The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are the AAA top affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Sky Sox were honored by Baseball America as the Bob Frietas award-winner in 2011 as the Triple-A Organization of the Year, the highest award given to Minor League Baseball franchises.
The 2013 Sky Sox baseball season was one of the most exciting and memorable in the organization's 26-year history. Sky Sox fans showed up in record numbers as the team drew 326,274 fans over 63 openings to mark the fifth season in a row that the franchise has eclipsed the 300,000 mark. In addition, the club set a new record in average attendance at 5,181 per game. The total attendance was the fourth most in team history despite losing four openings in the month of August and nine overall. The highest attended game of the season came on July 4th when the team drew 8,799 fans which was the ninth largest regular season crowd and the third largest since the stadium renovation in 2004.
According to the PCL Office, the Sky Sox franchise is an original member of the Pacific Coast League, which was founded in 1903. The franchise operated in Sacramento, CA (Solons 1903-1960) was relocated to Honolulu, HI (Islanders 1961-1987) then moved to Colorado Springs (1988-present). The name "Sky Sox" was adopted in honor of Colorado Springs' Western League Sky Sox (Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) that played at Memorial Park from 1950 through 1958. When Colorado was awarded a Major League franchise, the new Rockies arranged for the Sky Sox to become their AAA affiliate. From 1993 through the present, Colorado Springs has been the top affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
In 1988, Sky Sox ownership (Elmore Group, LLC) privately funded the construction of a new $3.7 million ballpark, which was built on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, near the corner of Powers Blvd. & Tutt Ave. The 8,500 capacity "Sky Sox Stadium", now known as Security Service Field, was home to the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A team from 1988-1992, culminating in a PCL Title in the Sky Sox' final season with the Indians.
The Sky Sox have won two PCL titles, in 1992 and 1995.