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Catfish Hunter's first pro team (1964), although he didn't appear in a game for them.


[edit] 1985-1986

In 1985 the Daytona Beach Astros were renamed the Daytona Beach Islanders after the Astros moved to Kissimmee, FL and became the Osceola Astros. Owned by Texas Rangers VP Larry Schmittou, the Daytona Beach, FL team was a co-op with players from the Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. Managed by Jim Hutto, it was a weak club, like most co-ops, finishing 53-87, last in the Florida State League. Next-to-last in the FSL in attendance (30,736), the Islanders had no All-Stars and were outscored 649-474. Hitting only 14 homers in 140 games, Daytona Beach still had enough talent to produce a few big-leaguers, such as Bob Kipper (6-10, 2.85), Kenny Rogers (0-1, 7.20, 23 baserunners in 10 IP) and catcher Jeff Tackett (.194/~.284/.282).

The 1986 Islanders became an official Rangers farm team, but actually got worse, going 40-97 to finish last once again. They just missed becoming the second 100-loss team in FSL history, yet improved attendance more than any other team, going up to 42,774 and 8th of the league's 12 teams. Managed by Chino Cadahia, they allowed 840 runs (worst in the league) while scoring 526 (also worst). They produced no notable major league players.

In 1987, the Rangers moved the team to Port Charlotte, FL, and the FSL put a new team in Daytona Beach, the Daytona Beach Admirals.

Sources: 1986 and 1987 Baseball America Statistics Report, 1988 Almanac


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1920 58-45 3rd Rudy Hulswitt none
1921 55-60 4th Jack Martin none
1922 53-58 3rd Jack Martin none
1923 50-66 5th Red Ames / Bob Munn none
1924 26-55 -- Bill Holloway / Tom McMillan -- Team moved to Clearwater (11-10) July 15
1928 26-36 5th T. Simmons League disbanded July 4
1936 62-54 2nd Arnold Anderson Lost League Finals
1937 67-72 7th Jimmy Sanders
1938 72-67 4th Jimmy Sanders / Harrison Wickel Lost in 1st round
1939 87-48 2nd Tommy West Lost League Finals
1940 86-53 1st Dickie Kerr Lost in 1st round
1941 57-70 5th James "Bunny" Simmons
1946 58-73 7th John Sosh
1947 42-90 8th Grover Hartley / Max Samuels Lost League Finals
1948 85-53 2nd Sam Demma League Champs
1949 79-56 2nd Sam Demma Lost in 1st round
1950 87-52 2nd Red Ruffing Lost in 1st round
1951 62-78 6th Mike Tresh
1952 77-59 4th Red Kress Lost League Finals
1953 86-49 1st Ed Levy League Champs
1954 52-86 8th Ed Levy
1955 77-63 2nd Johnny Vander Meer none
1956 72-56 4th Hank Majeski none
1957 84-56 2nd Homer Ray Wilson
1958 79-58 2nd Homer Ray Wilson none
1959 71-63 4th Homer Ray Wilson
1960 66-69 5th Frank Calo
1961 63-71 5th Homer Ray Wilson
1962 61-61 5th Bill Robertson
1963 51-71 7th Bobby Hofman none
1964 63-71 5th Grady Wilson / Charles "Butch" Cole / Bill Posedel / Grady Wilson / Lew Krausse
1965 67-74 6th Al Federoff none
1966 71-70 6th Gail Henley
1977 57-77 8th Jose Martinez
1985 53-87 12th Jim Hutto
1986 40-97 12th Chino Cadahia
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