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West Virginia Coal Sox

First season: 1993

Years in league: 1993

Ballpark: Pioneer Field

Wayne, West Virginia is a town of about 1,100 residents. For a brief period in 1993 the town was home to its very own professional baseball team, the West Virginia Coal Sox.

The Coal Sox won their season opener on a rain-shortened two-hit shutout by Rob Jackson, but it was all downhill from there. Easily the smallest market in the Frontier League, the Coal Sox only averaged 117 fans a game. The league operated the Coal Sox, and when efforts to find local owners failed the other owners in the league were unable or unwilling to sustain the struggling franchise. The decision was made to fold the team on July 15. Although league founder Bud Bickel maintained that the players would be paid, neither players nor coaches ever received a paycheck from the Coal Sox.

Ever if they had survived the Frontier League's first season, chances are the Coal Sox would not have returned in 1994. Rumors circulated that the team was considering relocating to Clarksburg, WV.

The Coal Sox played at their home games at Wayne County High School. Coal Sox manager George Brumfield managed the Wayne baseball team for over 25 years before stepping down in 2004.

Pioneer Field in Wayne, WV, home of the West Virginia Coal Sox.

Year   Won   Lost   GB   Finish   Attendance   Manager   Playoffs First Round   Playoffs Second Round
1993   3   7   6   4E   >700   George Brumfield        

Major Award Winners: none

Coal Sox Post-Season All-Stars: none

Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team: none

Franchise Player: Pitcher Rob Jackson was 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and was the first Frontier League Pitcher Of the Week.

Coal Sox in the majors: none