10 Charleston Rainbows Facts Every Chucktown Native Should Know
In commemoration of Charleston’s official minor league team of the 80’s, The Charleston Rainbows, we’re throwin’ it back with a Ticket Launch Party at the Citadel’s College Park Field for a lively celebration of community, culture and outstanding cuisine.
Although their reign was short, The Rainbows still hold a sweet spot in the hearts of Chucktown natives, and we want to celebrate in their memory! As fans of this retro team, we’re here to relive the days of the Rainbows with facts that’ll surprise even the most devoted of minor league baseball aficionados!
- The Rainbows represented Charleston in the South Atlantic Baseball League from 1985-1993.
- They were named after Charleston’s historic “Rainbow Row” to celebrate the charm of the city by owner Ernie Passailaigue.
- The Famous Alomar brothers, Roberto and Sa
ndy, both played for the Rainbows during the team’s much anticipated first season.
- Sandy Alomar won the American Rookie-of-the-Year award in 1990 playing for Cleveland, Ohio and continued his legacy for 20 more seasons playing in the major leagues.
- Roberto Alomar was elected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in 2011.
- The Rainbows boasted an attendance record at the time for professional baseball with 131,696 attendees in 1986. Talk about a home run!
- During the year of 1988, the Rainbows fielded a successful team, championing the best record in the Sally League with 85 wins.
- The Rainbows were renamed in 1994 to become the beloved Charleston Riverdogs, Charleston’s premier minor league team. Their throwback nights knock it out of the park in remembrance of the Rainbows and their legacy.
- The Rainbows played at the 1930’s era ballpark “College Park Field” which still stands today (and will host our Ticket Launch Party on September 15th!) on the corner of Grove Street and Rutledge Ave. It was also the Charleston Riverdogs’ first home field before moving to the classic Joseph P. Riley field in 1997.
- Last summer the Charleston Riverdogs broke out the old jerseys in support of the LGBT community for the Char
leston Rainbows Pride Night. The iconic rainbow that adorns each jersey has evolved as a symbol of support in affiliation with LGBT movements in the Lowcountry.