Key West Sun Caps

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The Key West Sun Caps were a Class A-Advanced minor league baseball team that existed for one season before being renamed. The team played its home games at Wickers Stadium in Key West, Florida.


Baseball had been absent from Key West for some 17 years until in 1969 the San Diego Padres placed a Single A team in the Florida State League, known as the Key West Padres. However, after just one season, Padres management would fold the team and move much of their minor league operations to the west coast.

After not hosting baseball in 1970, the Sun Caps were established. The Sun Caps would not be affiliated with one Major League Club but would rather be known as a Co-Op team, made up of a few players from a number of organizations. The Sun Caps were typically cast-off players and most of the time when a player showed promise he was moved to a different team. They were the only team in the 12 team league that was not affiliated with just one big-league club. As such the Sun Caps suffered through a 45-93 record which placed them dead last in the FSL.[1]

After the 1971 season the Sun Caps would still remain a co-op team, but were renamed The Key_West_Conchs.

The Conchs became affiliated with the Chicago Cubs for the 1974 season, but posted their worst record yet that season: 37 wins - 94 losses.[2]

The next year, 1975, the team was renamed for their Major League affiliate, becoming the Cubs for their final season in Key West. The team was moved to Pompano Beach after the 1975 season.