Minor League Baseball Teams
Minor league baseball teams have just as rich of a history as their major league counterparts. In some cases, the minor league baseball teams have been around longer than the major league teams. In some cities, minor league baseball teams are more popular than major leaguers, so these minor league baseball teams deserve a look.
- Buffalo Bisons - Started in 1879. The Buffalo Bisons' name has actually been used by several different minor league baseball teams that have played in Buffalo, New York. But, the name was first used in 1879. The team even split time between Buffalo, New York and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the 1970 season. As of 2011, the Bisons were the minor league baseball team affiliate of the New York Mets.
- Toledo Mud Hens - Started in 1989. The Toledo Mud Hens were made famous by the character of Klinger, played by Jamie Farr, on the television show "M*A*S*H." Klinger was from Toledo, and he would often be seen wearing a Mud Hens jersey on the show. The Mud Hens were a AA-team for years until 1946 when they became a AAA-team in the old American Association. As of 2011, the Toledo Mud Hens are an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
- Durham Bulls - Started in 1900. The Durham Bulls of Durham, North Carolina are another team made famous by Hollywood when the movie "Bull Durham" (1988) featured the team. For almost 100 years, the Durham Bulls were never more than an A-league team. In 1998, the team jumped to the AAA International League. As of 2011, the Durham Bulls are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Arkansas Travelers - Started in 1901. The first team referred to as the Travelers actually began play in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1895. But the team disbanded and reformed in 1901 as the Little Rock Travelers. In 1963, the name was changed to the Arkansas Travelers and the team moved to AAA-level ball. But the AAA designation only lasted two season, and the Travelers moved back to AA ball where they have been ever since. The Arkansas Travelers are the official AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- Indianapolis Indians - Started 1895. You would think that the Indianapolis minor league baseball team would be called the Hoosiers. In reality, the city of Indianpolis jumped back and forth between the Hoosiers and the Indians until 1902 when the Hoosiers ceased to exist and the Indianapolis Indians name stuck. The first Indians team appeared in 1895, and another team called the Hoosiers played in the Federal League in 1913 and 1914. But from 1950 onwards, the main minor league baseball team in Indianapolis has been the Indians. As of 2011, the Indianapolis Indians are the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.