Wilson Tobs

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Wilson Tobs
Founded 1997
Home Field Fleming Stadium
Based in Wilson, North Carolina
Colors Gold and Black
Mascot Slugger (Tobacco worm)
League Coastal Plain League
League Titles None
Manager Bruce Johnson
General Manager

The Wilson Tobs are an amateur baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League, an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league. The team plays its home games at Fleming Stadium in Wilson, North Carolina. Today's Tobs were one of the original teams in the collegiate Coastal Plain League when the league was founded in 1997; prior to 1997 the town of Wilson hosted minor league teams throughout the 20th century. In 2005 the Coastal Plain League named the Tobs the CPL Organization of the Year. The Tobs' mascot has been a tobacco worm named Slugger since the 1999 season.


Wilson has hosted minor league teams for a century now, and most of them have been called Tobs (short for Tobacconists).

From 1908 to 1910, the Wilson Tobacconists played in the Eastern Carolina League. They took home that loop's crown in 1909 and were leading the championship series in 1908 when play was suspended due to a tropical storm.

They next spent eight seasons in the Virginia League (1920-1927). During most of those seasons the team was known as the Wilson Bugs (1920-1922 , 1924-1927). They won the Virginia League championship in 1922 and 1923.

Wilson was also a member of the old Class D Coastal Plain League from 1939 to 1941 and 1946 to 1952. They won that league's championship in 1941.

The town hosted a Carolina League entry from 1956 to 1968. That team had great success winning the league championship in 1959, 1961, and 1963. The 1966 squad boasted future Hall of Fame member Rod Carew. Wilson returned to the Carolina League for one season in 1973 as the Wilson Pennants.


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