The Gastonia Grizzlies joined the Coastal Plain League in 2002 and 2015 marked yet another historic year for the Grizzlies. The team was the CPL leader in attendance with over 60,000 fans! In 2013, the team finished #1 in the CPL and #4 in the country in attendance – averaging 2,353 fans per game. After the 2013 season, the Grizzlies were honored by being named the Gaston Gazette’s Person of the Year!
In 2011, the team won the first ever Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Championship! The team also won best promotion in all of college summer baseball at the Summer Ball Conference for the “Great Community Give Back Game” at the end of the season. The Grizzlies teamed up with sponsors to provide free tickets to the entire community, dinner for the first thousand fans and a “Dig for the Diamond” after the game. This marked the second straight year the Grizzlies won best promotion after the “Midnight Madness” game won in 2010. This was the first midnight game in Coastal Plain League history and drew over 3,000 fans.
The “Great Community Give Bank Game” is a yearly tradition and is still one of the fan favorites!
More than 50 Grizzlies players have been drafted by the Major Leagues. The most well known Grizzlies player was Russell Wilson, who starred for the Grizzlies in 2009. Wilson, who led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl Championship in 2014, has set numerous NFL records in his first two seasons. Wilson was also drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round in 2010.