Founded in 1945
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (9)||
|Nickname||Winston-Salem Dash (2009–present)|
|Ballpark||BB&T Ballpark (2010–present)|
|Ernie Shore Field (1956–2009)
South Side Park (1945–1955)
|Billy Prim /
|General Manager||Geoff Lassiter|
The Winston-Salem Dash is a minor league baseball team in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. They are a Class A-Advanced team in the Carolina League and have been a farm team of the Chicago White Sox since 1997. The Dash began playing their home games at the new BB&T Ballpark beginning in 2010 after having Ernie Shore Field (now known as Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park) as their home from 1956 to 2009.
Previous baseball clubs in Winston-Salem had typically been called the "Twins", in reference to the long-since-merged "Twin Cities" of Winston and Salem since 1905. The Twins played in the Virginia-North Carolina League in 1905, the Carolina Baseball Association from 1908 to 1917 and the Piedmont League from 1920 to 1933 and again from 1937 to 1942.
The current franchise joined the Carolina League in 1945, and is the oldest continuously operating team in that circuit. Originally a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, it retained the Twins name until 1953, when it became the Winston-Salem Cardinals.
After a brief period (1957–60) as the Winston-Salem Red Birds, the team switched affiliation in 1961 to the Boston Red Sox. It remained with the Red Sox for 22 years, and was known until 1983 as the Winston-Salem Red Sox. In 1984, the team changed affiliates again, this time contracting with the Chicago Cubs, and changed its name to the Winston-Salem Spirits.
The team initially retained the Spirits name after becoming the Cincinnati Reds A-level affiliate in 1993, winning the Carolina League championship in that same year. After the 1994 season, the club decided to change its name and sponsored a contest through the local newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal, to come up with a new name. The winning entry, the Warthogs, became the official team name in 1995. In addition to being alliterative, it also referred to the somewhat-celebrated acquisition of some warthogs at the state zoo around that time. As the Warthogs, they were the league champion in 2003.
On December 4, 2008, the team publicly announced that they would be called the Winston-Salem Dash from 2009 onward. The Dash name is rumored to be a reference to a nickname for the city of Winston-Salem, "The Dash", a reference to the dash (-) symbol used in the middle of the city's name, despite the fact that it is actually a hyphen.
As the Warthogs, the team's mascot was Wally Warthog. With the new nickname, the Dash held a name-the-mascot contest for Wally's replacement. In keeping with the image of speed implied by "The Dash", the new mascot is a lightning-themed character named Bolt.
The club originally played at South Side Park, south of the downtown area. When that park burned, a new park was built on the north side, near the Wake Forest campus and the RJR plant, and named Ernie Shore Field in honor of the former major leaguer who had led the fund drive for the new ballpark. Opened in 1956, Ernie Shore Field seats 6,000 fans. BB&T Ballpark was hoped to be completed for the 2009 season, or sometime within the season, but construction came to a halt due to a lack of funding. Meanwhile, Ernie Shore Field had been sold to Wake Forest and renamed as Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, compelling the Dash to lease the ballpark back for the 2009 season. On June 2, 2009, the Dash announced a new scheduled opening for the 2010 season.
On February 24, 2010, the Dash announced BB&T Ballpark's official name.
The Dash finally opened the new BB&T Ballpark on April 13, 2010.
|1905||10–14||3rd||J.C. "Con" Strothers / Earle Holt||League disbanded August 19||Virginia-North Carolina League, Salisbury-Spencer (24–28) moved to Winston-Salem July 17|
|1908||41–48||4th||Robert Carter||none||Carolina Baseball Association, Known as "Twins"|
|1911||72–37||1st||Charles Clancy||none League Champs|
|1913||66–49||1st||Charles Clancy||none League Champs|
|1914||70–47||1st||Charles Clancy||none League Champs|
|1917||17–20||4th||Charles Clancy||League ceased operations May 30|
|1920||56–65||4th||Bill Shumaker / Eddie Brennan / Jim Kelly||Piedmont League|
|1923||59–63||4th||Bill Leard / Mike Fahey|
|1925||77–49||1st||Charles Carroll||Lost League Finals|
|1926||64–81||5th||Cy Chisolm / Red Irby / Walt Christensen / Art Bourg|
|1928||82–51||1st||Bunny Hearn||League Champs|
|1930||70–71||4th||Hal Weafer / Claude Joyner /
Charles Carroll / [Johnny Brock
|1931||55–79||6th||Bunny Hearn / Bob "Stuffy" McCrone|
|1932||18–28||—||Harry Wilke||Winston-Salem moved to [High Point (50-38) August 20|
|1933||42–99||6th||Jim Poole / Art Bourg||none|
|1937||35–105||8th||Alvin Crowder / Pepper Rhea /
Phil Lundeen / Walt VanGrofski
|1938||46–92||8th||Walt VanGrofski / Joe Prerost|
|1940||45–85||8th||Eddie Moore / Ray Brubaker|
|1942||52–81||8th||Jack Tighe / Al Unser|
|1945||61–76||6th||George Smith / George Ferrell||Carolina League Known as "Cardinals"|
|1947||85–57||2nd||Zip Payne||Lost in 1st round|
|1949||84–61||2nd||Willie Duke / George Ferrell / Roland LeBlanc||Lost in 1st round|
|1950||106–47||1st||George Kissell||League Champs|
|1951||81–58||2nd||Harold Olt||League Champs|
|1952||74–63||3rd||Harold Olt / Jimmy Brown||Lost in 1st round|
|1954||44–94||8th||Ralph Hodgin / Herb Brett||Known as "Twins"|
|1955||65–73||7th||Ken Silvestri / Aaron Robinson|
|1956||59–91||8th||George Hausmann / Lee "Pete" Peterson|
|1957||72–68||4th||George Kissell||Known as "Red Birds"|
|1959||67–62||4th||Al Unser||Lost in 1st round|
|1961||68–72||4th||Elmer Yoter (33-37) / Walt Novick (35–35)||none||Known as "Red Sox"|
|1962||76–64||3rd||Eddie Popowski / Mace Brown||Lost in 1st round|
|1963||67–76||7th||Matt Sczesny / Bill Slack|
|1964||82–57||1st||Bill Slack||League Champs|
|1966||82–58||1st||Bill Slack||Lost in League Finals|
|1967||69–68||6th (t)||Bill Slack|
|1969||77–67||4th||Matt Sczesny||Lost in 1st round|
|1970||79–58||1st||Bill Slack||League Champs|
|1973||77–62||2nd||Bill Slack||League Champs|
|1976||80–57||1st||Tony Torchia||none League Champs|
|1979||85–55||1st||Bill Slack||none League Champs|
|1983||74–66||3rd||Bill Slack||Lost in League Finals|
|1984||58–82||8th||Bill Slack||Known as "Spirits"|
|1986||82–56||2nd||Jim Essian||League Champs|
|1987||72–68||3rd (t)||Jay Loviglio||Lost in 1st round|
|1993||72–68||3rd (t)||Mark Berry||League Champs|
|1994||67–70||4th||Mark Berry||Lost in League Finals|
|1995||69–68||3rd||Mark Berry||Known as "Warthogs"|
|1997||63–77||7th||Mike Heath (38-53) / Mark Haley (25-24)|
|1998||79–60||2nd||Chris Cron||Lost in League Finals|
|2003||71–67||5th||Razor Shines||League Champs|
|2004||74–66||4th||Ken Dominguez / Nick Leyva||Lost in 1st round|
|2005||77–64||3rd||Chris Cron||Lost in 1st round|
|2008||71–68||4th||Tim Blackwell||Lost in semi-finals|
|2009||73–65||3rd||Joe McEwing||Lost in 1st round||Known as "Dash"|
|2010||81–58||1st||Joe McEwing||Lost in League Finals|
|2012||87–51||1st||Tommy Thompson||Lost in League Finals|
Winston-Salem Dash roster
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