Carolina Mudcats

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Carolina Mudcats

The Mudcats' origins date back to 1959, when the Chicago White Sox' Southern Association/Southern League affiliate began play in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 1960s the team moved several times, finally settling in Columbus, Georgia, in 1969. The club's arrival in Columbus marked the beginning of a period of relative stability. For the next two decades the team played its home games in Columbus' historic Golden Park as an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Following the 1988 season, new owner Steve Bryant held a contest among season-ticket holders to rename the team. As a result, in 1989 the team became known as the Columbus Mudcats. In 1991, Bryant moved the club to North Carolina and renamed it the Carolina Mudcats That move coincidentally allowed the team to retain its logo unchanged - a large C encircling a catfish.

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Today, the Mudcats play in Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina. Built in 1991 and renovated in 1999, the park seats 6,500 fans. The park is located in Wake County, but it is near Nash, Johnston, Franklin and Wilson counties, hence the ballpark's name. In 2010, the Mudcats are celebrating their 20th year in Wake County. The Mudcats have claimed two Southern League championships since moving to North Carolina, the first in 1995 and the second in 2003 and have seen four different MLB teams play at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats received the Bob Freitas Award in 1996 for excellence in minor league baseball.

The AA franchise will play its final year in Zebulon in 2011 before relocating to Pensacola, Florida, for the 2012 season. On December 16, 2010, it was announced that the Kinston Indians of the Class A Carolina League will relocate to Zebulon for the 2012 season but will retain the Mudcats name.

Address
1501 NC Highway 39
Zebulon
NC
27597
USA
Contact Info
Telephone: 
919.269.2287
Fax: 
919.269.4910

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