Reading Fightin Phils

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The Reading Fightin Phils (also called the Reading Fightins) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.wikipedia
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The Reading Fightin Phils were founded in 1967 as the Reading Phillies (commonly referred to as the R-Phils and sometimes Reading Phils) and they are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1967 and this affiliation is currently tied for the longest affiliation in Minor League Baseball.
Its Double-A affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils, which plays in Reading; its Triple-A affiliate is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which plays in Allentown; and its Low Class-A affiliate the Lakewood Blueclaws play in Lakewood, New Jersey.

FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading, Pennsylvania)

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The team plays their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The park is home to the Reading Fightin Phils of the Eastern League.

Minor League Baseball

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The Reading Fightin Phils (also called the Reading Fightins) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.
At the start of the 2018 season, the longest continuous affiliations were two 53-year links: between the Philadelphia Phillies and their Double-A Eastern League affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils; and the one between the Detroit Tigers and their Class A-Advanced Florida State League affiliate, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

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The Keystones franchise is now known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
The International League franchise that eventually became the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was founded in 1919 in Reading, Pennsylvania, as the Reading Coal Barons.

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The Reading Fightin Phils (also called the Reading Fightins) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.
Reading is known for the Reading Fightin Phils, minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, who play at FirstEnergy Stadium.

York White Roses

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Baseball returned to Reading in 1907 when the York White Roses of the Class-B Tri-State League relocated and became the Reading Pretzels. In 1911, the Pretzels finished with the best record in the league, but lost a best-of-seven postseason series to the team from Trenton.
Sunday, April 21, 1968, marked a historic event in York baseball history when the York Pirates and Reading Phillies played the first outdoor game on artificial turf at York's Memorial Stadium.

Eastern League (baseball)

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The Reading Fightin Phils (also called the Reading Fightins) are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.
Reading Fightin Phils

Lon Warneke

Several future major leaguers played for the Reading team, owned by the Chicago Cubs from May 1927 until the end of 1930, including shortstop Bill Jurges and pitcher Lon Warneke.
Warneke made the regular season roster for the Cubs, although he appeared in only one game before being assigned to the Cubs Class-AA affiliate Reading Keystones on May 23. A week later Warneke pitched a complete game 6–2 victory over Newark, allowing eight hits and striking out five.

The National Baseball Association's top 100 minor league teams

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The 1983 Phillies were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.

Lizzie Arlington

During this time, Lizzie Arlington became the first woman to play for a professional men's baseball team when she pitched the final inning of a game for the Coal Heavers.
On July 5, 1898, Arlington became the first woman to play for a professional men's baseball team when she pitched the ninth inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts.

Tri-State League

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Baseball returned to Reading in 1907 when the York White Roses of the Class-B Tri-State League relocated and became the Reading Pretzels. In 1911, the Pretzels finished with the best record in the league, but lost a best-of-seven postseason series to the team from Trenton.
Reading Pretzels (1907–1912, 1914)

Greg Legg

2002: 76–66, manager Greg Legg, 4th in EL, 3rd in South
He was officially listed as standing 6 ft and weighing 185 lb. He later managed the Phillies' double-A farm team, the Reading Phillies, for whom he also played, and was the hitting coach for the back-to-back South Atlantic League champion Lakewood BlueClaws.

Steve Roadcap

2009: 75–67, manager Steve Roadcap, 3rd in EL, 2nd in South; Playoffs: Lost to Akron 3–0 in semifinals
Steven Craig Roadcap (born September 13, 1960 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA) was the manager for two years of the Reading Phillies, the Double-A affiliate of the Major League Baseball team the Philadelphia Phillies and other minor league teams in the Phillies organization.

New York State League (1885–1917)

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The Tri-State League folded after the 1914 season, but the Pretzels were resurrected when the Albany Senators of the New York State League relocated to Reading in August 1916.
Reading, PA: Reading Pretzels 1916–1917

Jim Bunning

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1972: 70–69, manager Jim Bunning, 5th in EL, 4th in South Division
He managed the Reading Phillies, Eugene Emeralds, Toledo Mud Hens, and Oklahoma City 89ers from 1972 through 1976.

Interstate League

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Five years later, Reading got another baseball franchise—this time, an unaffiliated team in the Class-B Interstate League called the Reading Chicks, which lost the league title series to the Lancaster Red Roses.

Atlantic League (1896–1900)

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The Reading Coal Heavers played in the Atlantic League from 1897 until the league disbanded in mid-June 1900.
Reading, Pennsylvania: Reading Coal Heavers 1897-1900

Don McCormack

1990: 55–82, manager Don McCormack, 8th in EL
McCormack went on to manage the Reading Phillies (AA Eastern League) and is currently the bench coach of the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League).

Lee Elia

1977: 63–57, manager Lee Elia, 7th in EL, 3rd in Canadian/American Division
In the 1977 season, Elia was promoted as the manager of the Double-A Reading Phillies in the Eastern League.

Mike Schmidt

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Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia (1972–89), played in 74 games for Reading in 1971
Six days later, Schmidt made his professional debut in an exhibition game between the Phillies and their Double-A affiliate the Reading Phillies in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Reading Red Sox

The Reading Red Sox had a successful two-year run before the team moved to Allentown (this franchise is now defunct).
Since 1967, the Philadelphia Phillies have based their Double-A affiliate in the city; it led the Eastern League in attendance in 2006.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

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1995: 73–69, manager Bill Dancy, T-3rd in EL, T-1st in South; Playoffs: Defeated Trenton 3–0, Defeated New Haven 3–2, Won League Championship

New Britain Rock Cats

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In 1952, the Wilkes Barre Indians, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians relocated to Reading to become the Reading Indians (this Eastern League franchise was later the New Britain Rock Cats and is now the Hartford Yard Goats).

Dusty Wathan

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2012: 76-66, manager Dusty Wathan, 4th in EL, 2nd in East; Playoffs: Lost to Trenton Thunder 3-1 in semifinals
In, Wathan was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization and played for the Reading Phillies and Ottawa Lynx.

Trenton Thunder

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1995: 73–69, manager Bill Dancy, T-3rd in EL, T-1st in South; Playoffs: Defeated Trenton 3–0, Defeated New Haven 3–2, Won League Championship 2012: 76-66, manager Dusty Wathan, 4th in EL, 2nd in East; Playoffs: Lost to Trenton Thunder 3-1 in semifinals
1995 season: Lost to Reading, 3-0 in semifinals