Rocky Mount Pines
The most recent professional baseball team from Rocky Mount, NC, the Rocky Mount Pines played in the 1980 Carolina League. The team was owned by Lou Haneles and managed by Mal Fichman. The two had operated, with some success, the Newark Co-Pilots in the New York-Penn League the year before. Haneles and Fichman operated a baseball school in Miami, comprised of players ignored by professional teams. They had stockpiled the Co-Pilots with these players, and saw no reason why it wouldn't work in Rocky Mount. The independent club drew 26,702 fans, fewest in the league. In retrospect, the biggest name is Dave Littlefield, the future General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit .200 in limited duty. The team was 4-13 in April, 4-29 in May, and finished the first half 14-55. Rocky Mount finished the season 24-114, the worst mark in league history. The team had losing streaks of 18, 14, 13, and 11 games.