Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Milestone: 6,000 Victories

The North Carolina League was formed in March 1902, and the Durham baseball club was a founding member. Official record-keeping began that spring, and here we are 109 years later celebrating 6000 wins.

Unfortunately for our fans, #6K happened on the road vs. Charlotte Tuesday night. The game was a real spanking, though. The Bulls won 18-3 with stellar pitching from top prospect Matt Moore. Click here for the game story.

Still, the revelry is subdued with the road win. We hoped to hit the milestone last week in the DBAP when we played the Gwinnett Braves, but the Bulls suffered consecutive losses and a rain-out. So much for our big promotional plans, but consider the magnitude of 6,000 wins.

Here is the list of teams that have won 6,000 games (in the same city) in any American sport:

1) Chicago Cubs
2) St. Louis Cardinals
3) Cincinnati Reds
4) Pittsburgh Pirates
5) New York Yankees
6) Philadelphia Phillies
7) Boston Red Sox
8) Cleveland Indians
9) Detroit Tigers
10) Chicago White Sox
11) Baltimore Orioles
12) Buffalo Bisons
13) Birmingham Barons
14) Cedar Rapids Kernels
15) Indianapolis Indians
16) Rochester Red Wings
17) Toledo Mud Hens
18) Durham Bulls

I agree with our Director of Media Relations, Matt DeMargel, who says this is a story of durability. The Bulls reflect Durham's history and durability. From mill town to City of Medicine and its high tech transformation. Less than 20 cities in the country can brag on a team that has lasted across the decades, spanning two centuries, to post 6,000 victories.

El Toro Park

Durham Athletic Park

I recommend Aaron Schoonmaker's post on the milestone at Click here for a concise, thoughtful history lesson.