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Daytona Beach Islanders
From BR Bullpen
- Location: Daytona Beach, FL
- League: Florida State League 1920-1924, 1928, 1936-1941, 1946-1966, 1977, 1985-1986
- Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals 1936-1941; Brooklyn Dodgers 1946; Cleveland Indians 1950-1953; St. Louis Cardinals 1954; Cleveland Indians 1956; St. Louis Cardinals 1957-1960; Chicago White Sox 1961; Kansas City A's 1962-1964; Detroit Tigers 1965-1966; Kansas City Royals 1977
Catfish Hunter's first pro team (1964), although he didn't appear in a game for them.
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.
Sources: 1986 and 1987 Baseball America Statistics Report, 1988 Almanac
 Year-by-Year Record
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1952||77-59||4th||Red Kress||Lost League Finals|
|1953||86-49||1st||Ed Levy||League Champs|
|1955||77-63||2nd||Johnny Vander Meer||none|
|1957||84-56||2nd||Homer Ray Wilson|
|1958||79-58||2nd||Homer Ray Wilson||none|
|1959||71-63||4th||Homer Ray Wilson|
|1961||63-71||5th||Homer Ray Wilson|
|1964||63-71||5th||Grady Wilson / Charles "Butch" Cole / Bill Posedel / Grady Wilson / Lew Krausse|