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South Atlantic League
South Atlantic League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1980
No. of teams 16
Country Flag of the United States United States
Current champions Columbus Catfish
Official website Official Website

The South Atlantic League, or "Sally League," is a minor league baseball league which operates in the southeastern United States. It is a Class A league that plays a full season; its players are typically a mixture of newly-signed draftees (especially late in the season) and players promoted from rookie leagues.

There have been different South Atlantic Leagues in the history of minor league baseball, spanning from 1904* to the present with a few breaks. The Sally ran from 1904-1917 as a class C league, then started up again in 1919, also class C. This time it ran from 1919-1930, moving up to class B beginning in 1921. William G. Bramham became league president in mid-1924, and served until 1930. The Sally league was re-started again as a class B from 1936-1942, shut down for the war and returned in 1946 as a class A league. The AA Southern Association (which never integrated) died after the 1961 season and so the SAL was promoted to AA in 1963 to take its place; a year later the name was changed to the Southern League. Out of the 51 seasons of operation, Augusta, GA competed in 46, Macon, GA was around for 46, and Columbia, SC was in 45. Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and Columbus, GA each competed for at least 29 years also, making for a relatively stable line-up.

The South Atlantic League name went unused for 16 years - in 1980 the Western Carolinas League brought back the name when it sought to change its identity. For nearly 60 years, 1948 through 2007, the dominant figure in the WCL/SAL was league founder and president John Henry Moss, who started the WCL as a young man in 1948, refounded it in 1960 and then led it into the new century. Moss, who keeps his age a private matter, retired at the close of the 2007[1] Sally League season.

Currently, the league has sixteen teams, divided into two divisions of eight clubs.

The SAL had the highest attendance in 101 years with over 3,541,992 fans. In fact, minor league baseball set a second straight attendance record in 2005 with 41,333,279 fans.

The start of the 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic before ultimately being cancelled on June 30.

As part of Major League Baseball's 2021 reorganization of the minor leagues, the South Atlantic League was promoted to High-A and temporarily renamed the "High-A East" for the 2021 season. Following MLB's acquisition of the rights to the names of the historical minor leagues, the High-A East was renamed the South Atlantic League effective with the 2022 season.

   *There was also a South Atlantic League which operated in 1895 that has not been mentioned.    
  This league consisted teams in the following cities: Augusta, GA; Brunswick, GA;

Charleston, SC; Columbus, GA; Macon, Ga and Savannah, GA.

Current teams[]

The league is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division.

Current teams[edit][]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Aberdeen IronBirds Baltimore Orioles Aberdeen, Maryland Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium 6,300
Brooklyn Cyclones New York Mets Brooklyn, New York Maimonides Park 7,000
Greensboro Grasshoppers Pittsburgh Pirates Greensboro, North Carolina First National Bank Field 7,499
Hudson Valley Renegades New York Yankees Wappingers Falls, New York Heritage Financial Park 4,500
Jersey Shore BlueClaws Philadelphia Phillies Lakewood, New Jersey ShoreTown Ballpark 8,000
Wilmington Blue Rocks Washington Nationals Wilmington, Delaware Daniel S. Frawley Stadium 6,404
South Asheville Tourists Houston Astros Asheville, North Carolina McCormick Field 4,000
Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays Bowling Green, Kentucky Bowling Green Ballpark 4,559
Greenville Drive Boston Red Sox Greenville, South Carolina Fluor Field at the West End 6,700
Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers Hickory, North Carolina L. P. Frans Stadium 5,062
Rome Braves Atlanta Braves Rome, Georgia AdventHealth Stadium 5,105
Winston-Salem Dash Chicago White Sox Winston-Salem, North Carolina Truist Stadium 5,500

Current team rosters[]

Main article: South Atlantic League rosters

Heritage: The Former 'Sally League'[]

The current Class A South Atlantic League came into being in 1980 as the successor to the former Western Carolinas League.

The original SAL - often called the "Sally League" - was a higher-classification circuit that played from 1904-17, 1919-30, 1936-42 and 1946-63. The old Sally League grew from Class C status to class B (through 1942), then Class A (until 1962). In its final season, it was elevated to AA. The Sally League then morphed into the current AA Southern League in 1964 and the South Atlantic League name disappeared from the minor league baseball rolls through the end of the 1979 season.

Western Carolinas League / South Atlantic League teams[]

Since 1960:

  • Albany Polecats
  • Anderson Braves
  • Anderson Giants
  • Anderson Mets
  • Anderson Rangers
  • Anderson Senators
  • Anderson Tigers
  • Asheville Tourists
  • Augusta GreenJackets
  • Augusta Pirates
  • Augusta Tourists
  • Belmont Chiefs
  • Cape Fear Crocs
  • Capital City Bombers
  • Charleston Alley Cats
  • Charleston Patriots
  • Charleston Pirates
  • Charleston Rainbows
  • Charleston RiverDogs
  • Charleston Royals
  • Charleston Wheelers
  • Charlotte Twins
  • Columbia Mets
  • Columbus Catfish
  • Columbus Indians
  • Columbus RedStixx
  • Delmarva Shorebirds
  • Fayetteville Generals
  • Florence Blue Jays
  • Gastonia Cardinals
  • Gastonia Expos
  • Gastonia Jets
  • Gastonia Pirates
  • Gastonia Rangers
  • Gastonia Rippers
  • Gastonia Tigers

  • Rock Hill Cardinals
  • Rock Hill Indians
  • Rock Hill Spinners
  • Rock Hill Wrens
  • Rome Braves
  • Rutherford County Owls
  • Salisbury Astros
  • Salisbury Braves
  • Salisbury Dodgers
  • Salisbury Senators
  • Savannah Cardinals
  • Savannah Sand Gnats
  • Shelby Colonels
  • Shelby Mets
  • Shelby Pirates
  • Shelby Rebels
  • Shelby Reds
  • Shelby Senators
  • Shelby Yankees
  • South Georgia Waves
  • Spartanburg Phillies
  • Spartanburg Spinners
  • Spartanburg Suns
  • Spartanburg Traders
  • Statesville Colts
  • Statesville Indians
  • Statesville Owls
  • Statesville Tigers
  • Sumter Astros
  • Sumter Braves
  • Sumter Flyers
  • Sumter Indians
  • Thomasville Hi-Toms
  • West Virginia Power
  • Wilmington Waves

Notable alumni[]


  1. Baseball America, December 15, 2007

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