Johnson City Doughboys
Information
LeagueAppalachian League
LocationJohnson City, Tennessee
BallparkTVA Credit Union Ballpark
Year founded2021
ColorsBlack, gold, white
     
OwnershipBoyd Sports, LLC
General ManagerKiva Fuller[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Johnson City Doughboys are a summer collegiate baseball team of the Appalachian League. They are located in Johnson City, Tennessee, and play their home games at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

History

From 1975 to 2020, Johnson City, Tennessee, was home to the Johnson City Cardinals, a Rookie affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals playing in the Appalachian League.[2] In conjunction with a contraction of Minor League Baseball beginning with the 2021 season, the Appalachian League was reorganized as a collegiate summer baseball league, and the Johnson City Cardinals were replaced by a new franchise in the revamped league designed for rising college freshmen and sophomores.[3]

The new team became known as the Johnson City Doughboys.[4] The nickname is in reference to a statue behind their home stadium, TVA Credit Union Ballpark, named Spirit of the American Doughboy.[5] The statue honors U.S. infantrymen who died during World War I. Doughboys was a nickname for American soldiers during World War I until about the 1940s.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Johnson City Front Office". Johnson City Doughboys. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Johnson City, Tennessee Register City Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "MLB, USA Baseball Announce New Format for Appalachian League". Major League Baseball. September 29, 2020. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "New for 2021: Johnson City Doughboys". Ballpark Digest. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  5. ^ Avento, Joe (February 2, 2021). "Doughboys Announced as Name for Johnson City's New Appy League Team". Johnson City Press. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "Johnson City's Appy League Team to Be Known as the Doughboys". WJHL. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.