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South Atlantic League (1904-1963)

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The original South Atlantic League was a Southern minor league baseball loop that played from 1904 to 1963 with several interruptions:

  • The South Atlantic League was inactive in the summer of 1918
  • League returned in 1919 as the “South Atlantic Association” playing under that name through the summer of 1930.
  • The league went dark again at the height of the Great Depression, sitting out five summers from 1931 to 1935.
  • Returned as the South Atlantic League from 1936 to 1942, before shutting down for three summers during WWII.
  • Revived again in 1946 and played under the South Atlantic League banner until 1963.

Over its history, the “Sally League” was active in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

During the league’s final season of play under the South Atlantic League name in 1963, baseball reorganized its minor league system, implementing the AAA, AA, A and Rookie classifications familiar to modern fans.  (Previously, leagues were ranked as Class A, B, C and D).   The South Atlantic League was ranked as a “AA” league – two steps below the Major Leagues – in 1963.

Prior to the 1964 season, the South Atlantic League re-branded itself as the Southern League.  In that sense, the league still exists, as the Southern League thrives to this day as a AA circuit.  For information on Southern League franchises from 1964 onwards, visit our Southern League page here.

In 1980, the former Western Carolinas League changed its name to the South Atlantic League, reviving the old name which had been dormant for 16 years.  The modern-day South Atlantic League is a single-A league which does not trace its lineage to the old South Atlantic League of 1904-1963.  For the modern day South Atlantic League, click here.

 

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November 17th, 2012 at 3:48 am

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