Today in Curve History – The Offseason

Altoona Curve history broken down into daily historical events and performances. This page highlights the offseason happenings around the Curve.

Navigate to a specific day by clicking the month below.

January

22nd

2019 – The Curve revealed their promotional plan to temporarily change the team name to the ‘Allegheny Yinzers’ for seven games during the 2019 season.

31st

2012 – The Curve and Peoples Natural Gas struck the first naming rights deal to Altoona’s ballpark that renamed the stadium from Blair County Ballpark to Peoples Natural Gas Field.

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February

21st

2019 – The Eastern League announced a monumental shift in the league’s playoff format. Rather than a full-season division champion and wild card from each division, the league instituted a split-season that crowned a two division champions (one for each half season) to determine playoff qualification. It was the first time since 1982 that the EL used a split season.

26th

2018 – The Curve announced the promotional schedule for the club’s 20th season at a special ceremony at Baker Mansion in Altoona. Promotional highlights included an 11-bobblehead series to commemorate the franchise’s all-time team and a visit to Peoples Natural Gas Field by Curve legend Adam Hyzdu.

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March

7th

1998 – The groundbreaking ceremony for Altoona’s new ballpark took place on the future site of Peoples Natural Gas Field.

17th

2018 – During a ceremony at LECOM Park in Bradenton to honor the 2017 Eastern League champions, the Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates announced the extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2022 season

30th

2013 – The Curve welcomed the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second-ever exhibition game between the MLB club and Double-A affiliate. A PNG Field-record 10,116 fans watched the contest, which resulted in an 8-6 win for the Curve. Former Curve outfielder Starling Marte hit a grand slam and went 2-for-3 for the Bucs. Additionally, the Pirates and Curve announced an extension to their PDC through the 2018 season and Altoona revealed it would be the host site to the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.

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October

4th

2012 – The Curve won a Golden Bobblehead for “Best Charity Promotion or Event” with its efforts with Curve, Pa. Blue Out Saturdays. The team wore blue jerseys for each Saturday home game to raise awareness and funds for Prevent Child Abuse, Pennsylvania.

5th

1997 – Altoona won the bid for a new minor league franchise by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The proposal and stadium plan were submitted the day before just hours before the deadline. Altoona was selected over Springfield, Mass.

7th

2016 – Derek Martin was named the fifth general manager in team history, replacing Rob Egan after eight seasons.

8th

2018 – Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes was named the 2018 MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient at third base for the second year in a row. It was the second year in a row that a Curve player received the award and the second of three straight for Hayes from 2017-19.

17th

2001 – Curve majority owner Bob Lozinak announced the sale of the franchise to Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg. Later, Greenberg welcomed Pittsburgh sports starts Jerome Bettis and Mario Lemieux to the new ownership group. However, Lozinak would reacquire his hometown team in December 2008.

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November

1st

1999 – With Sal Baglieri elevated to the role of Senior Advisor, Jeff Parker is hired as the Curve’s second general manager.

23rd

2010 – Just months after the franchise’s first Eastern League championship, the franchise took another step forward and unveiled a new logo set. The new marks paid homage to the railroad engineers that helped put Altoona on the map.

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December

1st

2008 – Curve President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg announced that his group was selling the franchise back to original owner Bob Lozinak. Shortly after the announcement, David Lozinak was appointed the team’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day functions of the ballclub.

5th

2008 – The organization’s new foundation continued to take shape. Rob Egan, the original play-by-play broadcaster for the Curve from 1999-2004, was named the team’s fourth general manager.

8th

2019 – Curve owner Bob Lozinak was honored as the King of Baseball at the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego. The award recognizes a veteran of professional baseball each year for longtime dedication and service to the game. Lozinak has been a minor league team owner since 1979.

30th

2008 – Minor League Baseball approved the sale of the Curve from the Greenberg group back to the Lozinak family.

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