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1969-1997 Tucson Toros

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Tucson TorosPacific Coast League (1969-1997)

Born: 1969
Re-Branded: 1998 (Tucson Sidewinders)

Stadium: Hi Corbett Field

Major League Affiliations:

  • 1969-1972: Chicago White Sox
  • 1973-1976: Oakland A’s
  • 1977-1979: Texas Rangers
  • 1980-1996: Houston Astros
  • 1997: Milwaukee Brewers

Owners:

PCL Champions: 1991 & 1993

 

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Tucson Toros Memorabilia

 

Links

Pacific Coast League Media Guides

Pacific Coast League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

June 13th, 2017 at 2:45 am

1992-1995 Albany Polecats

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Albany Polecats ProgramSouth Atlantic League (1992-1995)

Born: 1992 – The Sumter Flyers relocate to Albany, GA
Moved: September 20, 1995 (Delmarva Shorebirds)

Stadium: Paul Eames Sports Complex

Team Colors:

Owner: Richard Holtzman

 

The Albany Polecats were a Class A farm club of the Montreal Expos (1992 & again in 1995) and Baltimore Orioles (1993-1994) for four seasons in the early 1990’s.   When team owner Richard Holtzman moved his Sumter (SC) Flyers ball club to Albany in late 1991 it marked the return of pro baseball to Albany after more than three decades absence, since the demise of the Albany Cardinals and the Georgia-Florida League in 1958.

Several future stars came through Albany during the Polecats era, particularly during the two seasons the club was part of the fertile Montreal Expos farm system.  Cliff Floyd and Ugueth Urbina (1992) and Vladimir Guerrero (1995) all became future Major League All-Stars.  Reliever Armando Benitez (1993) was the top product of the Orioles years and became a two-time All-Star in the Majors.

The Polecats never played especially well in Albany, posting a winning record only in the 1992 season (72-70).  Attendance was consistently disappointing and was the lowest in the South Atlantic League during the Polecats final season in 1995.  In September 1995 Richard Holtzman sold the team to a group led by Peter Kirk who were building a new ballpark in Salisbury, Maryland with the financial assistance of poultry baron Frank Perdue.  The team moved to Salisbury for the 1996 season and became known as the Delmarva Shorebirds.  The Shorebirds continue to operate today.

 

==Links==

South Atlantic League Programs

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Written by AC

February 21st, 2014 at 10:25 pm

1991 Sumter Flyers

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South Atlantic League (1991)

Born: 1991 – South Atlantic League expansion franchise
Moved: November 1991 (Albany Polecats)

Stadium: Riley Park

Team Colors:

Owner: Richard Holtzman

 

The Sumter Flyers were a One-Year Wonder in the Class A South Atlantic League.  The Flyers arrived in February 1991 several months after Sumter’s previous Sally League club, the Sumter Braves, left town for Macon, Georgia.

The Flyers’ owner Richard Holtzman was a Chicago real estate investor who owned numerous  minor league baseball clubs around the country during the late 1980’s and 1990’s.  Holtzman originally wanted to place his new club in Montgomery, Alabama, but when that didn’t pan out he fell back on Sumter, South Carolina’s Riley Park for the 1991 season.   The Flyers would serve as a farm team for the Montreal Expos.

The Flyers had a record of 64-75 during their only season in Sumter.  Twelve Flyers players eventually saw time in the Major Leagues, including – remarkably – nine members of the pitching staff.  The best known of the bunch were Rondell White and Shane Andrews, Montreal’s two first round selections in the 1990 Amateur Draft.  Andrews eventually played parts of seven seasons in the Majors from 1995 to 2002, including a 25-homer season for the Expos in 1998.  White played 15 seasons (1993-2007) and was a National League All-Star selection in 2003.

The Flyers drew 45,637 fans to Riley Park in 1991 for an average attendance of 702 per game.  Holtzman and team General Manager Scott Skadan told The Sumter Item that the ball club had a bad season financially and lost money.  When a sweeter deal became available in Albany, Georgia, Holtzman pulled out of Sumter and moved the team south in November 1991.

The franchise was know as the Albany Polecats from 1992 to 1995.  In 1995, Holtzman sold the club to Peter Kirk who moved the ball club to Salisbury, Maryland where it operates to this day and is known as the Delmarva Shorebirds.

 

==In Memoriam==

Flyers pitcher Kevin Foster, who won 10 games for Sumter in 1991 and later pitched in the Majors, died on renal cancer on October 11, 2008 at age 39.

 

==Links==

South Atlantic League Programs

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Written by AC

February 21st, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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