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The Knoxville Smokies have been members of several minor leagues - they were in the South Atlantic League from 1925-29. In '31, the Mobile Marines of the Southern Association moved to Knoxville and retook the Smokies nickname. This team hung around till 1944 when it returned to Mobile to become the Mobile Bears. After another year and a bit without baseball, Knoxville resumed action, this time in the Tri-State League; those Smokies ran from '46-'52. In 1953 the Smokies played in a fourth league (according to Pat Doyle's database - Mike McCann's minor league site disagrees), the Mountain States League. The next year they returned to the Tri-State League. In '55, that team collapsed as well; a year later the league called it quits. Again, baseball was not absent from Knoxville for long. In '56, the Montgomery Rebels of the SAL moved to Knoxville during the season, again assuming the Smokies name. After 26 years out of the SAL, the Smokies were back in their old home. The Smokies remained in the league through 1967; in '64 they returned to AA when the SAL became the Southern League and advanced a classification. Then the Smokies finally went into hibernation after near-continuous play for decades.

Baseball returned to Knoxville in '72, but the new team was called the Knoxville Sox. When the affiliation switched in '80 to the Toronto Blue Jays they became the Knoxville Blue Jays. History has a way of returning in baseball, though, and in '93, the team was renamed the Smokies, reviving the nickname after 25 years of no usage. The Smokies were in the Southern League, as they were in their previous incarnation. Seven years later they switched to a new name, seeking a wider fan base by becoming the Tennessee Smokies.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1925 44-85 8th Ed McDonald / Bill Holden / W. Barbare none
1926 68-79 7th Frank Moffett none
1927 79-68 3rd Bob Coleman none
1928 73-75 5th Gabby Street none
1929 85-61 1st Joe Schepner League Champs
1931 23-33 (57-94 overall) 7th Milt Stock none Mobile moved to Knoxville July 22
1932 60-93 8th Joe Schepner none
1933 68-82 6th Tommy Taylor
1934 73-80 6th Pee Wee Wanninger / Lee Head
1935 57-95 8th Lee Head
1936 63-87 6th Jesse Petty / Neil Caldwell
1937 42-111 8th Neil Caldwell
1938 59-91 8th Neil Caldwell
1939 79-73 5th Neil Caldwell
1940 57-96 8th Neil Caldwell / Fred Lindstrom
1941 62-91 8th Fred Lindstrom
1942 61-88 8th Bert Niehoff
1943 65-71 5th Buddy Lewis
1944 31-36 (63-74 overall) -- Buddy Lewis Team moved to Mobile July 5
1946 73-67 3rd Dale Alexander Lost League Finals
1947 73-67 3rd Dale Alexander Lost in 1st round
1948 71-76 6th Dale Alexander (20-32) / Dave Garcia (51-44)
1949 72-73 5th Frank Genovese
1950 89-58 1st Jack Aragon Lost in 1st round
1951 60-79 5th Jack Aragon
1952 52-88 7th Jack Aragon / Fred Gerken
1953 70-55 2nd Vince Pankovits League Champs
1954 72-66 2nd Pat McGlothin / Lewis Davis League Champs
1956 53-87 overall 8th Dick Bartell (43-63 overall) / Earl Weaver (10-24) Montgomery moved to Knoxville June 18
1957 81-73 4th (t) George Staller Lost in 1st round
1958 67-73 5th George Staller
1959 78-62 1st Johnny Pesky Lost in 1st round
1960 71-67 4th Frank Skaff Lost League Finals
1961 75-64 2nd Frank Carswell none
1962 86-54 2nd Frank Carswell Lost League Finals
1963 71-68 5th Frank Carswell / Frank Lary / Frank Skaff
1964 67-73 5th Bob Mavis
1965 73-66 4th Red Davis none
1966 61-75 8th Jack Cassini none
1967 47-91 8th Don Zimmer (26-46) / Lou Fitzgerald (21-45) none
1993 71-71 8th Garth Iorg Lost League Finals
1994 64-76 8th Garth Iorg
1995 54-90 10th Garth Iorg
1996 75-65 4th Omar Malave
1997 75-63 3rd Omar Malave Lost in 1st round
1998 71-69 4th Omar Malave Lost in 1st round
1999 71-69 6th Omar Malave Lost in 1st round
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