Reading Red Sox

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The Reading Red Sox were a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise.

The team was based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and played in the Class A New York–Pennsylvania League (1933–1934) and its successor league, the Double-A Eastern League (1963–1964). During the latter period, the manager was Eddie Popowski and the team featured such star players as veteran former Red Sox slugger Dick Gernert, a Reading native, and prospects Mike Andrews, Joe Foy, Tony Horton, Mike Ryan, Rico Petrocelli and Reggie Smith.[1]

In 1965, Boston moved its AA affiliate to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and the Cleveland Indians re-established a farm club in Reading, where the Indians had a successful affiliate from 1950 to 1961. Since 1967, the Philadelphia Phillies have based their Double-A affiliate in the city (named the Reading Fightin Phils as of 2021); it led the Eastern League in attendance in 2006.

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Preceded by
Memphis Chickasaws
(1958)
Boston Red Sox
Double-A affiliate

1963–1964
Succeeded by
Pittsfield Red Sox