Charlotte Knights Stadium

Charlotte Knights Stadium - Charlotte Knights Stadium Aerial Video & Photos/South Mint Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States/Since the creation of the Charlotte Hornets in 1901, professional baseball has long established its place in the rich history of the Queen City. From this inaugural season to the turn of the twenty-first century, Charlotte baseball teams have produced 15 championships, 31 post-season berths and one Las Vegas Triple-A World Series appearance.Known as the Hornets until 1973, Charlotte captured 11 championships, including North Carolina League titles in 1902 and 1916 and a South Atlantic League crown in 1923.In 1975, Charlotte constructed Calvin Griffith Park on Magnolia Avenue for $70,000. Later renamed Crockett Park, Charlotte teams played at the facility until an arson's fire destroyed it in 1985.In 1946, Charlotte joined the Tri-State (B) League and proceeded to win four championships (1946, '47, '52, and '53) over eight seasons.The Hornets returned to the South Atlantic League in 1954 and won the league title in 1957. A year earlier, in 1956, Harmon Killebrew hit .325 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI's for Charlotte.In 1964, Charlotte ended its affiliation with the Washington Senators and joined the Southern League to become the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. As a Twins affiliate until 1973, such stars as Tony Oliva, Minnie Mendoza, Graig Nettles, Bill Zepp, and Rick Dempsey roamed the field at Crockett Park.Mendoza spent ten seasons in Charlotte from 1960-72, while Oliva, the 1964 American League Rookie of the Year, was selected as a Hornets All-Star in 1962.Baseball left the Queen City in 1973 until Frances Crockett created the Charlotte O's in 1976.


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