Bellingham Mariners

The Bellingham Mariners were a Minor League Baseball team in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, based in Bellingham, Washington.

Bellingham Mariners
Bellingham, Washington
PreviousClass A-Short Season
Minor league affiliations
LeagueNorthwest League
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 3 (1977, 1980, 1986)
Team data
Previous names
  • Bellingham Giants (1995–1996)
  • Bellingham Mariners (1977–1994)
  • Bellingham Dodgers (1973–1976)
Previous parks
Joe Martin Field (1973–1996)
Bellingham is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Bellingham is located in Washington (state)
Location in Washington

The franchise arrived in 1973 as the Bellingham Dodgers, affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for four seasons. They changed to the expansion Seattle Mariners in 1977 (Bellingham Mariners, or the "Baby M's" as they were popularly known), which lasted for 18 seasons, through 1994. The final two seasons in 1995 and 1996 were as the Bellingham Giants, the affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

After three seasons in Medford and one season in Spokane in 1972, the Dodgers moved their NWL affiliate to Bellingham for 1973. The team gained unwanted national notoriety in 1975 when it opened the season with 25 straight losses;[1][2][3] they finished at 17–61 (.218).

In 1987, 17-year-old Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his first professional home run while on the road at Everett Memorial Stadium on June 18.[4] A plaque was placed on the sidewalk outside the stadium where the ball landed.[5]

The Bellingham franchise played at Joe Martin Field, a venue with a seating capacity near 1,600. The park is currently the home of the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.[6]

Following the 1994 season, the Mariners moved their affiliation to the Everett AquaSox. After the 1996 season, the Bellingham Giants moved south to Keizer, Oregon,[7] and became the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 1997.

Yearly recordEdit

Year MLB Club Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1973 Dodgers
(4 yrs.)
42–37 3rd Bill Berrier
1974 52–32 1st Bill Berrier League Finals
1975 17–61 6th Bill Berrier
1976 30–42 6th Bill Berrier
1977 Mariners
(18 yrs.)
42–26 2nd Bobby Floyd League Champs[8][9][10]
1978 41–30 3rd Bob Didier
1979 41–31 3rd (t) Jeff Scott
1980 45–25 1st Jeff Scott Co-Champs w/ Eugene
1981 39–31 2nd Jeff Scott Playoffs
1982 33–37 3rd Jeff Scott
1983 40–28 2nd Jeff Scott Playoffs
1984 42–32 3rd Gary Pellant
1985 39–35 3rd (t) Gary Pellant
1986 45–29 1st (t) Sal Rende League Champs
1987 30–46 7th Rick Sweet
1988 25–51 8th P. J. Carey
1989 32–43 7th P. J. Carey
1990 32–44 6th P. J. Carey
1991 37–39 5th (t) Dave Myers
1992 43–33 1st (t) Dave Myers League Champs
1993 44–32 1st Mike Goff Playoffs
1994 42–34 3rd Mike Goff
1995 Giants
(2 yrs.)
43–33 2nd Glenn Tufts League Finals
1996 39–36 4th Ozzie Virgil, Jr. /
Shane Turner


Hall of Fame alumniEdit

Notable playersEdit

(Dodgers, Mariners, and Giants)


See alsoEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hopper, Betty (July 13, 1975). "Bellingham Dodgers: maybe you can lose 'em all..." Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. D1.
  2. ^ "Northwest League standings". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). July 13, 1975. p. D2.
  3. ^ "Bellingham ends string, starts over". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 14, 1975. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Northwest League: Wednesday's results". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). June 19, 1987. p. 36.
  5. ^ Baker, Geoff (August 29, 2008). "Fun is No. 1 at Everett AquaSox games". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  6. ^ a b "Joe Martin Field". Bellingham Bells. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Bellingham might lose team to Keizer". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 11, 1996. p. 5C.
  8. ^ "Bellingham wins first playoff game". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 29, 1977. p. 5D.
  9. ^ "NWL crown up for grabs". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 31, 1977. p. 5C.
  10. ^ "Bellingham wins title". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. September 1, 1977. p. 22.
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2009-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 48°44′49″N 122°27′36″W / 48.747°N 122.46°W / 48.747; -122.46