gamboa
The Anderson Joes is a professional independent minor league baseball team in the South Coast League, based in Anderson, South Carolina,, USA. The team is not affilitated with Major League Baseball. They play their games at Anderson Memorial Stadium.
The team is named after Shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball legend who was born in Pickens County and made his home in Greenville. He was said to have got his nickname "Shoeless" while playing semi-professional baseball in Anderson. It is widely accepted that Babe Ruth was given hitting advice from Jackson on how to hit for average and power.
For the first half of their inaugural season the Joes were managed by former San Francisco Giant Desi Wilson. Eight games into the second half Wilson was activated as a player and was replaced as manager by Kash Beauchamp.
The Anderson Joes currently only exist on paper. The entire 2008 season was cancelled due to economic conditions leading to extreme debt and all of the staff and management have been dismissed. The team is owned by the league which has no employees or President. The Anderson Joes office in Downtown Anderson has a "for sale" sign on it at the present time. It is unclear at this time
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix. They play in the West Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From 1998 to the present, they have played in Chase Field. Also known as the D-Backs, Arizona has one World Series title, in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team in the majors to win a championship, doing it in only the fourth season since their expansion in 1998.
Between 1940 and 1990, Phoenix jumped from the 99th largest city in the nation to the 9th largest (it is currently the 6th largest). As such, it was frequently mentioned as a possible location for either a new or relocated MLB franchise. Baseball had a rich tradition in Arizona long before talk of bringing a big-league team even started. The state has been a frequent spring training site since 1946. With a large number of people relocating to the state from the Midwest and the Northeast, as well as from California, many teams (most notably the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers) have normally had large followings in Arizona.
The first serious attempt to land an expansion team for the Phoenix area was mounted by Elyse Doherty and Martin Stone, owner of the Phoenix
The Lancaster Barnstormers is an American professional baseball team based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2005 season to the present, the Barnstormers have played their home games at Clipper Magazine Stadium in the city's Northwest Corridor.
Baseball fans in Lancaster waited 44 years for the sport to return after the Lancaster Red Roses folded following the 1961 season. In 2003, Lancastrians chose the name "Barnstormers" in a team-sponsored fan ballot. The name refers to the act of "barnstorming", which means to travel around an area appearing in exhibition sports events, especially baseball games. It was used to describe Lancaster's baseball teams as far back as 1906 by the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer: "There was a crowd of between seven and eight hundred persons out on Friday to see the Lancaster barnstormers play the Philadelphia Giants." The team's primary logo was designed with local history in mind, as the team colors of red, navy blue, and khaki were the same as those used by the former Red Roses. The name and logo also allude
The Mutual Base Ball Club of New York was a leading American baseball club almost throughout its 20-year history. It was established during 1857, the year of the first baseball convention, just too late to be a founding member of the National Association of Base Ball Players. It was a charter member of both the first professional league in 1871 and the National League in 1876. Failing on the field and in the coffer, it declined to make its last western trip of the inaugural season. For the transgression it was expelled in December, and soon found itself defunct.
The Mutual club initially played its home games at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, with the New York Knickerbockers and many other Manhattan clubs, but moved to the enclosed Union Grounds in Brooklyn in 1868.
The Mutuals chose open professionalism in 1869–70 after NABBP liberalization. They joined the first professional league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, for its 1871 to 1875 duration. In 1876, the Chicago White Stockings initiated the National League and recruited its members from West to East, partly to wrest control of professional baseball from Eastern interests. The Mutuals were one of eight
The Allentown Red Sox (A-Sox) was a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. The team played in the Class A Eastern League and was based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
In 1957, the Red Sox purchased the former Detroit Tigers Eastern League team, the Syracuse Chiefs, and moved the club to Allentown mid-season, being operated as an unaffiliated team for the balance of the season. The Red Sox ended their affiliation with their Eastern League team in Albany, New York after the season and reassigned it to Allentown for the 1958 season.
Owned by Joe Buzas, the team played for three seasons at Max Hess Stadium (formerly Breadon Field), owned by Max Hess, Jr., owner of the Allentown Hess Brothers department store.
On September 3, 1960, the Red Sox kept its Eastern League playoff hopes alive with a 7-6, 3-2 sweep of Williamsport at Hess Stadium, the second of four straight doubleheaders the A-Sox played to close out the season. Two days later, Allentown's playoff bid ended in a 5-4, 11-inning defeat at Springfield in the first game of a Labor Day doubleheader. The holiday crowd of 1,297 at Hess Stadium witnessed the last professional baseball game in Allentown for 37
The Baseball- und Softball-Club Mainz Athletics 1988 e.V. is a German baseball and softball club located in the city of Mainz in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Athletics, along with Buchbinder Legionäre, is one of the largest clubs in the Baseball-Bundesliga Süd in terms of membership, claiming to have hundreds of active players. The club has played in the Baseball-Bundesliga for almost two decades, but only won its first and to date sole German Championship in the 2007 season.
The Mainz Athletics played their home games at Sandflora Ballpark between 1988 and 2010. The field is located between the neighborhoods of Mainz-Mombach and Mainz-Gonsenheim, an area that was previously the grounds of an American military installation. Sandflora comprised a baseball and a softball field, both of which were occupied by the Athletics. Since the fields overlap, games could be played on both fields at the same time.
The Bundesliga All-Star Game and the European Cup were held at the Sandflora several times. The field also hosted the 1999 Junior European Championship and in the inaugural 2002 Softball All Star Game.
The field lies in a residential neighborhood, the because field can become loud during
The University of Southern California Trojans baseball program, established in 1888, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Pacific-12 Conference, and is currently coached by Frank Cruz, who became a full time coach in 2012
The USC Trojans are arguably the most dominant program in the history of College Baseball: With 12 baseball national championships, USC is far and away the leader in that category (no other school has more than 6). Since 1924, the Trojans have compiled a record of 2,221-1,093-15 (.669) against college opponents, and have captured outright or tied for 38 conference championships. USC's most notable baseball coach was Rod Dedeaux, coaching from 1942–86, who led the school to 11 of its NCAA crowns, including 5 straight from 1970-74.
The first Trojan national championship came in 1948. The 12th and most recent title came in 1998.
They play at Dedeaux Field, which is named in honor of former coach Rod Dedeaux.
The Trojans began recognizing baseball as a school sport in 1889. As with many programs during the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Trojans lacked a consistent head coach, even they even had one at all. It wasn't until
The Bergen Cliff Hawks were a proposed minor league baseball team to be based in Bergen County, New Jersey. The team planned to play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
The team would have played at the Bergen Ballpark, located on the site of the Xanadu Meadowlands project. The name "Cliff Hawks" refers to the raptors that inhabit the cliffs of the New Jersey Palisades which stretch through Bergen County.
East Rutherford, as all of Bergen County, is located adjacent to New York City. Bergen County does not have any professional baseball history of its own. Much of the fanbase for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets comes from the northern New Jersey area, and the city of Newark also has commanded attention for the older and newer inceptions of the Bears. Many of the residents of Bergen County will visit Yogi Berra Stadium and the New Jersey Jackals for minor league baseball.
Since 2000 Steve Kalafer, a current investor of the Atlantic League, owner of the Newark Bears, and part-owner of the Camden Riversharks, tried to bring a professional baseball team to northern New Jersey. Initially the plan was for a new
The Durham Bulls are a Triple-A minor league baseball team that currently plays in the International League. The Bulls play their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park located in the downtown area of Durham, North Carolina. Durham Bulls Athletic Park is often called the "DBAP" or "D-Bap". The Bulls are the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Established in 1902 as the Durham Tobacconists and disbanded many times over the years, the Bulls became internationally famous in 1988 following the release of the movie Bull Durham, which starred the team, Kevin Costner as "Crash" Davis, a veteran catcher, Tim Robbins as Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh, a talented young pitcher, and Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy, their love interest. Bull Durham was the Bulls’ first appearance on film. The Bulls’ second appearance on film was in the movie The Rookie which was released in 2002 and starred Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris, a baseball pitcher who is now retired. The real Jim Morris did play for the Bulls briefly during the 1999 season and was then called up to the major leagues on September 18, 1999 at the age of 35. He made his debut against Royce Clayton of the Texas Rangers, striking him out on
The Jacksonville Suns are a minor league baseball team based in Jacksonville, Florida. The team is currently a member of the Southern League and is the class Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Two teams named the Suns have played in Jacksonville since 1962: a class Triple-A International League team from 1962–1968, and the current Double-A team from 1970 to the present. From 1985–1990 the team was known as the Jacksonville Expos, when they were affiliated with the Montreal Expos MLB team.
The modern Suns club has played in the Southern League longer than any other, and its 41-year association with its city is the longest in Double-A baseball. The Suns won the International League title in 1968 and the Southern League championship in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010. They currently play at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, an 11,000-person capacity, $34 million park that opened in 2003. Since moving to the facility the Suns consistently have been top selling franchise in the Southern League.
Jacksonville has had minor league baseball nearly every year since the early 20th century. From 1904 to 1961 the city was home to minor league teams
The Newburgh Black Diamonds were a professional baseball team based in Newburgh, New York. For the 1998 season, they played in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Their home stadium was Delano-Hitch Stadium.
The Black Diamonds arrived in Newburgh out of pure necessity. They were slated to play their home games in the Lehigh Valley Region of Pennsylvania as the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds at a brand-new facility called the Lehigh Valley Multi-Purpose Sport Complex. As the inaugural 1998 Atlantic League season approached ground on the stadium had not been broken yet. The Black Diamonds needed to find a temporary home very quickly and Newburgh's Delano-Hitch Stadium was the closest fit that did not have a professional team playing there. The team would end the season with a respectable 42-58 finishing 4th in the league standings out of 6 teams.
As the 1999 season approached the Lehigh Valley Sports Complex was still nowhere near completion and rumors of financial problems continued to swirl. Shortly before the season opener it was announced that a lease agreement could not be met between the team and the stadium. The team
The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. One of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901, it spent its first year as a major league club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis to become the St. Louis Browns. After 52 often beleaguered years in St. Louis, the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and adopted the Orioles name in honor of the official state bird of Maryland. The Orioles name had been used by previous major league baseball clubs in Baltimore, including the American League Baltimore Orioles franchise from 1901–1902 that became the New York Yankees and the National League Baltimore Orioles. Nicknames for the team include the O's and the Birds.
The Orioles experienced their greatest success from 1964–1983, as well as 1996–1997, winning eight Division Championships (1969–1971, 1973–1974, 1979, 1983, 1997), six pennants (1966, 1969–1971, 1979, 1983), three World Series Championships (1966, 1970, 1983), two wild card berths (1996, 2012), and five Most Valuable Player awards (3B
The Columbus Clippers are a minor league baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio. The team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The team is owned by the government of Franklin County, Ohio.
From 1977 to 2008, the Clippers played in Cooper Stadium, which was known as Franklin County Stadium until 1984. The final game at "The Coop" was played on September 1, 2008 in front of a sellout crowd of 16,777. It was the third largest audience in stadium history. In 2009, the Clippers began playing in Huntington Park, located at the corner of Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District of Columbus.
The Clippers began play in 1977 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, changing its affiliation to the New York Yankees in 1979, beginning a 28-year relationship that ended in 2006. An affiliation with the Washington Nationals lasted from 2007 to 2008. A four-year affiliation with the Cleveland Indians was announced on September 18, 2008. In September 2010 that working agreement with the Indians was extended through 2014.
Columbus defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 12–6 on September 21, 2010, to win the Triple-A Baseball National
The Hartford Senators were a minor league baseball team based in Hartford, Connecticut. They operated in the Connecticut League from 1902-1912, the Eastern Association from 1913-1914, the Eastern League from 1916-1932 and the Northeastern League in 1934. For the 1932 season they were affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team's most famous player was Lou Gehrig who played for the Senators on three separate occasions before being a starting first baseman for the New York Yankees. The team won league championships in 1909, 1913, 1923 and 1931.
From the Mar 12,1933 "Hartford Courant" obituary of James H. Clarkin,"quarter of a century owner of the Hartford Baseball Club" indicates he sold both the Eastern League Franchise and Clarkin Field "now the Bulkeley Stadium" in 1928 when he retired. Mr. Clarkin entered league baseball in 1904 when he purchased the league franchise from William J. Tracey of Bristol, CT., as a partner, but soon after was the sole owner of The Hartford Club. "Although he had many acrimonious disputes with fellow magnates, he came to their assistance in more than one crisis and saved the Eastern League during the World War, when the league's fortunes were at a
The Huntsville Stars are a minor league baseball team of the Southern League and are the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in Huntsville, Alabama and are named for the space industry with which Huntsville is economically tied (NASA conducts operations at the nearby Marshall Space Flight Center).
The Stars play their home games at Joe W. Davis Stadium, named after the former mayor of Huntsville; built in 1985, the park seats 10,200 fans and is sometimes referred to as "The Joe." The team has served as a farm club for two major league franchises. The Stars won the Southern League Championship in 1985 and 1994 as the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A's and in 2001 with the Brewers.
The Stars came to Huntsville by way of Evansville, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee. In June 1984, Larry Schmittou purchased the Triple-A Evansville Triplets and, after the season, moved them to Nashville where they became the Nashville Sounds. His previous Double-A Southern League franchise was relocated to Huntsville. The City of Huntsville, led by Mayor Joe W. Davis, built a brand new 10,000 seat multipurpose stadium which lured the franchise to town. The Triplets' history
Kinheim is a baseball and softball team based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The title sponsor of the club is currently Corendon so that the official name of the team is Corendon Kinheim. They are current Dutch champions.
Kinheim baseball team plays in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse, the top level of professional baseball in the Netherlands. The club's most successful period was in the 90s when they reached the Holland Series five consecutive times (1992–1996). They lost four of their Holland Series entries, but managed to become Dutch champions in 1994 when beating DOOR Neptunus 3–2. In 2006 Kinheim won the regular Honkbal Hoofdklasse league and the KNBSB-Beker, which is the national cup trophy. By beating Mr. Cocker HCAW in the play-offs they gained themselves entrance to the 2006 Holland Series.. They won those series 3–2 against Konica Minolta Pioniers of Hoofddorp.
In 2008, Kinheim won the European Cup in Grosseto, Italy.
The Nashua Pride were a professional baseball team based in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the United States, not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They played home games at Holman Stadium from 1998 through 2008, when they were sold and renamed the American Defenders of New Hampshire. In 2010 that team moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and became the Pittsfield Colonials. The franchise itself no longer exists, as the Colonials folded after the 2011 baseball season.
The Nashua Pride was one of the founding members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 1998. The team name was based on the fact that Money magazine twice named Nashua the "best place to live" in the America. The team's primary home uniform logo was the word "Pride" in script, and included the number "1" inside the capital "P."
In the 2000 season, the team swept the Somerset Patriots in three games to win the Atlantic League Championship Series. However, the Patriots answered that loss by defeating the Pride in the 2003 and 2005 championships. Despite their on-field success, the Pride suffered as a result of having one of the lowest average attendances and being the farthest team from the core of the
The New York Mets are a professional baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. They belong to Major League Baseball's National League East Division. One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed National League teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. The Mets colors are composed of the Dodgers blue and Giants orange. During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, the Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds. From 1964 to 2008, the Mets' home ballpark was Shea Stadium. In 2009, they moved into a new ballpark, Citi Field.
In their 1962 inaugural season, the Mets posted a record of 40–120, the worst regular season record since Major League Baseball went to a 162-game season (two games from their inaugural season were never made up). The team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history. Since, they have played in three additional World Series, including a dramatic run in 1973 that ended in a Game Seven loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in
The Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team is the college baseball team of The Ohio State University. The program, founded in 1881, was the first athletic team in Ohio State history. Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio has been the home field of the program since 1997. The team has won a National Title in 1966 and also 14 Big Ten Titles throughout the team's history. They are currently coached by Greg Beals. Ohio State has produced many professional baseball players such as Steve Arlin, Frank Howard, Nick Swisher and Fred Taylor.
Ohio State played their first season in 1881 as the first ever organized sport at OSU. Ohio State was undefeated, only playing one game and winning against Capital 8-5. From there baseball in Columbus took off as OSU won the Ohio title several more times.
Ohio State currently play at Bill Davis Stadium. From 1967 to 1997 the Buckeyes played at Trautman Field.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are a minor league baseball team in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third major league affiliate as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The Quakes franchise has been in existence since 1966 when it played in Lodi, California. The team moved to San Bernardino in 1986 and became the Spirit; Ken Griffey, Jr. was among the players that came through Fiscalini Field on their way to the big leagues.
In 1993, the franchise moved to their current location and was renamed the Quakes. The Quakes won their lone California League championship in 1994.
After being an affiliate of the San Diego Padres for the first eight years in Rancho Cucamonga, the team swapped affiliations with the Lake Elsinore Storm, beginning the 2001 season.
For the next ten seasons, the Quakes would be affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2010, the team advanced to the California League championship round, losing in extra-innings in the fifth and deciding game to the San Jose Giants. After the season, the Quakes once again changed affiliations, joining the Dodgers system.
The San Jose Giants are a minor league baseball team in San Jose, California, USA. They are a Class A - Advanced team in the Northern Division of the California League, and have been a farm team of the San Francisco Giants since 1988. Home games are played at San Jose Municipal Stadium. The Giants join a long line of San Jose based California League teams dating back to the league's inception including :
and nearby Santa Clara, California hosted the Santa Clara Angels and Santa Clara Padres in the late 1970s/early 1980s period.
Since the team's inception, the San Jose Giants have been one of the more successful teams in the California League. They captured the league championship in 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 and most recently in 2010. In 2005 and once again in 2007 after being down 2-0 in the best of 5 series, came back home and won the final three games over Lake Elsinore Storm to claim the Championship Series 3-2. (In 2001 the Giants were declared co-champions with the Lake Elsinore Storm after the final series was cancelled after the September 11 terrorist attacks). The team has also made the California League playoffs numerous times and won the Northern Division championship
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs is an American professional baseball team based in Waldorf, Maryland. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2008 season to the present, the Blue Crabs have played their home games at Regency Furniture Stadium. They represent the counties of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's, which are located on the Southern Maryland peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.
In 2006, Southern Maryland residents chose the name "Blue Crabs" in a team-sponsored fan ballot. The name refers to the indigenous blue crab, the official state crustacean of Maryland. The Blue Crabs' fanbase has the nickname of "Crustacean Nation", an allusion to the Cardinal Nation and the Red Sox Nation fan clubs of the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
Charles County initiated efforts to bring affiliated professional baseball, in the form of a relocated single-A Kinston Indians team, to the Southern Maryland region in 1985, but those plans fell through. The progress made on the ballpark was reversed after Charles County
The Quintana Roo Tigers, are a baseball team in the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. They were founded in 1955, and have won pennants that year and in 1960, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1997, 2000, and 2001. They were the 2005 Liga champions. They were originally based in Mexico City, known in English as the Mexico City Tigers. They moved to Puebla in 2004, Cancun, Quintana Roo in 2007. They were most recently know as the Angelopolis Tigers.
The York White Roses was the name of a minor league baseball team in the city of York, Pennsylvania, USA, that existed from 1894–1969.
The York White Roses began as members of the short-lived Keystone Association in 1884. The league disbanded after only 20 games. The White Roses transferred to the Eastern League after the Harrisburg Olympics folded. The team remained in the Eastern League until the 1893 season when York joined the Pennsylvania State League.
York joined the Tri-State League as the York Penn Parks in 1904. The name was quickly changed back to White Roses for the 1905 season. The 1906 season was full of controversy when the rival Lancaster Maroons changed their name to the Red Roses. George Heckert, White Roses manager, publicly denounced Lancaster's team and predicted that Lancaster would end the season in last place after it unveiled new jerseys and a new name days before the season opener against York. Yorkers viewed the change as a copycat maneuver since York had called itself the White Roses since 1884. The Red Roses went on to win the first game, 9–4, and an even heavier rivalry began. Some sources indicate that the rival teams were named for the opposing
Croydon Pirates are a British baseball club based in South London, England, who run three teams in various national leagues. They play at Roundshaw, which is one of the best baseball diamonds in the U.K., meaning Croydon are often the hosts of the London Tournament and National Finals.
The first team competes in the Southern section of the top flight of British baseball. They were National Champions in 2004 and 2005 and runners up in 2006.
In 2007 the team again won the National League South earning them the right to compete in the Final 4 tournament on the weekend of 1–2 September 2007, along with Josh Chetwynd's London Mets, Menwith Hill Patriots and Liverpool Trojans. Croydon and the Mets won their semi-finals to advanced to the final where the Pirates were defeated 2–0 in a best of 3 series. The team is one of the most diverse, having other 15 nationalities at the club in one season.
In 2008, Croydon Pirates III won the British Baseball A-Division, finishing the season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. They were subsequently promoted to the AA-Division in 2009, Pirates III having a very strong season tying joint first place. However, the Kent Mariners and Brentwood Stags
The Binghamton Mets are a U.S. minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Mets play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.
Prior to moving to Binghamton for 1992, the franchise played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from 1987 to 1991 as the Williamsport Bills. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and was affiliated with the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons before being purchased by the New York Mets in 1991.
The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season. It was the latest in a long series of moves for the Pittsfield franchise, which was originally based in Williamsport in 1976 and later moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, from 1977 through 1978 and then Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984.
(Place indicates finish in Eastern League 1987–93, in Northern Division from 1994)
The Coastal Bend Aviators were a minor league baseball team which played in Robstown, Texas, in the United States from 2003 to 2007. They were a member of the Central Baseball League, then the American Association and were not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team.
The team played at Aviators Stadium.
The Florida State Seminoles baseball team represents Florida State University in NCAA Division I college baseball and are one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States without a College World Series championship.
Along with most other Florida State athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles play their home games on campus at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, and they are currently coached by Mike Martin.
Seminole baseball is one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States having been to 21 College World Series in 50 Tournament appearances, and having appeared in the national championship final on three occasions (falling to the University of Southern California Trojans in 1970, the University of Arizona Wildcats in 1986, and the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1999).
Under the command since 1980 of Head Coach #11 Mike Martin (FSU Alumni 1966), Florida State is the second-winningest program in the history of college baseball. Since 1990, FSU has had more 50 win seasons, hosted more NCAA Tournaments, and finished in the top 10 more than any team in the United
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a minor league baseball team that plays in the International League. The IronPigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team plays their home games at Coca-Cola Park, which is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The brand new Coca-Cola Park, which opened for the start of the IronPigs' first season in 2008, seats up to 8,100, with a capacity of 10,000, and cost $50.25 million to complete.
The IronPigs name is a reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel, for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world-renowned.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were founded in 1993 as the Ottawa Lynx. The team previously played at Ottawa Baseball Stadium located in Ottawa, Ontario from 1993–2007 before moving to Allentown to become Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Known as the Lynx, the Lynx were affiliated with three MLB clubs which were the Montreal Expos from 1993–2002, the Baltimore Orioles from 2003–2006, and the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2007 season only which was also the last season for the Ottawa Lynx playing in Ottawa. The Lynx were the only International League franchise based in Canada at the time of their existence.
The Miami Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida and a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball (MLB's) National League. Their home park is Marlins Park. Their current manager is Ozzie Guillén.
The Miami Marlins began play in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins. They played home games from their inaugural season to the 2011 season at Sun Life Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) and which was also called Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, and Land Shark Stadium during their tenancy. Beginning with the 2012 Major League Baseball season, they play at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike Sun Life Stadium (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. The new park's name is a temporary one until naming rights are purchased. Per agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also
The Milwaukee Brewers are a professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team is a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League and plays its home games at Miller Park. The team is so named because of the city's association with the brewing industry.
Originating in Seattle, Washington, as the Seattle Pilots, the club played for one season in 1969 before being acquired in bankruptcy court by current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and then moved to Milwaukee. The Brewers were part of the American League from their creation as an expansion club in 1969 through the 1997 season, after which they moved to the National League Central Division. Milwaukee had previously been a National League city when its team was the Milwaukee Braves (1953–1965).
In 1982, Milwaukee won the American League East Division and the American League Pennant, earning their only World Series appearance to date. In the Series, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three.
In 2008, the Brewers achieved their first postseason berth in the 26 years since their World Series appearance as the wildcard team in the National League. They were eliminated in the NLDS by
The Missouri Tigers baseball team represents the University of Missouri in NCAA Division I college baseball. The Missouri Tigers had an overall record of 2053-1339-17 entering the 2012 season.
In 1890, the short-lived Players' League included a team called the New York Giants. This baseball team was managed by Hall of Famer Buck Ewing, and they finished third with a record of 74-57. Besides Ewing, who was also a catcher on this team, the roster several former members of the National League New York Giants, such as Hall of Famers Roger Connor, Jim O'Rourke, and Tim Keefe. The team played its home games at the Polo Grounds.
After the season, their owner, Edward Talcott, bought a minority stake in the National League Giants--in effect, merging the two clubs.
The Philadelphia Giants were a Negro league baseball team that played from 1902 to 1916. From 1904 to 1909 they were one of the strongest teams in black baseball, winning five eastern championships in six years. The team was organized by Sol White, H. Walter Schlichter, and Harry Smith.
In 1902, white sportswriter H. Walter Schlichter joined with long-time Negro league player Sol White and Harry Smith, sports editor of the Philadelphia Tribune (an African-American newspaper), to organize the Philadelphia Giants. Schlichter arranged for the team to play in the major league Columbia Park when the Philadelphia Athletics were on the road. Sol White would play shortstop and manage the team. For their first season, the team recruited several star players including catcher Clarence Williams, second baseman Frank Grant, and pitcher John Nelson. The 1902 Philadelphia Giants compiled a win-loss-tie record of 81–43–2. Throughout the season the Giants issued challenges to the Cuban X-Giants to compete in a Negro league championship series, but the X-Giants declined. In October, their first season culminated with a two-game series against the American League champion Philadelphia Athletics. The
The Richmond Braves were the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and played in the International League. Colloquially referred to as the R-Braves, they were based in Richmond, Virginia, where they played from 1966, when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta where their AAA team, the Crackers, had been playing for four years, until 2008. They played their home games at a stadium called The Diamond (Parker Field), which is currently home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams baseball team. The Diamond is located on Boulevard near the interchange with Interstate 95 and features a sculpture of a gigantic Native American brave (named "Connecticut") on the outside walkway. The current stadium was established in 1985 at a site that had been used for minor league baseball since 1954. The former stadium was called Parker Field.
On January 14, 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Richmond Braves would relocate to Gwinnett County, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, in 2009. The Gwinnett Braves moved into a new ballpark, Gwinnett Stadium.
Upon news of the move, a fan-run website started a petition to keep the Braves in Richmond.
The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the National League West Division. Originally known as the New York Giants (NL), the team moved to San Francisco in 1958.
As one of the oldest baseball teams, they have won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball, and any North American professional sports team. They have won 21 National League pennants and appeared in 18 World Series competitions – both records in the National League (tied for NL pennants with the Los Angeles Dodgers and for World Series appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals). The Giants' 6 World Series Championships are also tied for second in the National League with the Dodgers (the St. Louis Cardinals have won 11). The Giants have played in the World Series an NL record 18 times, but boycotted the event in 1904. With their history, the Giants have the most Hall of Fame players in all of professional baseball. The Giants' rivalry with the Dodgers is one of the longest-standing rivalries and is regarded one of the biggest in American baseball.
The Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New
The Washington Nationals, sometimes referred to as the Washington Statesmen, was a professional baseball team in the mid to late 1880s. They existed for a period of four years as a member of the National League (NL) from 1886 to 1889. During their four-year tenure they had six different managers and compiled a record of 163-337, for a .326 winning percentage. The franchise played their home games at Swampoodle Grounds.
Their most notable player was catcher Connie Mack, who went on to a Hall of Fame career as manager of the American League Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950. Outfielder Dummy Hoy, notable for being deaf, played for the 1888 and 1889 Washington teams.
The South Georgia Peanuts were a member of the South Coast League, based at the Paul Eames Sports Complex in Albany, Georgia. The team was not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. Wally Backman was the club's manager in its inaugural season.
The team's one season was chronicled in the documentary television series Playing for Peanuts produced by John J. Fitzgerald.
On July 20, 2007, the South Georgia Peanuts were involved in an on-field brawl with the Macon Music. After the brawl was broken up by the umpires the Peanuts refused to retake the field and forfeited the game. Backman was suspended 8 games for the incident despite the fact that he was not on the field when everything happened.
The Brockton Rox are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Brockton, Massachusetts, United States. Formerly a professional baseball franchise, the Rox were a member of the independent Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, from the 2003 through 2011 seasons. The Rox play their home games at Campanelli Stadium. The team's name is a derivative of the nearby Boston Red Sox of the American League and a tribute to the boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, both from Brockton.
The team is currently on hiatus from the professional Can-Am League for the 2012 season; they are expected to return for the 2013 season if there is one. Instead, the Rox became an amateur baseball franchise and played 2012 in the collegiate summer Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
The Rox began play in the 2002 season as members of the Northern League, before switching to the Can-Am League for the 2003 season.
In 2006, the Rox celebrated the team's fifth anniversary season by finishing the season 49-43 and qualifying for the #3 seed in the Can-Am League Playoffs. The Rox defeated the New Haven County Cutters 3-1 in the opening round best of 5 series. In the Championship Series,
The Gauting Indians are a baseball and softball club from Gauting, a suburb of Munich. The club's first men's team currently plays in the first division of the Baseball Bundesliga. The team rose to the second division in 1996, and since 2004 has played in the first division.
The Gauting Indians originated in 1991 as a baseball-focused school project at Gauting's Otto von Taube Gymnasium under the leadership of the future Bundesliga player Florian Deisenhoferthrough. During its first year the group played a number of friendly games against baseball clubs in and around Munich.
The Gauting Indians were formally established as the baseball section of TSV Gauting on January 1, 1992, with an initial membership of 15. In its first year of official play, the Indians finished in first place with an undefeated record in the Landesliga Group A and were promoted to the Bayernliga (Bavarian League). Through reaching the Bayernliga for the 1993 season, the Gauting Indians saw their membership grow, allowing the club to begin offering youth baseball training.
In 1994 the Indians, in their second season in the Bayernliga, reached the final round of the Bavarian Cup. The performance allowed the
The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a professional baseball team based in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the United States. The AirHogs are a member of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (of which they are the current defending champions), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Beginning in the 2008 season, the AirHogs have played their home games at QuikTrip Park.
The name "AirHogs" is a slang term used by U.S. military pilots, and refers to the city's aviation industry (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Grand Prairie, and Vought Corporation has a major plant just next to the city, though the plant is technically in Dallas).
On October 22, 2007, the AirHogs named former Major Leaguer, Pete Incaviglia, as the first manager.
The AirHogs played their first game in franchise history on May 8 against the St. Paul Saints, losing the contest 10-3. Their first win in team history was captured on May 15 at Shreveport, beating the Sports 2-1. Starting pitcher Scot Drucker was the winning pitcher while right-hander James Morrison picked up the save.
The first home game ever played by the AirHogs ended on a sour
The Lancaster Red Roses baseball team, originally known as the Maroons, changed its name at the start of the 1906 season during a bitter match with the York, Pennsylvania-based White Roses. Some sources indicate that the rival teams were named for the opposing factions in England's historic Wars of the Roses. The Lancaster Red Roses played at Stumpf Field, which is still used today by local baseball and softball leagues.
Organized baseball first came to Lancaster in 1884 when Lancaster had two teams for a brief period of time. The Lancaster Red Stockings played 19 games as a member of the short-lived Keystone Association before the league broke up in June 1884. The Lancaster Ironsides played in the Eastern League beginning in 1884. The team remained in Lancaster for the 1885 season under a new name, the Lancaster Lancasters. Baseball returned for Lancaster in the 1894 season when the Pennsylvania State League Altoona, Pennsylvania franchise moved to Lancaster for most of the 1894 season and the 1895 season.
In 1896, the Atlantic League Lancaster Maroons began play when the New Haven, Connecticut team moved to Lancaster. The Maroons became very popular and became one of the
The Michigan Wolverines baseball team represents the University of Michigan in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Michigan athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines play their home games in Ray Fisher Stadium. On May 22, 2012 coach Rich Maloney and the university mutually decided it was in the best interests of the program that his contract not be renewed. Michigan hired Erik Bakich as the Wolverine's 19th head coach in the history of Michigan baseball. Bakich was most recently a coach at Maryland, but was also an assistant coach at Clemson and Vanderbilt, and is an alumnus of East Carolina, where he is most noted for having a 1.000 fielding rate.
The Wolverines play their home games in Ray Fisher Stadium. The stadium is named after Ray Fisher, who is the winningest coach in Michigan baseball history, with 636 victories and also the 1953 College World Series championship.
In 2008, alum and owner of the New York Mets MLB franchise, Fred Wilpon donated $9 million for the renovation of Fisher Stadium and Alumni Field. It is now known as the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, but more commonly known as the Wilpon
The Mobile BayBears are a minor league baseball team based in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The team, which plays in the Southern League (of which they are the back-to-back defending champions), is the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league club. The BayBears play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after baseball's former all-time home run king and Mobile native Hank Aaron. Opened in 1997, the park seats 6,000 spectators.
The BayBears franchise was located in Wilmington, North Carolina from 1995 to 1996 under the name of the Port City Roosters. From 1993 to 1994, they were the Nashville Xpress located in Nashville, Tennessee, after relocating from Charlotte, North Carolina where they were the first incarnation of the Charlotte Knights.
From 1997 to 2006, the BayBears were the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
The name of the team was announced in July 1996. The name was chosen from a name-the-team contest. Mobile mayor Mike Dow announced the name at that year's Mobile Fourth of July fireworks display. In September 1996, the BayBears signed an affiliation agreement with the San Diego Padres.
The Aberdeen Arsenal was an Atlantic League team based in Bel Air, Maryland. For the 2000 season, they played in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which was not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Arsenal departed from Aberdeen to make room for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles owned by Cal Ripken, Jr.
The Arsenal played at Thomas Run Park, on the campus of Harford Community College.
The Arsenal are the subject of NPR broadcaster Neal Conan's book, Play By Play: Baseball, Radio, and Life in the Last Chance League.
Chicago American Giants were a Chicago-based Negro league baseball team, owned and managed from 1911 to 1926 by player-manager Andrew "Rube" Foster. From 1910 until the mid-1930s, the American Giants were the most dominant team in black baseball. Charter members of Foster's Negro National League, the American Giants won five pennants in that league, along with another pennant in the 1932 Negro Southern League and a second-half championship in Gus Greenlee's Negro National League in 1934. The team was disbanded in 1952.
In 1910, Foster, captain of the Chicago Leland Giants, wrested legal control of the name "Leland Giants" away from the team's owner, Frank Leland. That season, featuring Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry Lloyd, outfielder Pete Hill, second baseman Grant Johnson, catcher Bruce Petway, and pitcher Frank Wickware, the Leland Giants reportedly won 123 games while losing only 6. In 1911, Foster renamed the club the "American Giants."
Playing in spacious Schorling Park (formerly the home field of the American League's Chicago White Sox), Foster's club relied on fielding, pitching, speed, and "inside baseball" to succeed in the young Negro National League (NNL), winning
In 1999, the Major League Baseball All-Century Team was chosen by popular vote of fans. To select the team, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest Major League Baseball players from the past century. Over two million fans then voted on the players using paper and online ballots.
The top two vote-getters from each position, except outfielders (nine), and the top six pitchers were placed on the team. A select panel then added five legends to create a thirty-man team: — Warren Spahn (who finished #10 among pitchers), Christy Mathewson (#14 among pitchers), Lefty Grove (#18 among pitchers), Honus Wagner (#4 among shortstops), and Stan Musial (#11 among outfielders).
The nominees for the All-Century team were presented at the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. Preceding Game 2 of the 1999 World Series, the members of the All-Century Team were revealed. Every living player named to the team attended.
For the complete list of players, see The MLB All-Century Team.
There was controversy over the inclusion of Pete Rose, who had been banned from baseball for life 10 years earlier, in the All-Century Team. Some questioned Rose's presence on a team officially endorsed by
The Minneapolis Millers were an American professional minor league baseball team that played in Minneapolis, Minnesota, until 1960. In the 19th century a different Minneapolis Millers were part of the Western League.The team played first in Athletic Park and later Nicollet Park.
The name Minneapolis Millers has been associated with a variety of professional minor league teams. The original Millers date back to 1884 when the Northwestern League was formed. This league failed and the Western League replaced it, absorbing some of the old teams. According to Stew Thornley, this team folded in 1891 due to financial problems. In 1894, another team calling itself the Millers was formed when Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey revived the Western League in hopes of making it a second major league. The Millers continued to play in the Western League through 1900, when the name was changed to the American League to give it more of a national image. Following the 1900 season, several cities were abandoned for bigger markets in cities recently vacated by the National League, including Minneapolis. Some teams were transferred, as was the case of the Kansas City franchise to become the Washington
The Somerset Patriots are an American professional baseball team based in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. They are a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1999 season to the present, the Patriots have played their home games at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Patriots are the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League, capturing five Championship Series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and most recently, 2009.
The "Patriots" name refers to the Middlebrook encampment where the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a thirteen star flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater Township.
The Somerset Patriots were one of the founding members of the Atlantic League in 1998. However, the team spent its inaugural season as a road team while TD Bank Park was being constructed. In the 1999 season, the Patriots opened their ballpark, where they quickly became one of the most successful franchises
The Stanford Cardinal baseball team represents Stanford University in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Stanford athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Cardinal play their home games on campus at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, and they are currently coached by Mark Marquess.
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond is one of the premier collegiate baseball stadiums in the country. When the football stadium was originally built in 1921, dirt was excavated from the site of the future baseball stadium, which created a "sunken" field a decade later.
The Cardinal have appeared in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament 30 times, and appearing in the College World Series 16 times. They have won two National Championships, in 1987 College World Series and 1988.
The St. Joe Blacksnakes, in Saint Joseph, Missouri, were a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
On December 16, 2005 the team announced that the primary owner would be Van Schley and that the field manager would be Chris Carminucci. On December 27, St. Joe acquired its first player — outfielder Jake Whitesides from New Jersey. On Tuesday January 10th, pitchers Josh Jarman and Jason Navarro and infielder Josh Shaffer, all of whom played in the Golden Baseball League during the 2005 season, were added to the team.
The team announced its name and logo on February 10, 2006, becoming the Blacksnakes. St. Joseph played its first home game against the Sioux Falls Canaries on May 19, 2006, at Phil Welch Stadium.
The Blacksnakes played in the Northern Division both years. They finished third in each half of the 2006 season with a 26-22 record in the first half and 23-24 in the second half, for an overall record of 49-46 (.516) for the season. Attendance in that inaugural season was 59,107, for an average of 1,180. The team's manager in that first season was Chris Carminucci.
"Dirty" Al Gallagher was signed to manage the team for the 2007 season. The
The Chicago Whales were a professional baseball team based in Chicago. They played in the Federal League, a short-lived "third Major League", in 1914 and 1915. They originally lacked a formal nickname, and were known simply as the "Chicago Federals" (or "Chi-Feds") to distinguish them from the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
The team was founded by Charles Weeghman. They came in second in the Federal League rankings in 1914 and won the league championship in 1915. They came to an end when the Federal League came to a deal with the National and American Leagues that disbanded all its teams. As a result of the deal owner Weeghman was allowed to purchase a stake in the Chicago Cubs. The Whales are notable as the original occupants of the stadium now known as Wrigley Field, the current home of the Cubs and the only Federal League stadium still in use.
Founded by Charles Weeghman, the club finished 1½ games behind the Indianapolis Hoosiers in the inaugural season for the league, during which the team lacked a formal nickname and was known simply as the Chicago Federals . Prior to the start of the season, Weeghman built a stadium for the team, called Weeghman Park, designed by
The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are members of the National League Central Division. Established in 1881 as an independent team, the Reds are the second oldest major league club to have played continuously in one city. The team became a charter member of the American Association in 1882, and joined the National League in 1890. The club traditionally traces its origin to baseball's first professional team in 1869.
The Reds have won five World Series titles, one American Association pennant, nine National League pennants and ten division titles. The Reds played in the National League West between 1969 and 1993 and have been in the National League Central since 1994.
Since 2003, the Reds have played at Great American Ball Park, built next to their home from 1970, Riverfront Stadium. Bob Castellini has owned the Cincinnati Reds since 2006.
The origins of the modern Cincinnati Reds can be traced to the expulsion of an earlier team bearing that name. In 1876, Cincinnati became one of the charter members of the new National League, but the club ran afoul of league organizer and long-time president William Hulbert for selling beer at the
The Worcester Tornadoes are a professional baseball team based in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. The Tornadoes were a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Since their inception in 2005, the Tornadoes have played their home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the College of the Holy Cross campus.
The Tornadoes were formerly owned by Perfect Game LLC. On October 5, 2009, the majority stake of the franchise was sold to an undisclosed group of Maryland-based investors, which was later revealed to be Todd Breighner of Streamlined Sports, Inc. The directors of the ownership group include Charles Milanz and John Grammer. Jorg Bassiacos is executive vice president and general manager. The Tornadoes were managed by Rich Gedman, a former Major League catcher with the Boston Red Sox until the end of the 2010 season.
The Worcester Tornadoes are named after the destructive tornado that hit Worcester on June 9, 1953. At a home game on or around the anniversary of the tornado, the team has a remembers the victims with a moment of silence before the
The Connecticut Defenders were a minor league baseball team based in Norwich, Connecticut. The team, which played in the Eastern League, was the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major-league club from 2003 until following the 2009 season, when the Defenders relocated to Richmond, Virginia and are now known as the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The Defenders played in Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium, located in Norwich; opened in 1995, it seats 6,275 fans. The Defenders had been known as the Norwich Navigators from 1995 until October 2005. Prior to the 2003 season, the Navigators had been an affiliate of the New York Yankees.
The Defenders were last managed by Steve Decker, who was announced as the team's new skipper on December 28, 2008.
The Defenders were scheduled to host the Eastern League All-Star Game at Dodd Stadium on July 11, 2007, but the game was ultimately canceled due to fog. The fan activities and home run derby went on as scheduled, with over 6500 fans attending events throughout the day.
On June 3, 1994, the Yankees announced they would move their double-A franchise from Albany, New York, where it had been known as the Albany-Colonie Yankees since
The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1968 to the present, the Athletics have played in the Oakland Coliseum.
The "Athletics" name originates from the late 19th century "athletic clubs", specifically the Philadelphia Athletics baseball club. They are most prominently nicknamed "the A's", in reference to the Gothic script "A", a trademark of the team and the old Athletics of Philadelphia. This has gained very prominent use, and in some circles is used more frequently than the full "Athletics" name. They are also known as "the White Elephants" or simply "the Elephants", in reference to then New York Giants' manager John McGraw's calling the team a "white elephant". This was embraced by the team, who then made a white elephant the team's mascot, and often incorporated it into the logo or sleeve patches. During the team's 1970s heyday, management often referred to the team as The Swingin' A's, referencing both their prodigious power and to connect the team with the growing disco culture.
One of the American League's eight charter franchises,
The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team represents the University of Alabama in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Alabama athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The team plays its home games on campus at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. They are currently led by head coach Mitch Gaspard and assistant coaches Andy Phillips and Dax Norris.
The Crimson Tide baseball team leads the SEC in all-time wins with over 2,300 victories. The program trails only LSU for the most SEC regular season titles with 13 and 7 tournament championships (giving the program 14 overall SEC championships). Tide baseball teams have participated in the NCAA College World Series five times (1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999), finishing second in 1983 and 1997. The Crimson Tide have also had over sixty players make it to the major leagues, the most in the SEC.
The team's home venue is Sewell-Thomas Stadium, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the campus of the university. A tradition at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is to play the Rednex song "Cotton-Eyed Joe" during the sixth inning. Sewell-Thomas Stadium is nicknamed "The Joe" by Crimson Tide fans, in
The Calgary Cannons were a minor league baseball team located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for 18 seasons, from 1985 until 2002. They were a member of the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) and played at Foothills Stadium. The Cannons displaced the Calgary Expos, who played in the rookie level Pioneer League from 1977 until 1984. The team was previously known as the Salt Lake City Gulls before being relocated to Calgary. Following the 2002 season, the team moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and are now known as the Isotopes.
The Cannons played 2,538 regular season games in Calgary, compiling a record of 1,225–1,308. They qualified for the playoffs five times: 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991 as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and 1998 as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. They reached the PCL Championship Series three times, in 1987, 1991, and 1998, though they never won a title.
More than 400 Major League players wore a Cannons jersey, including Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, Danny Tartabull and Jim Abbott. Of those, 11 remain active in the majors as of 2011. Two players pitched no hitters with the Cannons: Frank Wills in 1985, and Erik Hanson in 1988. In 1985, Tartabull led all
The Caribes de Anzoátegui (English: Anzoátegui Caribs) is a baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League based in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela.
In January 1987, a local businessmen group based in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela stated their intention to Venezuelan Professional Baseball League to pursue an expansion franchise. Finally on July 15, 1987, the team was founded with 21 stockholders and begun a struggle for finding a second expansion team for it was a league requirement. It wasn't until 1990 that Venezuelan Baseball League awarded the Puerto la Cruz-based franchise and Caribes de Oriente (former team's name) played their first season in 1991-1992. This name remained until 2005 when they changed to Caribes de Anzoátegui up to the present.
During their history, the Caribes has won one title (2010–11) in two finals (2003–04 and 2010–11).
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The Chico Outlaws were a professional baseball team based in Chico, California, in the United States. The Outlaws were a member of the Northern Division of the independent North American League, which is not affiliated with either Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From the 2005 season to the 2011 season, the Outlaws played their home games at Nettleton Stadium, on the campus of Chico State University. The team officially folded on February 29, 2012, and some of its remnants (including management and on-field staff) have gone to the NAL's newest team, the San Rafael Pacifics.
The rights to the Outlaws are owned by Diamond Sports & Entertainment (DSE). DSE Board Chairman is Joel Yarmon and CEO is Brian MacInnes.
The Outlaws began play in May 2005, three years after their predecessors, the Chico Heat were forced to cease operations due to the folding of the Western Baseball League and not being able to find a new league to join. After the formation of the Golden Baseball League in 2004, Chico was granted one of the eight original charter teams in the league along with the Fullerton Flyers, Long Beach Armada and San Diego Surf Dawgs in California; Mesa Miners, Surprise
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a professional baseball team based in Anaheim, California, United States. The Angels are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The "Angels" name is a tribute to the minor league team, Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been based in Angel Stadium of Anaheim since 1966. The Angels franchise of today was established in the MLB in 1961 through former owner Gene Autry, the team’s first Major League owner who bought the rights to continue the franchise name from Walter O'Malley, the former Los Angeles Dodgers owner who acquired the franchise from Phil Wrigley, the owner of the Chicago Cubs at the time.
In 2009, the Angels were AL Western Division champions for the third straight season. 2011 marked the ninth straight year in which the Angels franchise had drawn more than three million fans in attendance for the regular baseball season. In 2011, ESPN ranked the Los Angeles Angels #4 on its list of Ultimate Team Rankings ahead of every team in baseball and any franchise in Los Angeles.
The "Los Angeles Angels" name originates from the first Los Angeles based-sports team, the Los Angeles Angels, who took the name
The Lynchburg Hillcats are a minor league baseball team in Lynchburg, Virginia. They are a Class High-A team in the Carolina League, and currently are a farm team of the Atlanta Braves. They had been a farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1995, with the Cincinnati Reds fulfilling the final year in 2009 of a two-year agreement with the Pirates. The Hillcats play home games at Calvin Falwell Field; refurbished and renamed in 2004, the stadium seats 4,291 fans. They are the only team of the Atlanta Braves' affiliates that are not owned by the parent club, as well as the only affiliate who does not share the "Braves" mascot with the parent club.
The Grays were a professional independent baseball team. They were a traveling team which played in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The team started play in the 2005 season due to an uneven number of teams in the Can-Am League after the disbanding of the Bangor Lumberjacks, and were disbanded after the season. The Grays joined the league along with the Atlantic City Surf for 2007 to maintain an even number of teams, but were disbanded again following the year.
The team was last managed by Dan Shwam, who joined the Grays after a stint with the United Baseball League's Laredo Broncos. Shwam had prior experience in the Can-Am League's predecessors, the Northeast League and Northern League East, managing the Mohawk Valley Land Sharks, Newburgh Night Hawks, Elmira Pioneers, and Catskill Cougars. Shwam led the Pios to the 1997 Northeast League championship, and won a second championship in the Central Baseball League in 2003 with the Jackson Senators.
The team played both home and away games but, since they were a traveling team with no home base, home games were played in the opposing team's
The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The Braves have played in Turner Field since 1997.
The "Braves" name, which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior. They are nicknamed "the Bravos", and often referred to as "America's Team" in reference to the team's games being broadcast on the nationally available TBS from the 1970s until 2007, gaining a wide fanbase.
From 1991–2005 the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period (omitting the strike-shortened 1994 season in which there were no official division champions). The Braves won the NL West 1991–93 and the NL East 1995–2005, and returned to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card in 2010. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s, winning the title in 1995. Since their debut in the National League in 1876, the franchise has won 16 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants, as well as three World Series championships—in 1914 as the Boston
The Baltimore Orioles were a 19th-century American Association and National League team from 1882 to 1899. The club, which featured numerous future Hall of Famers, finished in first place three consecutive years (1894–1896) and won the Temple Cup championship in 1896 and 1897. Despite their success, the Orioles were contracted out of the league after the 1899 season.
The team was founded in 1882 as a charter member of the American Association, which was then a major league. After several years of mediocrity, the team dropped out of the league in 1889, but re-joined in 1890 to replace the last-place Brooklyn Gladiators club which had dropped out during the season. After the Association folded, the Orioles joined the National League in 1892. The beginnings of what was to become a legendary team can be traced to June 1892, when Harry Von der Horst hired Ned Hanlon to manage the Orioles, giving him stock in the team and full authority over baseball operations. Ned moved his growing family to a house that stood a block away from Union Park.
After two years finishing near the bottom of the league, the Orioles won three consecutive pennants with several future Hall of Famers under
The Brooklyn Dodgers were an American baseball team based in Brooklyn, New York, playing in the National League from 1890 until 1957. The team was first known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (due to seven members of the team having been married shortly before the formation of the ballclub) and later the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (due to Brooklyn's complex system of trolley trains at that time) before being shortened to the Brooklyn Dodgers. From 1913, the team was based at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn's Flatbush section.
The Brooklyn Dodgers won 12 National League pennants and one World Series, in 1955. In 1958, the team moved to Los Angeles, California, becoming the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Brooklyn Dodgers was also the name of three separate american football teams existing variously between the 1930s and the 1960s; additionally, it was the name of a short-lived team in the Eastern Basketball Association during the 1977-78 season.
The Buffalo Bisons are a minor league baseball team based in Buffalo, New York. They currently play in the International League (IL) and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays beginning in 2013. The Bisons play at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.
The current incarnation of the Bisons was founded in 1979, when Buffalo ownership interests purchased the Jersey City A's of the Double-A Eastern League and moved the team to the city.
The history of teams known as the Buffalo Bisons dates to a major league club, the Buffalo Bisons of the National League, who played from 1879 to 1885. In 1886, the Bisons moved into minor league baseball as members of the original International League. (An "outlaw" team also known as the Buffalo Bisons also played in the Players' League, an upstart third major league, in 1890, but that team is not currently considered part of the Bisons history.) This team joined the Western League in 1899, and was within weeks of becoming a major league team when the Western League announced it was changing its name to the American League in 1900. However, by the start of the 1901 season, Buffalo had been bumped from the league in favor of the Boston
The Buffalo Blues were a professional baseball club that played in the short-lived Federal League, which was a minor league in 1913 and a full-fledged outlaw major league the next two years. It was the last major league baseball team to be based in the city of Buffalo. In 1913 and 1914, as was the standard for Federal League teams, the franchise did not have an official name, instead going by the generic BufFeds.
The Buffalo team played at International Fair Association Grounds. Due to delays in construction of their new ballpark, the team did not play their first home game until a month after the Federal League season had started. Buffalo sold shares of stock of the team to the public through a series of newspaper ads. Preferred shares were sold for $10 each.
In the 1914 season, the team posted a 80-71 record (.530) and finished in fourth place, seven games behind the league champion Indianapolis Hoosiers. In the league's second and final season, the team, then known as the Buffalo Blues, ended in sixth place with a 74-78 mark (.487), 12 games behind the Chicago Whales.
An unusual player who played for the Blues in 1914 was Ed Porray; the only major leaguer whose birthplace is not
The Canadian national baseball team is the baseball team which represents Canada in international tournaments. They are currently ranked fifth in the world. Their manager is Terry Puhl, former Major League Baseball player, and head coach at the University of Houston–Victoria.
In June 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), an international competition to be held in March 2006 for the first time. Canada was one of the sixteen teams invited to play in the inaugural classic. Because the event will be held in March, before the North American baseball season traditionally starts, players active in Major League Baseball or any minor league affiliates are eligible to play in the WBC, making the team markedly different from the teams which represented Canada in the 2005 World Cup or the 2004 Olympics.
Several high profile Canadian players declined the opportunity to participate, including Ryan Dempster, Shawn Hill, Danny Klassen, Éric Gagné and Rich Harden, who were injured. Los Angeles Dodgers' prospect Russell Martin was named to the team, but pulled out in favor of reporting to Spring Training. In addition, Larry Walker, who retired after
The Cuba national baseball team is the national team of Cuba. The team is made up of amateur players from the Cuban national baseball system, as there are no professional sports leagues in Cuba. Cuba has been described as a baseball powerhouse and currently ranks #1 in IBAF's world rankings.
Cuba participated in the inaugural World Baseball Classic tournament, although there was controversy over Cuban involvement, due to the United States embargo against Cuba. Cuba reached the finals of this tournament, but lost the final to Japan by a score of 10-6.
Cuba again participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing its first round games in Pool B at Foro Sol in Mexico City. Cuba secured advancement to the second round with wins over South Africa and Australia. However, they lost to Japan twice in the 2nd round and were eliminated. It was their first elimination before finals in international game since 1951.
The Cuban team has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since 1992. It has been the most successful team at the Olympics. In the five tournaments contested, they have won the gold medal three times and the silver twice.
Cuba was originally slated to host the 2009
The Brooklyn Excelsiors were an amateur baseball team that played in Brooklyn, New York. Formed in 1854, the Excelsior ballclub featured stars such as Jim Creighton, Asa Brainard, and Candy Cummings.
In 1860, the Excelsior club made a now-famous tour around New York and large cities in surrounding states. They defeated the Champion Club of Albany, the Victory Club of Troy, the Buffalo Niagaras, and the powerful Brooklyn Atlantics.
The Excelsiors were National Association champions that year, finishing in a draw with the Atlantic Club. However, the Brooklyn Atlantics were the accepted champions.
The Gulf Coast League Yankees (or GCL Yankees) are the Rookie League affiliate of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The GCL Yankees play in Tampa, Florida at the Yankee Complex. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and other countries.
The GCL Yankees have won the Gulf Coast League championship four times, in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011.
In 2004, the Gulf Coast Yankees swept the Gulf Coast Red Sox to become the 2004 Gulf Coast League Champions. In 2005, the GCL Yankees swept the Gulf Coast Mets in the best-of-three series to win the Gulf Coast League championship again. In 2007, the GCL Yankees defeated the Gulf Coast Dodgers to claim the title again. The team defeated the Gulf Coast Marlins in the 2011 Gulf Coast League championship series.
The Hartford Dark Blues were a 19th century baseball team. The team was based in Hartford, Connecticut.
They were a member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1874 and 1875 and the National League in 1876 and 1877. In 1877 the team played in Brooklyn, New York as the Brooklyn Hartfords.
Playing at the Hartford Ball Club Grounds, in 1876 they joined the National League as a charter member. The team's owner, Morgan G. Bulkeley, was also the first president of the National League. Managed by their third baseman, Bob Ferguson, the Dark Blues went on to finish third in 1876 with a record of 47–21. The team's strong suit was pitching, with both Tommy Bond and future Hall of Famer Candy Cummings finishing with an earned run average under 2. The pitching staff recorded the most complete games (69) and allowed the lowest number of home runs throughout the 70-game 1876 campaign (the Philadelphia Athletics also accomplished this feat that season). The team's best hitter was right fielder Dick Higham, who led the team in most offensive categories.
The team left Hartford and moved to Brooklyn, New York for the 1877 season to become the Brooklyn Hartfords. Managed
The High Desert Mavericks are a minor league baseball team in Adelanto, California, USA. Their Major League parent club is the Seattle Mariners. They are a Class A - Advanced team in the California League.
The franchise was founded in 1988 and was first located in Riverside, California and known as the Red Wave from 1988. In 1991 it relocated north across the mountains to Adelanto, part of the Victor Valley metro area in California's High Desert region. The Mariners are the seventh parent club in the Mavericks' relatively short history.
The Mavericks play their home games at Stater Bros. Stadium (known as Mavericks Stadium until 2007) which opened in 1991 and seats 3,808 fans. The park is known to be an extreme hitter-friendly venue which tends to inflate home run totals drastically. As a result, offensive statistics for High Desert players must be discounted for comparative purposes, while the reverse is the case for statistics accumulated by High Desert pitchers.
On November 29, 2010, High Desert Mavericks were sold to Main Street Baseball after more than a year on the open market. Rumors have the team possibly relocating to Chico, California, if a new ballpark is proposed and
The Houston Cougars baseball team is the college baseball team of the University of Houston.
Along with the university's other athletic teams, the baseball team is a member of the Conference USA as a Division I team. They play their home games at Cougar Field. In addition to numerous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Cougars have made two College World Series appearances. Houston has been led by head coach Todd Whitting since 2011.
The University of Houston's baseball program started in 1947. Bill Henry, the Cougars' first player to make it to the majors, pitched for the inaugural team. During the first few years of the baseball team's existence, head coaches came and went, and after the third season, the team had already been through three. Houston's fourth head baseball coach, Lovette Hill broke this trend when taking over for the 1950 season. A year after Hill became coach, the Houston Cougars appeared in their first NCAA Regional. The 1953 season was one of the team's most historic and winningest years as they made their first College World Series appearance. Continuing with Lovette Hill, the Cougars appeared in several more NCAA Regionals throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball's Negro Leagues. Operating in Kansas City, Missouri and owned by J.L. Wilkinson, they were charter members of the Negro National League from 1920 to 1930. J.L. Wilkinson was the first Caucasian owner at the time of the establishment of the team. In 1930, the Monarchs became the first professional baseball team to use a portable lighting system which was transported from game to game in trucks to play games at night, five years before any major league team did. The Monarchs won ten league championships before integration, and triumphed in the first Negro League World Series in 1924. The Monarchs had only one season in which they lost more games than won. After sending more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise, the team was finally disbanded in 1965.
The Monarchs were formed in 1920, primarily from two sources. Owner J.L. Wilkinson drew players from his All Nations barnstorming team, which had been inactive during World War I, and the 25th Infantry Wreckers, an all-black team recruited into the U.S. Army almost exclusively for their playing talent. He put together a
The Laredo Broncos were a professional baseball team based in Laredo, Texas, in the United States. The Broncos are a member of United League Baseball, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From the 2006 season to 2010, the Broncos have played their home games at Veterans Field.
In their first season, after a disappointing 5-15 start, the Broncos earned respect by having a winning record down the stretch and winning 11 of their last 16 games, making a trip to the playoffs where they pushed the first place Edinburg Coyotes to their limit before being eliminated. In 2010, the Laredo Broncos folded because ULB ceased to exist and the fact that the city of Laredo perferred to lease the future Laredo Ballpark to a future expansion franchise team in the American Association than the Broncos since ULB had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The historic London Tecumsehs were a professional men's baseball team in London, Ontario, Canada, that were first formed in 1868 — a merger of the Forest City Base Ball Club and the London Base Ball Club — which, according to George Railton's 1856 London directory, consisted of officers J.K. Brown, Dr. J. Wilkinson and J.D. Dalton and 22 players who practiced twice a week on the military grounds (today's Victoria Park). They were named for Shawnee chief Tecumseh.
Originally, the Tecumsehs also played their home games at the military reserve in Victoria Park, before moving to the old fairgrounds on the block just northeast of Victoria Park, bounded by today's Pall Mall Street on the north, Wellington Street on the west, Central Avenue on the south and Waterloo Street on the east.
An article in The New York Times from 1875 reports that "The Tecumseh Baseball Club, of London, Ontario, beat the Ætnas, of Detroit, the champions of Michigan, at London, Ontario, yesterday. Score, 15 to 6." This game in 1875 would have been played at the above-mentioned old fair grounds in London.
Then in 1877, the Tecumsehs moved to Tecumseh Park (today's Labatt Park) in the then-London suburb of
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers are members of the National League West division of Major League Baseball (MLB). Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known by a number of nicknames before becoming the Dodgers definitively by 1932. The team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. They played their first four seasons in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (trailing Fenway Park and Wrigley Field).
The Dodgers have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Dodgers, winning a total of ten Cy Young Awards (both MLB records). The team has also produced 12 Rookie of the Year award winners, including four back-to-back from 1979–1982 and five back-to-back from 1992–1996, the longest consecutive streaks in Major League Baseball.
In the modern (post-1901) era, the team, then known as the Robins, won league pennants in 1916 and 1920, losing the World Series both times, first to Boston and then
The Ole Miss Rebels baseball team represents the University of Mississippi in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the West division of the Southeastern Conference. They are currently coached by head coach Mike Bianco and assistant coaches Carl Lafferty and Matt Mossberg. They play home games at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Ole Miss has played in the College World Series four times, most recently in 1972.
The University of Mississippi has games recorded as early as 1893. What is commonly referred to as the "modern era" is considered to have started in 1947.
Twenty different coaches have led the Ole Miss baseball team, but only six of those have done so during the modern era. Mike Bianco became the latest Ole Miss Rebels baseball head coach in June 2000.
The Rebels club have won six Southeastern Conference championships and have made the NCAA Tournament sixteen times. They have also advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska four times, the last in 1972.
The first Ole Miss baseball game on record is a 6-3 loss to Mississippi A&M (now known as Mississippi State University) in Starkville, Mississippi during 1893.
For the first time since
The Ottawa Voyageurs, previously the Ottawa Rapidz, were a professional baseball team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada under the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball or Can-Am League.
As a Can-Am team, the team played one season as the Ottawa Rapidz at Ottawa Baseball Stadium, previously home to the Ottawa Lynx Triple-A minor league franchise. Originally, the team was to be spelled as the Ottawa Rapids until it was renamed prior to the start of their 2008 opening season. After the initial ownership declared bankruptcy, the Can-Am league assumed ownership of the franchise, but suspended the team's operations in March 2009 prior to what would have been a second season.
The Rapids were established after the Lynx, an International League team, moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania after the 2007 season to become the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Ottawa City Council discussed different possibilities regarding the city-owned stadium and accepted the offer given by Can-Am League president Miles Wolff.
Following their sale to zip.ca, the team name spelling was modified to the Ottawa Rapidz.
On 29 September 2008, amid reports of a $1.4 million team debt, Rapidz management
The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego. They play in the National League Western Division. Founded in 1969, the Padres are the only MLB team based in California to never win a World Series. They have won the National League Pennant twice, in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both times. As of 2012, they had 13 winning season in franchise history. They and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the only MLB California teams to originate in California; the Dodgers and Giants are originally from New York, and the Athletics are originally from Philadelphia.
As of June 1, 2012, the Padres are the only team in MLB to never record a no-hitter. They are also one of two teams, along with the Miami Marlins, in Major League Baseball history to never have a player hit for the cycle.
The Padres adopted their name from the Pacific Coast League team which arrived in San Diego in 1936. That minor league franchise won the PCL title in 1937, led by then-18-year-old San Diegan Ted Williams. The team's name, Spanish for "fathers", refers to the Spanish Franciscan friars who founded San Diego in 1769.
In 1969, the San Diego Padres joined the ranks of Major
The Tigers is the name used for all of the men's intercollegiate athletic teams that play for Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. The female intercollegiate teams are known as the Lady Tigers.
Savannah State University holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (as members of the MEAC) and participates in the following sports: football, baseball, basketball (men and women), cross-country (men and women), tennis (men and women), track and field (men and women), volleyball (women only), golf (men), and softball (women). On March 20, 2010, the Tigers were accepted as provisional members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) beginning on July 1, 2010. On September 8, 2011, the university was confirmed as a full member of the MEAC Conference, making the Tigers eligible to participate in all conference championships and earn the conference's automatic berth to NCAA postseason competition in all sponsored sports. Before moving to Division I-AA, Savannah State was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II (1981–2005), NCAA Division III and the Southeastern Athletic Conference in the
The Tennessee Smokies are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Knoxville, Tennessee metropolitan area. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball as of the 2011 season. Smokies Park, the team's ballpark, is located in the suburb of Kodak, and seats up to 8,000 fans.
The team's nickname, "Smokies", refers to the Great Smoky Mountains mountain range which permeates the region; mountains in the chain are often clouded in a hazy mist that often appears as smoke rising from the forest.
Prior to 2005, the Smokies were the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and before that the Toronto Blue Jays. However, when the Cardinals purchased the El Paso Diablos, which had been the Arizona Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate, the Diamondbacks retained the Smokies as their new Double-A affiliate. On September 21, 2006, the Chicago Cubs reached a two-year player development contract with the Smokies through the 2008 season. The contract was renewed before the 2011 season and will run through the 2014 season.
The team was based in Knoxville and called the Knoxville Smokies for many years before moving and changing
The Utica Blue Sox were a minor league baseball team based in Utica, New York. In their most recent incarnation, the Blue Sox played in the Short-Season A classification New York - Penn League from 1977–2001, with their home games at Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field. The NYP Blue Sox affiliations through the years include: Toronto Blue Jays from 1977–80, independent from 1981–85, Philadelphia Phillies from 1986–87, Chicago White Sox from 1988–92, Boston Red Sox from 1993–95, and Florida Marlins from 1996 until 2001.
On February 7, 2002, Cal Ripken, Jr. and the Ripken Professional Baseball Association purchased the Blue Sox and moved the club to northern Maryland, where it became the Aberdeen IronBirds. The city needed a standard level ball park and Donovan Stadium needed repairs in order to keep the Blue Sox team.
Utica's first baseball team took the field in 1878. The city fielded a team in the New York State League from 1899–1917, then was without professional baseball until 1939, except for one year, 1924, when the Utica Utes, a member of an earlier edition of the New York-Pennsylvania League, moved to Oneonta, New York, in midseason.
Baseball returned with the Utica Braves of
The Victoria Seals were a professional baseball team based in Victoria, British Columbia. The Seals were a member of the North Division of the independent Golden Baseball League, which is not affiliated with either Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. They joined the GBL on October 1, 2008. The Seals played their home games at Royal Athletic Park, a multipurpose stadium in Victoria which is also used for soccer, softball and football. On November 10, 2010, team owners Russ and Darren Parker announced that the team would be ceasing operations immediately after being unable to reach an agreement with the City of Victoria on the condition of the ballpark and the instability of the Golden Baseball League.
The rights to the franchise were purchased by Westpro Productions and will be relocated to Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The Seals inaugural season boasted impressive attendance figures, with an average draw of 2,388 per game, good enough for second best in the GBL. Furthermore, average capacity was 53%, which was the highest overall capacity total in the league. By contrast, these numbers were higher than the GBL's other Canadian teams, the Calgary Vipers and the Edmonton
The Washington Senators were a 19th century baseball team. The team was also known as the Washington Statesmen and the Washington Nationals. The team played at Boundary Field.
The team started out in the American Association as the Washington Statesmen in 1891. The American Association folded after that season, and the team was purchased by J. Earl Wagner, who would own the team for the remainder of its existence. The Statesmen moved to the National League for the 1892 season, becoming the Senators. When the NL contracted from twelve teams to eight after the 1899 season, the Senators were one of the eliminated teams.
The Senators did not fare well in their nine years as a franchise, which might have been the reason they were contracted. Washington never had a winning season and compiled a winning percentage of 0.366. Among their more famous players were Deacon McGuire and Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke.
After a one year hiatus, the Senators returned, but they were no longer the same franchise that played at Boundary Field. In fact the Original Senators were the first of three teams, all called the Washington Senators, and were in the Capital continuously until the third Senators