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1913 – 1963
(1913–1915, 1935–1941, 1946–1950, 1952–1958, 1962–1963)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Georgia–Florida League (1935–1941, 1946–1950, 1952–1958, 1962–1963)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||3 (1941, 1962, 1963)|
Thomasville, Georgia was home to several minor league baseball teams from 1913–1963, most of them in the Georgia–Florida League.
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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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