The Selma Cloverleafs
were a short-lived baseball
team based in Selma, Alabama
. In 2002
they were charter members of the Southeastern League of Professional Baseball
. They played their home games in Selma, Alabama, at Bloch Park
. The team left Selma after playing only three games in 2003
and playing the remainder of that season as the Southeastern Cloverleafs
before folding at seasons end.
This was the second incarnation of the Cloverleafs team name in Selma. The original Cloverleafs squads of the 1950s-60s also played at Bloch Park as part of the Alabama-Florida League
In April 2002
, it was announced that Selma was the recipient of a team in the newly formed Southeastern League of Professional Baseball
. For their inaugural season Merritt Bowden
served as the manager. On May 27, 2002
, the Cloverleafs played the Montgomery Wings
in an exhibition game, marking the first professional baseball game to be played within the city since the original Cloverleafs folded in 1962
. The season would officially begin on May 31, 2002
, against the Americus Arrows
on opening night, with Selma mayor James Perkins, Jr.
throwing out the opening pitch. The opening series drew over 2,000 fans to the stadium before the teams would embark on an 18-game roadtrip.
On June 25, 2002
, the team returned after the extended roadtrip to play in front of many Cloverleaf alumni from the 1950s-60s teams that called Selma home. The major highlight of the second half of the season occurred on... Read More