Saturday, November 30, 2013

1980 Durham Bulls

1980 Durham Bulls

After a number of years of absence, the Durham Bulls were brought back into organized baseball in 1980 when Miles Wolff gained a working agreement with the Atlanta Braves in 1980.


(From the Durham Bulls program: Bulls Manager "Dirty Al" Gallagher, Bulls General Manager Pete Bock, and Atlanta Braves Vice President Hank Aaron.)



Miles Wolff


Under Wolff's brilliant executive leadership, the Bulls financially thrived in the Carolina League as the Braves' top Class A team.  The Atlanta Braves hired former Giants and Angels third baseman "Dirty Al" Gallagher as field manager and  filled that first (1980) team roster with terrific players (several would enjoy Major League careers).



"Dirty Al" Gallagher


Eventually the famous Dull Durham movie was made.  

Below is a complete roster of the 1980 Durham Bulls:

1B   Gerald Perry
2B   Jeff Mathews
2B   Andres Forbes
2B   Mike Garcia
2B   Kevin Rigby
2B   Mark Lucas
3B   Tommy Thompson
3B   Johnny Lee
SS   Paul Runge
SS   Paul Zuvella
SS   Miguel Sosa
OF  Albert Hall
OF  Ronnie Rudd
OF  Albert "Zeke" Moore
OF  Brett Butler
OF  Milt Thompson
OF  Glen Bockhorn
C     Steve Stieb
C     Blane McDonald
C     Brian Snitker
P     Juan Alduey
P     Jose Alvarez
P     Rick Behenna
P     Arcilio Castaigne
P     Dom Chiti
P     Rick Coatney
P     Joe Cowley
P     Larry Edwards
P     Billy Gore
P     Craig Jones
P     Russ Kerdolff
P     Daniel Lucia
P     Ike Pettaway
P     Louis "Al" Pratt
P     Gary Reiter
P     Gil Ryan
P     Mike Smith
P     Pete Teixeira
P     Duane Theiss

Manager             "Dirty Al" Gallagher
Pitching Coach    Bob Veale
Pitching Coach    Leo Mazzone
Hitting Coach      Luke Appling
Bullpen Coach     Red Shuttleworth
Trainer                 Gene Lane

Franchise Owner   Miles Wolff
General Manager  Pete Bock




Durham Bulls Players

Juan Alduey

Rick Behenna

Glen Bockhorn


Brett Butler


Dom Chiti


Rick Coatney


Joe Cowley

Larry Edwards

Andres Forbes

Mike Garcia

Billy "Lance" Gore

Albert Hall

Craig Jones

Johnny Lee

Jeff Matthews

Blane McDonald

Alvin "Zeke" Moore

Gerald Perry

Ike Pettaway

Louis "Al" Pratt
Gary Reiter

Ronnie Rudd


Paul Runge


Gil Ryan


Mike Smith


Brian Snitker


Steve Stieb


Milt Thompson


Tommy Thompson


Paul Zuvella



Durham Bulls Manager and Coaches


Leo Mazzone and "Dirty Al" Gallagher


Luke Appling
Leo Mazzone


Bob Veale
Red Shuttleworth


Gene Lane












2 comments:

  1. As the wife of a player, I used to sew any tears in those spandex uniforms, as did other wives. Being a part of that team was one of my fondest minor league memories.

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  2. As the wife of a player, I used to sew any tears in those spandex uniforms, as did other wives. Being a part of that team was one of my fondest minor league memories.

    ReplyDelete