Appalachian League
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Appalachian League
Appalachian League
AppalachianLeagueLogo.PNG
SportBaseball
Founded1911
PresidentDan Moushon[1]
No. of teams10
CountryUnited Sttes
Most recent
champion(s)
Johnson City Cardinals (2019)
Most titlesBluefield Blue Jays (14)
Official websitewww.appyleague.com

The Appalachian League is a collegiate summer baseball league that operates in the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia. and Tennessee. With its season running from June to September, the league is designed for rising freshmen and sophomores.

From 1911 to 2020, the Appalachian League was affiliated with Minor League Baseball and its teams were affiliated with Major League Baseball teams. It operated as a Class D league over several stretches (1911–1914, 1921–1925, 1937–1955, and 1957–1962) before becoming a Rookie league in 1963.

History

The original Appalachian League only existed for four seasons from 1911–1914 and all teams were independent with no MLB affiliation. The original league consisted of the Asheville Moonshiners, the Bristol Boosters, the Cleveland Counts, the Johnson City Soldiers, the Knoxville Appalachians, and the Morristown Jobbers.[2]

The second Appalachian League existed for five seasons from 1921–1925, and, as before, it consisted entirely of independent teams: the Bristol State-Liners, the Cleveland Manufacturers, the Greeneville Burley Cats, the second iteration of the Johnson City Soldiers, the Kingsport Indians, and the Knoxville Pioneers. Two of the 1921 locations have present-day teams in the Appalachian League: Kingsport, Tennessee, with the present-day Kingsport Mets, and Greeneville, Tennessee, with the present-day Greeneville Reds.[2]

The third iteration of the Appalachian league, which started in 1937, was shifted to D-level minor league, the lowest level in the pre-1963 MLB. It consisted of four teams: the Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox, the third iteration of the Johnson City Soldiers, the Newport Canners, and the Pennington Gap Lee Bears.[2]

The start of the 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic before ultimately being cancelled on June 30.[3][4]

In conjunction with a contraction of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Appalachian League was converted to a collegiate summer baseball league for rising freshmen and sophomores.[5]

Current teams

Current team locations:
  East Division
  West Division

Current team rosters

Complete team list

1911-14

1921-25

1937-55, 1957-present

Champions

League champions have been determined by different means since the Appalachian League's formation in 1911. Before 1984, the champions were usually the league pennant winners. With only a few early exceptions, champions since 1984 have been the winner of postseason playoffs.[7]

Hall of Fame

The Appalachian League Hall of Fame was started in 2019.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ 2019 Appalachian League Media Guide
  2. ^ a b c "Minor League Baseball: the Appalachian League (Advanced-Rookie Classification)". Billssportsmaps.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "A Message From Pat O'Conner". Minor League Baseball. March 13, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Shelved". Minor League Baseball. June 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Cooper, J.J. (September 25, 2020). "Appalachian League To Operate As Summer Wood-Bat League". Baseball America. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Pulaski will be Yanks affiliate for '15 season". MiLB.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-10.
  7. ^ "Standings". 2017 Appalachian League Media Guide and Record Book. Minor League Baseball. pp. 39-61. Archived from the original on May 10, 2018. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame". Appalachian League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.

External links


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