Chief's Cup Baseball History
Our 2021 Chief's Cup Baseball Team Captains, the Salute to Heroes Charlotte Foundation volunteers and Charlotte Knights Baseball agreed to a new partnership, bringing the Chief's Cup game back to Uptown Charlotte at beautiful Truist Field (324 S. Mint St.). On Saturday, 9/11/2021 – the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – Truist Field hosted the Celebration of Heroes 2021 Chief's Cup Baseball Game. This event celebrated and helped organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and celebrated all those who serve and have served as first responders in North and South Carolina while helping many families in need of first responders in the region. The Charlotte Fire Department defeated the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department by a score of 14-5 with a crowd of over 4,000 fans from the Charlotte area in attendance.
History Prior to 2021
The Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte Police Department started playing a charity baseball game in the late 1930s. The annual charity baseball game was started by a group of firemen and policemen led by then Charlotte Fire Chief Hendrix Palmer (Fire Chief 1927-1948). The baseball game was played at old Crockett Park, home of the Charlotte Hornets professional baseball team and had a tremendous impact on both organizations in recruitment and brotherhood. Funds raised from the game benefited a few Charlotte charity organizations including the Optimist Club. Many young men involved with the Optimist Club went on to become firemen and policemen in Charlotte. Sometime in the 1960s, the teams took a break for many reasons; most who are old enough to know would know why.
In the 1990s, the Public Safety Charity Baseball game made its first comeback and featured the Charlotte Fire Department against the newly formed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The Charity baseball game played for eight to ten years before once again taking a break in the early 2000s.
In 2011, CFD Firefighter Anthony "Tony" Bateman and CMPD Officers Jeff Lang and Justin Davies, plus several others from their respective organizations, formed new teams within the departments: the CFD Blaze and CMPD Blue Hornets. Charlotte's inaugural Chief's Cup Charity Baseball game played that year at Ardrey Kell High School. Over the years, proceeds from the Chief's Cup game have benefitted several Charlotte charity organizations as well as the Levine Children's Hospital. The current Chief's Cup game has been impacted by unfortunate luck (bad weather, COVID-19, etc.), and the game itself has only been played six times in the last ten years.
While there are many unknown records about this historical community event, the only current record known is that CFD Blaze are 6-1 against the CMPD Blue Hornets!