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NEW MINOR LEAGUE IN SEARCH OF POTENTIAL FRANCHISE TOWNS

     Pat Gaffney, a representative of the Atlantic Coast League,
has approached the Florence, SC, City Council about becoming a
franchise city.  The ACL is not affiliated with any major league
club and is set to begin its first season in June 1995.
Spartanburg, SC, has already signed as one of the league's teams.
Other SC cities being courted:  Sumter, Anderson, Orangeburg, and
Greenwood.  Also:  Gastonia, NC  (Denny Seitz, FLORENCE MORNING
NEWS, 12/13).
     MORE MINOR NEWS:  MD Baseball Limited Partnership Chair
Peter Kirk hopes to bring a class-A team to Salisbury, MD by '96.
He had hoped to start as an unaffiliated team in '95, but likely
will start in '96 as an Orioles affiliate.  An announcement about
the team nickname will be chosen soon from 1,700 entries (Kent
Baker, Baltimore SUN, 12/14).
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