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|Johnson City Cardinals (2019)|
|Most titles||Bluefield Blue Jays (14)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|East||Bluefield Blue Jays||Toronto Blue Jays||Bluefield, West Virginia and
|Bowen Field at Peters Park||3,000|
|Burlington Royals||Kansas City Royals||Burlington, North Carolina||Burlington Athletic Stadium||3,500|
|Danville Braves||Atlanta Braves||Danville, Virginia||American Legion Field||2,588|
|Princeton Rays||Tampa Bay Rays||Princeton, West Virginia||H. P. Hunnicutt Field||3,000|
|Pulaski Yankees||New York Yankees||Pulaski, Virginia||Calfee Park||2,500|
|West||Bristol Pirates||Pittsburgh Pirates||Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee||Boyce Cox Field at DeVault Memorial Stadium||2,000|
|Elizabethton Twins||Minnesota Twins||Elizabethton, Tennessee||Joe O'Brien Field||2,000|
|Greeneville Reds||Cincinnati Reds||Tusculum, Tennessee||Pioneer Park||4,000|
|Johnson City Cardinals||St. Louis Cardinals||Johnson City, Tennessee||TVA Credit Union Ballpark||3,800|
|Kingsport Mets||New York Mets||Kingsport, Tennessee||Hunter Wright Stadium||2,000|
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.