The Auburn Doubledays are a Minor League Baseball team of the New York–Penn League (NYPL) and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They are located in Auburn, New York, and play their home games at Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park, which opened in 1995 and seats 2,800 people. They previously played at the original Falcon Park, which was built in 1927 on the same site. The team is owned and operated by Auburn Community Baseball.
Founded in 1958
Auburn, New York
|Current||Class A Short Season (1967–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York–Penn League (1958–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Washington Nationals (2011–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (8)|
|Division titles (15)|
|Nickname||Auburn Doubledays (1996–present)|
|Colors||Blue, white, red|
|Ballpark||Falcon Park II (1995–present)|
|Falcon Park I (1958–1994)|
|Auburn Community Baseball, LLC|
|General Manager||Adam Winslow|
Auburn began in the NYPL in 1958 and has since competed under various names and served as the farm team for a number of Major League Baseball teams. The Doubledays and its mascot, Abner, are named for Abner Doubleday, the Civil War general and Auburn native apocryphally credited with inventing the game of baseball. Abner wears number 96 in honor of the birth of the team in 1996.
Early championship era
In 1958, the Auburn New York–Penn League franchise was founded as the Auburn Yankees, as an affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Yankees affiliation lasted until 1961. The club included future Major League Baseball All-Stars Jim Bouton, Joe Pepitone, and Mel Stottlemyre. The team then became affiliated with the New York Mets, as the Auburn Mets. With a roster that included Billy Wynne, Don Shaw, Tug McGraw, and Jerry Koosman, the club won the league championship three times: in 1962, 1964, and 1966.
In 1967, the club changed its affiliation to the Minnesota Twins and became the Auburn Twins. The Twins won NYPL title in 1967 and 1970.
In 1972, the team was renamed the Auburn Phillies after associating with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1973, under manager Harry Lloyd, the team won league championship. Future major leaguers Luis Aguayo, Randy Lerch, Dickie Noles, Lonnie Smith, and Ozzie Virgil, among numerous others, played for the team. Managers of note included Mike Compton and Ruben Amaro.
In 1978, the team became the Auburn Sunsets and were co-operated by the Phillies and Houston Astros. Managed by Dick Rockwell, the team went achieved a 32–40 record, finishing third in the league's Yawkey Division. The team featured future major league players Carmelo Castillo and Alejandro Sanchez and future major league general manager Dave Littlefield.
In 1979 the club became known as the Auburn Red Stars. The team featured future MLB player Doug Frobel. The Red Stars operated under a co-operative agreement. The Red Stars received players from seven different major league organizations, led by the Detroit Tigers, with seven players, and Cleveland Indians, with five.
In 1980, the Red Stars changed their name to the Auburn Americans. The team once again operated as a co-op and received 17 players from the Cleveland Indians and several from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The squad featured future MLB player Jack Fimple and finished fourth in the New York–Penn League's West Division with a 29–45 record.
Auburn returned to play in the New York–Penn League in 1982 with the Auburn Astros as an affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The team was renamed the Auburn Doubledays before the 1996 season and has operated under that name since.
In 1998, the Doubledays and the Oneonta Yankees were named Co-Champions of the New York–Penn League after Central New York was hit with a torrential rain storm and the fields at both parks were deemed unplayable.
Under the management of Dennis Holmberg, the Doubledays won the Pinckney Division title for six straight years in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, but failed to win the league championship for the first five of those years. After losing in the first round of the playoffs for the first three years of their streak, they advanced to the New York–Penn League championship series before being swept by the Staten Island Yankees. In 2003, the Doubledays led all of baseball in winning percentage (.757).
The Doubledays finally won the NYPL title in 2007, sweeping the Brooklyn Cyclones in the league championship series. The final game featured a stellar pitching performance by Brett Cecil and a home run by J. P. Arencibia. This was the first league championship for the city of Auburn since 1973.
|1958||67–58||4th||Tom Gott||Lost in 1st round|
|1959||58–67||5th||Bob Bauer||Did not qualify|
|1960||65–63||3rd||Bob Bauer||Lost in 1st round|
|1961||52–73||8th||Loren Babe||Did not qualify|
|1962||62–57||3rd (tie)||Dick Cole||League Champions|
|1963||76–54||1st||Dick Cole||Lost in 1st round|
|1964||79–48||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champions|
|1965||73–55||2nd||Clyde McCullough||Did not qualify|
|1966||80–49||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champions|
|1967||52–26||1st||Tom Umphlett||League Champions|
|1968||49–27||1st||Boyd Coffie||Lost league finals|
|1969||31–42||7th||Steve Thornton||Did not qualify|
|1970||43–26||1st||Boyd Coffie||League Champions|
|1971||42–28||2nd||Boyd Coffie||Did not qualify|
|1972||39–30||4th||Nolan Campbell||Did not qualify|
|1973||46–23||1st||Harry Lloyd||League Champions|
|1974||34–32||2nd||Larry Rojas||Did not qualify|
|1975||31–37||4th||June Raines||Did not qualify|
|1976||24–45||5th||Mike Compton||Did not qualify|
|1977||17–53||10th||Ruben Amaro||Did not qualify|
|1978||32–40||6th||Dick Rockwell||Did not qualify|
|1979||22–45||10th||Tom Kotchman||Did not qualify|
|1980||29–45||7th||Bill Julio||Did not qualify|
|1982||35–39||8th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1983||43–31||4th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1984||38–38||7th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1985||47–31||2nd||Bob Hartsfield||Lost league finals|
|1986||44–32||3rd||Keith Bodie||Lost in 1st round|
|1987||39–36||7th||Gary Tuck||Did not qualify|
|1988||42–33||5th||Frank Cacciatore||Did not qualify|
|1989||35–42||7th||Reggie Waller||Did not qualify|
|1990||31–46||11th||Ricky Peters||Did not qualify|
|1991||38–39||6th||Steve Dillard||Did not qualify|
|1992||32–41||12th||Steve Dillard||Did not qualify|
|1993||30–46||14th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1994||45–31||2nd||Manny Acta||Lost league finals|
|1995||40–34||5th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1996||37–39||8th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1997||29–47||13th||Mike Rojas||Did not qualify|
|1998||43–32||3rd||Lyle Yates||League Co-Champions|
|1999||39–37||8th||Lyle Yates||Did not qualify|
|2000||32–42||11th||John Massarelli||Did not qualify|
|2001||32–42||11th||Paul Elliott||Did not qualify|
|2002||47–29||4th||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2003||56–18||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2004||50–24||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2005||45–30||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost league finals|
|2006||42–32||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2007||47–29||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||League Champions|
|2008||38–37||7th (tie)||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2009||26–49||14th||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2010||35–40||9th||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2011||45–30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost league finals|
|2012||46–30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost in 1st round|
|2013||26–49||14th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2014||34–41||9th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2015||36–38||9th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2016||28–47||12th||Jerad Head||Did not qualify|
|2017||36–45||12th (tie)||Jerad Head||Did not qualify|
|2018||41–35||2nd||Jerad Head||Lost in 1st round|
|2019||30–46||6th||Rocket Wheeler||Did not qualify|
- 1968 season: Defeated Williamsport, 1–0, in semifinals; lost to Oneonta, 1–0, in championship.
- 1978 season: Lost to Geneva, 2–0, in championship.
- 1985 season: Defeated Jamestown, 1–0, in semifinals; lost to Oneonta, 2–0, in championship.
- 1986 season: Lost to St. Catharines, 1–0, in semifinals.
- 1994 season: Defeated Watertown, 2–0, in semifinals; lost to New Jersey, 2–0, in championship.
- 1998 season: Defeated Batavia, 2–0, in semifinals; declared co–champions with Oneonta (series rained out).
- 2002 season: Lost to Oneonta, 2–0, in semifinals.
- 2003 season: Lost to Williamsport, 2–0, in semifinals.
- 2004 season: Lost to Mahoning Valley, 2–0, in semifinals.
- 2005 season: Defeated Oneonta, 2–0, in semifinals; lost to Staten Island, 2–0, in championship.
- 2006 season: Lost to Tri-City, 2–1, in semifinals.
- 2007 season: Defeated Oneonta, 2–1, in semifinals; defeated Brooklyn, 2–0, to win championship.
- 2011 season: Defeated Vermont, 2–1, in semifinals; lost to Staten Island, 2–0, in championship.
- 2012 season: Lost to Tri-City, 2–1, in semifinals.
- 2018 season: Lost to Hudson Valley Renegades 2–0, in semifinals.
Auburn Doubledays roster
Notable Auburn Astros players
- Troy Afenir, 1983
- Mark Bailey, 1982
- Jeff Ball, 1990
- Ramón Castro, 1995
- Gary Cooper, 1986
- Jeff Datz, 1982, 1984
- Cameron Drew, 1985
- John Fishel, 1985
- Tom Funk, 1983
- Luis Gonzalez, 1988
- Jason Green, 1995
- Mike Grzanich, 1993
- John Halama, 1994
- Dean Hartgraves, 1987
- Chris Hatcher, 1990
- Randy Hennis, 1987
- Chris Holt, 1992
- Trent Hubbard, 1986
- Blaise Ilsley, 1985
- Chuck Jackson, 1984
- Todd Jones, 1989
- Kenny Lofton, 1988, 1989
- Julio Lugo, 1995
- Rob Mallicoat, 1984
- Dave Meads, 1984
- Brian Meyer, 1986
- Ray Montgomery, 1990
- Andy Mota, 1987, 1988
- James Mouton, 1991
- Bryant Nelson, 1994
- Al Osuna, 1987
- Shane Reynolds, 1989
- Oscar Robles, 1995
- Dave Rohde, 1986
- Sean Runyan, 1994
- Roger Samuels, 1983
- Brian Sikorski, 1995
- Mark Small, 1989
- Chris Truby, 1994
- Billy Wagner, 1993
- Jamie Walker, 1992
- Donne Wall, 1989
- Dan Walters, 1985
- Terry Wells, 1985
- Ed Whited, 1986
- Brian Williams, 1990
- Rhett Wiseman, 2015
- Robbie Wine, 1983
Other notable Auburn players
- Rick Dempsey (catcher)
- Ozzie Virgil (catcher)
- Ramon Castro (catcher)
- John Buck (catcher)
- Joe Pepitone (1st base)
- Ed Kranepool (1st base)
- David Cooper (1st base)
- Ken Boswell (2nd base)
- Aaron Hill (2nd base)
- Morgan Ensberg (3rd base)
- Ryan Roberts (3rd base)
- Julio Lugo (shortstop)
- R. C. Orlan (pitcher)
- Eugenio Vélez (shortstop)
- Cleon Jones (right field)
- Lonnie Smith (left field)
- Adam Lind (left field)
- Johan Santana (starting pitcher)
- Jerry Koosman (starting pitcher)
- Mel Stottlemyre (starting pitcher)
- Roy Oswalt (starting pitcher)
- Rollie Sheldon (starting pitcher)
- Robert Ray (starting pitcher)
- Brett Cecil (starting pitcher)
- Marc Rzepczynski (starting pitcher)
- Ricky Romero (starting pitcher)
- Shaun Marcum (starting pitcher)
- David Purcey (starting pitcher)
- Dustin McGowan (starting pitcher)
- Jesse Litsch (starting pitcher)
- Mike Zagurski (starting pitcher)
- Nick Pivetta (starting pitcher)
- Tug McGraw (bullpen)
- Billy Wagner (bullpen)
- Casey Janssen (bullpen)
- Brandon League (bullpen)
- David Bush (bullpen)
- Rafael Bautista
Future Major League Baseball staff
- Jeff Datz, an Indians, Orioles, and Mariners coach, played for the Auburn Astros in 1982 and 1984. As of 2011, Datz is the only former member of the Auburn Astros to reach MLB as both a player and a coach.
- Glenn Sherlock, a Yankees and Diamondbacks coach, played for the Auburn Astros in 1983 and 1984.
- Ken Bolek, an Indians coach in 1992 and 1993, was a coach for the 1985 Auburn Astros.
- Gary Tuck, a Yankees and Red Sox bullpen coach, was the Auburn Astros manager in 1987.
- Rick Aponte, former Nationals bullpen coach, was the Auburn Astros pitching coach in 1987.
- Ron Porterfield, head athletic trainer of the Rays, began his professional baseball career as the trainer for the 1988 Auburn Astros.
- Manny Acta, an Expos and Mets coach and then Nationals and Indians manager, managed the Auburn Astros from 1993 to 1995. He also managed the Auburn Doubledays, in 1996.
Front office and staff
- Steve DeSalvo was the team's general manager from 1982 to 1983. He went on to a long career as a Minor League Baseball executive.
- Auburn native Leslie Leary was general manager from 1984 to 1987. She was one of the first female general managers in Minor League Baseball.
- Baseball agent Joe Kehoskie, an Auburn native, worked for the team from 1984 to 1991.
- Bob Neal, previously the general manager of the Watertown Pirates and Peninsula Pilots, was general manager from early 1988 to late 1989.
- John H. Graham, previously the general manager of the Peninsula Pilots, was assistant general manager from early 1988 to early 1989; business manager from early 1989 to late 1989; and general manager from late 1989 to late 1991.
- Marc Techman, an Auburn native, was assistant general manager in 1991.
- Shawn Smith, currently a vice president with the NBA, was general manager from 1994 to 1995.
- Charlie Wride was the team's public address announcer for most of the team's 14-season existence, as well as the team historian. Wride continues to work for the team's successor, the Auburn Doubledays, in a community relations capacity.
Wall of Fame
- "Front Office Staff". Auburn Doubledays. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "The Auburn Mets - Players who played for both teams". Ultimate Mets Database. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "1978 New York–Pennsylvania League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "1978 Auburn Sunsets Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "1979 Auburn Red Stars Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "1980 New York–Pennsylvania League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "1980 Auburn Americans Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- 1991 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1991.
- "Doubledays Sweep Brooklyn For NYP Title". Auburn Doubledays. September 6, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
- "Steve DeSalvo Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Anderson, Shelly (February 20, 1988). "Doors to the major leagues still hard to open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Weiman Jr., Dale (February 15, 2006). "So, you want to be the next Jerry Maguire?". Westlaw. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
- 1988 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1988.
- 1989 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1989.
- 1990 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1990.
- 1994 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1994.
- 1995 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1995.
- Tobin, Dave (June 20, 2004). "Doubledays' Mr. Everything – Auburn's Baseball Club Counts on Charlie Wride". Syracuse Post-Standard. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- "Auburn Baseball Wall of Fame". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.