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Tar Heel League

Tar Heel League history Class D 1953-1954 In 1953 this league was formed by the merger of the North Carolina State League and the Western Carolina League. Teams (in alphabetical order) Forest City Owls, 1953-1954 Hickory Rebels, 1953-1954 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms, 1953 Lexington Indians, 1953 Lincolnton Cardinals, 1953 Marion Marauders, 1953-1954 Mooresville Moors, 1953 Salisbury […]

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Future Ballpark: Renovated Dodger Stadium / Los Angeles Dodgers / 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a multi-faceted ballpark improvement plan that will bring the most modern amenities to Dodger fans while preserving the tradition of the historic venue, first opened in 1962. The improvements, anticipated to be completed by Opening Day of the 2012 season, are designed to protect Dodger Stadium’s place as the home […]

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Indian River County, Vero Beach make final offer to O’s for Dodgertown

Officials with Vero Beach and Indian River County say they’ve made their absolute final offer to the Baltimore Orioles regarding the team’s potential spring-training move into Dodgertown. (Of course, they’ve said this before, so it’s hard to say if this is really the final, final offer.) The final offer calls for $13 million in improvements […]

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Organization of the Year: Joseph Finley and Craig Stein

OK, so technically the pair of Joseph Finley and Craig Stein doesn’t comprise a single organization; they jointly own two teams and separately own two others. Still, 2008 was a banner year for the various Finley/Stein entities. The inaugural season for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAA; International League) was by any measure a resounding […]

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State funding on tap for Blair County Ballpark renovations

The state of Pennsylvania will pay $1.3 million toward improvements to Blair County Ballpark, the home of the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League).The state of Pennsylvania will pay $1.3 million toward improvements to Blair County Ballpark, the home of the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League). The biggest change: a new grass playing surface […]

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Lifetime Achievement: San Antonio’s Roy Acuff

This year’s winner of the Ballpark Digest Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Roy Acuff, the longtime voice of the San Antonio Missions (Class AA; Texas League). The Dean of Texas League Broadcasters, Acuff has been the Voice of the Missions for 20 seasons, but he goes even farther back in the Texas League; in 1974 […]

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‘Topes’ Alley wins citation for groundskeeping

Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) groundskeeper Jarad Alley and the playing surface at Isotopes Park have been named the best in Triple-A Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Sports Turf Manager’s Association announced today.Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) groundskeeper Jarad Alley and the playing surface at Isotopes Park have been named […]

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Sounds sold

The Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) have been sold by Al Gordon to a New York investment group, MFP Real Estate. The sale is subject to regulatory approval by Major League and Minor League Baseball.The Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) have been sold by Al Gordon to a New York investment […]

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