The Eugene Emeralds are a minor league baseball club from the northwest USA, based in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Northwest League, they’re the Class A season affiliate of the Chicago CubsFrom 2001 through 2014, the team was affiliated with the San Diego Padres.
Founded 63 decades back in 1955 as a charter member of the Northwest League, the Emeralds had been Named in a competition, won in January by twenty five year old Bowen Blair.
They won the inaugural pennant as an independentand stayed in the NWL for 14 seasons, until 1968. The Emeralds had been the minor league team to play in Eugene since the disbanding of the Eugene Larks, who played Bethel Park for only two seasons, 1950 and 1951.
The Emeralds played northwest Eugene at 4, 000 Bethel Park Headquarters, Roosevelt Boulevard and Maple Street torn down for the construction of a highway that wasn’t constructed. In 1950 and 1951, Bethel Park was the home of the Eugene Larks of the Class D Far West League, its outfield is present day Lark Park. Its final game in 1968 on August 29 drew 897 fans for an one striker and 7-0 Emeralds win. The NWL changed into a short season league in 1966, and that season was opened in Eugene from the Lewiston Broncs. The 2nd Pick from the 1966 MLB draft, future hall of famer Reggie Jackson played his first professional games in Bethel Park, as a center player after his second season in Arizona State.
In the 1969 season, the Emeralds were encouraged to AAA standing from the Pacific Coast League as the main subsidiary of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Ems returned to the Northwest League when Phillies moved his AAA farm team to the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League for the 1974 season. Eugene was separate that season, then became a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Reds in 1975. As a Triple A team in 1969, the Emeralds moved from Bethel Park to Civic Stadium. The 6, 800 seat centre Was possessed by the Eugene School District and was constructed in 1938 as a place for high school football, that was played there till 1968.
Civic Stadium also hosted semi pro baseball teams, sponsored by timber companies, until Bethel Park is developed in 1950. Facing a stadium and maintenance expenses, in 2010 the Eugene Emeralds moved to PK Park, the new baseball stadium round town which was constructed from the University of Oregon. The Emeralds home, PK Park, is adjacent to the Autzen Stadium and close to the Willamette River. They share the new centre with the Oregon Ducks baseball team, whose season finishes in May. This left an obsolete civic stage with no active renters. A Civic Stadium was ruined by fire from 2015. In the year 2009, playing the Emeralds, Nate Freiman headed the league for the season in RBIs base hits and total bases.