Class A Advanced baseball minor league
based in the Carolina
s and Virginia
. Founded during World War II
as a Class B league; was primarily North Carolina
-based in the 1950
s and 1960
s, but has actually had as many as four of its 8 teams located in Virginia
in recent years.
The 1988 movie Bull Durham followed the Durham Bulls through a CL season, but the Bulls (or, at least, a team bearing that name) moved up to the AAA International League in 1998. (The CL franchise spent 1998 as the Danville 97s while waiting for a stadium to be built in Myrtle Beach, and now plays as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.) Kevin Costner's character, Crash Davis, was named after an actual player from the league's early days.
Organized in two divisions, North and South.
Divisions and teams: