Our Mission –
The mission of the Charlottesville Baseball Group is to promote the game of baseball in Central Virginia by providing a high quality collegiate summer team, a memorable fan experience, and opportunities for youth to grow in the game and in character.
Charlottesville High School
The Tom Sox will be playing our home games at Charlottesville High school. Charlottesville High School is a public high school in the independent city of Charlottesville, Virginia, serving students from 9th to 12th grade. It is a part of Charlottesville City Schools.
How the Tom Sox Were Formed
After discussions with various local “baseball people,” Charlottesville businessman Jeff Burton meets with Valley League Commissioner Don Lemish about the idea of bringing a Valley League team to Charlottesville.
Lemish indicates the Valley League may be interested, and follow-up discussions are held over the summer.
The Valley League member teams vote to award a team to Charlottesville beginning with the 2015 season.
Charlottesville Community Baseball, Inc. is formed to oversee the team. In keeping with Valley League policy, it is a non-profit organization and will depend on volunteers to operate the team.
Public announcement follows: Charlottesville will field a Valley League team beginning in 2015, with former University of Virginia All-America and major leaguer Joe Koshansky serving as general manager. The team will play at Charlottesville High School and will make improvements to the baseball facility.
Waynesboro claims the championship of an eleven-team Valley League over Charles Town in a dramatic, Game 7 walk-off finish.
Charlottesville Community Baseball invites the public to take part in a name-the-team contest. Utilizing social media, a whopping 266 separate names are put forth. While inspiring, such names as “Derechos,” “Jefferson Fairplane,” “NIMBYs,” “Bypass,” “Turkey Vultures,” and “Ville-ins“ are not selected.
Four finalists are named: Presidents, Sabres, Tom Sox, and Vines.
An initial roster of 26 players is introduced, including St. Anne’s-Belfield alum Brett Johnson, now playing at James Madison University.
University of Richmond assistant coach Michael Goldberg is introduced as head coach, along with assistant coach Jim McKew, director of baseball operations at George Washington University.
At a press conference at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, the team is introduced as the Tom Sox. Colors will be blue, green, and gray.
Anchor Bat Company is introduced as the Official Bat Supplier of the Charlottesville Tom Sox.
The 2015 Valley League schedule is announced. Opening Night for the Tom Sox will be Tuesday, June 9 against Covington.
Upgrades continue at Charlottesville High School, and the Tom Sox make a presentation to the Charlottesville School Board with the team’s thoughts about a long-term improvement plan to upgrade the baseball facility at CHS.
Board of Directors
Greg Allen, President
Jeff Burton, Vice President & General Manager
Mike Paduano, Director of Baseball Operations
Joby Giacalone, Director of Promotions
John Scaglione, Treasurer
The Valley League was founded May 15, 1897, in Edinburg, Va. and included charter members Winchester, Woodstock, Strasburg, Front Royal, and Edinburg.
It evolved in the early years from a Class D minor league to an NCAA-sanctioned league in 1961 operating under NCAA rules. The league adopted wooden bats in 1993. Each team plays a 44-game schedule June through August concluding with a top-eight-team play-off to determine the Lineweaver Cup Championship.
The VBL is funded in part by a grant from Major League Baseball and is a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, a national affiliation of 12 collegiate summer leagues. The Valley League has produced well over 1,100 professional baseball players, including a record 79 former players drafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Last year 27 Valley League alumni were playing in the Major Leagues and 15 alumni were either playing or serving in a executive capacity with one of the MLB Post Season teams.
In 2011, the VBL transitioned to not-for-profit status. All teams as well as the League are now not-for-profit organizations supported by numerous volunteers. The Valley League name is derived from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, which is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west in Virginia and West Virginia; a short drive from Washington, DC.
The league consists of 12-teams playing a two division format for 2015. Current franchises include Covington Lumberjacks, Harrisonburg Turks, New Market Rebels, Staunton Braves, Waynesboro Generals, Charlottesville, Front Royal Cardinals, Aldie Senators, Charles Town Canons, Strasburg Express, Winchester Royals and Woodstock River Bandits.
Each team will play a 42-game schedule beginning May 29th with playoffs starting in the last week of July and extending into early August. Last possible date for play is August 9th.