15 Facts About Jacksonville Suns


Team known as the Jacksonville Suns competed in the Triple-A International League from 1962 to 1968.

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Jacksonville Suns won their only IL championship in 1968 as the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

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Jacksonville Suns, Florida, has hosted professional baseball teams since the late 19th century.

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In 1964, Jacksonville Suns became the top farm club of the St Louis Cardinals.

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The Jacksonville Suns switched affiliations to the New York Mets in 1966.

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New Suns team began play in 1970 when the Double-A Southern League added expansion franchises in Jacksonville, and Mobile, Alabama.

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Jacksonville Suns became the Double-A affiliate of both the Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos for their first Southern League season.

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Jacksonville Suns made their first Southern League playoff appearance in 1973 behind Manager of the Year Billy Gardner.

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Jacksonville Suns made two more appearances in the playoffs with Kansas City but lost in the finals each time.

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Jacksonville Suns became the Double-A affiliate of the Montreal Expos in 1984.

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Behind the leadership of managers Bill Plummer and Larry Parrish, the 1996 Jacksonville Suns won both halves of the season and then the Eastern Division title over the Carolina Mudcats.

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The Detroit-affiliated Jacksonville Suns reached the championship finals twice more but lost to the Mobile BayBears in 1998 and West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2000.

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Jacksonville Suns entered into a new affiliation with the Florida Marlins in 2009; the MLB team became the Miami Marlins in 2012.

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In 2014, the Jacksonville Suns finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak, edging out the Mississippi Braves by one game to win the second half title.

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Since the move to 121 Financial Ballpark, the Jacksonville Suns have consistently been at or near the top of their league in attendance.

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