Heidenheim Heideköpfe

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Heidenheim Heideköpfe
Heidekoepfe Logo.png
League Baseball-Bundesliga (Bundesliga Süd)
Location Heidenheim an der Brenz
Ballpark New Heideköpfe Ballpark
Year founded 1992
League championships 2009
Colors burgandy / navy blue / white
Manager Troy Williams
General Manager Klaus Eckle
Website www.heidekoepfe.de

Heidenheim Heideköpfe is a baseball and softball club from Heidenheim an der Brenz, Baden-Württemberg. The club was established in 1992 as the baseball arm of Heidenheimer Sportbund (SB), a parent organization that contains several clubs in different sports, and played its first season in 1993 in the Baden-Württemberg District League. The first men's team was promoted to the first division of the Baseball Bundesliga for the 2001 season and has played there in every season since, winning its only championship to date in 2009.

The team's name means "heathland's head," a reference to Heidenheim's coat of arms. The team mascot is Heiko, a life-sized teddy bear made by the Margarete-Steiff-Company.[1]

The club participated in the European Champion Cup Final Four in 2010, losing 4-1 in the semifinals to Serie A1 club Telemarket Rimini.[2]

Club Structure[edit]

The full club consists of 7 teams:

  • 1st Men's Baseball, Bundesliga's 1st Division
  • 2nd Men's Baseball, Bundesliga's 2nd Division
  • 3rd Men's Baseball, Bezirksliga
  • Student
  • Youth
  • Juniors
  • Softball Fun-(Fan-)Team[3]

Heideköpfe claims Voith AG, Hartmann AG, Heidenheim Volksbank eG, and Stadtwerke Heidenheim AG among its corporate sponsors.[4]

Field[edit]

Heideköpfe play their home games at New Heideköpfe Ballpark. Completed in 2002, the field is 98 meters (322 ft) down the lines and 120 meters (394 ft) to center. It has fixed seating of 500 and a grassy picnic area that can accommodate an additional 2,500 spectators.[5] The team claims an average attendance of 350, with a peak home attendance of 1,500 on August 21, 1994 against the Stuttgart Reds, prior to the construction of the new ballpark.[6]

Season by Season Performance (1st Bundesliga)[edit]

Year Rank Games W L Win% Season Notes
2001 5 32 18 14 .563
2002 3 28 19 9 .679 Lost to Cologne Dodgers in Quarterfinals, 1-3
2003 3 28 18 10 .643 Lost to Cologne Dodgers in Quarterfinals, 1-3
2004 5 30 9 21 .300
2005 4 28 17 11 .607 Lost to Paderborn Untouchables in Quarterfinals, 1-3
2006 2 28 20 8 .714 Lost to Solingen Alligators in Semifinals, 1-3
2007 3 28 18 10 .643 Lost to Regensburg Legionaere in Semifinals, 1-3
2008 1 28 23 5 .821 Lost to Mannheim Tornados in Semifinals, 0-3
2009 2 24 18 6 .750 Defeated the Mannheim Tornados in Finals, 3-2, to win the club's 1st championship[7]
2010 1 28 22 6 .785 Lost to Regensburg Legionäre in Finals, 2-3[8]

[9][10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=18
  2. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/fortitudo-bologna-wins-2010-european-champions-cup/
  3. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=26&Itemid=66
  4. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=18
  5. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4&Itemid=16
  6. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=18
  7. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/tornados-heidekoepfe-battle-german-championship/
  8. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/german-finals-buchbinder-legionaere-win-2010-championship/
  9. ^ http://www.heidekoepfe.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=18
  10. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/bundesliga-results-july-2627/
  11. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/recaps-mainz-athletics-clinch-playoff-spot-baseballbundesliga/
  12. ^ http://www.mister-baseball.com/2010/08/page/5/

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