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SALT LAKE CITY (April 27, 2007) - The Salt Lake Bees picked up the franchise's 1,000th victory Saturday night with a 7-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats.
Salt Lake joined the Pacific Coast League in 1994 as the Buzz and won its first game on April 9, 1994 with a 10-3 win over the Vancouver Canadians. Among PCL teams that have held continuous operations in the same city the past 14 seasons, the Bees rank first in total wins (1,000-886). The Las Vegas 51s (887-986), Colorado Springs Sky Sox (884-978), Tacoma Rainiers (952-923) and Tucson Sidewinders (953-920) have each played in the league since 1994.
In the past 14 seasons Salt Lake has had only two sub .500 seasons (2003 & 2004). The franchise's best season in the PCL came in 2000 when manager Phil Roof guided the Buzz to a 90-53 record before coming up short in the PCL Finals. Salt Lake has also had two parent clubs in the last 14 seasons, the Minnesota Twins (1994-2000) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2001-presnt).