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1972-1973 Peninsula Whips

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Peninsula Whips ProgramInternational League (1972-1973)

Born: November 23, 1971 – The Winnipeg Whips relocate to Hampton, VA.
Died:  September 1973

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium

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The Peninsula Whips were a minor league baseball team out of Hampton, Virginia that served as the top farm club of the Montreal Expos in 1972 and 1973.  Hampton hosted minor league baseball nearly every season from 1963 through 1992, but typically in the Class A Carolina League.  The two-year run of the Whips in the early 70’s marked the only time that Hampton had a Class AAA ball club, just one step below the Major Leagues.

Top Whips players included pitcher Steve Rogers (’72 & ’73) and catcher Gary Carter (’73).  Rogers went on to 5 All-Star selections with Expos.  Carter, who played just 8 games for the Whips in 1973, was an 11-time National League All-Star who earned induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

During the 1973 season, the Peninsula Whips drew just 48,680 fans for 70-odd home dates.  In September of that year the Expos pulled out of Virginia and shifted their Class AAA operation to Memphis, Tennessee, where that city’s Class AA club drew 113,425 in 1973 .

Hampton/Newport News wound up back to the Carolina League in 1974 with a lowly Class A co-op team known as the Peninsula Pennants.



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Written by andycrossley

May 23rd, 2015 at 9:55 pm

1976-1987 Charlotte Orioles

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Charlotte Orioles ProgramSouthern League (1976-1988)

Born: 1976 – The Asheville Orioles relocate to Charlotte.
Re-Branded: 1988 (Charlotte Knights)

Stadium: Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Park

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The Charlotte Orioles were the long-time Class AA Southern League farm club of the Baltimore Orioles.  Promoted locally as “The O’s”, the ball club was owned by famed Southern wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr.

The Crocketts ran the O’s in true mom & pop style.  Charlotte’s ballpark, formerly known as Clark Griffith Park, was renamed Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Park in 1976 in honor of the family patriarch, “Big Jim” Crockett, who passed away in 1973.  While Jim Jr. and his brothers focused on the wrestling promotion inherited from their late father, sister Frances Crockett managed the O’s  business operations as one of the rare female General Managers of the era.  A retired wrestler named Klondike Bill handled the groundskeeping duties.

Cal Ripken Charlotte OriolesThe O’s won Southern League championships in 1980 and 1984.  19-year old future Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. played all 144 games (naturally) for the 1980 O’s championship team.  The 1980 captured the hearts of Charlotte, setting a city attendance record of 198,528 fans for the 72-game home schedule.  The Sporting News named Frances Crocker its Class AA Baseball Executive-of-the-Year.  In 1981, the O’s broke the local attendance record once again, drawing 211,161.

According to the site, the Charlotte police department sponsored a set of O’s trading cards in 1980, which were distributed one or two cards at a time to youth in the Charlotte community.  Today the orange-bordered Ca Ripken card from this set is generally thought to be most valuable minor league trading card in the world. In February 2014, a high grade Charlotte Orioles Police Ripken card sold at auction for $22,515.

The O’s fortunes took a turn for the worse on March 16th, 1985 when arsonists burned Crockett Park to the ground following a high school baseball game.  The Crockett family quickly erected a makeshift 3,000-seat facility (also known as Crockett Park) to salvage the 1985 season.

In October 1987, the Crocketts sold the team to George Shinn, owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA expansion franchise due to begin play in 1988. Shinn re-branded the team as the Charlotte Knights.  The Knights upgraded to Class AAA status in 1993 and continue to play in Charlotte to this day.



==Charlotte Orioles Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Date Opponent Score Program Other


1984 4/12/1984 vs. Baltimore Orioles ?? Program


==Key Players==



The Lady is a Gem of a G.M.“, Ronald Green, Sports Illustrated, April 26, 1982

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Written by andycrossley

May 23rd, 2015 at 3:40 am

2010-2011 Atlanta Beat

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Leigh Ann Robinson Atlanta BeatWomen’s Professional Soccer (2010-2011)

Born: June 2009 – WPS expansion franchise.
Folded: January 30, 2012

Stadium: KSU Soccer Stadium (8,318)

Team Colors:

Owner: T. Fitz Johnson


The Atlanta Beat were one of two expansion franchises (along with the Philadelphia Independence) to join the short-lived Women’s Professional Soccer for its second season of action in 2010.  The club was a brand revival of Atlanta’s previous women’s pro team, the 2001-2003 Atlanta Beat of the Women’s United Soccer Association.  But aside from purchasing the trademark to the defunct club, the “new” Beat possess

Team owner Fitz Johnson was a charismatic U.S. Army veteran, attorney and former defense contractor.  Johnson’s family business was sold to Lockheed Martin in April 2008 for an undisclosed but sizable sum.  Like the majority of WPS franchise owners, Johnson had soccer-playing daughters.

==KSU Soccer Stadium Artist Renderings==

The technical side of the Beat organization was another story though. The Beat possessed the #1 overall picks in both the 2010 WPS International Allocation


==Atlanta Beat Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other


2010 4/18/2010 @ Washington Freedom L 3-1 Program
2010 5/9/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC L 1-0 Program Roster
2010 5/16/2010 vs. Washington Freedom L 2-0 Program Roster
2010 6/19/2010 vs. Chicago Red Stars W 1-0 Program Roster
2010 7/3/2010 vs. FC Gold Pride L 4-0 Program Roster
2010 8/1/2010 vs. FC Gold Pride T 0-0 Program Roster
2010 8/4/2010 @ Boston Breakers W 2-0 Program
2010 8/7/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC L 2-1 Program Roster
2010 9/5/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC T 0-0 Program Roster
2010 9/11/2010 @ Washington Freedom L 1-0 Program


2011 5/1/2011 @ Western New York Flash L 3-0 Program



Inaugural home game and opening of KSU Soccer Stadium, May 9, 2010



==Key Players==

  • Carli Lloyd (2011)
  • Hope Solo (2010)



2009 WPS Expansion Draft Mechanics for Atlanta Beat & Philadelphia Independence

2010 Atlanta Beat Digital Media Guide



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1983-1985 New Jersey Generals

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New Jersey Generals Media GuideUnited States Football League (1983-1985)

Born: May 11, 1982 – USFL founding franchise.
Folded: August 1986

Stadium: Giants Stadium

Team Colors:



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==New Jersey Generals Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Year Date Opponent Score Program Other


1983 3/6/1983 @ Los Angeles Express  L 20-15 Program


1984 2/26/1984 @ Birmingham Stallions W 17-6 Program
1984 4/1/1984 @ Los Angeles Express  W 26-10 Program
1984 4/8/1984 vs. Memphis Showboats W 35-10 Program
1984 4/22/1984 @ Pittsburgh Maulers W 14-10 Ticket
1984 6/10/1984 vs. New Orleans Breakers W 31-21 Program Video
1984 6/16/1984 vs. Denver Gold W 27-7 Program


1985 2/9/1985 @ Tampa Bay Bandits L 21-7 Program
1985 2/24/1985 @ Birmingham Stallions L 38-28 Program
1985 3/1/1985 @ Orlando Renegades W 28-10 Program
1985 3/10/1985 vs. Los Angeles Express  W 35-24 Program
1985 3/30/1985 @ Arizona Outlaws L 31-13 Program
1985 4/14/1985 vs. Portland Breakers W 34-7 Program Video
1985 6/1/1985 vs. Memphis Showboats W 17-7 Program
1985 7/1/1985 vs. Baltimore Stars L 20-17 Program


==Key Figures==



New Jersey Generals vs. Houston Gamblers at Giants Stadium. April 7, 1985.  Doug Flutie vs. Jim Kelly.


==In Memoriam==

Linebacker Rod Shoate (Generals ’83) died of AIDS on October 4, 1999. The former Oklahoma Sooner was 46.

Original Generals owner J. Walter Duncan died of Parkinson’s disease on February 21, 2009 at the age of 92.

Linebacker Ray Costict (Generals ’83) passed away at age 56 on January 3, 2012.

Head Coach Chuck Fairbanks (Gens ’83) passed on April 2, 2013 of brain cancer. Fairbanks was 79.



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1991-92 Birmingham Bandits

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Birmingham BanditsContinental Basketball Association (1991-1992)

Born: May 1, 1991 – The Pensacola Tornados relocate to Birmingham, AL.
Died: May 28, 1992 – The Bandits relocate to Rochester, MN.

Arena: Bill Harris State Fair Arena

Team Colors:

Owner: Tom McMillan


The Birmingham Bandits reside in our One-Year Wonder file of doomed minor league basketball teams.

Alabama businessman Tom McMillan and his wife Jane acquired the Pensacola Tornados franchise in the Continental Basketball Association in June 1989.  The Tornados routinely dwelled near the bottom of the CBA box office rankings, so McMillan and wife moved the team to Birmingham in the spring of 1991.  The team fared even worse in Alabama, finishing dead last in attendance in the 17-team league during the 1991-92 winter season.

On the court, the Bandits were reasonably competitive.  The team finished the regular season 25-31, which was good enough to sneak into the 1992 CBA playoffs. The Bandits were eliminated by the Quad City Thunder in the quarterfinal round in March 1992.  By this time, McMillan was actively seeking to unload the team to anyone who might take it.

McMillan announced a deal to sell the team to Rochester, Minnesota interests in May 1992.  As originally announced, McMillan would hold onto a token stake in the team, which would henceforth be known as the Rochester Renegade. However, his new investors quickly backed away, leaving the Alabaman in control of the money losing club yet again.  McMillan finally managed to get out of the CBA in 1994, selling the former Tornados/Bandits/Renegade franchise to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania man who promptly capsized it within the space of nine months.



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