Jim Tugerson, along with brother Leander, was set to integrate the Cotton States League in 1953 but was barred by racism. The right-hander dominated elsewhere while continuing his fight for equality.
Learn all about the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, now known as Minor League Baseball, from its inception more than a century ago to its mission statement, evolution and accomplishments over the years.
From Patrick Powers to Pat O'Conner, get to know the 11 individuals who have held the title of President of Minor League Baseball from 1901 to the present day.
Each year, Minor League Baseball hands out a number of awards to standout teams and individuals -- including the John H. Johnson President's Award for the best franchise, the Rawlings Award for the outstanding woman executive and the King of Baseball for long-time dedication and service. View the complete list of all award winners over the years.
From the historic to the record-setting to the wacky, scroll through a day-by-day account of significant on-field events and achievements from around the Minor Leagues.
Has there ever been a more dominant club than the 1934 Los Angeles Angels and their historic run through the Pacific Coast League? Minor League Baseball presents the best teams of the 20th century.
In 1954, Joe Bauman was a small-town guy playing for a small-town team. But that year he belted 72 home runs while batting .400/.535/.916 to cement his place in Minor League history.
On July 27, 1998, Tyrone Horne hit a two-run home run in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the sixth -- he "homered for the cycle," something never done before in the Majors or Minors nor duplicated since.
In February 1994, four months after the first of his three retirements from the NBA, Michael Jordan signed a Minor League contract with the White Sox. Look back on his season in the Double-A Southern League.
Before he was the top overall selection in the 1983 NFL draft, John Elway was a 22-year-old starring in the outfield and at the plate in the New York-Penn League.
The longest game in the history of professional baseball took place in 1981 between the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox -- a 33-inning marathon took more than eight hours over two different days to complete. Look back at this unique and highly celebrated event.
A lot goes into preparing century-old Rickwood Field for the annual Classic each season, and Birmingham Barons groundskeeper Zach Van Voorhees is thrilled to be part of the process.