Calgary Inferno

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Calgary Inferno

Founded in 1995

Calgary, Alberta
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Team logo
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Secondary logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague American Eagle League
Division West (2018-)

East (1995-2017)

Team Info
Name Calgary Inferno (2010-present)

Other nicknames Great Balls of Fire, the Flaming Balls

Previous names Calgary Chinooks (1995-2009)

Colors Crimson, charcoal, gold, white

                   

Owner Tom Rice, Jr.

General manager Vacant
Ballpark
Ballpark Inferno Park
Titles
Bull Cup titles (2) 2015, 2017
League pennants (6) 1997, 1999, 2010, 2015—2017

Division pennants (8) AEL East - 1996—1997, 1999—2000, 2002, 2013—2014, 2017



The Calgary Inferno are a Canadian Bull League baseball team based in Calgary, Alberta. The team is currently located in the American Eagle League (AEL) East division.

The name Inferno is inspired by the frequent wild fires that occur in the province of Alberta, and the team logo is a flaming baseball. They are considered one of the more successful clubs in the AEL, and have 10 playoff appearances, including 6 Bull Cup championship appearances.

History[edit]

In 1995, the league reorganized and added four teams. The Calgary Chinooks were one of the four teams added. They changed their name to Inferno for the 2010 season.

Calgary Inferno former logo (2010-2016)
Starting as an expansion team has not hindered their performance, however. They have had seven first-place finishes in their division since 1995. Since the Wild Card playoff qualifier was introduced in 2012, they have made the playoffs each year, and won the Bull Cup in 2015.

They have contributed two players to the Hall of Fame, Sean "Speed" Lewis (RF, 2014) and Kurt Coler (P, 2012). Lewis still holds the Bull League single-season record for triples (17) set in 1995 with Seattle (he also led the league in stolen bases that year with 41). He went to Calgary the following year and led the league twice in triples during his four years there.

2015–2017: Dynasty Years[edit]

The Inferno have cemented themselves in recent history, establishing themselves in a dynasty that began with their 2015 season when they won the first of three successive AEL championships. Coincidentally, all three victories saw their rivals, the Jacksonville Ravens, falling to them.

Calgary went on to win the Bull Cup two out of the three times. All three series were close, going the full five games.

Opening Day Starters[edit]

Italics indicate player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Year Record C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
1995[1] 37-43 Braydon Laidlaw Bill Schaffer Ben Day Rick Wider Stanford Wills Jason Bristol Bubba Taylor Jaiden Hill
1996[1] 45-35 Homey Lopez Sean Underhay Matt Conine Deadend Myfriend Stanford Wills Kyle Beman Ryan Pettit Sean Lewis
2016[1] 43-40 Dao-zi Ling Logans Run Francisco Delgado Cody Martin Manny Davila Danny Huertero Billy Leyva Takeo Otomo

Retired Numbers[edit]

The Calgary Inferno have retired just one uniform number, Hall of Fame right fielder Sean 'Speed' Lewis.

Calgary Inferno Retired Uniform Numbers
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Speed Lewis
Right fielder
Retired 2014

Awards and other achievements[edit]

Player awards[edit]

Award[edit]

Team Records[edit]

For career hitting percentage records, 1,783 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 500 innings pitched are required.

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average D.P. Justice .365 2000 Dao-zi Ling .313
On base percentage D.P. Justice .460 2000 Alexis Canas .380
Slugging percentage Bill Schaffer .725 1995 Dao-zi Ling .551
At bats Israel Medina 411 2017 Cam Bowers 3,466
Runs Bill Schaffer 75 1995 Cam Bowers 514
Hits Miguel Ortega
Danny Huertero
123 2014
2017
Cam Bowers 1,029
Doubles Danny Huertero 32 2015 Cam Bowers 222
Triples Miguel Ortega 12 2014 Miguel Ortega 38
Home runs Jesse Nelson
Cody Martin
33 2006
2014
Dao-zi Ling 177
Runs batted in Jesse Nelson 82 2006 Cam Bowers 651
Stolen bases Sean Lewis 31 1996
1998
Sean Lewis 111
Earned runs average Adam Price 2.15 2015 Kurt Coler 3.14
Wins Tom Dewolfe
Fernando Latorre
12 1999
2017
Jerry Scovell 63
Losses Kyle Cahill 12 2008 Jerry Scovell 45
Saves Kevin Krohn 23 2013 Ivan Dorado 113
Games pitched Don Jordan 47 2005 Jing-shuan Bing 289
Games started Matthew Rendall
Enrique Nunez
22 2017
2017
Jerry Scovell 139
Complete games Yoshiyau Aoki 6 2012 Luis Fernandez 16
Shutouts Luis Fernandez 3 2012 Owen Clemons
Luis Fernandez
5
Innings pitched Enrique Nunez 155.2 2013 Jerry Scovell 901.1
Strikeouts Luis Fernandez 188 2013 Luis Fernandez 769

Hall of Fame Players[edit]

Two Calgary Inferno players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Calgary Inferno Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Kurt Coler Pitcher 2012
Sean 'Speed' Lewis Right Field 2014

Championships[edit]

The Calgary Inferno have appeared in five Bull Cup Championships, though they have only won once.

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Montreal Metros
2015 Succeeded by:
Ohio Oxen
Preceded by:
Ohio Oxen
2017 Current champions
American Eagle League Champions
Preceded by:
Richmond Ravens
1997
(as Calgary Chinooks)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
1999
(as Calgary Chinooks)
Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2010 Succeeded by:
Richmond Ravens
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
20152017 Current holder
American Eagle League East Division Titles
Preceded by:
Denver Highlanders
19961997
(as Calgary Chinooks)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
19992000
(as Calgary Chinooks)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2002
(as Calgary Chinooks)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
20132014 Succeeded by:
Jacksonville Ravens
Preceded by:
Denver Highlanders
2017 Current holder

Minor League Affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Kelowna Inferno Cow League Kelowna, British Columbia
AA Hussar Barbers Heifer League Hussar, Alberta
A Lethbridge Raiders Calf League Lethbridge, Alberta
Short Season A East Broughton Critters Milk League East Broughton, Quebec
Rookie Sarasota Inferno Florida Rookie League Sarasota, Florida

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Calgary Inferno positional chart. Bull News Network. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/reports/html/2016/history/team_15_starters_positional.html. Accessed: 18 October 2016.