Founded in 1958
Auburn, New York
|Minor league affiliations|
|Class||Class A Short Season (1967-present)|
|League||New York-Penn League (1958-present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Washington Nationals (2011-present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Nickname||Auburn Doubledays (1996-present)|
|Colors||Blue, white, red|
|Ballpark||Falcon Park II (1995-present)|
|Falcon Park I (1958-1994)|
|Auburn Community Baseball, LLC|
|General Manager||Adam Winslow |
The Auburn Doubledays are a Minor League Baseball team of the New York-Penn League (NYPL) and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They are located in Auburn, New York, and play their home games at Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park, which opened in 1995 and seats 2,800 people. They previously played at the original Falcon Park, which was built in 1927 on the same site. The team is owned and operated by Auburn Community Baseball.
Auburn began in the NYPL in 1958 and has since competed under various names and served as the farm team for a number of Major League Baseball teams. The Doubledays and its mascot, Abner, are named for Abner Doubleday, the Civil War general and Auburn native apocryphally credited with inventing the game of baseball. Abner wears number 96 in honor of the birth of the team in 1996.
In 1958, the Auburn New York-Penn League franchise was founded as the Auburn Yankees, as an affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Yankees affiliation lasted until 1961. The club included future Major League Baseball All-Stars Jim Bouton, Joe Pepitone, and Mel Stottlemyre. The team then became affiliated with the New York Mets, as the Auburn Mets. With a roster that included Billy Wynne, Don Shaw, Tug McGraw, and Jerry Koosman, the club won the league championship three times: in 1962, 1964, and 1966.
In 1967, the club changed its affiliation to the Minnesota Twins and became the Auburn Twins. The Twins won NYPL title in 1967 and 1970.
In 1972, the team was renamed the Auburn Phillies after associating with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1973, under manager Harry Lloyd, the team won league championship. Future major leaguers Luis Aguayo, Randy Lerch, Dickie Noles, Lonnie Smith, and Ozzie Virgil, among numerous others, played for the team. Managers of note included Mike Compton and Ruben Amaro.
In 1978, the team became the Auburn Sunsets and were co-operated by the Phillies and Houston Astros. Managed by Dick Rockwell, the team went achieved a 32-40 record, finishing third in the league's Yawkey Division. The team featured future major league players Carmelo Castillo and Alejandro Sanchez and future major league general manager Dave Littlefield.
In 1979 the club became known as the Auburn Red Stars. The team featured future MLB player Doug Frobel. The Red Stars operated under a co-operative agreement. The Red Stars received players from seven different major league organizations, led by the Detroit Tigers, with seven players, and Cleveland Indians, with five.
In 1980, the Red Stars changed their name to the Auburn Americans. The team once again operated as a co-op and received 17 players from the Cleveland Indians and several from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The squad featured future MLB player Jack Fimple and finished fourth in the New York-Penn League's West Division with a 29-45 record.
Auburn returned to play in the New York-Penn League in 1982 with the Auburn Astros as an affiliate of the Houston Astros.
In 1991, with John H. Graham as general manager, the team set the all-time attendance record at Falcon Park.
The team was renamed the Auburn Doubledays before the 1996 season and has operated under that name since.
In 1998, the Doubledays and the Oneonta Yankees were named Co-Champions of the New York-Penn League after Central New York was hit with a torrential rain storm and the fields at both parks were deemed unplayable.
Under the management of Dennis Holmberg, the Doubledays won the Pinckney Division title for six straight years in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, but failed to win the league championship for the first five of those years. After losing in the first round of the playoffs for the first three years of their streak, they advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series before being swept by the Staten Island Yankees. In 2003, the Doubledays led all of baseball in winning percentage (.757).
The Doubledays finally won the NYPL title in 2007, sweeping the Brooklyn Cyclones in the league championship series. The final game featured a stellar pitching performance by Brett Cecil and a home run by J. P. Arencibia. This was the first league championship for the city of Auburn since 1973.
|1958||67-58||4th||Tom Gott||Lost in 1st round|
|1959||58-67||5th||Bob Bauer||Did not qualify|
|1960||65-63||3rd||Bob Bauer||Lost in 1st round|
|1961||52-73||8th||Loren Babe||Did not qualify|
|1962||62-57||3rd (tie)||Dick Cole||League Champions|
|1963||76-54||1st||Dick Cole||Lost in 1st round|
|1964||79-48||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champions|
|1965||73-55||2nd||Clyde McCullough||Did not qualify|
|1966||80-49||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champions|
|1967||52-26||1st||Tom Umphlett||League Champions|
|1968||49-27||1st||Boyd Coffie||Lost league finals|
|1969||31-42||7th||Steve Thornton||Did not qualify|
|1970||43-26||1st||Boyd Coffie||League Champions|
|1971||42-28||2nd||Boyd Coffie||Did not qualify|
|1972||39-30||4th||Nolan Campbell||Did not qualify|
|1973||46-23||1st||Harry Lloyd||League Champions|
|1974||34-32||2nd||Larry Rojas||Did not qualify|
|1975||31-37||4th||June Raines||Did not qualify|
|1976||24-45||5th||Mike Compton||Did not qualify|
|1977||17-53||10th||Ruben Amaro||Did not qualify|
|1978||32-40||6th||Dick Rockwell||Did not qualify|
|1979||22-45||10th||Tom Kotchman||Did not qualify|
|1980||29-45||7th||Bill Julio||Did not qualify|
|1982||35-39||8th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1983||43-31||4th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1984||38-38||7th||Bob Hartsfield||Did not qualify|
|1985||47-31||2nd||Bob Hartsfield||Lost league finals|
|1986||44-32||3rd||Keith Bodie||Lost in 1st round|
|1987||39-36||7th||Gary Tuck||Did not qualify|
|1988||42-33||5th||Frank Cacciatore||Did not qualify|
|1989||35-42||7th||Reggie Waller||Did not qualify|
|1990||31-46||11th||Ricky Peters||Did not qualify|
|1991||38-39||6th||Steve Dillard||Did not qualify|
|1992||32-41||12th||Steve Dillard||Did not qualify|
|1993||30-46||14th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1994||45-31||2nd||Manny Acta||Lost league finals|
|1995||40-34||5th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1996||37-39||8th||Manny Acta||Did not qualify|
|1997||29-47||13th||Mike Rojas||Did not qualify|
|1998||43-32||3rd||Lyle Yates||League Co-Champions|
|1999||39-37||8th||Lyle Yates||Did not qualify|
|2000||32-42||11th||John Massarelli||Did not qualify|
|2001||32-42||11th||Paul Elliott||Did not qualify|
|2002||47-29||4th||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2003||56-18||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2004||50-24||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2005||45-30||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost league finals|
|2006||42-32||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2007||47-29||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||League Champions|
|2008||38-37||7th (tie)||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2009||26-49||14th||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2010||35-40||9th||Dennis Holmberg||Did not qualify|
|2011||45-30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost league finals|
|2012||46-30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost in 1st round|
|2013||26-49||14th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2014||34-41||9th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2015||36-38||9th||Gary Cathcart||Did not qualify|
|2016||28-47||12th||Jerad Head||Did not qualify|
|2017||36-45||12th (tie)||Jerad Head||Did not qualify|
|2018||41-35||2nd||Jerad Head||Lost in 1st round|
|2019||30-46||6th||Rocket Wheeler||Did not qualify|