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The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. It is classified as a "short-season Class A" league; its season starts in June, after major-league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in early September. The league is divided into the McNamara Division, the Pinckney Division, and the Stedler Division.

The league was founded in 1939 with the name "Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League". This was generally shortened to "PONY League". The original teams included the Batavia Clippers; the Bradford Bees; the Hamilton Red Wings; the Jamestown Jaguars; the Niagara Falls Rainbows; and the Olean Oilers. The Oilers, a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate, won both the regular-season and playoff championships.

The Hamilton Red Wings folded early in the 1956 season, and with no more teams in Ontario, the league adopted its current name in 1957. The league crossed back into Canada with the formation of the St. Catharines Blue Jays in 1986. They were joined by the Hamilton Redbirds in 1987 and the Welland Pirates in 1989, but all three clubs had moved back stateside by 2000.

Currently the league includes teams in Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Vermont, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania.

Current teamsEdit

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
McNamara Aberdeen IronBirds Baltimore Orioles Aberdeen, Maryland Ripken Stadium 6,000
Brooklyn Cyclones New York Mets Brooklyn, New York MCU Park 7,500
Hudson Valley Renegades Tampa Bay Rays Wappingers Falls, New York Dutchess Stadium 4,494
Staten Island Yankees New York Yankees Staten Island, New York Richmond County Bank Ballpark 7,171
Pinckney Auburn Doubledays Washington Nationals Auburn, New York Falcon Park 2,800
Batavia Muckdogs Miami Marlins Batavia, New York Dwyer Stadium 2,600
'West Virginia'

Black Bears

Pittsburgh Pirates Morgantown, W. Virgina  ? ?
Mahoning Valley Scrappers Cleveland Indians Niles, Ohio Eastwood Field 6,000
State College Spikes St. Louis Cardinals University Park, Pennsylvania Medlar Field at Lubrano Park 5,570
Williamsport Crosscutters Philadelphia Phillies Williamsport, Pennsylvania Bowman Field 4,200
Stedler Connecticut Tigers Detroit Tigers Norwich, Connecticut Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium 6,270
Lowell Spinners Boston Red Sox Lowell, Massachusetts Edward A. LeLacheur Park 4,767
Tri-City ValleyCats Houston Astros Troy, New York Joseph L. Bruno Stadium 4,500
Vermont Lake Monsters Oakland Athletics Burlington, Vermont Centennial Field 4,400

Chronologic HistoryEdit

1939     Batavia NY, Bradford PA, Hamilton ON, Jamestown NY, Niagara Falls NY, Olean NY

1940     London ON enter the league and Jamestown has left the league. During the season, Niagara Falls team move to Jamestown.

1941     No teams enter or leave the league.

1942     Hornell NY, Lockport NY and Wellsville NY enter the league and London has left the league.

1943     Bradford and Hamilton has left the league.

1944     Bradford PA and Erie PA has enter the league.

1945     No teams enter or leave the league.

1946     Hamiton ON enter the league and Erie has left the league

1947-1950   No teams enter or leave the league.

1951     Corning ON enter the league.

1952-1953  No teams enter or leave the league.

1954     Erie PA enter the league and Batavia Has left the league.

1955-1956  No teams enter or leave the league.

1957    Batabia NY and Elmira NY enter the league and Hamilton and Hornell has left the league. During the Season Bradford move to Hornell NY

1958    Auburn NY and Geneva NY enter the league and Hornell and Jamestown has left the league.

1959    No teams enter or leave the league.

1960    Batavia and Olean has left the league.

1961    Batavia NY, Jamestown NY and Olean NY enter the league and Corning has left the league.

1962    Elmira and Wellsville has left the league.

1963    Wellsville enter the league and Olean has left the league.

1964    Binghamton NY enter the league and Erie has left the league.

1965    No teams enter or leave the league.

1966    Oneonta NY enter the league and Wellsville left the league

1967    Erie PA enter the league and Binghamton has left the league.

1968    Corning NY, Newark NY and Williamsport PA enter the league and Erie has left the league.

1969    No teams enter or leave the league.

1970    Niagara Falls NY enter the league and Corning has left the league.

1971-1972   No teams enter or leave the league.

1973    Elmira NY enter the league and Williamsport has left the league.

1974    Geneva and Jamestown has leave the league.

1975-1976   No teams enter or leave the league.

1977    Geneva NY, Jamestown NY, Little Falls NY, and Utica NY enter the league.

1978-1979   No teams enter or leave the league.

1980    Newark and Niagara Falls leave the league.

1981    Erie PA enter the league and Aubrun has left the league.

1982    Auburn NY and Niagara Falls NY enter the league.

1983    Newark NY and Watertown NY enter the league

1984-1985   No teams enter or leave the league.

1986    St Catharines ON enter the league and Niagara Falls has left the league.

1987    No teams enter or leave the league.

1988    Hamilton ON enter the league and Newark has left the league.

1989    Pittsfield MA, Niagara Falls NY and Welland ON enter the league and Little Falls left the league.

1990-1992   No teams enter or leave the league.

1993    Glen Falls NY enter the league and Hamilton left the league.

1994    Augusta NJ, Burlington VT, Wappinger Falls NY, Williampsort PA enter the league and Erie, Geneva, Glen Falls and Niagara Falls has left the league

1995    Erie PA enter the league and Welland has left the league

1996    Lowell MA enter the league and Emira has left the league.

1997-1998   No teams enter or leave the league.

1999    New York City-Staten Island NY and Niles has left the league and Erie and Watertown has left the league.

2000    New York City-Brooklyn (was called Queens for 1 Year) NY enter the league and St Catharines has left the league.

2001    No teams enter or leave the league.

2002    Aberdeen MD and Troy NY enter the league and Pittsfield and Utica has left the league.

2003-2005  No teams enter or leave the league.

2006    State College PA enter the league and Augusta has left the league.

2007-2009  No teams enter or leave the league.

2010    Norwich CT enter the league and Oneonta has left the league

2011-Present  No teams enter or leave the league.

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