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South Atlantic League

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South Atlantic League
South Atlantic League logo
PresidentEric Krupa[1]
No. of teams14
CountryUnited States
Most recent
Lexington Legends (2018)
Most titlesAsheville Tourists (4)
Augusta GreenJackets (4)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (4)
Savannah Sand Gnats (4)
ClassificationClass A

The South Atlantic League is a Minor League Baseball league with teams along the Atlantic coastline of the United States from New Jersey to Georgia. It is a Class A league that plays a full season, and its teams are composed of players in their second or third year of professional play.

A number of different leagues known as the South Atlantic League have existed since 1904. The current league of that name adopted the moniker in 1980, having previously been the Western Carolinas League, founded in 1963.

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Portion of plaque displaying likeness of John Henry Moss at Municipal Stadium, Hagerstown, Maryland
Portion of plaque displaying likeness of John Henry Moss at Municipal Stadium, Hagerstown, Maryland

There have been several South Atlantic Leagues in the history of minor league baseball, spanning from 1904 to the present with a few breaks. The league ran from 1904 to 1917 as a class C league, then started up again in 1919, also class C. This time it ran from 1919 to 1930, moving up to class B beginning in 1921. William G. Bramham became league president in mid-1924 and served until 1930. The league was restarted again as a class B from 1936 to 1942, shut down as a result of World War II, and returned in 1946 as a class A league. The AA Southern Association (which never integrated) died after the 1961 season and so the SAL was promoted to AA in 1963 to take its place; a year later the name was changed to the Southern League. Out of the 51 seasons of operation, Augusta, Georgia competed in 46, Macon, Georgia was around for 46, and Columbia, South Carolina was in 45. Charleston, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; and Columbus, Georgia; each competed for at least 29 years also, making for a relatively stable lineup.

The South Atlantic League name went unused for 16 years, but in 1980 the Western Carolinas League brought back the name when it sought to change its identity. For nearly 60 years, 1948 through 2007, the dominant figure in the WCL/SAL was league founder and president John Henry Moss, who started the WCL as a young man in 1948, refounded it in 1960 and then led it into the new century. Moss retired at the close of the 2007[2] South Atlantic League season. He died at age 90 on July 1, 2009, at Kings Mountain, North Carolina—a town where he had also been mayor for 23 years.[3]

In 2005, the SAL had the highest attendance in 101 years with over 3,541,992 fans (while minor league baseball set a second straight record with 41,333,279 attendees). Currently, the league has 14 teams, divided into two divisions of seven clubs.

In 2015, the Savannah Sand Gnats relocated to Columbia, South Carolina, becoming the Columbia Fireflies.

Current teams

Current team locations
Current team locations

The league is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division.

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Delmarva Shorebirds Baltimore Orioles Salisbury, Maryland Arthur W. Perdue Stadium 5,200
Greensboro Grasshoppers Pittsburgh Pirates Greensboro, North Carolina First National Bank Field 7,499
Hagerstown Suns Washington Nationals Hagerstown, Maryland Municipal Stadium 4,600
Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers Hickory, North Carolina L. P. Frans Stadium 5,092
Kannapolis Intimidators Chicago White Sox Kannapolis, North Carolina Intimidators Stadium 4,700
Lakewood BlueClaws Philadelphia Phillies Lakewood, New Jersey FirstEnergy Park 6,588
West Virginia Power Seattle Mariners Charleston, West Virginia Appalachian Power Park 6,200
Southern Asheville Tourists Colorado Rockies Asheville, North Carolina McCormick Field 4,000
Augusta GreenJackets San Francisco Giants North Augusta, South Carolina SRP Park 5,000
Charleston RiverDogs New York Yankees Charleston, South Carolina Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park 6,000
Columbia Fireflies New York Mets Columbia, South Carolina Segra Park 8,500
Greenville Drive Boston Red Sox Greenville, South Carolina Fluor Field at the West End 6,000
Lexington Legends Kansas City Royals Lexington, Kentucky Whitaker Bank Ballpark 6,994
Rome Braves Atlanta Braves Rome, Georgia State Mutual Stadium 5,105

Current team rosters

South Atlantic League teams (1980–present)

Notes: Bold font indicates that team is an active South Atlantic League team • An "^" indicates that team's article redirects to an article of an active team in the South Atlantic League or in a different league

League timeline (1980-present)

Bowling Green Hot RodsGreenville DriveRome BravesLake County CaptainsSouth Georia WavesLexington LegendsLakewood BlueClawsDelmarva ShorebirdsKannapolis IntimidatorsHickory CrawdadsHagerstown SunsAlbany PolecatsColumbus CatfishAugusta GreenJacketsMyrtle Beach Blue JaysCape Fear CrocsWest Virginia PowerSumter BravesSavannah Sand GnatsColumbia FirefliesGreenville DriveGreenwood PiratesFlorence Blue JaysKannapolis IntimidatorsShelby RedsMacon BravesMacon PeachesGreensboro GrasshoppersGastonia RangersCharleston RiverDogsAsheville TouristsAnderson Braves

Current team Former team

League champions

South Atlantic League Hall of Fame

The South Atlantic League Hall of Fame was started in 1994.


  1. ^ "Contact Us". South Atlantic League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Baseball America, December 15, 2007
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (13 July 2009). "John Henry Moss, 90, Head of South Atlantic League for 50 Years, , Dies". Retrieved 20 March 2018 – via

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This page was last edited on 28 February 2019, at 18:20
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