Rocky Mount Pines

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Rocky Mount Pines
Previously known as Phillies, Leafs, Senators, Rocks, Red Sox, Buccaneers, Broncos, Tar Heels, Carolinians and Railroaders
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Class A (1963–1975; 1980)
  • Class B (1920–1924; 1936–1940; 1962)
  • Class C (1915–1917; 1927)
  • Class D (1909–1910; 1928–1929; 1941–1942; 1946–1952)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCarolina League (1962–1975; 1980)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 1915; 1929; 1942; 1946; 1966; 1975
Team data
Previous names
  • Rocky Mount Pines (1980)
  • Phillies (1973–1975)
  • Leafs (1941; 1947–1952; 1962–1963; 1965–1972)
  • Senators (1964)
  • Rocks (1942; 1946)
  • Red Sox (1936–1940)
  • Buccaneers (1927–1929)
  • Broncos (1924)
  • Tar Heels (1916–1917; 1920–1923)
  • Carolinians (1915)
  • Railroaders (1909–1910)
Previous parks
Municipal Stadium

The Rocky Mount Pines was an American minor league baseball team located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina which competed in the Class A Carolina League for the 1980 season. They were the 42nd and final team to represent Rocky Mount in minor league baseball during the 20th century, beginning in 1909.

The 1980 Pines were unaffiliated with any Major League Baseball franchise or farm system, and played their home games at Municipal Stadium.[1] The Pines were formed by owner Lou Haneles and led by manager Mal Fichman, and represented the return of professional baseball to Rocky Mount since the departure of the Rocky Mount Phillies in 1975.

The low light of the season came on August 29 when Durham Bulls pitcher Rick Behenna no-hit the Pines in an 8-0 victory.[2] The Pines finished their lone season with a record of only 24 wins to 114 losses, the worst mark in Carolina League history, had losing streaks of 18, 14, 13, and 11 games, and drew a total of only 26,702 fans for the entire season.[1] The franchise relocated the next year to Hagerstown, Maryland as the Hagerstown Suns (now the Frederick Keys).

1980 season results[edit]

Year Name League Level Affiliation Record Manager Attendance Playoffs Most Valuable Player
1980 Pines Carolina A Unaffiliated 24-114 Mal Fichman 26,702 None Steve Swain[3]

Rocky Mount minor league history prior to 1980[edit]

In addition to the Rocky Mount Phillies of 1973–1975, previous clubs were known as the Railroaders, Carolinians, Tar Heels, Broncos, Buccaneers, Red Sox, Rocks, Leafs (the most-used nickname, used for 17 seasons) and Senators. Prior to joining the Carolina League in 1962 Rocky Mount was represented in mid-minor circuits like the Class B Piedmont League and Virginia League, as well as at the Class C and D levels.

Notable alumni (all 20th Century minor league teams)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kellenberger, Hugh W. (July 16, 2006). "Missing its swing – Minor leagues only a memory in Rocky Mount". Rocky Mount Telegram. p. C1.
  2. ^ Myatt, Al (August 29, 2002). "Minor Details". The News & Observer. p. C7.
  3. ^ Swift, E.M. (1 September 1980). "It's Been Some Rocky Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 May 2014.