In this article, the author reflects on baseball games at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, North Carolina. Built in 1950 and renovated in 1977, Sims stadium has been home to many major-league baseball players and minor-league baseball teams. For the past seventeen years, Sims has hosted the Gastonia Grizzlies, a collegiate Coastal Plain League team.
Between 1935 and 1961, textile mill-sponsored baseball teams of the Western North Carolina Industrial League were considered sporting royalty in the mountains. The author explores the history of the popular teams and the legacy they left behind.
A former statistician for the Durham Bulls describes baseball and the Durham Bulls in the 1980s. The team and rough atmosphere created by fans in 1980s are compared with the current team and family-friendly atmosphere. The author also describes the best game he ever attended and famous baseball players who he watched play.
After a 40-year hiatus, minor league baseball teams are making a major comeback; Cities such as Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, and Asheville all have teams and good attendance at games. This article recounts the history of minor league baseball in North Carolina and why it made a comeback.
Recognizing North Carolinians playing in the National and American Baseball Leagues, this article mentions 33 natives, their places of birth, current residences, teams played for, and respective positions.