Sherbrooke Pirates

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The Sherbrooke Pirates (French: les Pirates de Sherbrooke) was the name of a Canadian minor league baseball franchise in the Double-A Eastern League representing Sherbrooke, Québec, that existed from 1972–1973. Affiliated with the namesake Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, the Sherbrooke club played at le Stade Amedée-Roy.[1]

On-field success during two-year stay[edit]

The Eastern League's expansion into Québec in 1971, with the Trois-Rivières Aigles and the Québec Carnavals, was initially very successful. The 1971 Waterbury Pirates had drawn more than 64,000 fans — fifth in the eight-team league — and moved to Sherbrooke for 1972. Although the 1972 Pirates posted a winning record in their maiden year in Sherbrooke, they did not make the playoffs and attendance lagged far behind that of the other two Québec teams at 66,100. The following season brought another winning (but non-playoff) team and a six percent increase in attendance,[2] but at season's end the Pirates moved to Thetford Mines, located 104 km (65 miles) to the north.

Notable alumni[edit]

Year Record Finish
Full Season
Attendance Manager Postseason
1972 77–63 Second
(National Div.)
66,101 Steve Demeter
1973 76–63 Second
(National Div.)
70,457 Tim Murtaugh

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Digital Ballparks.com
  2. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, NC: Baseball America, 2007, pp. 554, 558, 562

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Waterbury Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
Double-A affiliate

1972–1973
Succeeded by
Thetford Mines Pirates