About the Knights
The Knights were founded in 1990. With the support of a wonderful primary sponsor, Penny Knight, the team has grown considerably over the years. After starting play in a Beaverton, Oregon recreational baseball league, the Aloha Knights settled into the Portland City League in 1994. In 1999, the club left the City League and joined the Northwest's premier semi-pro circuit - the Pacific International League (PIL). The club's PIL era concluded with a summer national championship as the Knights won the 70th NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
The Knights 2004 NBC World Series championship culminated a great run in the PIL, which saw the club post the league's top six-year mark with a 117-67 league record. In 2005, the Knights joined forces with the Bend Elks, Wenatchee AppleSox, Bellingham Bells, Kelowna Falcons, Spokane RiverHawks and expansion Kitsap BlueJackets to form the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League for college-eligible players only.
The league is now called the West Coast League (WCL) and features two divisions. The Knights play in the West with Bend, Kitsap, the Cowlitz Black Bears and Klamath Falls Gems; the East includes Wenatchee, Bellingham, Kelowna and the Walla Walla Sweets. Expansion franchises in Victoria, British Columbia and Medford, Oregon are set to join the league in 2013.
The WCL enters its ninth season in 2013 with the Knights leading the west's premier summer college wood-bat league in total wins after eight years with 248 regular-season victories; Wenatchee is second with 241 wins.
After 17 years based in the Portland metro area, the team relocated to Corvallis, Oregon in 2007, changed its name from the Aloha Knights to Corvallis Knights and started play at Goss Stadium, the home of the 2006 & 2007 national champion Oregon State Beavers.
The Knights have become the WCL's most successful franchise since relocating in Corvallis. They captured their first West Coast League title in their second season at Goss Stadium, and added a second championship in 2011.
Last summer, Corvallis won its sixth consecutive West Division regular-season title and advanced to the WCL Championship Series for the fifth time in the last six years by sweeping Cowlitz. But the Knights did not repeat as league champs as Wenatchee edged Corvallis 2 games to 1 in a hard fought series. The team averaged 1,300 fans per league game at Goss Stadium in 2012 to finish third in the WCL attendance rankings.
In 2011, Corvallis defeated Bend 2 games to 1 in the WCL West Divisional Series to advance to the WCL Championship Series where they swept Walla Walla to capture the club's second WCL crown. Corvallis also set a franchise attendance record by drawing 42,447 fans for 33 home dates, an average of 1,286 per opening, and set the league attendance record for an All-Star Game (2,517), and a franchise record for a playoff game (1,646). It was the fifth year in a row the Knights set an attendance record.
Corvallis has shown remarkable growth off the field, and enjoyed consistent success on the diamond, since relocating from Gresham for the 2007 season.
In 2007, the Knights won the West Division regular-season title, eliminated Kitsap in the West Divisional Series and then were swept by Moses Lake in the WCL Championship Series. They drew 12,729 fans, a huge increase over their final year at Mt. Hood CC.
In 2008, the Knights repeated as West champs, eliminated Bend in the Divisional Series and then captured their first WCL crown by sweeping the Wenatchee AppleSox in the WCL Championship Series. Corvallis set new franchise attendance marks by drawing 17,929 fans in 28 openings for an average attendance of 640 that included a team record single-game crowd of 1,632 on July 3.
That attendance mark was shattered in 2009 as the Knights drew 30,064 fans for an average of 911 per game. The Knights also set a new WCL and Goss Stadium single-game attendance record with a crowd of 3,506 on July 3.
On the diamond, the Knights won their third straight WCL West Division title, set a WCL regular-season record for wins with 38, won another West Divisional Series and appeared in their third consecutive WCL Championship Series. However, Corvallis was thwarted in its repeat quest as Wenatchee swept the Knights.
In 2010, the Knights won their fourth consecutive WCL West Division title, posted the league's best record (31-17) for a third straight year and broke their franchise total attendance and per game average marks drawing 30,888 fans and 996 a game.
Over 23 years of competition, the club has registered a .695 overall winning percentage and won several championships including the granddaddy of them all - the semi-pro NBC World Series.
The Knights followed its summer national championship season with an impressive inaugural showing in the West Coast League. The 2005 team posted a 27-9 league mark, which was good for second place. During the pre-season, Aloha swept a three-game series vs. the Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Baseball Park and in the postseason the Knights defended its NBC World Series title by extending its NBC win streak to 10 before eventually losing in the winner's bracket semi-finals and subsequent quarterfinals to finish in 4th place. The sweep of the Crabs carried great significance in that Humboldt had never been swept in its glorious 61-year history.
In 2004, the Knights won their third annual All-American Invitational for the first time to earn a berth in the NBC World Series. At the Series, the Knights went 7-0 to become the first undefeated NBC champion since Team USA in 1995 and the first NBC champ from Oregon since 1958. In 23 years of play, the team has compiled a 851-375 record, six WCL West titles, three Portland City League championships, three PIL South titles, a Kamloops International Baseball Tournament championship and two West Coast League crowns.
Over two decades, Knights' rosters have featured 126 players who went on to sign with MLB clubs. 37 ex-Knights are active affiliated pros, including six who appeared in major-league games in 2012.
The squad is made up of collegiate players primarily from the West Coast.