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History 1940-1988

1902-1939 | 1940-1988| 1990-2010 | Bulls in the Majors

April 7, 1940

During the off-season, DAP is completely rebuilt and is debuted during an exhibition game between Cincinnati and the Boston Red Sox. 

April 17, 1940

The Bulls' first home game at the rebuilt DAP takes place against the Winston-Salem Twins. Only 1,587 fans attend, almost 4,000 less than the crowd that came for the exhibition game 10 days earlier (5,574).

September 5, 1943

Last Place Durham defeats Richmond 15-5 in the last Piedmont League game played at the DAP.

1944

The Piedmont League becomes an All-Virginia League, there is no baseball in Durham.

April 27, 1945

Durham plays its first game in the new Carolina League , defeating the Burlington Bees, 5-0.

September 15th, 1948

Former Bulls outfielder Tom Wright becomes the first player from the Carolina League to make it to the major leagues when he makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox.

August 10, 1951

Durham loses to the Danville Leafs 5-4.  However, this game marks the debut of Percy Miller Jr., the first black player in the Carolina League who plays for the Danville Leafs.

April 18, 1957

3B Bubba Morton and LHP Ted Richardson became the first African-Americans to play for the Durham Bulls. Morton went hitless and Richardson took the loss to Greensboro, 4-1.

July 10, 1957

First Carolina League All-Star game played in Durham. All-Stars beat Durham, 7-6. 1,964 fans are in attendance.

1968

Durham Bulls merge with Raleigh to form the Raleigh-Durham Mets.  The team plays half its games in DAP and half at Raleigh's Devereaux Meadow.

1972

Just before the start of the 1972 season, the Raleigh-Durham team folds. There would be no professional baseball in the Triangle until 1980.

April 15th. 1980

Minor League Baseball returns to Durham for the first time since 1971. 4,418 show up at the DAP on a cool, 45 degree night.

June 22, 1980

Durham's CBS affiliate broadcasts the Bulls game on local TV. It's the first Bulls game ever broadcast on television.

November 1987

Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins star in Ron Shelton's movie "Bull Durham," most of which is filmed at DAP and surrounding Triangle locations. The movie's release in 1988 brings the Durham Bulls national attention. The Durham Bulls' famous "snorting bull" was originally to be used only as a prop for the movie, but has remained a Bulls' staple ever since.

February 1988

Miles Wolff meets with Durham officials to discuss building a 10,000 to 12,000 seat stadium to win a Class Triple-A baseball franchise for Durham.