Southern League

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The first three incarnations of the Southern League were intertwined with the Southern Association. The first played in 1885, then again in 1887-1889, and finally from 1898-1899, and they featured many of the cities that made up the SA.

The fourth Southern League was a class AA minor league that began play in 1964 and was disbanded before the 2021 season after its 2020 season was cancelled. Most of its teams were transferred to the new Double-A South. The Southern League's origins can be traced back to the South Atlantic Association (known as "SALLY"), which was formed in 1904. In a reversal, the Double-A South was re-rebranded as the Southern League in 2022, reviving the league

Lori Webb became league president on August 1, 2012. She was the first female league president in Minor League history. In 2014 the Southern League opened the Southern League Hall of Fame.

Current Teams, Managers, and Affiliations[edit]

North Division South Division
Team Manager Affiliation Team Manager Affiliation
Birmingham Barons Justin Jirschele Chicago White Sox Biloxi Shuckers Mike Guerrero Milwaukee Brewers
Chattanooga Lookouts Jose Moreno Cincinnati Reds Mississippi Braves Bruce Crabbe Atlanta Braves
Rocket City Trash Pandas Andy Schatzley Los Angeles Angels Montgomery Biscuits Morgan Ensberg Tampa Bay Rays
Tennessee Smokies Michael Ryan Chicago Cubs Pensacola Blue Wahoos Kevin Randel Miami Marlins

League Champions and Award Winners[edit]

Year Champion MVP Most Outstanding Pitcher Manager of the Year
1964 Lynchburg White Sox
1965 Columbus Confederate Yankees
1966 Mobile A's
1967 Birmingham A's
1968 Asheville Tourists
1969 Charlotte Hornets
1970 Columbus Astros
1971 Charlotte Hornets
1972 Montgomery Rebels Mike Reinbach, Asheville Bill Campbell, Charlotte Joe Sparks, Knoxville
1973 Montgomery Rebels Jayson Moxe, Columbus Doug Konieczny, Columbus Billy Gardner, Jacksonville
1974 Knoxville Sox Nyls Nyman, Knoxville Paul Siebert, Columbus Jim Napier, Knoxville
1975 Montgomery Rebels Mike Squires, Knoxville Bob Maneely, Orlando Dick Phillips, Orlando
1976 Montgomery Rebels Larry Foster, Knoxville Dave Ford, Charlotte Rene Lachemann, Chattanooga
1977 Montgomery Rebels Alan Trammell, Montgomery Greg Field, Orlando Ed Brinkman, Montgomery
1978 Knoxville Sox Eddie Gates, Memphis Bruce Berenyi, Nashville Bobby Dews, Savannah
1979 Nashville Sounds Danny Heep, Columbus & Alan Knicely, Columbus Geoff Combe, Nashville Jimmy Johnson, Columbus
1980 Charlotte O's Steve Balboni, Nashville Andy McGaffigan, Nashville Stump Merrill, Nashville
1981 Orlando Twins Tim Laudner, Orlando Jamie Werly, Nashville Tom Kelly, Orlando
1982 Nashville Sounds Brian Dayett, Nashville Stefan Wever, Nashville Gene Lamont, Jacksonville
1983 Birmingham Barons John Morris, Jacksonville Don Heinkel, Birmingham Roy Majtyka, Birmingham
1984 Charlotte O's Andres Galarraga, Jacksonville Ken Dixon, Charlotte Charlie Manuel, Orlando & Rick Renick, Jacksonville
1985 Huntsville Stars Jose Canseco, Huntsville Steve Davis, Knoxville Carlos Alfonso, Columbus & John McLaren, Knoxville
1986 Columbus Astros Terry Steinbach, Huntsville Anthony Kelley, Columbus Gary Tuck, Columbus
1987 Birmingham Barons Tom Dodd, Charlotte Brian Holman, Jacksonville Tommy Thompson, Jacksonville
1988 Chattanooga Lookouts Matt Winters, Memphis German Gonzalez, Orlando Buddy Bailey, Greenville
1989 Birmingham Barons Eric Anthony, Columbus Laddie Renfroe, Charlotte Jeff Newman, Huntsville
1990 Memphis Chicks Jeff Conine, Memphis Brian Barnes, Jacksonville Ron Gardenhire, Orlando & Jerry Manuel, Jacksonville
1991 Orlando Sun Rays Ryan Klesko, Greenville Mark Wohlers, Greenville Chris Chambliss, Greenville
1992 Greenville Braves Javy Lopez, Greenville Jim Converse, Jacksonville & Jerry Spradlin, Chattanooga Grady Little, Greenville
1993 Birmingham Barons Carlos Delgado, Knoxville Oscar Munoz, Nashville Terry Francona, Birmingham
1994 Huntsville Stars Mark Johnson, Carolina Brad Clontz, Greenville Gary Jones, Huntsville
1995 Carolina Mudcats Jason Kendall, Carolina Luis Andujar, Birmingham Bruce Kimm, Orlando
1996 Jacksonville Suns Derrek Lee, Memphis Curt Lyons, Chattanooga Mark Berry, Chattanooga
1997 Greenville Braves Ben Grieve, Huntsville Scott Eyre, Birmingham Randy Ingle, Greenville
1998 Mobile BayBears Gabe Kapler, Jacksonville Bruce Chen, Greenville Mike Ramsey, Mobile
1999 Orlando Rays Brady Clark, Chattanooga Francisco Cordero, Jacksonville Dave Trembley, West Tenn
2000 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Joe Crede, Birmingham Mark Buehrle, Birmingham Dave Bialas, West Tenn
2001 Huntsville Stars/Jacksonville Suns Josh Phelps, Tennessee Chris Baker, Tennessee John Shoemaker, Jacksonville
2002 Birmingham Barons Aaron Miles, Birmingham Vinnie Chulk, Tennessee Wally Backman, Birmingham
2003 Carolina Mudcats Corey Hart, Huntsville Joel Hanrahan, Jacksonville Frank Kremblas, Huntsville
2004 Mobile BayBears/Tennessee Smokies Richard Lewis, West Tenn Brad Baker, Mobile Jayhawk Owens, Chattanooga
2005 Jacksonville Suns Delmon Young, Montgomery Ricky Nolasco, West Tenn Razor Shines, Birmingham
2006 Montgomery Biscuits Joey Votto, Chattanooga Spike Lundberg, Jacksonville John Shoemaker, Jacksonville
2007 Montgomery Biscuits Evan Longoria, Montgomery Chris Mason, Montgomery Don Money, Huntsville
2008 Mississippi Braves Gaby Sanchez, Carolina Todd Redmond, Mississippi Phillip Wellman, Mississippi
2009 Jacksonville Suns Desmond Jennings, Montgomery Travis Wood, Carolina Ever Magallanes, Birmingham
2010 Jacksonville Suns Dave Sappelt, Carolina Tom Koehler, Jacksonville Bill Dancy, Tennessee
2011 Mobile BayBears Paul Goldschmidt, Mobile Matt Moore, Montgomery Turner Ward, Mobile
2012 Mobile BayBears Hunter Morris, Huntsville Brandon Maurer, Jackson Billy Gardner Jr., Montgomery
2013 Birmingham Barons Marcus Semien, Birmingham Archie Bradley, Mobile Andy Green, Mobile
2014 Jacksonville Suns Jake Lamb, Mobile Justin Nicolino, Jacksonville Andy Green, Mobile
2015 Chattanooga Lookouts Max Kepler, Chattanooga Jorge Lopez, Biloxi Carlos Subero, Biloxi
2016 Jackson Generals Tyler O'Neill, Jackson Ryan Yarbrough, Jackson Daren Brown, Jackson
2017 Chattanooga Lookouts/Pensacola Blue Wahoos Kevin Cron, Jackson Michael Kopech, Birmingham Jake Mauer, Chattanooga
2018 Jackson Generals Corey Ray, Biloxi Zack Brown, Biloxi Mike Guerrero, Biloxi
2019 Jackson Generals Drew Waters, Mississippi Trey Supak, Biloxi Morgan Ensberg, Montgomery

Note: In 2001, the league finals were cancelled because of the attacks of September 11th. In 2004, the finals were cancelled because of Hurricane Ivan and in 2017 because of Hurricane Irma. In all three cases, the winners of the semi-final series were named as co-champions.

Cities Represented[edit]

1885, 1887-1889, 1898-1899[edit]


Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Other Notable Alumni[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Larry Colton: Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race, Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY, 2013. ISBN 978-1455511884

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