Minor League history: Illinois State League

The Illinois State League saw the light in 1947 and lasted two years before it changed its name in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League in 1947. Eventually, the league became the current Midwest League.  In its two years of existence, the Illinois State League operated as a class D league. The league was created with completely new …

Minor League history: Hudson River League

The Hudson River League was intially founded in 1886. This first edition lasted for only one season. A next league with the same name was founded in 1903 by a former player of the original Hudson River League and lasted for five seasons. In total twelve cities were represented during the five year run, eleven …

Minor League history: Golden Baseball League

The Golden Baseball League was one of the more recent independent leagues. The league was founded in 2004 and started playing in 2005. The league lasted through the 2010 season. After the 2010 season, the league merged with the United Baseball League and the Northern League into the North American Baseball League. The Golden Baseball …

Minor League history: Georgia-Alabama League

Through the history of minor league baseball, there were three versions of the Georgia-Alabama League. The first edition of the Georgia-Alabama League started in 1913 and lasted four seasons. The second edition lasted three years from 1928 through 1930. The final edition started in 1946 and lasted through 1951. All three editions were class D …

Minor League history: Georgia State League

The Georgia State League had various versions of which the first started in 1906. The next version started in 1914 but changed the name to Florida-Alabama-Georgia League in 1915 when teams from Alabama and Florida were added. This version of the Georgia State League was a continuation of the Empire State League of 1913.  The …

Minor League History: Florida-Alabama-Georgia League (FLAG League)

The Florida-Alabama-Georgia League saw the light in 1915 as the Georgia State League changed its name when the Americus team moved to Gainesville FL and a team in Dothan AL was added. This happened in June 1915. The Georgia State League had previously been known as the Empire State League. The FLAG league started the …

Minor League history: Florida International League

The Florida International League was a rather stable baseball league that lasted from 1946 though 1954. In fact it was a continuation of the 1940-1942 Florida East Coast League with a couple of the same cities. The backbone of the league were the teams in Miami, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Havana. The team in Havana …

Minor League History: Far West League

The Far West League saw the light in 1948 and was located mainly in California but also had two teams playing in Oregon and one in Nevada.  The league was rated as a class D league and lasted for four years before it folded. Cities represented: Eugene, OR Eugene Larks 1950-1951 Klamath Falls, OR Klamath Falls Gems …

Minor League history: Evangeline League

The Evangeline League was a league that was mainly based in Louisiana, but the league also fielded some teams from Texas and Mississippi. The name of the league can be traced back to a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in which he wrote about the Arcadian heroine Evangeline.  The league saw light in 1934 when it …