Thomasville Dodgers

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Thomasville Dodgers
1913 1963
(1913–1915, 1935–1941, 1946–1950, 1952–1958, 1962–1963)
Thomasville, Georgia
Class-level
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  • Class A (1963)
  • Class D (1913–1915, 1935–1941, 1946–1950, 1952–1958, 1962)
Minor league affiliations
League Georgia–Florida League (1935–1941, 1946–1950, 1952–1958, 1962–1963)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 3 (1941, 1962, 1963)
Team data
Previous names
  • Thomasville Tigers (1962–1963)
  • Thomasville Dodgers (1953–1958)
  • Thomasville Tomcats (1952)
  • Thomasville Tigers (1946–1950)
  • Thomasville Lookouts (1941)
  • Thomasville Tourists (1940)
  • Thomasville Orioles (1935–1939)
  • Thomasville Hornets (1913–1915)
Previous parks
Varnedoe Field

Thomasville, Georgia was home to several minor league baseball teams from 1913–1963, most of them in the Georgia–Florida League.

Thomasville, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The population was 19,340 at the 2013 United States Census, making it the second largest city in southwest Georgia after Albany.

The Georgia–Florida League was a minor baseball league that existed from 1935 through 1958 and in 1962–1963. It was one of many Class D circuits that played in the Southeastern United States during the postwar period—a group that included the Georgia State League, Georgia–Alabama League, Florida State League, and the Alabama State League.

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History

The Thomasville Hornets played from 1913–1915 in the Empire State League, Georgia–Florida League and Florida–Alabama–Georgia League.

The Empire State League was a Minor league baseball circuit which only operated in 1913. It was a Class-D, six-team league and was based in Georgia, U.S.

Baseball did not return until the Thomasville Orioles arrived in 1935 in the Georgia–Florida League as an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. They became an independent team in 1940 as the Thomasville Tourists and then the Thomasville Lookouts in 1941.

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International League Minor League Baseball league of AAA teams operating in the eastern United States

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After a shutdown for World War II, the team returned as a Detroit Tigers affiliate called the Thomasville Tigers, which played from 1946–1950.

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The Americus Rebels moved to Thomasville for the 1952 season and were renamed as the Thomasville Tomcats.

They became a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate and changed the team name to the Thomasville Dodgers in 1953. They continued in this manner until the league folded in 1958. The league returned in 1962 and so did the team, back with the Tigers for two more years.

The ballpark

Thomasville teams played at Varnedoe Field. [1] Today, Vandedoe Stadium is the home of Thomas University baseball, located at 103 Varnedoe Road Thomasville, Georgia 31792. [2]

Notable alumni

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