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The Edmonton Cracker-Cats are a professional baseball team representing Edmonton, Alberta. The name ?Cracker-Cats? is derived from the oil industry term Fluid Catalytic Cracking.
Cat cracking for short, Fluid Catalytic Cracking is part of the process of refining crude oil into gasoline by converting high boiling hydrocarbons into smaller molecules.
The Cracker-Cats currently are a member of the North Division of the Golden Baseball League. The franchise plays their home games at Telus Field.
From the 2005 season to the present, Edmonton Cracker Cats have played their home games at TELUS Field. They began as an expansion team in 2005 as a member of the Northern League.
The Cracker Cats made their debut in their inaugural season on May 20, 2005, against the Kansas City T-Bones. Their first home in history took place didn?t take place until one week later when they played host to the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 7,894 enthusiastic fans.
Stubby Clapp was named MVP of the Northern League All-Star game on July 18, 2006. Led by former big league skipper Terry Bevington, the team posted a 47-48 record in their first season. On September 3, 2006, they concluded their second season six games back in the wild card race and missed the playoffs.
Despite adding 3 former Major Leaguer?s, Ryan Radmanovich, Mike Johnson, and Lou Pote, the 2007 season was a major disappointment for the team. They ended the season 38-58 and last in the league, which would be their last.
The ?Cats provincial rivals are the Calgary Vipers. On June 13, 2006, a string of bean balls in the first two innings would touch off two major brawls between the Cracker-Cats and the Calgary Vipers.
After Edmonton?s Greg Morrison was hit by a Calgary pitch for the fourth time in five games, the Cracker-Cats responded violently by throwing at two Calgary players. The resulting melee was so violent that the umpires sent both teams off the field.
The game was suspended for over an hour to consult with league officials. When the Cracker-Cats refused to return to the field afterward, the game was declared a forfeit. The Vipers were awarded a 9-0 victory.
As a result of the suspension, Cracker-Cats manager Terry Bevington gave up his job in embarrassment. As both managers and seven players were suspended a total of 79 games, the league came down hard on both teams.Highlights of the brawl were shown on ESPN SportsCenter.
In 2007, the ?Cats would face the Vipers in the North Division Championship Series, renewing their classic rivalry. It was their first winning season in franchise history.
At the end of the 2007 season, Edmonton and the Calgary Vipers announced to have left the Northern League and joined the Golden Baseball League.
After three years in the Northern League, Edmonton Cracker-Cats became a part of the Golden Baseball League on October 24, 2007. This happened just after the rival Vipers jumped to the league.
On June 30, 2008, the franchise set a new attendance record of 8,676 fans in their home game against the Vipers. On August 22, 2008, the Cracker-Cats clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Orange County Flyers, 13-4.