“Spinners” Bound for Lowell
December 22, 2011 by Marie Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
Thanks to the sports gurus at the Lowell Sun we are reminded that on this day – December 22, 1995, Clyde Smoll – owner of a New York-Penn League baseball team announced that he would bring the team to Lowell, Massachusetts. The team would be an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. It would be the first minor league baseball team in Lowell in 49 years. Later nicknamed the “Spinners” – the team now makes its home at LeLacheur Park on the Merrimack River.
The Spinners will celebrate their 17th season in Lowell in 2012, as a Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The present owner – Drew Weber – has owned the team since 1997. Read more about the franchise history here on the Spinners website. The 2012 season opens at home on June 18, 2012.
One Response to “Spinners” Bound for Lowell
It’s good to remember that in their first two seasons the Spinners played at Alumni Field on Route 38 which was really just a high school facility with a few extra trailers added in. Contrary to what the Spinners’ website suggests, my recollection (and I had season tickets) during those first two years wasn’t all that great. In fact, there was a substantial push by some in the city to opt out of building what became Lelacheur Field. Fortunately those with more foresight prevailed, the new stadium was built and, thanks primarily to the Webers, their staff and the Red Sox, the Lowell Spinners quickly became and remain one of the most successful minor league franchises in America. But, it didn’t have to turn out that way. Can you say “Lowell Lock Monsters?”