Columbus Foxes

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Columbus Foxes
(1909–1917, 1926–1932, 1936–1942, 1946–1959)
Columbus, Georgia
  • Class D (1958)
  • Class A (1946–1957)
  • Class B (1926–1932, 1936–1942)
  • Class C (1909–1917)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouth Atlantic League (1959)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 1910
  • 1911
  • 1915
  • 1926
  • 1936
  • 1940
Team data
Previous names
  • Columbus Pirates (1959)
  • Columbus Foxes (1956–1958)
  • Columbus Cardinals (1946–1955)
  • Columbus Red Birds (1936–1942)
  • Columbus Foxes (1909–1917, 1926–1932)
Previous parks
Golden Park

The Columbus Foxes were a minor league baseball team that played in Columbus, Georgia.


The team originally played in the South Atlantic League from 1909–1917, then reformed in the Southeastern League from 1926–1932.

They resurfaced as a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate known first as the Columbus Red Birds and then the Columbus Cardinals from 1936–1955 in the South Atlantic League. As the Red Birds, they won two league championships. Their first came in 1936 under manager Eddie Dyer, and their second came in 1940 under manager Clay Hopper.

They returned to the Foxes after the Cardinals left in 1956 and became affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 1956, the Cardinals again in 1957, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. The team played in the Alabama–Florida League in 1958.

As a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate in 1959, they were known as the Columbus Pirates. They moved to Gastonia, North Carolina on July 6, 1959 and became the Gastonia Pirates.

The ballpark[edit]

Beginning in 1926, the Foxes played at Golden Park, located at 100 4th Street Columbus, Georgia 31901. Golden Park is still in use today and was renovated and used in the 1996 Olympic Games for softball. [1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jim Hearn (1942) MLB All-Star; 1950 NL ERA Title

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