Oklahoma City RedHawks
The Oklahoma City RedHawks history dates back to 1962, although the team didn't use its current nickname at the time. At the time it was founded, the club was known as the Oklahoma City 89ers, and this name lasted through the 1997 season. The franchise played in the American Association until it disbanded in 1997, and joined the Pacific Coast League prior to Opening Day of the 1998 season. The RedHawks are currently affiliated with the Houston Astros, and have made news for their long-standing ties with the Houston parent club. Except for a stint between 1983 and 2010, in which the club was as Texas Rangers affiliate, the 89ers/RedHawks have always been affiliated with the Houston Colt .45s or Astros.
The RedHawks play the home games on their schedule at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, which is located in downtown Oklahoma City and opened in 1998. The park can hold as many as 13,066 fans and is known for its large statues of Oklahoma baseball stars Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench and Warren Spahn. In its inaugural season, Baseball America named Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark the second-best park in Minor League Baseball.
No Pacific Coast League Championship
The Oklahoma City 89ers won three league championships in their history, but the RedHawks have failed to enjoy the same success. The RedHawks, however, have won a pair of division titles, with the most recent coming during the 2013 season. In all, the franchise has three league titles, two conference titles and 12 division crowns.
Oklahoma City RedHawks Roster
A number of notable names have appeared on the 89ers/RedHawks roster at some point during their career. These players include Hank Blalock, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Travis Hafner, Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Sierra.
During Spring Training, members of the RedHawks share Osceola County Stadium with other players from the Houston Astros system. The park opened in 1984 and underwent a major renovation project in 2003. With a capacity of just 5,300, Osceola County Stadium is the smallest in the Cactus League.
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