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Baseball is a game of numbers. These figures can be added, subtracted, divided, multiplied, bent, twisted and turned in any number of ways to tell a story about a player, a team or, in this case, a league. Here's a look at Carolina League, by the numbers:

0 Number of dollars it costs for Little Leagers to attend weeknight games at Frederick's Harry Grove Stadium
0 The number of Frederick Keys managers who have posted back-to-back winnings seasons, which Ben Figueroa is looking to do in 2006
1 The number of Carolina League teams that have been part of the league for each of its 61 years (Winston-Salem)
1 The Myrtle Beach Pelicans' rank in terms of merchandise sales among the 158 Minor League teams in 1999, their first season
2 The number of games George H.W. Bush attended at Frederick in 1991-92
2 The number of champions in the Carolina League in 1999 (Myrtle Beach and Wilmington) due to Hurricane Floyd
2 Number of Baseball Hall of Fame members that once owned the Wilmington Blue Rocks -- Connie Mack and Chief Bender
2.12 ERA of Wilmington Blue Rocks Vice President Tom Palmer for the Delaware Blue Hens in 1967 (He and Blue Rocks president Matt Minker were college teammates)
3 Number of Hall of Famers who managed in the Carolina League -- Heinie Manush, Joe Medwick and Enos Slaughter
3 Number of general managers Kinston has had in the three years since North Johnson vacated the position after 17 years
3 Number of consecutive seasons that Wilmington GM Chris Kemple was named Carolina League Executive of the Year before Myrtle Beach GM Matt O'Brien won the award last year
3 Number of towns represented by the Carolina League's Leaksville-Draper-Spray Triplets in 1945-47
3 Number of Carolina League stadiums built at least 50 years ago
3 The number of female general managers in Carolina League history, one of which is Kinston's current GM Shari Massengill
3 Number of times the Carolina League has lost to the California League since the two started squaring off in a Class A All-Star Game in 1996 (there have also been two ties)
4 Number of Carolina League stadiums built since 1990
4 Number of Carolina League championships the Wilmington Blue Rocks have won in their 12 years of existence
5 Number of states represented in the Carolina League -- Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
5 Number of 2006 Carolina League managers who played in the Major Leagues -- Gary Green, Ben Figueroa, Rafael Santana, Jim Pankovits and Randy Knorr
6 Number of consecutive years the Carolina League broke its single-season attendance record, beginning in 1990
6 Number of nine-inning perfect games in Carolina League history, the last by Kinston's Keith Ramsey against Myrtle Beach on September 6, 2004
7 Number of years since Salem skipper Jim Pankovits last managed (at Double-A Jackson)
7 Years since the first wedding at Myrtle Beach's Coastal Federal Field took place -- former groundskeeper Bill Butler married Margaret Payne before the Pelicans game vs. Kinston
8 Number of Hall of Famers who played in the Carolina League -- Earl Weaver, Willie McCovey, Carl Yastrzemski, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and Wade Boggs
8 Number of consecutive seasons Wilmington has led the Carolina League in attendance
8.19 Average price, in dollars, of box seats in the eight Carolina League stadiums
9 Number of managers the Wilmington Blue Rocks have had in the 13 years since their inception in 1993
9 Wilmington's rank in 2005 attendance among all 60 Class A teams
11 Years since new Kinston GM Shari Massengill took a job as the office assistant at Grainger Stadium
13 Number of consecutive years Carolina League attendance increased, beginning in 1983
20 Number of consecutive seasons that Kinston has been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians
20 Years Delmont Miller has been operating the scoreboard for the Kinston Indians
21 Number of games that Albert Pujols spent with Potomac in 2000, his only Minor League season -- he hit .284 with two homers and 10 RBIs
22 Seasons spent in office by current league president John Hopkins
23 Number of years since the Salem Redbirds and Lynchburg Mets played the first ever Carolina League game in a Major League park, at New York's Shea Stadium -- Lynchburg's Lenny Dykstra homered and 18-year-old right-hander Dwight Gooden two-hit the Redbirds through eight innings before surrendering four runs in the ninth inning of a 4-1 loss
25 Length, in minutes, of a delay during game between Kinston and Myrtle Beach on August 24, 1999, caused by a car crashing into the left-field wall
26 Number of pitchers that have reached the Major Leagues since being instructed by Myrtle Beach pitching coach Bruce Del Canton
27 Number of years since new Myrtle Beach manager Rocket Wheeler played for the Kinston Eagles
30 Shoe size of Frederick mascot Keyote
30 Average age, in years, of the eight Carolina League stadiums
33 Age of Wilmington manager Chad Epperson
40 Number of seasons that Calvin Falwell has been president of the Lynchburg Baseball Corporation
42 Number of years it took the Carolina League to draw a million fans in a season after reaching that mark in 1947
42 Number that Potomac Nationals Charmain and CEO Art Silber wears on his jersey, commemorating his friendship with Jackie Robinson, who he met at age 7 while living a half block from Ebbets Field
50 Percentage of the past 20 seasons that the Kinston Indians have reached the Carolina League championship
50 Number of doubles hit in 1948 by Lawrence "Crash" Davis, namesake of Kevin Costner's character in Bull Durham
53 Number of bases stolen by Salem hitting coach Chuck Carr when he led the National League in thefts in 1993
54 Number of years between the Carolina League's only two Triple Crown winners -- Winston-Salem's Ray Jablonski in 1951and Leo Daigle in 2005
55 Number of home runs hit by Reidsville's Leo "Muscle" Shoals in 1949 -- a Carolina League record
58 The number of miles between Salem and Lynchburg -- the two nearest teams in the league
61 Number of years the Carolina League has been in existence
63 Percentage of Carolina League teams that aren't located in either of the Carolinas
109 Number of stolen bases by Potomac's Esix Snead in 2000 -- a Carolina League record
168 Number of hits by Potomac's Rich Renteria in 1982 -- a team record (Renteria is now the manager of the California League's Lake Elsinore Storm)
300 Number of strikeouts 18-year-old Dwight Gooden accumulated in 191 innings for Lynchburg in 1983 -- an average of 14.14 per nine innings and an all-time Carolina League record
300 Weight, in pounds, of Salem's mascot, Mugsy
310 Weight, in pounds, of Wilmington's mascot, Rocky Bluewinkle
565 The number of miles between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington -- the longest roadtrip in the league
750 Number of miles from Chicago to Winston-Salem's Ernie Shore Field, where Warthogs fans can have their picture taken with the White Sox's World Series trophy on May 5
820 Number of autographed baseballs collected, as of 2004, by Potomac Chairman and CEO Art Silber
5,577 Average capacity of the eight Carolina League stadiums
10,000 Number of dollars Carolina Hamby of Surfside Beach, SC, won on June 11, 2001, when Mytle Beach pitcher Brett Evert struck out the side during the American Residential Heat'em Up/Cool'em Down inning
1,816,193 Number of fans that attended Carolina league games in 1995 -- an all-time league record
Compiled by Jason Ratliff, MLB.com