|Ballpark||Northwest Park (2000–09)|
The Manchester Silkworms were a collegiate summer baseball team located in Manchester, Connecticut playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a wood bat collegiate summer baseball league operating in the northeastern United States region of New England. The team, an expansion franchise formed in 1999 which began play for the 2000 season, was based out of Northwest Park. In October, 2009 a new ownership group announced they would be moving the team to Laconia, New Hampshire, becoming the Laconia Muskrats.
In 1838, the Cheney Family started what became the world's largest silk mill, and by the 1920s developed a utopian industrial community. The intact mill buildings, owner houses and worker houses are now a National Historic Landmark District. The mill buildings have undergone restoration and conversion to housing in the recent past.
Hence, the name Silkworms.
Move to Laconia
On Sunday, October 18, 2009, Silkworms founder, owner, and general manager Ed Slegeski announced that he had sold the team to a team of partners led by Noah Crane. The partnership group intends to move the team to Laconia, New Hampshire in time for the 2010 NECBL season.
Notable former players
- Jonah Bayliss, former Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher
- Nick Christiani, Cincinnati Reds pitcher
- Chris Denorfia, San Diego Padres outfielder
- Graham Godfrey, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher
- Reid Gorecki, former Atlanta Braves outfielder
- Zach Jackson, Washington National pitcher
- Ryan Lavarnway, Boston Red Sox catcher
- Andy Parrino, Oakland Athletics shortstop
|Year||Division Semi-Finals||Division Finals||NECBL Championship Series|
|2004||Riverpoint Royals||L (1-2)|
|2005||North Adams SteepleCats||L (1-2)|
|2006||Newport Gulls||L (1-2)|
|2007||Torrington Twisters||L (0-2)|
|2008||Newport Gulls||L (0-2)|
- "About Us". Manchester Silkworms. 2005-07-11. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Manchester Silkworms are sold, moving to New Hampshire". Manchester Silkworms. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-10-20.