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Montgomery Biscuits
The MONTGOMERY BISCUITS are a minor league baseball team based in Montgomery, Alabama . The team is the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and plays in the Southern League . The team was founded in Orlando, Florida , in 1973 as the Orlando Twins, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins . After remaining in the Minnesota minor league organization for 20 seasons, the team became an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
for four seasons and then the Seattle Mariners for one. In 1999, the team became an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and they have remained in the organization ever since. Over the years, the club changed names several times. They were the Orlando Twins for 17 seasons, then were known as the SunRays, Cubs, and Rays. The club became known as the Biscuits when it moved from the Orlando area to Montgomery in 2004. The club played at Tinker Field near downtown Orlando from 1973 until 2000, when they moved to Champion Stadium in nearby Lake Buena Vista, Florida . Since moving to Montgomery in 2004, the Biscuits have played at Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
, a 7,000 seat facility which was built for the club in the downtown area
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1973 In Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1973 throughout the world
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Montgomery, Alabama
MONTGOMERY /mɒntˈɡʌməri/ is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama
Alabama
and is the county seat of Montgomery County . Named for Richard Montgomery , it is located on the Alabama
Alabama
River , in the Gulf Coastal Plain . As of the 2013 Census, Montgomery has a population of 201,332. It is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham , and is the 115th largest in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area had a 2010 estimated population of 374,536. It is the fourth-largest in the state and 136th among United States metropolitan areas . The city was incorporated in 1819 as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama
Alabama
River . It became the state capital in 1846, representing the shift of power to the south-central area with the growth of cotton as a commodity crop of the Black Belt and the rise of Mobile as a mercantile port on the Gulf Coast. In February 1861, Montgomery was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America , until the seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia , in May of that year. During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a major center of events and protests in the Civil Rights Movement , including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches
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Southern League (baseball)
The SOUTHERN LEAGUE is a Minor League Baseball
Baseball
league that operates in the Southern United States . Classified a Double-A league, it is headquartered in the Atlanta
Atlanta
suburb of Marietta . The league acquired its name in 1964, after the South Atlantic League, which had started in 1936, renamed itself to Southern League. CONTENTS * 1 Origins * 2 Makeup * 3 Current teams * 3.1 Current team rosters * 4 League timeline * 5 Complete list of teams (1964–present) * 6 South Atlantic League teams (prior to 1964) * 7 Past champions * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links ORIGINSThe original Southern League existed from 1885 to 1899. A new league, the Southern Association , was formed in 1901 , consisting of twelve teams. The association shut down after the 1961 season. In 1964 , the original South Atlantic League (nicknamed the Sally League and not related to the current league of the same name, formerly the Western Carolinas League ) changed its name to the Southern League. The original South Atlantic League was a mid- to higher-classification circuit that played from 1904 to 1917, 1919 to 1930 (when it was known as the South Atlantic Association), 1936 to 1942, and 1946 to 1963. The old South Atlantic League grew from Class C status to Class B (through 1942) and then Class A (until 1962)
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Tampa Bay Rays
The TAMPA BAY RAYS are an American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida . The Rays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) East division. Since its inception, the team's home venue has been Tropicana Field . Following nearly three decades of unsuccessfully trying to gain an expansion franchise or enticing existing teams to relocate to the Tampa Bay area , an ownership group led by Vince Naimoli was approved on March 9, 1995. The TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS began play in the 1998 Major League Baseball season . Their first decade of play, however, was marked by futility; they finished in last place in the American League East in all but the 2004 season, when they finished second-to-last. Following the 2007 season, Stuart Sternberg , who had purchased controlling interest in the team from Vince Naimoli two years earlier, changed the team's name from "Devil Rays" to "Rays", now meant to primarily refer to a burst of sunshine rather than a manta ray , though a manta ray logo remains on the uniform sleeves. The 2008 season saw the Tampa Bay Rays post their first winning season, their first AL East championship, and their first pennant (defeating the rival Boston Red Sox in the ALCS ), though they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in that year\'s World Series
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Seattle Mariners
The SEATTLE MARINERS are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington . The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team joined the AL as an expansion team in 1977 . Since July 1999 , the Mariners' home ballpark has been Safeco Field , located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M\'S, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992. The current team colors of Navy blue , Northwest green , and silver were adopted prior to the 1993 season after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose . The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS . The game-winning hit in Game 5 , in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, and has since become an iconic moment in team history. The Mariners won 116 games in 2001 , which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season
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Chicago Cubs
The CHICAGO CUBS are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois . The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division, where they are the defending World Series champions. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field , located on the city's North Side . The Cubs are one of two major league teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago White Sox , is a member of the American League (AL) Central division. The Cubs, first known as the White Stockings, was a founding member of the NL in 1876 , becoming the Chicago Cubs in 1903 . The Cubs have appeared in a total of eleven World Series. The 1906 Cubs won 116 games, finishing 116–36 and posting a modern-era record winning percentage of .763, before losing the World Series to the Chicago White Sox ("The Hitless Wonders") by four games to two. The Cubs won back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908 , becoming the first major league team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice. Most recently, the Cubs won the 2016 National League Championship Series and 2016 World Series , which ended a 71-year National League pennant drought and a 108-year World Series championship drought, both of which are record droughts in Major League Baseball
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Minnesota Twins
The MINNESOTA TWINS are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The Twins compete in Major League
Major League
Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The team is named after the Twin Cities area comprising Minneapolis and St. Paul . They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
from 1982 to 2009. They played their inaugural game at the newly completed Target Field
Target Field
on April 12, 2010. The team was founded in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
in 1901 as one of the eight original teams of the American League, named the WASHINGTON SENATORS or WASHINGTON NATIONALS. Although the Washington team endured long bouts of mediocrity (immortalized in the 1955 Broadway musical Damn Yankees ), they had a period of prolonged success in the 1920s and 1930s, led by Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
members Bucky Harris
Bucky Harris
, Goose Goslin , Sam Rice
Sam Rice
, Heinie Manush , Joe Cronin , and Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson
. Manager Clark Griffith
Clark Griffith
joined the team in 1912 and became the team's owner in 1920
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Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK STADIUM is the home of the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League . The minor league baseball ballpark opened in Montgomery, Alabama in 2004. Located right in the heart of downtown Montgomery, the stadium can host up to 7,000 people a night. Riverwalk Stadium is considered a top rated ballpark. The park offers a wide variety of concessions, from the usual burgers and hotdogs, to Mexican wraps, and of course biscuits. Not to mention Riverwalk Stadium is located in the center of the Montgomery night life. Within two blocks from Riverwalk Stadium there are several restaurants, a few local bars, and three of the best hotels Montgomery has to offer. It is also located right near the Alabama River . Montgomery offers a beautiful riverfront area that is easily accessible from Riverwalk Stadium with a children's splash pad. There is also an amphitheater located behind the field. Riverwalk Stadium is a converted old train shed in Montgomery. The actual train station is located just two blocks away from the field. The shed that the stadium was converted from was over a century old. The abandoned train shed is what is on the exterior of the first base side of the park. Many major league as well as minor league parks have been built out of existing buildings, but Montgomery's is said to be one of the nicer ones in the minor leagues
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Champion Stadium
CHAMPION STADIUM is a baseball stadium located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort . The stadium was built in 1997. It is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves and is the home for the Rookie-league GCL Braves . The stadium has a capacity of 9,500 including seating in the berm area. It features four luxury boxes and two open-air party suites. In January 2017, the Braves announced a formal agreement to move their spring training home to North Port, Florida
Florida
. CONTENTS * 1 Name * 2 Orlando Rays * 3 Other uses * 4 References * 5 External links NAME Champion Stadium
Champion Stadium
was originally known as CRACKER JACK STADIUM. When it was first built, Frito-Lay purchased the naming rights to the venue for ten years and put its Cracker Jack brand on the stadium. Frito-Lay chose not to renew its naming rights deal. During most of 2007, it was referred to as THE BALLPARK AT DISNEY\'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS. On November 1 of that year, HanesBrands Inc. purchased the naming rights for ten years and put its Champion brand on the stadium. ORLANDO RAYSIn 2000, after years of poor attendance at Tinker Field , the Orlando Rays moved to the Ballpark
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Tinker Field
TINKER FIELD was an outdoor-baseball stadium in Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
, United States. It was named after baseball Hall of Famer , Joe Tinker . Tinker Field
Tinker Field
was located in the West Lakes neighborhoods of Downtown Orlando , adjacent to the Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium
and one mile west of the Amway Center
Amway Center
. In April, 2015 the City of Orlando tore down the grandstands and removed all other extant buildings. Constructed in 1914, Tinker Field
Tinker Field
was the spring training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers , Cincinnati Reds , Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins . It was also the home park of the Orlando Rays minor league baseball team before they moved to Cracker Jack Stadium in 2000. It is located directly adjacent to the western side of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and boasted a capacity of 5,100 before the grandstands were removed in 2015. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Present * 3 Gallery * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYThe field first saw use for baseball in 1914, the first known stadium built on the site was in 1923, It was all wood construction and seated 1,500. For the next 10 years, the Cincinnati Reds would call Tinker Field their spring training home til 1933. The Brooklyn Dodgers trained there in 1934 and 1935
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Lou DiBella
LOUIS JOHN "LOU" DIBELLA, JR. (born May 17, 1960) is an American boxing promoter and television/film producer. He is Founder and CEO of DiBella Entertainment based in New York City. Past and present boxers represented by DiBella Entertainment include former WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez , former middleweight world champions Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins
, former junior welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi , former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and “Jo Jo” Dan . CONTENTS * 1 Education and career * 2 Acting * 3 Producer * 4 Promoter of Champion * 5 References * 6 External links EDUCATION AND CAREERDiBella is a graduate of Regis High School (New York City) , Tufts University and Harvard Law School . He founded his own promotional firm, DiBella Entertainment, creating a company that shifts the balance of power from promoters to boxers. He also owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA Eastern League affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels , formerly the Connecticut Defenders . The Flying Squirrels home field is The Diamond (Richmond, Virginia) . As of May 5, 2017, Dibella also owns the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball AA Southern League affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits
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Brady Williams
BRADY CHARLES WILLIAMS (born October 18, 1979) is an American professional baseball manager . He has been the manager of the Montgomery Biscuits
Montgomery Biscuits
, Double-A farm system affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball , since January 27, 2014. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah , he is the son of Jimy Williams , a former Major League infielder , coach and manager . Brady Williams, an infielder himself, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 45th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft out of Pasco-Hernando Community College . That season, his father was in the process of managing the Red Sox to a wild card berth in the 1999 American League pennant race . Brady Williams appeared in 264 minor league and 316 independent league games over the course of a seven-year (1999–2005) professional career, batting .233 with 441 hits and 58 home runs . He reached the Double-A level for eight games in 2002 as a member of the New Britain Rock Cats . During his active career, the 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 185 lb (84 kg) Williams batted and threw right-handed
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Minor League Baseball
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL is a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in the Americas that compete at levels below Major League Baseball (MLB) and provide opportunities for player development and a way to prepare for the major leagues. All of the minor leagues are operated as independent businesses. Most are members of the umbrella organization known as MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MILB), which operates under the Commissioner of Baseball within the scope of organized baseball . Several leagues, known as independent baseball leagues , do not have any official links to Major League Baseball. Except for the Mexican League , teams in the organized minor leagues are generally independently owned and operated but are directly affiliated with one major league team through a standardized Player Development Contract (PDC). These leagues also go by the nicknames the "farm system ," "farm club," or "farm team(s)" because of a joke passed around by major league players in the 1930s when St. Louis Cardinals general manager Branch Rickey formalized the system, and teams in small towns were "growing players down on the farm like corn." Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball teams may enter into a PDC for a two- or four-year term. At the expiration of a PDC term, teams may renew their affiliation, or sign new PDCs with different clubs, though many relationships are renewed and endure for extended time periods
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Class AA
DOUBLE-A (or CLASS AA) is the second highest level of play in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in the United States
United States
after Triple-A . There are thirty Double-A teams in three leagues at this classification: Eastern League , Southern League , and the Texas League . The modern Double-A classification was created in 1946 from Class A1, which then contained the Texas League and the Southern Association . After the Southern Association disbanded in 1961, the Eastern League and the original South Atlantic "Sally" League were bumped up to Double-A in the 1963 minor league reorganization. The SAL changed its name to the Southern League in 1964. CONTENTS * 1 System * 2 Current teams * 2.1 Eastern League * 2.2 Southern League * 2.3 Texas League * 3 Playoffs * 4 Awards * 5 Pitch clock * 6 References * 7 External links SYSTEMThe Double-A classification usually hosts developing players that have been part of professional baseball for only a couple of years. These players can get to the Double-A level by earning a promotion from any of the Single-A or Rookie leagues . Players often advance directly to the majors from this level, as the level of competition is higher
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Orlando, Florida
ORLANDO (/ɔːrˈlændoʊ/ ) is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County . Located in Central Florida
Florida
, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area , which had a population of 2,387,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States , and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 270,934, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city. The City
City
of Orlando is nicknamed "The City
City
Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola . Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth-busiest airport in the United States and the 29th-busiest in the world. Buddy Dyer is Orlando's mayor
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