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8 things to know about Sky Sox history

By: MATT STEINER The Gazette
September 17, 2014 Updated: September 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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photo - What could be a better place for a 10 year old birthday party than the hot tub on home opening day of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, April 11, 2014. Ben Snyder and five of his buddies were celebrating his birthday. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
What could be a better place for a 10 year old birthday party than the hot tub on home opening day of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, April 11, 2014. Ben Snyder and five of his buddies were celebrating his birthday. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

Multiple reports Wednesday indicate the Colorado Rockies will drop their affiliation with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and take their Triple-A team to Albuquerque. Here are a few Sky Sox historical facts:

1. The Sky Sox have been in Colorado Springs since 1988.

2. The name "Sky Sox" was chosen in 1988 to honor the Colorado Springs' Western League Sky Sox, which was a Class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox from 1950 to 1958.

3. The franchise began in 1903 when the Pacific Coast League was formed.

4. The first team in the Sky Sox lineage was the Sacramento (CA) Solons from 1903 to 1960.

5. The franchise relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961 and became the Islanders before moving to the Springs in 1988.

6. The Sky Sox were the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1992, before joining the Colorado Rockies organization when they became a Major League Baseball franchise.

7. Famous Major Leaguers who have played with the Sky Sox include Sandy Alomar, Jr., Albert Belle, Todd Helton, Doug Jones, Jim Thome and Matt Holliday

8. At the end of the right field foul line, there is a historic eight-person hot tub that is recognized as "THE HIGHEST HOT TUB IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS." The Sky Sox gained national attention in the 1990s with the additon of the hot tub.

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