Johnson City Cardinals

The Johnson City Cardinals were a Minor League Baseball team based in Johnson City, Tennessee.[1] The team was affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals organization from 1975 through 2020 and played in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.[1] The team won 10 league championships, most recently in 2019. They played their home games at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.[2] Before 1975, the team operated under several other names and affiliations.

Johnson City Cardinals
(1910–13, 1921–24, 1937–55, 1957–61, 1964–2020)
Johnson City, Tennessee
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Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassRookie (1963–2020)
Previous classesClass D (before 1963)
LeagueAppalachian League (1911–13; 1921–24; 1937–55; 1957–61; 1964–2020)
Previous leagues
Southeastern League (1910)
Major league affiliations
Team
Minor league titles
League titles (10)
  • 1940
  • 1958
  • 1964
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2016
  • 2019
Division titles (8)
  • 1986
  • 1987
  • 1994
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2016
  • 2019
Team data
Name
  • Johnson City Cardinals (1975–2020)
  • Johnson City Yankees (1964–1974)
  • Johnson City Cardinals (1961)
  • Johnson City Phillies (1957–1960)
  • Johnson City Cardinals (1939–1955)
  • Johnson City Soldiers (1910–1913; 1921–1924; 1937–1938)
BallparkTVA Credit Union Ballpark (1956–2020)

The start of the 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic before ultimately being cancelled on June 30.[3][4] In conjunction with a contraction of Minor League Baseball beginning with the 2021 season, the Appalachian League was reorganized as a collegiate summer baseball league, and the Cardinals were replaced by the Johnson City Doughboys, a new franchise in the revamped league designed for rising college freshmen and sophomores.[5][6]

PlayoffsEdit

In 1955, Johnson City and the Salem Rebels were declared co-champions of the Appalachian League when their final playoff series was canceled due to rain.[7][8]

From 1986 to 2019, Johnson City reached the playoffs by virtue of winning their division or clinching a playoff spot eight times. The results of their postseason play during this time was as follows.[9]

Notable alumniEdit

Many of the players fielded by Johnson City have gone on to distinguish themselves in Major League Baseball.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Johnson City, Tennessee Register City Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Howard Johnson Field". milb.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "A Message From Pat O'Conner". Minor League Baseball. March 13, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Shelved". Minor League Baseball. June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "MLB, USA Baseball Announce New Format for Appalachian League". Major League Baseball. September 29, 2020. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Johnson City's Appy League Team to Be Known as the Doughboys". WJHL. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  7. ^ "Appy Playoffs Are Cancelled Due To Rain". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol, Tennessee. AP. September 4, 1955. p. C1. Retrieved February 17, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors (Third ed.). Baseball America. 2007. p. 485. ISBN 1932391177.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "2016 Appalachian League Media Guide". milb.com. pp. 47–59. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Notable Alumni". milb.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016.

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