Catch North Carolina Baseball from the Mountains to the Sea

Posted November 12, 2006 9:47 p.m. EST

Cool summer nights and starry skies, the roar of the crowd and yes, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. Just a few of the ingredients of a North Carolina minor league baseball game experience.

The minor league baseball season is heating up, so listen for the crack in cities big and small across the state, from Asheville to Durham to Wilmington and beyond.

The game laid its foundation in North Carolina during the Civil War, when soldiers played during downtime. You could say that a love was born at this time. And in the past 140 years or so, there have been many great players and teams who all contributed to the current love of the game in this state. In fact, during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, there were more players in the Major Leagues from North Carolina than any other state. Here’s a short list of memorable names from North Carolina teams: Albert Belle, Wade Boggs, Brett Butler, Rod Carew, Cecil Fielder, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Dave Justice, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Andy Pettite, Manny Ramirez, Cal Ripken Jr., Reggie Sanders, Jim Thome, Earl Weaverl, David Wells and Carl Yastremski.

The next time you’re in North Carolina, your chance to see rising major league players up close could be right around the corner. Below are links to the minor league teams found in North Carolina. Look for schedules, dates and times, and discover a bit of history and history in the making.

Hickory Crawdads:
Winston-Salem Warthogs:
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Burlington Indians
Durham Bulls:
Carolina Mudcats
Charlotte Knights:
Cape Fear Crocs (no website)
Kinston Indians:
Asheville Tourists:
Kannapolis Intimidators: