River City Rumblers
In 1995 the River City Rumblers replaced the Huntington Cubs as the Huntington, WV entry in the Appalachian League. The team, managed by Phillip Wellman, finished last at 22-45, while operating as a co-op club. Nine different organizations contributed players, led by the Baltimore Orioles who sent four players. The other eight organizations all sent three players each. Their attendance of 20,631 was second-worst in the 10-team Appy. The Rumblers had no All-Stars, were last in ERA (5.49) and 8th in runs; they were outscored 425-307. Getting players from nine different franchises, they produced no big-league regulars. One highlight was when Baltimore Orioles farmhand Ty Young (4-6, 4.67 on the year) threw a 7-inning no-hitter to beat the Elizabethton Twins 4-0 on August 3. When no club was willing to place a farm team in Huntington, the Appalachian League was forced to go to an unusual 9-team arrangement in 1996.
Main Source: 1996 Baseball Almanac