This article is about the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Collegiate League, who are based in Alexandria, LA. For the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, see Alexandria Aces (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball)
The Alexandria Aces are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Alexandria, Louisiana, in the United States. The Aces were league champions of the professional Continental Baseball League, in 2009, but when the CBL moved their market to western Texas, the Aces found a better fit in the Texas Collegiate League. The decision to join the new league was announced on February 12, 2010.
From the 1994 season to the present, the Aces have played their home games at historic Bringhurst Field, which was built in 1933 for the original Alexandria Aces.
That team started in 1934 as a member of the old Evangeline League and ceased operations with the league in 1942 due to World War II. The Aces (and the league) were revived after the war but once again ceased operations in 1957.
Baseball returned to Alexandria again in 1972, with the Aces as the San Diego Padres' AA farm club, and while it only lasted four years, many major league notables passed through Alexandria - in particular All-Star pitcher Randy Jones and longtime Cleveland Indians first baseman John Grubb. Duke Snider also managed the team during this period.
The new Aces were a charter member of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1994, and the Aces won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998 before the league changed its name to the Central Baseball League. In the first season of the new United League in 2006, local boy Ricky VanAsselberg led the Aces to a stirring playoff run and the inaugural ULB championship. In 2007 the Aces repeated as league champions. In 2009 the Aces joined the Continental Baseball League when the ULB went bankrupt. The Aces are the 2009 CBL Champions, beating the Big Bend Cowboys 2-0. In 2010, the Aces ended their contract with the CBL, citing travel costs among other reasons.
The Aces have a history of sending many players into a Major League affiliate team. Players such as LHP Adam Cox (Boston), LHP Justin Dowdy (Oakland) and C Ryan Smith (Chicago White Sox) are of noticeable signings as of recent.
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