Born: March 18, 1981 – UPSL expansion franchise.
Died: Postseason 1981 – The Salts cease operations.
Stadium: Hopkins Road Field
The Syracuse Salts were a truly terrible attempt to field a men’s professional softball team in upstate New York in the summer of 1981. Owner A.J. Kalil and his partners paid $25,000 to place an expansion franchise in the United Professional Softball League that spring. As things turned out they were comically overmatched. The Salts played a 60-game schedule, which consisted of 15 home doubleheaders and 15 road doubleheaders. The team finished the season with 4 wins and 52 losses.
The Salts’ lineup included outfielder Ed Ricks, who was a 6th round draft pick of the New York Yankees as a pitcher in 1972 and actually made it onto the Yankees Major League roster in September 1977 but never appeared in a Major League game. Ricks would later pitch in the Senior Professional Baseball Association for retired ballplayers in 1989-90.
Home games were played at Hopkins Road Field in Liverpool, New York.
The Salts had a cheerleading squad known as the “Saltshakers”.
The club mercifully folded at the end of the 1981 season. The United Professional Softball League followed Syracuse into oblivion one year later.
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