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A rundown of teams in the Double-A Southern League, with their history, contact information and more.

Birmingham Barons

White Sox logo

Ballpark: Regions Park (Hoover, Ala.), opened in 1988, capacity 10,800

Current affiliation: Chicago White Sox

Division: North

History: The franchise's history extends back to 1885, when they were the Birmingham Coal Barons and played in many leagues. They team has had a team continuiously in the league since 1981. Franchise affiliations since then:

  • 1981-85: Detroit Tigers, SL
  • 1986-: Chicago White Sox, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 5 (1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2002)

Famous past players:

Ownership: The Logan family

Chattanooga Lookouts

Dodgers logo

Ballpark: AT&T Field, opened in 2000, capacity 6,340

Current affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1885 as as a chareter member of the Southern League. The current franchise came to Chattanooga in 1976. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1976-77: Oakland Athletics, Southern League (AA)
  • 1978-82: Cleveland Indians, SL
  • 1983-86: Seattle Mariners, SL
  • 1987-2008: Cincinnati Reds, SL
  • 2009-: Los Angeles Dodgers, SL

Championships:

  • Southern Association: 5 (1932, 1939, 1952, 1961)
  • Southern League: 1 (1988)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Frank Burke, Daniel Burke, Charles Eshbach

Huntsville Stars

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Ballpark: Joe Davis Stadium, opened in 1985, capacity 10,200

Current affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1985 as the Double-A franchise of the Oakland Athletics. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1985-98: Oakland Athletics, Southern League (AA)
  • 1999-: Milwaukee Brewers, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 3 (1985, 1994, 2001)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Miles Prentice

Jackson Generals

Mariners logo

Ballpark: Pringles Park (Jackson, Tenn.), opened in 1998, capacity 6,000

Current affiliation: Seattle Mariners

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1998 as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and changed to the Jackson Generals in 2010. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1998-2006: Chicago Cubs, Southern League (AA)
  • 2007-: Seattle Mariners, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 1 (2000)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Jackson Baseball Club LP

Jacksonville Suns

Marlins logo

Ballpark: Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, opened in 2003, capacity 11,000

Current affiliation: Miami Marlins

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1962 as the Class AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1962-63: Indians, International League (AAA)
  • 1964-65: Cardinals, IL
  • 1966-68: Mets, IL
  • 1970-84: Royals, Southern League (AA)
  • 1985-90: Expos, SL
  • 1991-94: Mariners, SL
  • 1995-2000: Tigers, SL
  • 2001-08: Dodgers, SL
  • 2009-: Marlins, SL

Championships:

  • International League: 1 (1968)
  • Southern League: 5 (1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Peter Bragan Sr.

Mississippi Braves

Braves logo

Ballpark: Trustmark Park (Pearl, Miss.), opened in 2005, capacity 8,480

Current affiliation: Atlanta Braves

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 2005 as the Double-A affiliate of the Braves. The franchise was previously in Greenville, S.C. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1966-: Atlanta Braves, Southern League (AA)

Championships:

  • Southern League: 1 (2008)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Liberty Media

Mobile BayBears

Diamondbacks logo

Current affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1997 as the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The SL franchise was previously in Wilmington, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1997-06: San Diego Padres, Southern League (AA)
  • 2007-: Arizona Diamondbacks, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 2 (2004-co, 2011)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Michael Savit, HWS Group

Montgomery Biscuits

Rays logo

Ballpark: Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, opened in 2004, capacity 7,000

Current affiliation: Tampa Bay Rays

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1973 in Orlando, Fla., as the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. It moved to Montgomery, Ala., in 2004. Montgomery had SL franchises from 1965to 1980. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1973-92: Minnesota Twins, Southern League (AA)
  • 1993-97: Chicago Cubs, SL
  • 1998: Seattle Mariners, SL
  • 1999-present: Tampa Bay Rays, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 2 (2006, 2007)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Reds logo

Ballpark: Blue Wahoos Park, opened in 2012, capacity 5,270

Current affiliation: Cincinnati Reds

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1959 in Charleston, S.C. as the Double-A affiliate of Chicago White Sox. It spent 21 years in Columbus, Ga., and 21 more in as Zebulon, N.C. before moving to Pensacola in 2012. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1991-98: Pirates, SL (AA)
  • 1999-2002: Rockies, SL
  • 2003-08: Marlins, SL
  • 2009-present: Reds, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 2 (1995, 2003)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Quint and Rishy Studer

Tennessee Smokies

cubs logo

Ballpark: Smokies Park (Sevierville, Tenn.), opened in 2000, capacity 8,000

Current affiliation: Chicago Cubs

Division: North

History: The Knoxville area has had minor-league fanchise going back to 1896. The area has had a Southern League franchise continuously since 1972. Franchise affiliations since then:

  • 1972-79: Chicago White Sox, SL (AA)
  • 1980-2002: Toronto Blue Jays, SL
  • 2003-04: St. Louis Cardinals, SL
  • 2005-06: Arizona Diamondbacks, SL
  • 2007-: Chicago Cubs, SL

Championships:

  • Southern League: 3 (1974, 1978, 2004)

Famous past players:

Ownership: SPBC, LLC

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