1990 Bevis map poster

 

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This one is kind of an odd duck. I found it on ebay one day and decided to go ahead and buy it. It’s a minor league baseball map poster of North America that was made in 1990, likely between the 1990 and 1991 baseball seasons. This is an era of the minors that I have particular interest in, and it’s fun to dig into all the weird details.

 

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What’s a map without a good legend? I love the icons they made for all the different levels of the minors, and it’s interesting how they have a numbering (#) system for affiliated teams and then a black dot the indy teams–of which there were still several at that time.

 

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Each major league team was numbered 1-26, with the numbers used to indicate minor league affiliates. The Dakotas are the perfect spot for this section–nothing to cover up there!

 

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Here’s the old American Association, a handful of years before it went belly-up.  You can see how, for instance, the Buffalo Bisons are #19, corresponding with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

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Apparently they didn’t have enough room for the full Red Barons nickname.

 

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The Columbus Mudcats are very era-specific. By ’91, they would be the Carolina Mudcats.

 

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The brief window up time when the Hagerstown Suns yo-yo’d up to the Eastern League.

 

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Here’s a good example of how the map uses lines to connect the teams within a league. The red lines are the part of the Pacific Coast League chain. Check out that black dot for the independent Bend Bucks.

 

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The Cali League went through a lot of change in the nineties, and four of those teams (Palm Springs, Reno, Riverside, Salinas) moved in the earlier part of the decade. Note the two indy dots.

 

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A wild time for small cities in the Midwest. Kenosha, Springfield, Waterloo, and Wausau would all move within a few years.

 

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Not only is Asheville spelled wrong, but they weren’t indy. They should’ve been with #23: the Houston Astros. I love to see the two Charleston clubs side-by-side with state postal codes in parentheses. Speaking of parentheses, that “Macon-1991” is funny. That news must’ve broke before some of the other unremarked-upon relocators on the map.

 

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Here we have the Baseball City Royals and the independent Miami Miracle–back when Jimmy Buffett and Bill Murray were part-owners.

 

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Boy, Medicine Hat was off the beaten path. They were helped out by Lethbridge for a few years in the nineties. The Gate City Pioneers used that place name for one year before changing to the Pocatello Pioneers.

 

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Glitch! I’m pretty sure the Princeton club was called the Patriots in 1990. A rare unique identity in the Appy League.

 

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Wow. I’ve never heard the Arizona League called the “Arizona State League” before. I also love the use of the city name rather than the “AZL” place name.

 

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Hey, the Orlando Twins snuck into the green ring of the GCL.

 

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Very interesting that the Dominican League was included in this map. The arrow points southeast, off the map, presumably toward Hispaniola.

 

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I’m glad the map included the Mexican League. It’s sort of an entity unto itself, but worthy all the same. Most of these teams have switched around by now, but some have been consistent through the years.

 

 

Alright, so that is the extent of this Bevis minor league map poster. I have to assume that the company changed its name once a certain MTV cartoon burst onto the scene. Hmm. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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