Peninsula White Sox

From BR Bullpen

In 1986 the Peninsula Pilots of the Carolina League switched affiliations from the Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago White Sox. The Hampton, VA-based team took on the name Peninsula White Sox. Manager Bob Bailey was promoted to AA during the year and Duke Sims took over the reigns. The team drew 75,928, 7th in the 8-team league, and went 60-74 overall. C Matt Merullo (.303/~.361/.423) led the offense.

The White Sox, under Marv Foley, were 66-74 in 1987 though the team did better in both producing future major-leaguers (Scott Radinsky was 1-7 with a 5.77 ERA but had arguably the best career) and in having solid years in the league - SS Craig Grebeck hit .280/~.345/.474 with 15 homers and OF Mark Davis hit .294/~.372/.460 with 16 homers and 37 stolen bases.Pitcher Dan Tauken was named Pitcher of the Year and Most Popular Player.Foley,Radinsky,Davis, Grebeck,Tauken and GM John Graham were inducted into the Peninsula Baseball Hall of Fame The White Sox left town after 1987 as did GM John Graham who signed with the Houston Astros. Virginia Generals became the new team in Hampton.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1986 60-74 5th Bob Bailey (31-29) / Duke Sims (29-45)
1987 66-74 5th (t) Marv Foley