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Carolina League
Carolina League
Carolinaleague.png
Carolina League logo
SportBaseball
Founded1945
PresidentGeoff Lassiter[1]
No. of teams10
CountryUSA
Most recent
champion(s)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (2019)
Most titlesWinston-Salem Dash (11)
ClassificationClass A-Advanced
TV partner(s)CSN Mid-Atlantic
Fox Sports Carolinas
Official websitewww.carolinaleague.com

The Carolina League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. It is classified as a Class A-Advanced league.

The organization that later became the Carolina League formed in 1945, just as World War II was ending, and consisted of only two teams based in southern Virginia and six from North Carolina. Historically, however, as many as 12 teams in a given year have competed in the Carolina League. Today, the league consists of 10 teams in a region stretching from Delaware to South Carolina, and is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division.

History

The league was officially announced on October 29, 1944 after an organizational meeting at Durham, North Carolina. The league was a successor to the Bi-State League that existed before World War II. The league began play in 1945 with eight teams based in Burlington, Durham, Greensboro, Leaksville, Raleigh, Winston-Salem (all from North Carolina), along with Danville and Martinsville from Virginia.[2]

A few of the many Carolina League players who have gone on to star in the Major Leagues are: Johnny Bench (Peninsula, 1966), Wade Boggs (Winston-Salem, 1977), Barry Bonds (Prince William, 1985), Rod Carew (Wilson, 1966), Dock Ellis (Kinston, 1965), Dwight Evans (Winston-Salem, 1971), Dwight Gooden (Lynchburg, 1983), Zack Greinke (Wilmington, 2003), Andruw Jones (Durham, 1996), Chipper Jones (Durham, 1992), Willie McCovey (Danville, 1956), Joe Morgan (Durham, 1963), Dave Parker (Salem, 1972), Tony Pérez (Rocky Mount, 1962), Andy Pettitte (Prince William, 1993), Jorge Posada (Prince William, 1993), Darryl Strawberry (Lynchburg, 1981), Bernie Williams (Prince William, 1988), and Carl Yastrzemski (Raleigh, 1959).[]

Director and screenwriter Ron Shelton's 1988 film Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon, depicted a fictionalized account of the Durham Bulls, at that time a Carolina League team (they have since become a Class AAA team in the International League). Before he began making films, Shelton had a five-year minor league career in the Baltimore Orioles' organization, which included a stint in the Carolina League.[]

On August 22, 2016, it was announced that the Carolina League would add two expansion teams for the 2017 season to fill two vacant spots at the High-A level previously occupied by the California League's Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks franchises, which ceased operations at the end of the 2016 season. The Down East Wood Ducks play in Kinston, North Carolina, as an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Buies Creek Astros played in Buies Creek, North Carolina, in 2017 and 2018, and moved in 2019 to their new permanent home in nearby Fayetteville, rebranding as the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.[3]

Current teams

Current team locations:
  Northern Division
  Southern Division

Current team rosters

Past champions

Awards

All-time teams (1945-present)

All teams that have competed in the Carolina League from its founding in 1945. Teams in bold are currently active.[4]

League timeline (1945-present)

Buies Creek AstrosCarolina MudcatsMyrtle Beach PelicansPotomac NationalsWilmington Blue RocksFrederick KeysPrince William CannonsHagerstown SunsAlexandria DukesRed Springs TwinsSalem Red SoxAsheville TouristsLynchburg HillcatsTidewater TidesPeninsula Pilots (minor league team)Peninsula Pilots (minor league team)Peninsula Pilots (minor league team)Rocky Mount PinesRocky Mount LeafsWilson PennantsWilson Tobs (minor league baseball)Down East Wood DucksKinston IndiansKinston ExposKinston Eagles (1956-1957)High Point-Thomasville Hi-TomsHigh Point-Thomasville Hi-TomsFayetteville WoodpeckersFayetteville A'sReidsville LuckiesWinston-Salem DashRaleigh CapitalsRaleigh CapitalsMartinsville A'sLeaksville-Draper-Spray TripletsGreensboro GrasshoppersDurham BullsDurham BullsDanville 97sDanville LeafsBurlington BeesBurlington Bees

Current team Former team

References

  1. ^ "Personnel and Staff". Lynchburg Hellcats. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Barrier, Smith (November 2, 1944). "Wilson Heads Carolina Loop: Seven Franchises Awarded to N.C. Cities, Another to Danville, Va". The Sporting News.
  3. ^ Glaser, Kyle. "Carolina League To Add Two Franchises In 2017". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "2013 Carolina League Media Guide and Record Book". p. 4.

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