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Passionate Fans

Professional baseball in the Roanoke Valley can be traced all the way back to 1887 when Roanoke Machine Works fielded its first professional team, and played all over the area through the 1888 season. Many different professional teams graced the Valley over the next 50 years, culminating in Salem fielding its first team in 1939. One thing that has remained constant over the past century and a half is the passion of the fans in the Roanoke Valley:

Teams in the Roanoke Valley

The Salem team relocated to Roanoke in 1943 and for the first time was affiliated with a major league team. In the late 1940's the Roanoke Red Sox or "RoSox" pulled off an upset over the parent Red Sox playing at Maher Field in Roanoke. Their tenure in the region came to an end after the 1953 season.

With no professional baseball in the Valley, Salem jumped on the opportunity to field a team for the 1955 season. The Salem Athletic Club fielded the Salem Rebels, an independent team to play in the Appalachian League at Municipal Stadium. The 1955 team featured Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, whose powerful bat eventually helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1967 World Series. Cepeda was the first of many future Major League stars to come through the Roanoke Valley.

In 1960 the team joined the Pittsburgh Pirates system and also spent some time as a San Francisco Giants affiliate in the early sixties prior to joining the Carolina League in 1968. In 1972, the Rebels name was retired and the team became the Salem Pirates to show a closer affiliation to their major league club in Pittsburgh. That 1972 squad featured future All-Star Dave Parker as Salem compiled a 79-58 record on their way to a Carolina League Championship.

Just two years later Salem once again dominated the Carolina League. The Pirates won both halves of the regular season, winning 87 games overall en route to the 1974 Carolina League Championship.

Sox Managers (2009-Present)

Chad Epperson: 2009

  • Overall Record (Season): 67-72 (5th overall in season standings)
  • First Half: 32-37 (2nd Place)
  • Second Half: 35-35 (1st Place)
  • Won Southern Division Pennant
  • 3-0 vs Winston-Salem Dash to advance to Mills Cup
  • 0-3 vs Lynchburg Hillcats to finish runner-up in Mills Cup

 

Kevin Boles: 2010

  • Overall Record (Season): 73-65 (2nd overall in season standings)
  • Started the season 21-7
  • First Half: 42-28 (2nd Place)
  • Second Half: 31-37 (Last Place)

 

Bruce Crabbe: 2011

  • Overall Record (Season): 64-75 (7th Place)
  • Started the season 20-7
  • First Half: 31-38 (Last Place)
  • Second Half: 33-37 (3rd Place)

 

Billy McMillon: 2012-2013

  2012

  • Overall Record (Season): 68-69-1 (4th Place)
  • First Half: 41-28-1 (2nd Place)
  • Second Half: 27-41 (4th Place)

 

  2013

  • Overall Record (Season): 76-64 (2nd Place)
  • First Half: 33-37 (3rd Place)
  • Second Half: 43-27 (1st Place)
  • Won second-half pennant
  • Won 24 of last 32 regular season games
  • Swept Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Potomac Nationals in five games to win the Mills Cup
  • Won 29 of the last 37 games overall
  • Designated hitter Sean Coyle went 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBI beat Potomac 6-4 in the championship game, earning MVP honors

 

Carlos Febles: 2014-2015

  2014

  • Overall Record (Season): 68-68
  • First Half: 35-33 (2nd Place)
  • Second Half: 33-35 (2nd Place)
  • Lost in the Southern Division Finals two games to one.

 

2015

  • Overall Record (Season): 66-73
  • First Half: 38-32 (2nd Place)
  • Second Half: 28-41 (Last Place)

 

Joe Oliver: 2016-Present

  2016

  • Overall Record (Season): 87-52
  • First Half: 46-23 (1st Place)
  • Won the first half pennant
  • 2nd Half: 44-26 (2nd Place)
  • Lost to Myrtle Beach in Southern Division Finals
  • Salem had three of the top prospects in the Boston organization at the time to begin the season: outfielder Andrew Benintendi (MLB debut 8/2/16), second baseman Yoan Moncada (MLB debut 9/2/16), and third baseman Rafael Devers (MLB debut 7/25/17)

 

2017

  • Overall Record (Season): 73-66
  • First Half: 40-29 (T-1st Place)
  • Second Half: 33-37 (3rd Place)

 

2018

  • Overall Record (Season) 63-75
  • First Half: 32-36 (3rd Place)
  • Second Half: 31-39 (4th Place)