Rock Hill Chiefs

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The Rock Hill Chiefs was a primary name of the minor league baseball teams based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA between 1908 and 1968. Rock Hill teams played as members of the South Carolina League (1908), Tri-State League (1947–1955) and Western Carolinas League (1963–1968).

Rock Hill Chiefs
(1908, 1947–1955, 1963–1968)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Minor league affiliations
Previous classes
LeagueWestern Carolinas League (1963–1968)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous teamsChicago Cubs (1950–1951)
Washington Senators (1954)
St. Louis Cardinals (1963–1966)
Cleveland Indians (1967–1968)
Minor league titles
League titles 2 1950, 1965
Team data
Previous names
Rock Hill Indians (1967–1968)
Rock Hill Cardinals (1964–1966)
Rock Hill Wrens (1963)
Rock Hill Chiefs (1947–1955)
Rock Hill Catawabas (1908)
Previous parks
Municipal Stadium (1947–1968)

Rock Hill was an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs (1950–1951), Washington Senators (1954), St. Louis Cardinals (1963–1966) and Cleveland Indians (1967–1968)

Baseball Hall of Fame members Sparky Anderson (1965, MGR) and Steve Carlton (1964) are Rock Hill Cardinals alumni.


The Rock Hill Catawabas played as members of the Class D level South Carolina League in 1908. The Rock Hill Chiefs then played as members of the Class B level Tri-State League from 1947 to 1955. The Rock Hill Wrens (1963), Rock Hill Cardinals (1964–1966) and Rock Hill Indians (1967–1968) played as members of the Class A level Tri-State League. Rock Hill teams were an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in 950 and 1951, Washington Senators in 1954, St. Louis Cardinals from 1963 to 1966 and Cleveland Indians from 1967 to 1968.[1][2][3]

The Rock Hill Chiefs won the 1950 Tri-State League Championship, playing as an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. After finishing 4th in the regular season standings with a 73–69 record, 13.5 games behind the 1st place Knoxville Smokies, the Chiefs qualified for the playoffs. In the playoffs, Rock Hill swept Knoxville in three games. In the Finals, Rock Hill defeated the Asheville Tourists 4 games to 3 to capture the 1950 championship under manager Dick Bouknight.[4][5][6][1]

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Steve Carlton pitched for the 1964 Rock Hill Cardinals at age 19. Carlton compiled a 10–1 record with a 1.03 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 78 innings. With Carlton on the roster, the 1964 Rock Hill Cardinals finished 2nd in the eight-team Western Carolinas League. Led by manager Hal Smith, the Cardinals finished 2nd in the regular season standings with a 76–51 record, 0.5 games behind the 1st place Salisbury Dodgers (77–51) and won the first–half standings, while Salisbury won the second–half standings in the split–season format. In the playoff Final, the Salisbury Dodgers defeated Rock Hill 2 games to 1.[7][8][9]

Led by Baseball Hall of Fame member Sparky Anderson as manager, the Rock Hill Cardinals captured the 1965 Western Carolinas League Championship. Anderson had been fired after managing the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Class AAA International League in 1964, before the Cardinals organization hired him to manage Rock Hill just before the 1965 season. After finishing 5th in the regular season overall standings with a 59–63 record, Rock Hill qualified for the playoffs by having the best second–half record, as the league had a split–season format. In the 1965 Western Carolinas League playoffs, Rock Hill defeated the Salisbury Astros 2 games to 0 in the Finals to capture the championship.[10][11][2][12][13][14]

The Rock Hill team folded after the 1968 season and minor league baseball has not returned to Rock Hill, South Carolina.[15][12]

The ballparkEdit

Rock Hill teams played at American Legion Municipal Stadium. American Legion Municipal Stadium had a capacity of 6,800 in 1949 and 8,000 in 1963, with dimensions of 301–406–330. Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1984.The ballpark was located at the corner of York Avenue and Cherry Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina.[16][17][18][19]


Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League Affiliate
1908 1 Rock Hill Catawabas Class D South Carolina League None
1947–1949 3 Rock Hill Chiefs Class B Tri-State League
1950–1951 2 Chicago Cubs
1952–1953 2 None
1954 1 Washington Senators
1955 1 None
1963 1 Rock Hill Wrens Class A Western Carolinas League St. Louis Cardinals
1964–1966 3 Rock Hill Cardinals
1967–1968 2 Rock Hill Indians Cleveland Indians

Notable Rock Hill alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame alumniEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

Rock Hill Chiefs players, Rock Hill Indians players, Rock Hill Cardinals players


  1. ^ a b "Rock Hill Chiefs - BR Bullpen".
  2. ^ a b "Rock Hill Cardinals - BR Bullpen".
  3. ^ "Rock Hill Indians - BR Bullpen".
  4. ^ "Tri-State League (NC-SC-TN) - BR Bullpen".
  5. ^ "1950 Rock Hill Chiefs Roster on".
  6. ^ "1950 Rock Hill Chiefs Statistics".
  7. ^ "1964 Western Carolinas League (WCL) minor league baseball Standings on".
  8. ^ "1964 Western Carolinas League".
  9. ^ "Steve Carlton Winter & Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  10. ^ "1965 Rock Hill Cardinals Roster on".
  11. ^ "Western Carolinas League - BR Bullpen".
  12. ^ a b "1965 Rock Hill Cardinals Statistics".
  13. ^ "Cardinals boosted managing career of Sparky Anderson". November 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "1965 Western Carolinas League (WCL) minor league baseball Standings on".
  15. ^ Hill&state=SC&country=US
  16. ^ "Municipal Stadium (Rock Hill, SC) - SABR Encyclopedia".
  17. ^ Wilmer, Jerry (March 6, 2011). "At the Ballpark – Winthrop Ballpark, Rock Hill, SC".
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Municipal Stadium in Rock Hill, SC history and teams on".

External referenceEdit

Baseball Reference Bullpen