The Huntsville Stars joined the Southern League in 1985, taking their name as a tribute to the nearby NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The team was affiliated with the Oakland Athletics between 1985 and 1998, but has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since 1999. The Stars recently made news headlines by announcing that the 2014 Southern League campaign will be their last in Huntsville. After the season, the franchise will relocate to Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Stars play the home games on their schedule at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium, which fans often call "The Joe." The park opened in 1985 and has an official capacity of 10,488. Renovation projects in the mid-2000s provided The Joe with modern-day amenities, including new box seats and a new video board. The stadium is currently the oldest facility in the Southern League.
Three Southern League Championships
The Stars have won a trio of Southern League championships, including one in their inaugural season. Subsequent titles came in 1994 and 2001. The team has also won eight division titles, including four between 2001 and 2007.
Huntsville Stars Roster
Over the years, the Stars roster has been loaded with a number of players who went on to experience success in Major League Baseball. These players include John Axford, Michael Brantley, Ryan Braun, Jose Canseco, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Tim Hudson, Mark McGwire, Miguel Tejada, Rickie Weeks and Walt Weiss.
During Spring Training, members of the Stars share Maryvale Baseball Park with other players from the Milwaukee Brewers system. The 7,000-capacity park in Phoenix, AZ, opened in 1998. It's also one of the host parks for the Arizona Fall League.
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