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Professional baseball in Charlston dates back to 1910 when there was a team known as the Charleston Statesmen. They belonged to the long-forgotten Class D Virginia Valley league. In 1911, the Statesmen shifted to the Class D Mountain State League, and then stopped playing after that year.
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The Charleston Senators was formed in 1914 and lasted three seasons in the Class D Ohio State League. In 1931, a new Senators team joined the Class C Mid-Atlantic League as an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
This team lasted until 1943. In 1949, the Senators were included as a member of the Class A Central League. In 1952, the city was granted a franchise in the Triple-A American Association. This team was associated with the Chicago White Sox, then the Detroit Tigers, and finally the Washington Senators.
In 1958, the Senators won the American Association championship. The franchise ceased to function after the 1960 season.
The Triple-A International League San Juan Marlins, affiliated with the St.Louis Cardinals, moved to Chareston at mid-season due to a hurricane, which destroyed their ballpark.
In 1962, the Charleston Indians, affiliated with the Cleve Indians, moved to the city in the Class A Eastern League, and in 1963, that league was raised to Double A. The team ceased to perform after the 1964 season.
In 1971, baseball returned with the Charleston Charlies, of the International League. The Charlies played from 1971-76. The team won the league championship in 1973 and 1977.
The Charlies left for Maine following the 1983 season, and, after several moves, is now located in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Today, however, the Wheelers championships are not acknowledged in the park in any way.
The city resumed minor league baseball in 1987, after a three year break. The team was named the Charleston Wheelers, and this was because of the city's history of stern-and side-wheeled boats.
The heelers began as a shared team, hosting players from several Major League Baseball franchises, including the Los Angeles Fogers, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Atlanta Braves.
The South Atlantic League Championship in 1990 was won by The Wheelers. They changed affiliation to the Cincinnati Reds after a brief stint with the Chicago Cubs organization.
The Wheelers were purchased from then-owner Dennis Bastien by a conglomerate of owners in 1993. In 1995, the name of the team was changed to Charleston Alley Cats, and it switched colours from blue and white with a green trim to grey and red with a black trim.
In 2001, the team was purchased by the current ownership of Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers. The team changed affiliation to the Kansas City Royals, in 1995, and again in 2001, to the Toronto Blue Jays, and finally to the Milwaukee Brewers, after the 2004 season.
They chose their current name, West Virginia Power, before the 2005 season. The West Virginia Power won the 2007 SAL Northern Division Title. The Power now plays its home games in Appalachian Power Park.