AUGUSTA, Ga. — Owners of the Macon Pirates, a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, have announced they will move the team to Augusta, giving the city its first minor league baseball team in 25 years.
The announcement was made by Len Monheimer, owner of the Macon club and the senior partner in the new team's management, and junior partner Bill Heaton, a retired Army colonel who has worked for six years to get a minor league club in Augusta.
The franchise move was approved last Sunday by the board of directors of the South Atlantic League, of which the team is a member.
The first word of the move came when Heaton announced that the owner of a South Atlantic League franchise had agreed to move his team to Augusta. He would not identify the team at the time.