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The Elmira Pioneers are an amateur baseball team based in Elmira, New York.wikipedia
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During the 1951 season, then-player Don Zimmer married his wife at a ceremony at home plate.
He then played with the Hornell Dodgers of the Class-D PONY League in 1950, the Elmira Pioneers of the Single-A Eastern League in 1951, the Mobile Bears of the Double-A Southern League in 1952, and the St. Paul Saints of the Triple-A American Association in 1953 and 1954.
The Pioneers were affiliated with the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 1995, after which Smoll moved the team to Lowell, Massachusetts and reaffiliated with the Red Sox as the Lowell Spinners.
Founded in 1996 after Clyde Smoll moved the Elmira Pioneers to Lowell, Massachusetts, the Spinners play in the New York–Penn League, which has a Class A Short Season classification with 76 games a year, 38 of which are at home.
Their manager from 1962 to 1965 was Earl Weaver.
He moved up to the AA Elmira Pioneers in 1962 and to the AAA Rochester Red Wings in 1966.
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The Elmira Colonels played in the New York State League in 1885 and again in 1889.
Elmira: Elmira Pioneers 1900; Elmira Pioneers 1908–1917
Dunn FieldMaple Avenue Driving Park
They play their home games at Dunn Field.
Located on the banks of the Chemung River at the end of Luce St, it has been the home of various incarnations of the Elmira Pioneers since its opening in 1939.
This time they faced the New Jersey Jackals, losing three games to two.
They then took on the Elmira Pioneers in the Northern League East Championship Series, winning in five games.
NYCBLnew iterationPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL)
They became part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, which is an amateur league.
2007 – Elmira Pioneers
Eastern League championship1946 Scranton Red SoxEastern League
Eastern League: 1937, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1971
Armando Marsans, one of the first two Cubans to play Major League Baseball, served as their manager in 1923.
In, he served as manager of the minor league Elmira Pioneers.
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Sam Nahem (1938)
In the minor leagues in 1937 he was 15-5 with the Clinton Owls of the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League, and then pitched for the Elmira Pioneers of the Eastern League in 1938, the Montreal Royals of the International League and the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern Association in 1939, the Louisville Colonels of the American Association and Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League in 1940 (when he led the league in ERA), and the Columbus Redbirds of the American Association in 1941.
After some significant scrambling, an ownership group anchored by an Elmira native living in Maryland, John Ervin, got a new Pioneers team into the independent Northeast League before the 1996 season began.
Like every other professional baseball team to play in Elmira since 1923, the expansion team was named the Pioneers.
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Davey Johnson (1963)
Moved up to the AA Elmira Pioneers in 1963, Johnson hit .326 in 63 games before being promoted to the AAA Rochester Red Wings for the final 63 games of the season.
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Two years later, the Elmira Gladiators were one of six teams in the original New York–Penn League.
Curt Schilling (1986)
He began his professional career with the Elmira Pioneers, then a Red Sox affiliate.
Bob Ojeda (1978)
Though his first professional season with the New York–Penn League's Elmira Pioneers went poorly (1–6 with a 4.81 ERA), in 1979, as a starting pitcher for the Winter Haven Red Sox of the Florida State League, Ojeda went 15–7 in 29 games started earning a promotion to the triple A Pawtucket Red Sox for 1980.
Jack Ogden (1941; as owner)
In 1941, Ogden became the owner of the Elmira Pioneers, a minor league baseball team in the New York-Penn League.
Pitcher Greg Keagle threw the first no-hitter in team history the summer of 2000.
He stayed in the Tigers' organization in 1999, split time between the Anaheim Angels organization and the Elmira Pioneers in 2000, where he threw the first no-hitter in Pioneers history (and just one of three in Northeast League history).
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Cal Ripken, Sr. (1968; as manager)
From 1963 through 1974, he managed Fox Cities, Abderdeen (1963–64,66), the Tri-City Atoms (1965), the Miami Marlins (1967), the Elmira Pioneers (1968), Rochester (1969–70), the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs (1971), and the Asheville Orioles (1972–74).
Frank Rodriguez (1991)
An agreement was reached a few weeks into the 1991 season, after which he was assigned to the Class A-Short Season Elmira Pioneers.
Tom Phoebus (1963)
The next season, 1963, he led the Eastern League with 124 bases on balls while playing for the Elmira Pioneers.
Can-Am LeagueCan-AmCanAm League
The new Sussex Skyhawks replaced the Elmira Pioneers, which moved into the amateur New York Collegiate Baseball League; and the Nashua Pride joined the league from the Atlantic League.
Eric Wedge (1989)
While in the Red Sox major league system, he played for the Elmira Pioneers (1989), New Britain Red Sox (1989–1991), Winter Haven Red Sox (1991) and Pawtucket Red Sox (1991–1992, 1994–1995).
He is currently owner of the Elmira Enforcers Federal Hockey League team and a co-owner of the Elmira Pioneers amateur baseball team.
Larry Haney (1963–1964)
In his minor league career, he led California League catchers with 18 double plays and 38 passed balls while playing for the Stockton Ports in 1962, and led Eastern League catchers with 17 double plays while playing for the Elmira Pioneers in 1963.
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