Important dates in Augusta's baseball history

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1885: Augusta Browns join Southern League

1904: Ty Cobb begins professional career as a 17-year-old with the Augusta Tourists. The Tourists and the South Atlantic League also debut.

1916: Tourists win first of Augusta’s 10 Sally League championships

1930: Augusta Wolves play first night game in the South

1958: Detroit Tigers end affiliation with Augusta because of a lack of support

1962: New York Yankees establish Augusta team

1963: Yankees end affiliation; South Atlantic League folds

1988: Minor league baseball returns with Augusta Pirates with Len and Ann Monheimer as majority owners and Bill Heaton as minority owner; Heaton Stadium opens

1990: Newspaper heir Bill Scripps buys team from Monheimers and Heaton

1994: Team renamed GreenJackets

1995: Lake Olmstead Stadium opens

1998: Scripps sells team to Boston businessmen Mike and Jeffrey Savit

1999: GreenJackets begin affiliation with Boston Red Sox

2005: Ripken Baseball purchases GreenJackets from Savit brothers; team becomes affiliated with San Francisco Giants

2008: Augusta sweeps Charleston, W. Va., to earn 10th South Atlantic League championship

2012: Agon Sports & Entertainment purchases club from Ripken Baseball

Source: augustachronicle.com; staff research

TEAM NAMES

Augusta’s baseball team names through the years:

  • Browns (1885-86)
  • Electricians (1893)
  • Tourists (1904-11 and 1914-16)
  • Dollies (1919)
  • Georgians (1920-21)
  • Tygers (1922 and 1924-29)
  • Tigers (1923, 1936-42, 1946-52 and 1955-58)
  • Wolves (1930)
  • Rams (1953-54)
  • Yankees (1962-63)
  • Pirates (1988-93)
  • GreenJackets (1994-present)

Source: augusta.greenjackets.milb.com

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