Rockets, Conchs and Firebirds lit up Minors

Hometown Collection's new entries each have a place in history

The Phoenix Firebirds, Key West Conchs and Roswell Rockets are the latest teams enshrined in the Hometown Collection.

By Josh Jackson | June 18, 2019 10:49 AM ET

With the release of Hometown Collection gear featuring three Minor League franchises of yore, MiLB.com takes a look back at the stories behind the Roswell Rockets, Key West Conchs and Phoenix Firebirds.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Bauman soared to record with Roswell in '54

'Big Joe' had arguably the Minors' greatest season 65 years ago

Joe Bauman amassed 337 home runs in 1,019 professional games, belting 72 taters in 1954 alone. (AP Photo)

By Josh Jackson | June 18, 2019 10:47 AM ET

This season marks the 65th anniversary of Joe Bauman's record-setting campaign for the Roswell Rockets, when he swatted 72 home runs. He also collected 224 RBIs.

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Malloy epitomizes 'The Heart of the Game'

Threshers manager was 'essence of baseball' in 1994 book

Marty Malloy, manager of the Class A Advanced Threshers, homered in his second Major League at-bat with the Braves. (Clearwater Threshers)

By Duane Cross | June 11, 2019 11:45 AM ET

Twenty-five years ago, Marty Malloy was an up-and-coming Minor League prospect for the Atlanta Braves -- and the subject of "The Heart of the Game: The Education of a Minor-League Ballplayer."

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For Fisher Cats, grass will soon be greener

Double-A New Hampshire club transitioning to organic surface

If all goes according to plan, the field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium will be all organic in 2021. (Ryan Szepan)

By Josh Jackson | June 4, 2019 10:55 AM ET

When the New Hampshire Fisher Cats finish an ambitious endeavor, they hope their grass will be greener -- literally and figuratively. The club is ditching synthetic pesticides and going organic.

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Buckner showed talent, character in Minors

Garvey remembers their years together in the Dodgers system

Bill Buckner, a 1968 second-rounder, won a PCL championship with Spokane in 1970 and reached the bigs for good in '71.

By Shlomo Sprung | May 31, 2019 10:48 AM ET

Before a 22-year Major League career, Bill Buckner revealed both his talent and character in the Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League system. Steve Garvey looks back.

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McCormick proving more than a viral star

Astros prospect who wowed with catch pacing circuit at plate

Chas McCormick has already tied his career high in home runs with four through 42 games this season. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Brian Stultz | May 30, 2019 10:33 AM ET

Houston Astros outfielder Chas McCormick, who became a social media star with a home-run robbing catch, is also having a breakout season at the plate for Double-A for Corpus Christi.

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Glogoski finding footing on U.S. soil

Top New Zealand talent aiming to make mark with BlueClaws

Kyle Glogoski has 17 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings this season, giving him 64 punchouts over 50 1/3 pro frames. (Michael Dill/Lakewood BlueClaws)

By Rob Terranova | May 21, 2019 10:19 AM ET

Phillies prospect Kyle Glogoski could be on the fast track through the organization's system after rising through the ranks in his native New Zealand as a teenager

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Twins' Smeltzer knocking on door to Majors

Childhood cancer survivor using his growing platform to give back

Twins prospect Devin Smeltzer was promoted out of the Southern League after allowing two earned runs in five starts. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Joe Bloss | May 20, 2019 10:47 AM ET

Devin Smeltzer beat cancer as a child. The Minnesota Twins left-hander is using his growing platform as in baseball to provide hope to kids dealing with serious illnesses.

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Rockies' Garcia building on career season

Hawaii native blossoming into one of Colorado system's top arms

Rico Garcia is looking to become the second Hawaii Pacific alumnus to reach the Majors. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | May 15, 2019 11:01 AM ET

Thanks to adjustments, hard work and perseverance, No. 21 Colorado Rockies prospect Rico Garcia, a 2016 30th-round Draft pick, has emerged as one of the Double-A Eastern League's top pitchers in 2019.

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Storm brew up fun on Anti-Prohibition Night

Lake Elsinore turns back clock with speakeasy, vintage baseball

Storm staffer Peggy Mitchell did the research and design work to transform the Diamond Club into a speakeasy. (Josh Jackson/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson | May 14, 2019 10:41 AM ET

With Anti-Prohibition Night, the Lake Elsinore Storm opened a speakeasy in their ballpark and welcomed a vintage baseball league's all-star game.

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