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Oneonta Tigers
Founded in 1967
Oneonta, New York
Team Logo
Cap Insignia
  • Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Oneonta Tigers (1999-present)
  • Oneonta Yankees (1967-1998), Oneonta Red Sox (1966)
Minor league titles
League titles
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by:
Manager: Howard Bushong
General Manager: Andrew Weber

The Oneonta Tigers are a minor league baseball team from Oneonta, New York. They are members of the New York - Penn League. The Oneonta Tigers are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play their home games at Damaschke Field.


Baseball in Oneonta

Oneonta's first pro baseball team came to town on August 7, 1924, when the Utica Utes of the old New York-Pennsylvania League (not the current league with this name) moved there. The newly-renamed Indians folded at the end of the season. In 1940, the Cornwall, Ontario club in the old Canadian-American League (again, not to be confused with the current circuit with this name) moved to Oneonta. The Oneonta Indians (who, despite the name, were an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) won back-to-back championships in 1941-42 before the loop shut down for three years due to World War II. After the war, the renamed Oneonta Red Sox took two more titles, in 1948 and in the league's final season of 1951.

In 1966, the Red Sox shifted their franchise in the (current) New York - Penn League from Wellsville, New York to Oneonta. In 1967, Sam Nader purchased the team and renamed them the Oneonta Yankees, or O-Yankees, an affiliation they would have for three decades. Stocked with future New York Yankees stars, the O-Yanks won NYPL titles in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988 and 1990. Since 1991, the franchise has participated in the annual New York-Penn League Game in Cooperstown, NY. This is an official New York-Penn League game played at Doubleday Field in conjunction with the Hall of Fame's Induction Weekend festivities.[1] In 1999, the Yankees moved their affiliation to the Staten Island Yankees, so the Detroit Tigers organization moved in.

Recent years

On July 20, 2006, the Tigers won the longest game in NYPL history: a 6-hour and 40-minute, 26-inning marathon against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Brooklyn scored the first run in the bottom of the first inning; the Tigers tied the game in the top of the fourth. Neither side scored again until the 26th inning, when the Tigers plated five runs (three earned) off of Cyclones outfielder Mark Wright, who had entered the game to pitch (the Cyclones had already used six of their regular pitchers). The Tigers had three players who went 1-for-12, including center fielder Deik Scram, whose lone hit knocked in the go-ahead run for the Tigers in the 26th inning.

The 2007 season ushered a new era for Oneonta Tiger baseball, as their stadium received a face-lift, while premiering the team's official website,

On July 15, 2007, Oneonta pitcher Guillermo Moscosa threw a perfect game, only the second in league history.

In early July 2008, it was announced that long-time owner Sam Nader had sold the franchise he purchased in 1966. No discussion has been made for the prospect of the team moving out of Oneonta. The agreement allows for the Tigers to stay in Oneonta up until the 2010 season.

On July 4, 2009, the first two curtain calls in the history of Damaschke Field happened against the Aberdeen IronBirds, both for Rawley Bishop, a rookie first baseman from Middle Tennessee State and who was drafted in the 19th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2009. The first curtain call was in the 4th inning after a solo home run to make the score 1–0. The second curtain call happened in the 5th inning after a grand slam home run to make the score 5–0.

Current roster

Oneonta Tigers roster
Players Coaches/Other
  • 56 Jose Diaz
  • 49 Kenny Faulk
  • 23 Jeff Gerbe
  • 30 Cory Hamilton
  • 52 Kevan Hess
  • 39 Wade Kapteyn
  • 31 Mike LaLuna
  • 59 Clemente Mendoza
  • -- Melvin Mercedes
  • 27 Michael Morrison
  • 35 Nate Newman
  • 26 Jose Ortega
  • 57 Luis Sanz
  • 11 Jose Siso
  • 46 Michael Torrealba
  • 18 John Murrian
  • 13 Eric Roof


  • 17 Rawley Bishop
  •  9 Wade Gaynor
  • 22 Jimmy Gulliver
  •  7 Carmelo Jaime
  • 12 Luis Palacios
  •  1 Christopher Sedon


  • 44 Alexis Espinoza
  • 40 Jamie Johnson
  • 15 Matthew Mansilla
  • 28 Howie Bushong


  • 43 Jorge Cordova (pitching)

† Disabled list
* On Detroit Tigers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-12-17

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Carr, Samantha (2008-07-23). "Oneonta, Tri-City to Square Off at Doubleday Field". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-07-28.  

2. Tiger Game Box Score

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