(1937-1941, 1946-1953, 1956-1957, 1960-1961, 1965-1968)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Florida State League (1937-1968)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||2 (1941, 1966)|
|Pat Thomas Stadium|
The Leesburg Athletics was the final name of a professional minor league baseball team, based in Leesburg, Florida. The club was first formed in 1937 as the Leesburg Gondoliers, a Florida State League team that did not share an affiliation with a big-league club. From 1939-1941 the team became known as the Leesburg Anglers, who again were a non-affiliated minor league team. After not hosting a team from 1942-1945 the Anglers would return in 1946.
From 1947-1948 the team became the Leesburg Pirates, and were a Class-D affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1949 the Brooklyn Dodgers operated the team as the Leesburg Dodgers. They used four different managers as the Dodgers and went 37-97. 44-year-old Luke Hamlin, who managed for them, also pitched in eight games for them. From 1950-1952 they would again become an un-affiliated team known as the Leesburg Packers. In 1953 the team would change its name to the Leesburg Lakers but would remain independent of any affiliation. The team would go on hiatus for two seasons and would then emerge in 1956 as an affiliate of the Milwaukee Braves, known as the Leesburg Braves. They would remain that way until the end of the 1957 season. After that, they would become the Leesburg Orioles from 1960–1961 and were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. Again breaking for a few years the team would re-emerge for a final time, this time as the Leesburg A's from 1965–1968, they would be an affiliate of the Kansas City/Oakland A's during this stint.
The Leesburg teams won Florida State League championships in 1941 and 1966.
(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|1937||71-67||4th||Spec Meadows||Lost in 1st round|
|1938||87-52||1st||Nelson Leach||Lost League Finals|
|1939||72-65||3rd||Nellie Leach||Lost in 1st round|
|1941||63-66||4th||Wilbur Good Jr.||League Champs|
|1949||37-97||8th||Lou Haneles, Julian Acosta & Luke Hamlin|
|1950||54-84||7th||Frank Piet, Floyd Clift & Bill Steinecke|
|1951||71-69||4th||Floyd Clift, Mickey Burnett||Lost in 1st round|
|1952||52-84||7th||Walt Chipple, Don Anderson, John Pawlick & Bob Latshaw|
|1953||56-77||6th||Red Dulaney / Frank Barrett|
|1961||56-80||7th||Billy DeMars, Cal Ripken Sr. & Ray Scarborough|
|1966||87-44||2nd||James Williams||League Champs|