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History 1990-present

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

May 9, 1990

Miles Wolff grants Jim Goodmon, president of Capitol Broadcasting Co., an option to buy the Bulls. Goodmon announces plans to move the Durham Bulls to Triangle Central Park, a sports complex he envisions in eastern Durham County, near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

August 30, 1990

A crowd of 6,202 at the DAP pushes Durham's attendance to 300,499, making the Bulls the first Class A Team ever to pass the 300,000 mark.

July 17, 1992

The Bulls' unveil their new mascot, Wool E. Bull. In a local contest, Jim Vickery of Durham submits the winning moniker chosen from a pool of more than 500 entries. The "E" in Wool E. Bull stands for "Education."

June 17, 1993

The Bulls retired the jersey #18 of Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan. It is the only number retired in Bulls History. Morgan is the only Hall of Famer in Bulls history.

September 1993

After the Bulls' highly touted "last season" at DAP, construction bids for the new ballpark come in more than $4 million over budget, and the project runs into numerous delays. Opening Day is pushed back one year, to April 1995.

September 5th, 1994

Winston-Salem won the final game at Durham Athletic Park, 6-2, in Game One of the Carolina League's South Division playoffs.

April 6, 1995

Seven years after Miles Wolff's original proposal, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park opens its gates for its Inaugural Season in front of 10,886 fans.

August 30, 1997

The Bulls lost to Winston-Salem 6-4 in 10 innings, their last game in a 45-season history in the Carolina League.

April 9, 1998

Durham Bulls begin their inaugural season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides, 6-1 at Harbor Park.

April 16, 1998

The newly expanded and improved DBAP opens. The "Blue Monster" is raised eight feet to 32 ft. high. and the new Diamond View opens expanding the stadium to 10,000 seats.

June 20, 1998

The Bulls play their first game ever outside of the United States. Lynx OF Derrick May hit a grand slam as Ottawa defeated the Bulls, 8-2.

May 28, 1999

Durham won for the first time outside of the United States with a 6-1 victory at Ottawa. 1B Steve Cox's franchise record 23-game hitting streak ended. He hit .371 with 36 hits during the streak.

July 23, 2001

Bulls set single-game attendance record of 10,916, but their effort isn't enough to will the team to victory as the Bulls lost to the Richmond Braves, 4-2.

September 1, 2001

On the final home game of the season, the Bulls set their all-time paid attendance mark with 505,319.

March 30, 2002

Durham loses to Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2 in a pre-season exhibition. It was the first game in team history broadcast in High-Definition on local television.

April 8, 2002

Durham defeats Norfolk, 3-2, making Manager Bill Evers the all-time winningest manager with 320 wins, one more than George Whitted, who managed the Bulls from 1927-1932.

June 13, 2002

Bulls' 3B Andy Sheets hits the first inside-the-park home run in Durham Bulls Athletic Park History. The Bulls won the game, 12-10.

August 9, 2002

Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan returns to Durham to have his number retired at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

September 12, 2002

Durham defeats Buffalo, 2-0 to claim their first International League Championship and first title of any kind in 33 years.

April 5, 2003

Bulls Manager Bill Evers becomes the first Bulls Manager ever to win 400 games as the Bulls defeated the Norfolk Tides, 8-3.

April 7, 2003

RHP Lee Gardner sets the Bulls record for career saves with his 34th overall.

May 8, 2003

American Idol Clay Aiken performed the National Anthem for a soldout crowd at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Aiken, a Raleigh native who made it to the final two on the wildly popular show on FOX, was largely responsible for 6,000 tickets being sold from Tuesday evening until Thursday's game.

August 21, 2003

Gardner recorded his 28th save of the season, a new team record. The Bulls beat the Norfolk Tides, 4-3.

September 11, 2003

Durham won its second consecutive International League Championship with a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. They become the only team in the 119-year history of the International League to sweep back-to-back Governors' Cup Finals. Gardner sets a team and league record with five saves in six post-season games.

June 8th, 2004

Bill Evers, the Bulls' only Triple-A manager in team history, records his 500th win as Durham's skipper with a 10-1 victory at Syracuse.

April 15, 2005

The first video webcast Durham Bulls baseball game takes place against the Toledo Mudhens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. The Bulls would go on to webcast their entire home schedule on milb.com.

August 1, 2005

ESPN's Sportscenter broadcasts live at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as part of their "50 States in 50 Days" promotion. Kenny Mayne interviews UNC Football coach John Bunting and Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski on the 1st base Party Deck before a paid crowd of 10,837, the third largest crowd in history. The Bulls beat the Charlotte Knights, 5-0.

September 5, 2005

The Bulls defeat the Charlotte Knights, 10-4, marking the final victory in Manager Bill Evers' eight seasons with the Bulls. He finished with a team-record 613 wins, six playoff appearances and two Governors' Cup Championships.

April 14th, 2006

The Bulls set a single-game paid attendance record of 11,060, the first time the Bulls would ever go over 11,000. Other Opening Day notes included Duke Basketball star J.J. Redick throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and the Bulls winning, 5-4 on a walk-off, grand slam by B.J. Upton.

July 16th, 2006

Bulls pitchers Jason Hammel and Juan Salas combine on a no-hitter as Durham beat Columbus, 4-1 at the DBAP. Hammel got the first out in the ninth inning before giving way to Salas.

August 15th, 2006

Kevin Witt hits his 35th home run of the season setting the Bulls Triple-A record for home runs in one year. The Bulls lost the game, 8-6 in Toledo. Witt hit 36 home runs for the Bulls before being called up to Tampa Bay on August 25th.

September 1st, 2007

With a crowd of 11,071, the Bulls set a single game and single season record for attendance (520,952).

September 3rd, 2007

Justin Ruggiano homers at Charlotte, becomes first Bull since Ron Gant (1986) to collect at least 20 homers and 20 steals in a season.

September 7th, 2007

The City of Durham names the field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park "Goodmon Field" after Capitol Broadcasting Company President/CEO Jim Goodmon. Capitol Broadcasting Company is the parent company of the Bulls.

July 4th, 2008

Kevin Costner and his band Modern West perform at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bull Durham. The Bulls retire the second uniform number in their history when they honor the number eight worn by Costner's character, Crash Davis.

Aug 2-4, 2008

The United States Olympic Baseball Team plays exhibition games against Canada at the DBAP to prepare for the Beijing games. On the roster is the Bulls' own RHP Jeremy Cummings.

May 15th, 2009

Chris Richard hits two grand slams in one game, becoming the first IL player to do so since Mike Baxes in 1957.

Sept. 17th, 2009

The Durham Bulls clinch their third Governors' Cup Championship with a 3-2 win in extra innings over Scranton/W-B.

Sept. 22nd, 2009

Durham wins its first National Championship beating the PCL Champion Memphis Redbirds, 5-4 in 11 innings.

July 4th, 2012

11,674 fans pack into the DBAP to watch the Bulls and Gwinnett Braves, setting a new single-game attendance record for the franchise.

Aug. 29th, 2010

The Bulls defeat Charlotte 8-5, thanks to a seventh inning three-run homer from Chris Richard, to set a new Triple-A franchise record for wins with 84. They would go on to finish the season with 88 wins.

Aug. 2th, 2011

With a smashing 18-3 win over interstate and division rival the Charlotte Knights, the Durham Bulls notch their 6,000th franchise victory. Rays #1 prospect Matt Moore led the team to the win by striking out nine in five scoreless innings.

January 31, 2012

The International League announced that former Bulls Manager Bill Evers will be inducted into the circuit's Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. Evers is the winningest manager in the history of the club. Evers has been added to the IL Hall of Fame plaque display and will be presented with "The Curtin Call" statue on May 19th, during a Bulls home game.

May 15-28, 2012

Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui spends 13 games as a member of the Durham Bulls before being called up for brief stint with Tampa Bay. The Japanese megastar brought with him a swarm of media from his home country and thrilled fans as one of the most famous players ever to don the Bulls uniform.

September 18, 2012

The DBAP played host to the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship, which saw the Reno Aces defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-3.

February 21, 2013

In a press conference at the DBAP, it is announced that Durham will host the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game.

May 5, 2013

Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau combine on the second International League no-hitter for the Bulls, as Durham defeats Pawtucket 2-1 at McCoy Stadium.

May 25, 2013

With a berth in the ACC Baseball Championship Game on the line, North Carolina beat NC State 2-1 in front of 11,392 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game in the state. The 18 inning, 6 hour marathon was also the longest game in ACC Baseball Championship history. Another record setting crowd of 8,697 would watch the Tar Heels beat Virginia Tech to win the ACC crown the next day, setting the high for an ACC Baseball Championship title game.

July 4, 2013

A little over a month after hosting the largest college baseball crowd in state history, Durham Bulls Athletic Park's attendance mark was shattered by a boisterous 4th of July crowd. 11,754 Bulls fans jammed into the DBAP to watch the first-place Bulls defeat the second-place Norfolk Tides, 6-2. The new record bested the previous high of 11,674 which was set on 7/4/2010 when the Bulls hosted Gwinnett.

September 14, 2013

With a 7-0 shutout victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium, the Durham Bulls claimed the fourth International League Championship in the team's remarkable history. The Governors' Cup returned to the Bull City after a three season hiatus, and joined the 2002, 2003, and 2009 titles on the Bulls' illustrious Triple-A Championship ledger. Three days later, the Bulls would drop the 2013 Triple-A National Championship Game to the Omaha Storm Chasers, 2-1, in Allentown, PA.

April 26, 2014

In front of a sellout crowd, Bulls pitchers Mike Montgomery and Brad Boxberger combined on the third no-hitter in Durham's Triple-A history in a 5-0 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Montgomery got the first out in the ninth inning before being lifted in favor of Boxberger.