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1983-1994 New Britain Red Sox


New Britain Red Sox ProgramEastern League (1983-1994)

Born: October 1982 – The Bristol Red Sox relocate to New Britain, CT.
Re-Branded: 1995 (Hardware City Rock Cats)

Stadium: Beehive Field

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Owner: Joe Buzas


The New Britain Red Sox were the Class AA farm club of the Boston Red Sox for most of the 1980’s and into the early 90’s.  The ball club was owned by veteran minor league operator Joe Buzas.  Buzas owned at least one Red Sox farm team (and sometimes as many as three) in every summer from 1957 through the end of New Britain’s partnership with Boston in 1994.

Key players to come through New Britain during the Red Sox era included Roger Clemens (’83), Ellis Burks (’85-’86), Brady Anderson (’87) Curt Schilling (’88), Mo Vaughn (’89) and Jeff Bagwell (’90).

At the end of the 1994 season, the Boston Red Sox pulled their Eastern League farm club out of New Britain and moved it to Trenton, New Jersey.  Buzas quickly struck a new affiliation agreement with the Minnesota Twins.  As part of the changeover from the Red Sox to the Twins, the team was re-branded as the Hardware City Rock Cats for the 1995 season.

New Britain will lose professional baseball after 33 seasons at the end of the 2015 season. Nearby Hartford, Connecticut lured the team away from the promise of a new $56 million ballpark. The former New Britain Red Sox/Rock Cats will be known as the Hartford Yard Goats beginning in April 2016.





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Written by AC

June 1st, 2015 at 5:49 pm


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