A Brief History of Reno Teams
Midway through the 1955 season the Channel Cities Oilers folded due to low attendance and financial problems. The team was awarded to Reno and began play as the Reno Silver Sox during the second half of the 1955 season. Reno Silver Sox players took home the Cal League MVP for 5 straight seasons from 1959 to 1963 and won back to back Championships in 1960 and 1961. Following the 1963 season the Reno Silver Sox took a one year hiatus and came back in 1965. The Silver Sox again won back to back Championships in 1975 and 1976. Following the 1981 season they changed their team name to the Reno Padres to match their affiliate, the San Diego Padres. San Diego ended their affiliation with Reno after the 1987 season and the team switched back to their former name, the 'Reno Silver Sox' and operated as an Independent team for the next 4 seasons. In 1992 The Silver Sox reached an agreement with Oakland and became an Athletics affiliate for one season. After the conclusion of the 1992 season, the team was moved to Riverside and became the Riverside Pilots.