A Brief History Of Baseball.
Baseball is a staple of American culture often associated with apple pie, fireworks, and mom, there is no doubt that baseball is one of America’s most prized past times and cultural staple. Baseball has a unique history in every country, state, and region of the world; from Japan to Virginia the impact baseball makes is measurable and it’s history is long. This website is dedicated to one such history, the history of Baseball in Virginia.
Baseball arrived to Richmond Virginia in 1884 when they joined the eastern league playing 30-28 as charter members they placed 7th in the league before taking on the American Association (The Major League) playing 12-30 placing them squarely in 10th place. In 1885 the Virginias rejoin the eastern league, shattering records with a 67-26 season; the league quickly disbanded on September 21st leaving Richmond with out a professional team until 1894. In 1895 the Virginians joined the Virginia state league as the Crows. University baseball came to Virginia in 1889 with the founding of the Virginia Cavaliers, although the first hundred years of their history is fraught with downfalls and heart break, the Cavaliers eventually made it into the NCAA tournament of 1972, they would later return in 1995 and 1996; not once making it past regional play. The Cavaliers won their first ACC championship in 1996.
Major Or Minor; Whats the deal?
Although lacking any MLB, Virginia and West Virginia have a range of minor league teams from the Bluefield Blue Jays to the Bristol Pirates, there is no shortage of competitive baseball and history here. The Bluefield Blue Jays were founded in 1937 as a Class D Franchise. Bluefield is often accredited as the arrival site of baseball in virginia with the crossing of two major railroads. The first official team that can be traced back to Bluefield was the 1924 Blue-Greys, founded by Fred Fox and Fred Hawley; for two years the Blue-Greys played in the Coalfield League until it eventually folded. Bluefield quickly became a favourite stop on barnstorming exhibition tours. The Blue-Greys’s played two seasons in the Blue Ridge League before joining the D-class Mountain state league, attracting upwards of 70,000 fan’s in the championship year of 1938. The Blue-Greys success spurred interest in the construction of a new stadium inside of City Park, and thus Bowen Field was constructed as a first rate stadium with the unique twist of an all dirt infield and outfield.
A vast History Condensed
The history of Baseball in Virginia is as long as it is complicated, as such there is no feasable way for me to really break it down into one post. I hope that this post was informative and helped you learn more about the early history of baseball in Virginia! If you would like to contact us with any information, articles, questions, or concerns you can contact us here!