Knights Home Opener a Homecoming in Charlotte Baseball

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by WCCB Charlotte

 CHARLOTTE, NC -- Friday's first pitch was an Uptown homecoing for Charlotte baseball.  Baseball in Uptown dates all the way back to 1940.  That's when the Calvin Griffith Park opened on Magnolia Avenue, with a team called the Charlotte Hornets.  

In the late '70s, the ballpark got an upgrade and a new name: The Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Park.  The wooden ballpark burned in '85.

Five years later, the Knights moved into "The Castle" in Fort Mill.  The minor league team played there for 23 years.  In 2012, after years of delays and legal battles, the Charlotte Knights broke ground on the Uptown ballpark.  Two years later, here we are.

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