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1947-1955 Rock Hill Chiefs

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1953 Rock Hill Chiefs ProgramTri-State League (1947-1955)

Born: 1947
Folded: 1955

Stadium: Municipal Stadium

Major League Affiliations:

  • 1947-1949: None
  • 1950-1951: Chicago Cubs
  • 1952-1953: None
  • 1954-1955: Washington Senators

Owners:

Tri-State League Champions: 1950

 

The Rock Hill Chiefs played in the Class B Tri-State League for eight seasons from 1947 until 1955. The Tri-State League featured teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The Chiefs won the Tri-State League crown in 1950, besting the Asheville Tourists 4 games to 3 in a best-of-seven series.

By 1955 the Tri-State League was on its last legs. The circuit started the season with just four clubs in the Carolinas: Asheville, Greenville, Rock Hill and Spartanburg. The Chiefs themselves were in severe financial straits. The club held several emergency fund drives to meet payroll. During one game in August 1955, the penniless team simply left ticket booths unmanned and left buckets around Municipal Stadium for fans to make donations. The Chiefs and the Tri-State League both closed up shop at the end of the 1955 season.

Pro baseball returned to Rock Hill eight years with the formation of a Western Carolinas League franchise that played from 1963-1968.

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Written by Drew Crossley

November 25th, 2017 at 4:33 am

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