|Sport||Minor League Baseball |
Class A (1962)
Class D (1935-1942, 1946-1958, 1962-1963)
|No. of teams||14|
|Most titles||8 Albany|
The Georgia-Florida League was a minor baseball league that existed from 1935 through 1958 (suspending operations during World War II) and in 1962-1963. It was one of many Class D circuits that played in the Southeastern United States during the postwar period--a group that included the Georgia State League, Georgia-Alabama League, Florida State League, and the Alabama State League.
The GFL's longest-serving clubs represented Moultrie, Thomasville and Albany, all in Georgia. While it managed to survive the downturn in minor league baseball attendance through 1958 and experienced only a handful of in-season franchise shifts (and no in-season team foldings), its member clubs frequently switched affiliations and identities.
In 1963, the minor leagues reorganized and the Georgia-Florida League was designated Class A. But there were only four teams in the '63 GFL, and its champion, the Thomasville Tigers, a Detroit affiliate, attracted only 7,234 fans over the entire course of a home schedule of over 60 games--an average of about 120 fans per game. Attendance woes such as that sealed the league's fate; it folded that autumn and has not since been revived.