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[edit] Team History

On August 30, 1916, the Asheville Tourists, playing in the North Carolina State League, were involved in the quickest game in baseball history. It was the last day of the season and their opponents, the Winston-Salem Twins, had a train to catch, so they decided to start their afternoon games 30 minutes early (without bothering to advise the umpire, who only showed up after three innings had already been played). The players ran to their positions and back, the pitchers lobbed the ball towards the batters, who swung on every pitch, and would run until tagged out. The game started at 1:28 and ended at 1:59 with a 2-1 win by Winston-Salem, with all three runs scoring on solo homers. The total game time of 31 minutes was one minute faster than the Southern Association game of September 17, 1910 between Atlanta and Mobile, which is often listed as the quickest on record. The game received only local coverage, and was entirely forgotten until a researcher uncovered its account 50 years later.

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The Tourists have played in Asheville, NC almost continually since 1915, although they have moved from league to league during that time span, and have adopted other names for brief periods. The name refers to Asheville's pleasant climate which makes it a sought-after resort for those seeking to escape the oppressive heat of the Carolina plains in summer.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1916 58-54 4th Jack Corbett none
1917 12-16 -- Ernest "Doc" Ferris Team disbanded May 18
1924 58-63 5th Bob Higgins none
1925 66-63 5th Bob Higgins / Larry Gardner none
1926 80-66 2nd Larry Gardner none
1927 76-73 4th Larry Gardner none
1928 97-49 1st Ray Kennedy none
1929 84-62 2nd Mike Kennedy Lost League Finals
1930 79-61 3rd George Speirs
1931 66-67 4th Ray Kennedy / Bobby Hipps
1932 35-33 -- Joe Guyon Team disbanded July 7
1934 34-59 (55-78 overall) 5th Bill Laval / Possum Whitted Columbia moved to Asheville June 7
1935 75-62 1st Billy Southworth Lost League Finals
1936 40-103 6th Billy Southworth (29-59) / ??
1937 89-50 1st Hal Anderson Lost in 1st round
1938 63-75 7th Hal Anderson
1939 89-55 1st Hal Anderson League Champs
1940 75-60 2nd Tommy West Lost in 1st round
1941 64-76 7th Nick Cullop
1942 61-77 6th Bill DeLancey / Ollie Vanek
1946 83-57 2nd Bill Sayles Lost in 1st round
1947 65-74 6th Bill Sayles
1948 95-51 1st Clay Bryant Lost in 1st round
1949 76-71 3rd Ed Head Lost in 1st round
1950 83-62 2nd Clay Bryant Lost League Finals
1951 85-55 2nd Ray Hathaway Lost League Finals
1952 65-75 5th William Hart / George Tesnow
1953 83-67 2nd Ray Hathaway Lost in 1st round
1954 86-54 1st Ray Hathaway Lost League Finals
1955 53-63 3rd Earl Naylor
1959 70-70 5th Clyde McCullough
1960 62-77 6th Chuck Kress
1961 87-50 1st Ray Hathaway none League Champs
1962 70-70 4th Ray Hathaway Lost in 1st round
1963 79-61 2nd Ray Hathaway
1964 52-86 8th Ray Hathaway (28-53) / Bob Clear (24-33) none
1965 80-60 2nd Hardy Peterson none
1966 78-61 2nd Hardy Peterson none
1967 64-74 10th Chuck Churn
1968 86-54 1st Sparky Anderson none League Champs
1969 69-69 3rd Alex Cosmidis none
1970 59-80 8th Jim Snyder none
1971 90-51 2nd Larry Sherry Lost League Finals
1976 76-62 1st Wayne Terwilliger Lost League Finals
1977 81-58 2nd Wayne Terwilliger
1978 73-67 4th Wayne Terwilliger none
1979 75-63 2nd Wayne Terwilliger
1980 69-71 5th Tom Robson
1981 74-68 4th Tom Robson
1982 65-76 8th Dave Cripe
1983 64-80 9th (t) Tom Spencer
1984 73-70 5th Tom Spencer League Champs
1985 76-62 4th Fred Hatfield
1986 90-50 2nd Ken Bolek Lost League Finals
1987 91-48 1st Keith Bodie Lost League Finals
1988 65-75 9th Gary Tuck / Jim Coveney
1989 68-70 8th Jim Coveney
1990 66-77 9th Frank Cacciatore
1991 55-83 14th Frank Cacciatore
1992 74-66 4th Tim Tolman
1993 51-88 14th Bobby Ramos
1994 60-73 11th Tony Torchia
1995 76-63 5th Bill McGuire Lost in 1st round
1996 84-52 1st P.J. Carey Lost in 2nd round
1997 62-76 12th (t) Ron Gideon
1998 71-69 7th Ron Gideon
1999 64-77 11th Jim Eppard
2000 66-69 9th Joe Mikulik
2001 68-71 9th Joe Mikulik Lost League Finals
2002 64-74 12th Joe Mikulik
2003 74-65 6th Joe Mikulik
2004 64-75 13th Joe Mikulik
2005 71-67 10th Joe Mikulik
2006 74-63 6th Joe Mikulik
2007 80-58 4th Joe Mikulik
2008 83-56 2nd Joe Mikulik Lost in 1st round
2009 68-70 7th Joe Mikulik Lost in 1st round
2010 69-70 7th Joe Mikulik
2011 69-70 9th Joe Mikulik
2012 88-52 1st Joe Mikulik League Champs
2013 63-73 10th Fred Ocasio
2014 Fred Ocasio

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bill Ballew: Baseball in Asheville, Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
  • Wynn Montgomery: "Quicker than Quick", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 2 (Fall 2011), pp. 104-106.

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