The Greensboro Grasshoppers
(formerly the Greensboro Bats and the Greensboro Hornets) are a minor league baseball
team in Greensboro, North Carolina
. They are a Class A team in the South Atlantic League
, and have been a farm team
of the Florida Marlins
The Grasshoppers play home games at NewBridge Bank Park
(formerly First Horizon Park), which opened in 2005 and seats 7,499 fans. The team's logo was changed to a cartoon Grasshopper prior to the inaugural season at the new ballpark. Prior to that, all home games for the Hornets and Bats were held at World War Memorial Stadium
, just northeast of downtown Greensboro.
Greensboro has fielded professional teams since the early 1900s, in several different leagues. Early on, the nickname Greensboro Patriots
was applied to those teams, in reference to the Battle of Guilford Court House
There were a few false starts. In 1902 local cotton broker Leon J. Brandt fielded a Greensboro team in the North Carolina League, but the league failed in mid-season. The Virginia-North Carolina League of 1905 included a Greensboro franchise, also owned by Brandt. The league completed its season but disbanded thereafter.
The Patriots joined the Carolina Association in 1908 and began a run of 10 straight seasons in pro ball. The league was reorganized as the North Carolina Association for 1913 and renamed itself the North Carolina State League
in 1916. The league played one more season and then disbanded after 1917. By then,... Read More