Oklahoma City RedHawks
|Oklahoma City RedHawks
Founded in 1962
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pacific Coast League (1963–1968, 1998–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Houston Astros (2011–present)|
Texas Rangers (1983–2010)
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1985, 1992, 1996|
|Conference titles||1999, 2008|
|Division titles||1963, 1965, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013|
|Nickname||Oklahoma City RedHawks (2009–present)|
Oklahoma RedHawks (1998–2008)
|Ballpark||Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (1998–present)|
|Previous parks||All Sports Stadium (1962–1997)|
|Mandalay Sports Entertainment|
The Oklahoma City RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The RedHawks play at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, located in the Bricktown Entertainment District in downtown Oklahoma City.
The team was originally known as the Oklahoma City 89ers from 1962 to 1997 when the team played at All Sports Stadium (now demolished) at the state fairgrounds. The original name made reference to the Land Run of 1889, which led to the founding of Oklahoma City. Following the 1997 season, they became the Oklahoma RedHawks. After the 2008 season, the team once again named itself after its home city. The minor renaming was accompanied by new logos and a new color scheme.
Oklahoma City previously had a different minor league team, the Oklahoma City Indians, from 1918 to 1957 (except during World War II).
After the Houston Buffaloes of the American Association were purchased for territorial rights by the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros) of the National League, the big league club decided to move their minor league club elsewhere. In July 1961, Spec Richardson, who was then general manager of the Houston Buffs, met with Oklahoma City officials and boosters, and agreed to move the team. After a unanimous approval from the American Association's board of directors, the current franchise began play in 1962 as the top affiliate of the Houston Colt .45s. Eventually, the Astros sold the team to Tulsa businessman, P. C. Dixon, in November 1970. In 1973, a three-year connection with the Cleveland Indians was established. A later affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies lasted from 1976 until 1982.
In 1983, the Texas Rangers became the parent club, a relationship that would continue as the 89ers adopted new colors and uniforms along with the nickname "RedHawks" in 1998 in connection with the move to what is now Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Crowds are consistently large at the park and the RedHawks have been very competitive with the exception of a couple of seasons.
On September 14, 2010, the Texas Rangers ownership announced that they were moving their Triple-A affiliation to the Round Rock Express (formerly the Astros' AAA affiliate). On September 15 the Redhawks were sold to Mandalay Baseball Properties, which also owns or operates five other minor league baseball teams, and is part of the Mandalay Entertainment conglomerate chaired by entertainment industry executive Peter Guber. On September 20, Mandalay entered into a formal agreement for the RedHawks to become the Astros' new AAA affiliate.
Notable former players
- Chris Davis, first-baseman
- Jim Acker, pitcher
- Hank Blalock, third-baseman/first-baseman
- Francisco Cordero, pitcher
- Nelson Cruz, outfielder
- Doug Davis, pitcher
- R.A. Dickey, pitcher
- Justin Duchscherer, pitcher
- Scott Feldman, pitcher
- Travis Hafner, first-baseman/designated hitter
- Matt Harrison, pitcher
- Gabe Kapler, outfielder
- Ian Kinsler, second-baseman
- Mitch Moreland, first-baseman/outfielder
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, catcher
- Ryne Sandberg, second-baseman
- Justin Smoak, first-baseman
- Edinson Volquez, pitcher
The team has had multiple broadcasters who advanced to the MLB. The years with the team are listed first in parentheses. Some of the years that the person are not known. The teams and networks the person broadcast with in the majors is listed second. If the person won the Ford C. Frick Award, it is listed lastly.
- Curt Gowdy: (unknown), New York Yankees, 1949-50, Boston Red Sox, 1951-65, MLB on NBC, 1966-75, MLB on CBS Radio, 1985-86 (Ford C. Frick Award Winner, 1984)
- Bob Murphy: (unknown), Boston Red Sox, 1956-69, Baltimore Orioles, 1960-61, New York Mets, 1962-2003, MLB on CBS Radio 1985-86, '88, The Baseball Network 1994-95, (Ford C. Frick Award Winner, 1994)
- Dewayne Staats: (1973-74), Houston Astros, 1977-84, Chicago Cubs, 1985-89, New York Yankees, 1990-94, The Baseball Network 1994-95MLB on ESPN 1995-97, Tampa Bay Rays, 1998-present, MLB on Fox, 2009-10, '13
- John Rooney: (1980-82), MLB on CBS Radio, 1985-97, Minnesota Twins, 1987, Chicago White Sox, 1988-2005, The Baseball Network, 1994-95 MLB on Fox, 1996-98, MLB on ESPN Radio 2002-04, '13, St. Louis Cardinals, 2006-present
- Brian Barnhart (1988-94), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 1998-99
- Joe Simpson): (unknown), Seattle Mariners, 1987-91, Atlanta Braves, 1992-present, TBS Superstation 1992-2007, MLB on TBS, 2007-present
Oklahoma City RedHawks roster
- Patterson, Matt. "RedHawks to unveil new logos and colors." NewsOK. August 22, 2008. Retrieved on September 26, 2008.
- "O.C. Might Decide AA Question Friday". Miami News Record. July 12, 1961. p. 3.
- "Oke City Seeks Pro Franchise". Lawton Constitution. July 14, 1961. p. 18.
- "Buffs' AAA Franchise Goes to Oklahoma City". Baytown Sun. July 16, 1961. p. 9.
- "Oklahoma City is Admitted to AAA Ball Loop". Miami News Record. July 18, 1961. p. 5.
- "Houston Astros Sell Ball Team". Mexia Daily News. November 12, 1970. p. 11.
- Cohn, Alex. "Nolan Ryan And Rangers Nab Round Rock, Houston May Relocate Triple-A Team To Nashville." SB Nation. September 14, 2010. Retrieved on September 14, 2010.
- Zachary Levine, "Astros cultivate farm system: Oklahoma City signs 2-year deal as AAA affiliate", Houston Chronicle, September 21, 2010.
- David Falcheck, "Mandalay buys Oklahoma RedHawks franchise", The Times-Tribune (Scranton), September 23, 2010.
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- Oklahoma City RedHawks official site
- Justin Smoak named 2009 International Senior Athlete of the Year. Cassandra Sedgman, "Paul Hyham IBAF 2009 Umpire of the Year". Baseball Australia, 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-07. See: International Baseball Federation#Awards and Texas Rangers award winners and league leaders#Minor-league system.
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