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The Appalachian League is a Advanced Rookie-class minor league that began play in 1937 with one year of inactivity in 1956. From 1937 to 1962, it was Class D League. Teams are located in the Appalachian regions of the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The league currently operates as a ten-team circuit, with two divisions of five teams.

Earlier incarnations of the league operated (more centrally around Tennessee than later on) from 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1925 at the Class D level.

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[edit] Current Teams, Managers, and Affiliations

Appalachian League Teams
East Division West Division
Team Manager Parent Team Team Manager Parent Team
Bluefield Blue Jays Dennis Holmberg Toronto Blue Jays Bristol Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates
Burlington Royals Nelson Liriano Kansas City Royals Elizabethton Twins Ray Smith Minnesota Twins
Danville Braves Randy Ingle Atlanta Braves Greeneville Astros Omar Lopez Houston Astros
Princeton Rays Michael Johns Tampa Bay Rays Johnson City Cardinals Mike Shildt St. Louis Cardinals
Pulaski Mariners Rob Mummau Seattle Mariners Kingsport Mets Mike DiFelice New York Mets

[edit] League Champions

Year Champion
1937 Pennington Gap Lee Bears
1938 Greeneville Burley Cubs
1939 Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
1940 Johnson City Cardinals
1941 Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
1942 Bristol Twins
1943 Bristol Twins
1944 Kingsport Cherokees
1945 Kingsport Cherokees
1946 New River Rebels
1947 New River Rebels
1948 Pulaski Counts
1949 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1950 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1951 Kingsport Cherokees
1952 Welch Miners
1953 Welch Miners
1954 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1955 Salem Rebels
1956 Not in operation
1957 Bluefield Dodgers
1958 Johnson City Phillies
1959 Morristown Cubs
1960 Wytheville Senators
1961 Middlesboro Senators
1962 Bluefield Orioles
1963 Bluefield Orioles
1964 Johnson City Yankees
1965 Salem Rebels
1966 Marion Mets
1967 Bluefield Orioles
1968 Marion Mets
1969 Pulaski Phillies
1970 Bluefield Orioles
1971 Bluefield Orioles
1972 Bristol Tigers
1973 Kingsport Royals
1974 Bristol Tigers
1975 Johnson City Cardinals
1976 Johnson City Cardinals
1977 Kingsport Braves
1978 Elizabethton Twins
1979 Paintsville Yankees
1980 Paintsville Yankees
1981 Paintsville Yankees
1982 Bluefield Orioles
1983 Paintsville Brewers
1984 Elizabethton Twins
1985 Bristol Tigers
1986 Pulaski Braves
1987 Burlington Indians
1988 Kingsport Mets
1989 Elizabethton Twins
1990 Elizabethton Twins
1991 Pulaski Braves
1992 Bluefield Orioles
1993 Burlington Indians
1994 Princeton Reds
1995 Kingsport Mets
1996 Bluefield Orioles
1997 Bluefield Orioles
1998 Bristol White Sox
1999 Martinsville Astros
2000 Elizabethton Twins
2001 Bluefield Orioles
2002 Bristol White Sox
2003 Elizabethton Twins
2004 Greeneville Astros
2005 Elizabethton Twins
2006 Danville Braves
2007 Elizabethton Twins
2008 Elizabethton Twins
2009 Danville Braves
2010 Johnson City Cardinals
2011 Johnson City Cardinals
2012 Elizabethton Twins
2013 Pulaski Mariners

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1911-1914

[edit] 1921-1925

[edit] 1937-present

[edit] Hall of Fame Alumni

[edit] Further Reading

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