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1983 Nashua Angels

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1983 Nashua Angels ProgramEastern League (1983)

Born: December 1982 – The Holyoke Millers relocate to Nashua, NH.
Re-Branded: Postseason 1983 (Nashua Pirates)

Stadium: Holman Stadium (6,000)

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Owners: Jerome Mileur, Ben Surner & George Como

 

The Nashua Angels were a farm club of the California Angels that competed for just one season in the Class AA Eastern League during the summer of 1983.  The franchise moved from Holyoke, Massachusetts one week before Christmas in 1982.

The team finished in sixth place in the eight-team Eastern League with a 60-80 record in 1983.  Prominent future Major Leaguers on the club included pitcher Kirk McCaskill and outfielder Devon White.

Following the 1983 season, the Angels departed and were replaced by the Pittsburgh Pirates as Nashua’s Major League parent club.  The Nashua Pirates played three more seasons in the Eastern League (1984-1986) before moving the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in late 1986.

 

==Links==

Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by AC

June 1st, 2015 at 7:34 pm

1983-1994 New Britain Red Sox

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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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==Links==

Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by AC

June 1st, 2015 at 5:49 pm

1919-1930 Pittsfield Hillies

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Pittsfield Hillies ProgramEastern League (1919-1930)

Born: 1919
Died: 1930

Stadium: Wahconah Park

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Owner:

 

The Pittsfield Hillies were a Depression-era minor league baseball team in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts.  They played in the Class A Eastern League and won league titles in 1919 and 1921.

 

==Downloads==

On July 3, 2004 former Major League pitcher and Ball Four author helped promote a vintage baseball game at Wahconah Park (still in use today as one of the oldest ballparks in America).  At the time, Bouton was part of a group trying to acquire an independent pro baseball team for Pittsfield, an effort that ultimately fell through.  The vintage game featured teams playing as the Hillies and their old Eastern League rivals, the Hartford Senators.  The exhibition attracted around 5,000 fans and was broadcast live on ESPN Classic with Bill “Spaceman” Lee as the color man.

Re-matches were played in Hartford later that July and back again at Wahconah in September.  You can still download a copy of the Wahconah Park Times game programs for these exhibitions at Bouton’s website here:

July 3, 2004 – Pittsfield Hillies vs. Hartford Senators vintage baseball game program

September 4, 2004 – Pittsfield Hillies vs. Hartford Senators vintage baseball game program

 

==Links==

Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by AC

January 2nd, 2015 at 4:23 pm

1984 Waterbury Angels

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Eastern League (1984)

Born: 1984 – Affiliation change from Waterbury Reds.
Re-Branded: 1985 (Waterbury Indians)

Stadium: Municipal Stadium

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Owner:

 

The city of Waterbury, Connecticut had a Class AA Eastern League minor league baseball team for 21 years from 1966 to 1986.  The ball club changed affiliations with Major League Baseball with extraordinary frequency – no parent club ever stayed more than four seasons.  The California Angels had one of the briefest flings in Waterbury, sponsoring the club for the summer of 1984 only.

The Waterbury Angels finished 70-70 under field manager Winston Llenas and produced six players who would eventually play Major League Baseball.  The most notable was 22-year old first baseman Wally Joyner, who led the club in homers (12) and RBIs (72) while batting .317.   Joyner debuted with California two years later and was voted the starting first baseman in the 1986 MLB All-Star Game as a rookie.

The Angels pulled out of Waterbury at the end of the 1984 season and the team became a Cleveland Indians farm club in 1985.

 

==Links==

Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by AC

December 29th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

1985-1988 Pittsfield Cubs

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Pittsfield CubsEastern League (1985-1988)

Born: 1985
Moved:
December 16, 1988 (Williamsport Bills)

Stadium: Wahconah Park (4,500)

Team Colors:

Owners:

Eastern League Championships: None

The Pittsfield Cubs were the Class AA farm club of the Chicago Cubs for four seasons between 1985 and 1988.  The arrival of the Cubs marked the return of pro baseball to Pittsfield’s historic Wahconah Park after an eight-year absence.

Although the team only served the Cubs for four seasons, the Berkshires city saw a procession of future Major League stars including Joe Girardi, Mark Grace, Jamie Moyer and Rafael Palmeiro.

After the 1988 season, during which Pittsfield sold the fewest tickets in the eight-team Eastern League, majority owner Stuart Revo announced his ball club would relocate to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the 1989 season.  Pittsfield immediately received a New York Mets farm club to replace the Cubs, though the Pittsfield Mets (1989-2002) would compete at a much lower competitive standard in the short season Class-A New York-Penn League.

The Pittsfield Cubs marked an early minor league investment for New York Yankees limited partner Marv Goldklang.  Goldklang went on to operate and advise numerous long-running minor league clubs during the 1990’s and 2000’s and was one of the key figures in the revival of independent professional baseball during the early-mid 1990’s.

 

Pittsfield Cubs Memorabilia

 

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Eastern League Media Guides

Eastern League Programs

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Written by AC

September 25th, 2013 at 2:31 am

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