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1980 Auburn Americans ProgramNew York-Penn League (1980)

Born: 1980 – Re-branded from Auburn Red Stars
Moved: 1981 (Erie Cardinals)

Stadium: Falcon Park

Team Colors:

Owners: Auburn Community Baseball

New York-Penn League Championships: None

 

The Auburn Americans were a co-op minor league baseball team that played for just one season in the New York-Penn League in the summer of 1980. Co-op teams don’t have a player development contract with one Major League club. Instead they cobble together a roster from several Major League organizations. The arrangement is largely a relic of the past now, but was relatively common in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, particularly in small communities with sub-standard ballparks. Co-op teams were rarely competitive as the roster was cobbled together from other teams’ left overs.

In the case of the Auburn Americans, they received players from both the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Only one Americans player, journeyman catcher Jack Fimple, would ever go on to play in the Major Leagues.

The Americans moved to Erie, Pennsylvania following the 1980 season, leaving the New York community of Auburn without pro baseball in 1981 for the first time since 1957. After a one-year absence, minor league baseball returned to Falcon Park with the formation of the Auburn Astros in 1982.

 

Links

New York-Penn League Media Guides

New York-Penn League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

May 28th, 2016 at 4:09 pm

1982-1995 Auburn Astros

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1984 Auburn Astros ProgramNew York-Penn League (1982-1995)

Founded: 1982
Re-Branded: 1996 (Auburn Doubledays)

Stadium: Falcon Park

Team Colors:

Owners: Auburn Community Baseball

New York-Penn League Championships: None

 

Auburn, New York (pop. ~28,000) is one of the smallest cities in the country to host affiliated minor league baseball today. Dating back to 1958, New York-Penn League clubs at Auburn’s Falcon Park have been community-owned by a group known as Auburn Community Baseball.  The community ownership model has allowed Auburn to buck the NY-Penn League trend of the 1990’s and 2000’s which saw many small blue-collar communities in upstate New York lose their franchises to larger cities willing to construct gleaming new taxpayer-financed ballparks.

Auburn has played host to numerous New York-Penn League clubs since 1958, but the city’s longest relationship was with the National League’s Houston Astros.  After a summer without baseball in 1981, the Auburn Astros formed in 1982. Key players that came through Auburn during the Astros era included Luis Gonzalez (Auburn ’88) and Kenny Lofton, (’88-’89).

In 1996, Auburn dropped “Astros” from its name and re-branded as the Auburn Doubledays. The partnership with the Houston Astros lasted through the 2000 season. The Doubledays continue to play to this day, currently as a farm club of the Washington Nationals.

 

==Links==

New York-Penn League Media Guides

New York-Penn League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

May 28th, 2016 at 2:55 pm

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