From Samuel Evers at The Hardball Times on October 31, 2018:
It was nostalgia that brought the Pines to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a sleepy tobacco town about 45 minutes east of Raleigh.
It was simple logistics that made them the worst team in minor league baseball history.
And it was an unpaid outgoing bill, a 24-114-1 record, and a Sports Illustrated article that made them infamous.
The Pines lasted one season, 1980, in the High-A Carolina League, as an independent team with no major league affiliate, loaded with a revolving door of castoffs trying to catch a scout’s eye one last time.
Read the full article here: https://www.fangraphs.com/tht/the-rocky-mount-pines-a-baseball-disaster/
Originally published: October 31, 2018. Last Updated: October 31, 2018.