Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Location: Allentown, PA
- League: International League 2008-
- Affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies
- Stadium: Coca-Cola Park
The IronPigs were the first professional baseball team to play in Allentown, PA since the departure of the independent and short-lived Northern League East's Allentown Ambassadors following the 2002 season, and the first MLB-affiliated team since the 1960 departure of the AA Eastern League's Allentown Red Sox.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs began their Inaugural 2008 season on March 30th by hosting an exhibition game at Coca-Cola Park against the Philadelphia Phillies. The IronPigs began their International League season on April 3rd against eastern Pennsylvania and IL North rivals the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at PNC Field.
The IronPigs got off to a miserable start, losing their first 11 games and scoring only 16 runs in that stretch while hitting .185 as a team. They finally won their first game on April 14th, 3-1, over the Richmond Braves, behind the pitching of Ron Chiavacci, who threw six scoreless innings.
What is an IronPig?
"IronPigs" is derived from "Pig Iron", the raw iron melted down to make steel, one of the strongest metal alloys known to earth. Pig Iron is the product of smelting iron ore with coke and limestone in a blast furnace. The iron was called Pig Iron, because it ran into a row of molds, said to resemble a row of iron pigs.
Much of America was built on steel produced in the Lehigh Valley.