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- Location: Asheville, NC
- League: North Carolina State League 1916-1917; South Atlantic Association 1924-1930; Piedmont League 1931-1932, 1934-1942; Tri-State League 1946-1955; South Atlantic League 1959-1963; Southern League 1964-1966; Carolina League 1967; Southern League 1968-1970; Dixie Association 1971, Western Carolinas League 1976-1979; South Atlantic League 1980-present.
- Affiliation: Boston Red Sox 1934; St. Louis Cardinals 1935-1942; Brooklyn Dodgers 1946-1955; Philadelphia Phillies 1959-1960; Pittsburgh Pirates 1961-1966; Houston Astros 1967; Cincinnati Reds 1968-1970; Chicago White Sox 1971; Texas Rangers 1976-1981; Houston Astros 1982-1993; Colorado Rockies 1994-present
- Ballpark: McCormick Park 1992-present
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.
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.
|1917||12-16||--||Ernest "Doc" Ferris||Team disbanded May 18|
|1925||66-63||5th||Bob Higgins / Larry Gardner||none|
|1929||84-62||2nd||Mike Kennedy||Lost League Finals|
|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) / Tommy West / ??|
|1937||89-50||1st||Hal Anderson||Lost in 1st round|
|1939||89-55||1st||Hal Anderson||League Champs|
|1940||75-60||2nd||Tommy West||Lost in 1st round|
|1942||61-77||6th||Bill DeLancey / Ollie Vanek|
|1946||83-57||2nd||Bill Sayles||Lost in 1st round|
|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|
|1961||87-50||1st||Ray Hathaway||none League Champs|
|1962||70-70||4th||Ray Hathaway||Lost in 1st round|
|1964||52-86||8th||Ray Hathaway (28-53) / Bob Clear (24-33)||none|
|1968||86-54||1st||Sparky Anderson||none League Champs|
|1971||90-51||2nd||Larry Sherry||Lost League Finals|
- 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.