Victoria Baseball 1946 - 2008
Pictured left is a Baseball Program from 1948 featuring the Victoria Athletics playing at Royal Athletic Park, The A's where an affiliate club for the New York Yankees
Victoria Athletics of Western International League 1946-51
The league is the descendant of the Western International League which ran as a class B league from 1937-1951 (with time out for WWII) and class A from 1952-1954.
Victoria Athletics where later renamed the Victoria Tyees for 1952 season
Highlight: In 1952 the Victoria Tyees won the Western International League pennant and continued playing through to 1954
(BELOW: Victoria Tyee, Bill Prior lacing up the spikes)
The league changed its name and dropped back down to class B for the 1955 season.
During the years 1955-56-57
Victoria entered the league with The Farmer Construction semi-pro baseball team. The team was made up entirely of local talent such as Bill Prior, Art Worth, Bernie Anderson, Lowell Hodges and Mike (Mitchell) Hodge to name a few.
The Northwest League has existed in various forms since 1901, and has been in its current incarnation since 1955.
The original seven charter teams were the Salem Senators (OR), Eugene Emeralds (WA), Yakima Bears (WA), Spokane Indians (WA), Tri-City Braves (WA), Wenatchee Chiefs (WA) and the Lewiston Broncs (Idaho). At the time of its 50th anniversary season in 2004, five of the seven original cities were still in the league.
1978/79 Victoria Mussels of Northwest League
1980 Victoria Blues of the Northwest League
2003 Victoria Capitals Professional Baseball of the Canadian Baseball League
The Victoria Capitals were members of the Canadian Baseball League that lasted two months before the league ceased operations in 2003.
The Capitals played out of Royal Athletic Park and led the league in attendance, averaging over 1,000 fans per game.
Due to a highly receptive community, the Capitals were able to attract fans by combining local business sponsorship with affordable family entertainment. Unfortunately, the other teams in the league did not receive such a response. The league was forced to halt play in the middle of the 2003 season after new league owner Jeff Mallett (part owner of the San Francisco Giants and co-founder of Yahoo) decided the league business model was destined for failure. Although the intent was to restart the league in 2004, the league's assets were eventually sold off and play was never resumed.
2004 Victoria Royals Summer Collegiate Baseball Club - played experimental games in both the Pacific International League and Northwest Major League.
In 2004, the Victoria Royals were formed and featured some of the players and most of the management from the Capitals. Unlike the Capitals, the Royals were a semi-pro team featuring college players from both Canada and the United States. There was a strong local presence, as many of the players and coaches were originally from Victoria. Also, unlike the Capitals, the Royals finished their season, playing teams from Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. At the end of the season, management decided that the return of the Royals was unlikely for 2005.