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The Larry MacPhail Award is presented annually by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to recognize the top promotion effort in the minor leagues.[1] MiLB teams are known for using promotions such as theme nights, in-game promotions and giveaways, specialty foods, and fireworks shows to increase attendance at games.[2] The award is named after Baseball Hall of Fame member Larry MacPhail, who introduced innovations such as night games, team travel by airplane, pension plans, and batting helmets.[2] The award was first presented in 1966 and is usually awarded during baseball's Winter Meetings.[2]

Larry MacPhail Award
Awarded forThe top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball
CountryUnited States
Presented byMinor League Baseball
First awarded1966
Currently held byEugene Emeralds

Forty-five teams have won the Larry MacPhail Award. The Columbus Clippers, El Paso Diablos, and Nashville Sounds have each won the award on three separate occasions, the most of any team, followed by the Charleston RiverDogs, Hawaii Islanders, Reading Phillies, Richmond Braves, and Rochester Red Wings, who have each won the award twice. International League teams have won the award seven times, the most of any league, followed by the Eastern League, Pacific Coast League, and Southern League and Texas League (6); the American Association, Florida State League, and Midwest League (4); the Pioneer League and South Atlantic League (3); the California League and New York–Penn League (2); and the Carolina League, Northwestern League, and Western Carolinas League (1). Eighteen teams have competed at the Double-A classification level, the most of any class, followed by Triple-A (15); Class A (10); Class A-Advanced (5); and Class A-Short Season and Rookie (3).

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KeyEdit

(#)
Number of wins by teams who have won the award multiple times
*
Indicates multiple award winners in the same year

WinnersEdit

 
The Nashville Sounds won the award in 1978, 1980, and 1981.
 
Rocky Bluewinkle, mascot of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, plays a promotional game in-between innings
 
Bobbleheads depicting Jonah were given out by the Nashville Sounds as a part of "Faith Night" promotions in 2006.
 
A member of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals' staff uses a T-shirt cannon to launch T-shirts to fans.
 
"Country Legends" participate in a mascot race at the Nashville Sounds' First Tennessee Park.
Year Team League Class Ref
1966 Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Class A [1]
1967 Rochester Red Wings (1) International League Triple-A [1]
1968 Cocoa Astros Florida State League Class A [1]
1969 Hawaii Islanders (1) Pacific Coast League Triple-A [1]
1970* Hawaii Islanders (2) Pacific Coast League Triple-A [1]
1970* Wichita Aeros American Association Triple-A [1]
1971 Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Triple-A [1]
1972 San Antonio Brewers Texas League Double-A [1]
1973 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Triple-A [1]
1974 West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Class A [1]
1975 Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League Triple-A [1]
1976* Cedar Rapids Giants Midwest League Class A [1]
1976* El Paso Diablos (1) Texas League Double-A [1]
1977 Columbus Clippers (1) International League Triple-A [1]
1978 Nashville Sounds (1) Southern League Double-A [1]
1979 Columbus Clippers (2) International League Triple-A [1]
1980 Nashville Sounds (2) Southern League Double-A [1]
1981 Nashville Sounds (3) Southern League Double-A [1]
1982 El Paso Diablos (2) Texas League Double-A [1]
1983 Arkansas Travelers Texas League Double-A [1]
1984* Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Rookie [1]
1984* Columbus Clippers (3) International League Triple-A [1]
1985 Richmond Braves (1) International League Triple-A [1]
1986 Iowa Cubs American Association Triple-A [1]
1987 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Triple-A [1]
1988 Birmingham Barons Southern League Double-A [1]
1989 Buffalo Bisons American Association Triple-A [1]
1990 Richmond Braves (2) International League Triple-A [1]
1991 Salt Lake City Trappers Pioneer League Rookie [1]
1992 Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Class A-Advanced [1]
1993 El Paso Diablos (3) Texas League Double-A [1]
1994 Reading Phillies (1) Eastern League Double-A [1]
1995 Kane County Cougars Midwest League Class A [1]
1996 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League Class A-Advanced [1]
1997 Rochester Red Wings (2) International League Triple-A [1]
1998 Charleston RiverDogs (1) South Atlantic League Class A [1]
1999 Reading Phillies (2) Eastern League Double-A [1]
2000 Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Class A-Short Season [1]
2001 Tennessee Smokies Southern League Double-A [1]
2002 Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic League Class A [1]
2003 Trenton Thunder Eastern League Double-A [1]
2004 Altoona Curve Eastern League Double-A [1]
2005 Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Class A-Advanced [3]
2006 Round Rock Express Pacific Coast League Triple-A [4]
2007 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Class A [5]
2008 Ogden Raptors Pioneer League Rookie [6]
2009 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Double-A [7]
2010 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Double-A [8]
2011 Lake Elsinore Storm California League Class A-Advanced [9]
2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Class A [10]
2013 Charleston RiverDogs (2) South Atlantic League Class A [11]
2014 San Jose Giants California League Class A-Advanced [12]
2015 Akron RubberDucks Eastern League Double-A [2]
2016 Midland RockHounds Texas League Double-A [13]
2017 Brooklyn Cyclones New York–Penn League Class A-Short Season [14]
2018 Eugene Emeralds Northwestern League Class A-Short Season [15]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq "Larry MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "RubberDucks win Larry MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. November 5, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Manatees recognized for top promotions". MiLB.com. November 22, 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Round Rock wins Larry MacPhail Trophy". MiLB.com. December 7, 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Whitecaps honored with MacPhail Trophy". MiLB.com. December 6, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ogden wins Larry MacPhail Trophy". MiLB.com. November 12, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Giants, Lookouts earn top praise". MiLB.com. November 10, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "'Cats, Mustangs take notable awards". MiLB.com. November 8, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tennessee, Lake Elsinore win awards". MiLB.com. November 7, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Wisconsin wins MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. November 8, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "RiverDogs win 2013 MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. November 5, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "San Jose Giants win 2014 MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. November 5, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "RockHounds win Larry MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Brooklyn Cyclones win Larry MacPhail Award". MiLB.com. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Eugene Emeralds Win Larry MacPahil Award". Ballpark Digest. October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.