Pawtucket Red Sox


Pawtucket Red Sox

MiLB infobox
name = Pawtucket Red Sox
founded = 1970
city = Pawtucket, Rhode Island
misc =

uniform
class level = Triple-A (1973-Present)
past class level= Double-A (1970-1972)
current league = International League
conference =
division = North Division
past league = Eastern League (1970-1972)
majorleague = Boston Red Sox (1970-Present)
pastmajorleague =
uniform =
nickname = Pawtucket Red Sox (1970-Present)
pastnames =
ballpark = McCoy Stadium (1970-Present)
pastparks =
leaguechamps = 1973, 1984
divisionchamps = 1991, 1994, 1996, 2003
misc6 =
owner = Ben Mondor
manager = Ron Johnson
gm = Lou Schwechheimer
The Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox and belong to the International League. They play their home games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (in the Providence market).

Team history

The first team to be dubbed the Pawtucket Red Sox debuted at McCoy Stadium in 1970 as a member of the Double-A Eastern League. After three seasons as a Double-A Boston affiliate, this franchise moved to Bristol, Connecticut, in 1973 to make room for the Triple-A PawSox. The Bristol franchise moved to New Britain, Connecticut, in 1983 and now plays as the New Britain Rock Cats, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins since 1995.

The Triple-A team that is now the Pawtucket Red Sox was long ago the International League franchise Toronto Maple Leafs. After the American Association and its Louisville Colonels franchise folded in 1962 and the American League owners voted down Charlie O. Finley's agreement to move the Kansas City A's to Louisville in 1964, Louisville was ready for the return of baseball. In 1968 the Maple Leafs, the Red Sox' top minor league club since 1965, were bought by Walter J. Dilbeck and moved to Louisville where they became the new Louisville Colonels, the Triple-A franchise of the Boston Red Sox. While in Louisville, star players included Carlton Fisk (1971), Dwight Evans (1972) and Cecil Cooper (1972). The Louisville Colonels made the International League playoffs in 1969 and 1972. However, in 1972 the Kentucky State Fair Board, which operated the stadium where the Colonels played, decided to convert the facility to primary use for football.

Following the 1972 season the Louisville Colonels moved to Pawtucket and became the Pawtucket Red Sox. The team was an instant success on the field, led by future major leaguers Cecil Cooper and Dick Pole, winning the 1973 Governors' Cup Championship in their inaugural year in the league over the Charleston Charlies. The following season the team finished 30 games below .500 and in 1975, while the parent club was on their way to the World Series, the PawSox finished with a miserable 53-87. Following another sub-.500 season in 1976 the franchise went bankrupt, unable to pay off $2 million worth of debt.

Although it appeared the Red Sox's brief flirtation with the Pawtucket area was about to come to an end, retired businessman Ben Mondor stepped in and made sure the team would remain entrenched in the city. What Mondor wanted, and got, was a new franchise; although to outsiders it would appear as if nothing had changed since the team name remained the same. So it was really in 1977 that the current Pawtucket Red Sox, and PawSox, were born. To his credit, Mondor has turned Pawtucket into a viable baseball market, where so many others had failed before. In his 25 years at the helm of the PawSox, Mondor has seen the average attendance for Pawtucket games go from barely 1,000 fans per game in 1977 to nearly 9,000 in 2000. Mondor has been part of the management that has overseen the transformation of McCoy Stadium from an aging 1942 relic into its currently renovated form. And while keeping the price of tickets at $6 and $10 [ [http://www.pawsox.com/tickets/ PawSox.com - PawSox Tickets ] ] , parking has always been free. The PawSox usually lead the league in attendance, and in 2005 set a franchise record with 688,421 tickets sold during the year.

In addition to their success at the box office, the PawSox have excelled in the field. In 2000, Pawtucket set an all-time franchise record for victories with 82, as the team completed their 5th straight winning season. Three years later the PawSox would top their own record by winning 83 games. Pawtucket has fielded a winning team in 13 seasons since 1983, a span that includes 4 first place IL finishes and the 1984 team that defeated the now-defunct Maine Guides 3-2 to win the 1984 Governors' Cup trophy for the second championship in Pawtucket Red Sox history.

As for the name PawSox, the origins are traced back to the first season in which Mondor owned the club. Three weeks before the 1977 season began the team lacked uniforms, despite having been rescued from bankruptcy. Former Boston GM Haywood Sullivan stepped in and sent Pawtucket 48 sets of old home and away uniforms from the parent club. Although the home uniforms were fine for the team to use, the road uniforms had "Boston" stitched across the chest, which was a problem. Then Pawtucket GM Mike Tamburro, who is currently the organization's President, suggested using the moniker "PawSox" across the front, with each unstitched "Boston" letter replaced with one that spelled "PawSox." Thus, the PawSox name was born out of the necessity of a uniform crisis, not a clever focus group-based marketing campaign.

As a man who made a career of buying and selling bankrupt business, Mondor has turned around the fortunes of Pawtucket baseball, instituting an affordable and friendly atmosphere, and giving Pawtucket a baseball tradition in line with what one would expect from an affiliate of the storied Boston Red Sox.

"The Longest Game"

The PawSox played in and won the longest game in professional baseball history, a 33 inning affair against the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium. The game started on April 18, 1981. Play was suspended at 4:07 AM at the end of the 32nd inning. The game did not resume again until June 23 when the Red Wings returned to Pawtucket. Only one inning was needed, with the PawSox winning 3-2 in the bottom of the 33rd when first baseman Dave Koza drove in second baseman Marty Barrett with a bases loaded single off of Cliff Speck. Future Major League Baseball stars Cal Ripken Jr. and Wade Boggs played in the game.

On June 23, 2006, the PawSox celebrated the 25th anniversary of "The Longest Game" with events and festivities when they played the Columbus Clippers.

Perfect games

*Tomokazu Ohka pitched a nine-inning perfect game for the Pawtucket Red Sox on June 1, 2000. Ohka retired all 27 batters he faced in a 2-0 win over the Charlotte Knights, and he needed just 76 pitches to toss the first nine-inning perfect game in the International League since 1952.

*On August 10, 2003, Bronson Arroyo pitched the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the 121-year history of the International League as the PawSox beat the Buffalo Bisons 7–0 at McCoy Stadium. He needed 101 pitches to throw his masterpiece (73 strikes), struck out nine, and got 10 fly outs and eight ground balls from the Buffalo 27 batters. He went to a three-ball count to just three hitters all game. At the end of the month, he was with the big league club until the 2005 offseason, when the Red Sox traded him to the Cincinnati Reds.

Titles

The PawSox have won the Governors' Cup, the championship of the IL, 2 times, and played in the championship series 6 times.
*1973 Defeated Charleston
*1977 Lost to Charleston
*1978 Lost to Richmond
*1984 Defeated Maine
*1991 Lost to Columbus
*2003 Lost to Durham

Yearly Results

Broadcasters

Pawtucket is noted as being a springboard for Major League baseball broadcasters. As of 2008, there are five former PawSox radio and one television announcer curretly broadcasting for major league teams.
*Gary Cohen (New York Mets)
*Dave Flemming (San Francisco Giants)
*Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays)
*Dave Jageler (Washington Nationals)
*Don Orsillo (Boston Red Sox)
*Glenn Geffner (Florida Marlins)

The current announcers for the Pawsox Radio Network are Dan Hoard and & Steve Hyder. [ [http://pawsox.com/front_office/ PawSox.com - The Pawtucket Red Sox Front Office ] ] Select games are broadcasted on NESN by Eric Frede and Ken Ryan and on Cox Sports by Dan Hoard and Bob Montgomery. [ [http://www.cox-sports.com/team_detail.cfm?id=43 Cox Sports Television ] ]

Other former Pawtucket announcers include Dave Shea, Bob Rodgers, Bob Kurtz, Jack LeFaivre, and Mike Stenhouse.

ee also

* Pawtucket Red Sox Alumni
* Pawsox Radio Network

References

External links

* [http://www.pawsox.com/ Pawtucket Red Sox official website]
* [http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/clubs/ip_index.jsp?sid=milb&cid=t533 Minor League Baseball.com PawSox team site]
* [http://www.soxprospects.com/ Boston Red Sox prospects]
* [http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/tm.cgi?tm=PawIL Roster, Splits, and Situational Stats]
* [http://www.pawsox.com/team/alltime_roster/ PawSox all-time roster]
* [http://www.sonsofsamhorn.net/wiki/index.php/Pawtucket_Red_Sox_%28AAA%29 Pawtucket Red Sox] at SoSH Wiki


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