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Southern League (1964-Today)

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The Southern League formed in 1964 as the result of a name change by the old South Atlantic League, or “Sally League”.  The history of the original Sally League history traces back to the turn of the 20th century (a newer, single-A league has played under the South Atlantic League name since 1980).

The teams listed here are only those that played under the Southern League banner since 1964. Some of these teams also existed prior to 1964 in the Sally League and came over with the name change.

In 2012, the Southern League consists of ball clubs in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.  Historically, the Southern League has had clubs as far north as Virginia and as far West as Illinois.

 

Southern League Franchise List

Franchise Years Active Southern League Champions
Asheville Orioles 1972-1975 None
Asheville Tourists 1964-1966 & 1968-1971 1968
Biloxi Shuckers 2015-Present None
Birmingham A's 1967-1975 1967
Birmingham Barons 1964-1965 None
Birmingham Barons 1981-Present 1983-1987-1989-1993-2002-2013
Carolina Mudcats 1991-2011 1995-2003
Charlotte Hornets 1964-1972 1969-1971
Charlotte Knights 1989-1992 None
Charlotte Orioles 1976-1987 1980-1984
Chattanooga Lookouts 1964-1965 None
Chattanooga Lookouts 1976-Present 1988-2015-2017 (Co-Champions)
Columbus Astros 1970-1988 1970-1986
Columbus Confederate Yankees 1964-1966 1965
Columbus Mudcats 1989-1990 None
Columbus White Sox 1969 None
Evansville White Sox 1966-1968 None
Greenville Braves 1984-2004 1992-1997
Huntsville Stars 1985-Present 1985-1994-2001 (Co-Champions)
Jackson Generals 2011-Present 2016
Jacksonville Expos 1985-1990 None
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2017-Present None
Jacksonville Suns 1970-1984 & 1991-2016 1996-2001 (Co-Champions)-2005-2009-2010-2014
Knoxville Blue Jays 1980-1992 None
Knoxville Smokies 1964-1967 None
Knoxville Smokies 1993-1999 None
Knoxville White Sox 1972-1979 1974-1978
Lynchburg White Sox 1964-1965 1964
Macon Peaches 1964 & 1966-1967 None
Memphis Chicks 1978-1997 1990
Mississippi Braves 2005-Present 2008
Mobile Athletics 1966 1966
Mobile Bay Bears 1997-Present 1998-2004 (Co-Champions)-2011-2012
Mobile White Sox 1970 None
Montgomery Biscuits 2004-Present 2006-2007
Montgomery Rebels 1965-1980 1972-1973-1975-1976-1977
Nashville Sounds 1978-1984 1979-1982
Nashville Xpress 1993-1994 None
Orlando Cubs 1993-1996 None
Orlando Rays 1997-2003 1999
Orlando SunRays 1990-1992 1991
Orlando Twins 1973-1989 1981
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2012-Present 2017 (Co-Champions)
Port City Roosters 1995-1996 None
Richmond Virginians 1964 None
Savannah Braves 1971-1983 None
Savannah Indians 1970 None
Savannah Senators 1968-1969 None
Tennessee Smokies 2000-Present 2004 (Co-Champions)
West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx 1998-2010 2000

 

Written by AC

April 23rd, 2012 at 2:56 am

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