Colorado Springs Sky Sox

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Colorado Springs Sky Sox
19882018
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs Sky Sox logo.pngSkySoxcap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
PreviousTriple-A (1988–2018)
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (1988–2018)
Major league affiliations
PreviousMilwaukee Brewers (2015–2018)
Colorado Rockies (1993–2014)
Cleveland Indians (1988–1992)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1992
  • 1995
Division titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2017
Team data
Previous names
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (1988–2018)
ColorsRed, white, navy blue
              
MascotSox the Fox
Previous parks
Security Service Field (1988–2018)
Spurgeon Stadium (1988)

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox were a Minor League Baseball team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team played in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and was the Triple-A affiliate of the major league Milwaukee Brewers (2015–2018), Colorado Rockies (1993–2014), and Cleveland Indians (1988–1992). The Sky Sox won the PCL title in 1992 and 1995.

In 2019, the Sky Sox Triple-A franchise will be transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where it will continue in the PCL as the San Antonio Missions.

History[edit]

From 1950 to 1958, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox were a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in the Western League. The Sky Sox's nickname originated with their affiliation with the White Sox. The Pikes Peak region was without professional baseball for 30 years until 1988, when the Hawaii Islanders of the PCL relocated to Colorado Springs and became the second incarnation of the Sky Sox. From 1988 to 1992 the Sky Sox were the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. When Denver was awarded a major league franchise for the 1993 season, the new Colorado Rockies arranged for the Sky Sox to become their top farm team.[1]

During their first season, the Sky Sox moved from Spurgeon Stadium (in Memorial Park) to the brand new Sky Sox Stadium, now known as Security Service Field. The ballpark, on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, cost US$3.4 million[2] to build and held 8,500 spectators. In later years, the Sky Sox invested over $8 million in ballpark renovations which included a new video scoreboard, redesigned entrance plaza, new picnic facility and banquet hall. It has the highest elevation of any professional ballpark in the United States: its natural grass field sits at 6,531 feet (1,991 m) above sea level.

On June 21, 2017, team owner David G. Elmore announced the relocation of the Sky Sox Triple-A franchise to San Antonio, Texas, in 2019, where the team will continue to compete in the Pacific Coast League as the San Antonio Missions, who are currently members of the Double-A Texas League.[3] They will initially play in Wolff Stadium while negotiations continue for a new ballpark downtown.[4] Construction of the ballpark has been endorsed by Mayor Ivy Taylor and would be partly funded by taxpapers.[5] The Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League will relocate to Colorado Springs, but operate under a new identity.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Springs, Colorado Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Knight, Graham (August 9, 2009). "Security Service Field – Colorado Springs Sky Sox". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "San Antonio to join PCL beginning in 2019". Pacific Coast League. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Reichard, Kevin (June 21, 2017). "Elmore Sports Group: Three Franchise Shifts in 2019". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Baugh, Josh (April 22, 2016). "Taylor planning to build support for new ballpark". San Antonio Express-News. pp. A1, A9. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "New Name on Tap for Colorado Springs Pioneer League Team". Ballpark Digest. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.

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