Southern League (baseball)

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Southern League
SouthernLeague.png
Southern League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1964
No. of teams 10
Country USA
Most recent champion(s) Birmingham Barons
Official website www.southernleague.com

The Southern League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United States. It is classified a Double-A league. It acquired its name in 1964, after the South Atlantic League, which had started in 1936, renamed itself to Southern League.

History[edit]

The original league was formed in 1885 and shut down in 1899. A new league, the Southern Association, was formed in 1900, consisting of twelve teams. The Association shut down after the 1961 campaign.

In 1964, the original South Atlantic League (nicknamed the "Sally League" and not related to the current league of the same name, formerly the Western Carolinas League) changed its name to the Southern League. The original South Atlantic League was a mid- to higher-classification circuit that played from 1904 to 1917, 1919 to 1930 (when it was known as the South Atlantic Association), 1936 to 1942, and 1946 to 1963. The old South Atlantic League grew from Class C status to Class B (through 1942) and then Class A (until 1962). In its final season, it was elevated to Double-A.

Makeup[edit]

The Southern League is divided into two divisions, North and South. Before 2005, the divisions were East and West, but the move of the Greenville Braves to Mississippi after the 2004 season led to a realignment. The current league president is Lori Webb; the position was held by Steve DeSalvo as interim President for a few months due to the March 2012 death of former major league first baseman Don Mincher, who had held the position from 2000 to 2011 (the first year as an interim President).[1][2]

The Southern League maintains its headquarters in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. Starting in the 2012 season, the Carolina Mudcats relocated to Pensacola, Florida to become the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.[3] They retain their Cincinnati Reds affiliation.

In 2015, Biloxi, Mississippi will join the league, replacing Huntsville.

The league is known popularly for the long bus rides players endure - leading to the injury commonly called Southern League Neck.

Current teams[edit]

Map of current Southern League teams
2011 game between the Carolina Mudcats and the Montgomery Biscuits
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Birmingham, Alabama Regions Field 8,500
Chattanooga Lookouts Los Angeles Dodgers Chattanooga, Tennessee AT&T Field 6,340
Huntsville Stars1 Milwaukee Brewers Huntsville, Alabama1 Joe W. Davis Stadium1 10,200
Jackson Generals Seattle Mariners Jackson, Tennessee The Ballpark at Jackson 6,000
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Kodak, Tennessee Smokies Park 6,412
South Jacksonville Suns Miami Marlins Jacksonville, Florida Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 11,000
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 8,480
Mobile BayBears Arizona Diamondbacks Mobile, Alabama Hank Aaron Stadium 6,000
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Cincinnati Reds Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Bayfront Stadium 5,038
1 The Huntsville Stars will relocate to Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2015

Current team rosters[edit]

League Timeline[edit]

Mobile BayBears Huntsville Stars Pacific Coast League American Association (20th century) Nashville Sounds Jackson Generals Memphis Chicks International League Charlotte Knights Montgomery Biscuits Mississippi Braves Jacksonville Suns Savannah Indians Mobile A's Montgomery Rebels (baseball team) Pensacola Blue Wahoos South Atlantic League South Atlantic League Macon Peaches Tennessee Smokies Columbus Confederate Yankees Chattanooga Lookouts Charlotte Hornets (baseball) Birmingham Barons South Atlantic League Asheville Tourists

League members Other Current League Other Defunct League

  • In 1971, the Southern League and Texas League were both down to 7 teams so they formed the Dixie Association for one season. They played interlocking schedules but held their own separate playoffs.

Complete list of teams (1964–present)[edit]

South Atlantic League teams (prior to 1964)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/7/20/230749/Southern-League-Names-First-Woman-President.aspx
  2. ^ http://southern.league.milb.com/about/page.jsp?ymd=20070221&content_id=180465&vkey=about_l111&fext=.jsp&sid=l111
  3. ^ http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111120&content_id=26014148&vkey=news_t4124&fext=.jsp&sid=t4124

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