Valdosta Tigers

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Valdosta Tigers
19391958
(1939–1942, 1946–1958)
Valdosta, Georgia
Class-level
Previous Class D
Minor league affiliations
League Georgia–Florida League
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1956
  • 1958
Team data
Previous names
  • Valdosta Tigers (1954–1958)
  • Valdosta Browns (1953)
  • Valdosta Dodgers (1946–1952)
  • Valdosta Trojans (1939–1942)
Previous parks
Pendleton Park

The Valdosta Tigers were a "Class-D" minor league baseball team, based in Valdosta, Georgia, that operated in the Georgia–Florida League, from 1939 to 1958. The club played its home games at Pendleton Park, which was located on the current site of South Georgia Medical Center.

History[edit]

They club through a number of affiliations and names during their existence. The team was originally an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, known as the Valdosta Trojans. In 1941, the team became an affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team folded in 1942, however after World War II ended, Valdosta received another team in the Georgia–Florida League, the Valdosta Dodgers, which was once again affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers.[1]

In 1953, the Dodgers moved their operations to Thomasville, to become the Thomasville Dodgers. However, the St. Louis Browns took over the Valdosta team, which was then renamed the Valdosta Browns. A year later, the Browns left and the Detroit Tigers moved their Georgia–Florida League team to Valdosta. The renamed Valdosta Tigers then played from 1954 to 1958.[2]

Seasons[edit]

(from Trojans Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Dodgers Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Browns Baseball Reference Bullpen) (from Tigers Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoff Series'
1939 73-63 2nd Bill Morrell Won First Round
vs. Waycross Bears (3-2)
Lost League Finals
vs. Albany Cardinals (4-0)
1940 76-61 3rd Bill Morrell Lost in 1st round
vs. Waycross Bears (3-0)
1941 85-51 2nd Stew Hofferth Lost in 1st round
vs. Thomasville Lookouts (3-1)
1942 81-45 1st Stew Hofferth / Clancy Odell Won First Round
vs. Moultrie Packers (3-1)
Lost League Finals
vs. Waycross Bears (4-1)
1946 64-61 4th Bill Welp Lost in 1st round
vs. Moultrie Packers (3-1)
1947 54-84 7th Hugh Holliday Did not qualify
1948 81-58 2nd Lou Rochelli Lost in 1st round
vs. Albany Cardinals (3-1)
1949 86-54 2nd Doc Alexson Lost in 1st round
vs. Waycross Bears (3-0)
1950 81-56 2nd Stan Wasiak Lost in 1st round
vs. Tallahassee Pirates (4-3)
1951 81-45 1st Stan Wasiak Lost in 1st round
vs. Tifton Blue Sox (4-1)
1952 81-58 1st John Angelone Won 1-Game Playoff
vs. Waycross Bears (1-0)
Lost in 1st round
vs. Tifton Blue Sox (4-0)
1953 55-81 7th Rollie Stuckmeyer / Gil Torres Did not qualify
1954 68-70 5th Marv Owen (29-52) / Stan Wasiak (39-28) Did not qualify
1955 68-70 4th Stan Wasiak Lost in 1st round
vs. Brunswick Pirates (3-2)
1956 94-45 1st Bill Adair League Champs
No playoff system
1957 77-62 2nd Stan Wasiak Lost League Finals
vs. Albany Cardinals (3-2)
1958 75-52 2nd Stubby Overmire League Champs
vs. Albany Cardinals (3-1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malone, Christan (October 31, 2012). "Baseball in Valdosta". Valdosta Daily Times. 
  2. ^ Malone, Christan (October 31, 2012). "Baseball in Valdosta". Valdosta Daily Times. 

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