McCoy Stadium is Built
Professional baseball started being played in 1892, but the original stadium wasn’t erected until 1942. In 1946, it was named in honor of Thomas P. McCoy, who served as the city’s mayor from 1936-1945.
Enter the PawSox
- The team known as the Pawtucket Red Sox debuted at McCoy Stadium as part of the AA Eastern League. Two years later in 1972, they would move up to the AAA International League, where they play today.
The team found success early, and in 1973 took home their first International League Championship by beating the Charleston Charlies.
They went on to defeat the Tulsa Oilers in the Junior World Series – their only national championship.
Ben Mondor Purchases Team
In 1976 the PawSox were struggling both on and off the field, and officially went bankrupt.
It was then Canadian businessman Ben Mondor came in to resurrect the team, and they’ve thrived ever since.
The Longest Game
The longest game in professional baseball history was played at McCoy Stadium. The game began on April 18, 1981, and after 32 innings – the PawSox and Rochester Red Wings were still tied 2-2
The president of the league was contacted just after 4 a.m. and decided to suspend the game. It was picked up again on June 23, and after just 18 minutes – Dave Koza knocked in the winning run for Pawtucket in the bottom of the 33rd inning.
In 1984, the PawSox returned to the league championship and defeated the powerful Maine Guides (now the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders).
McCoy Undergoes Renovations
McCoy Stadium was the smallest ballpark in the league until it went under major renovations in 1998, increasing its capacity to 10,031.
Mondor Passes Away
After more than three decades of owning the PawSox, Ben Mondor died at his home in Warwick on Oct. 3, 2010. A statue was later installed outside of the stadium in his honor.
Third Governors’ Cup
Despite employing a bevy of talented players, it was 28 years before the PawSox were able to take home another IL title.
They defeated the Charlotte Knights to earn their third Governors’ Cup, but later lost to the Reno Aces in the AAA National Championship.
Second Title in Three Years
The Durham Bulls defeated Pawtucket in the championship in 2013, however both teams returned the following season and the PawSox were able to take home their fourth Governors’ Cup.
The team went on to play the Omaha Storm Chasers in the AAA National Championship, but again came up short.
Group of Investors Buys Team
A new ownership group – which includes Providence attorney James Skeffington, former CVS CEO Tom Ryan, former Fleet CEO Terry Murray, Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and the Fenway Sports Group – purchased the team in February of 2015.
The group intends to move the team to a privately-financed stadium in downtown Providence by the spring of 2017.