During the final year in Knights Stadium history, the Knights Media Relations department has asked fans to submit the best moment in the stadium’s 24-year history. Through the team’s official website and social media outlets, the Knights received many great moments. On Friday, August 16, the Knights released Moment #10 in Knights Stadium history, presented by Strayer University. The final nine moments are being released during the final nine games in Knights Stadium history, beginning with the game on Saturday, August 17.
Fort Mill, SC August 28, 2013 – On Tuesday, July 31, 2007, Knights Stadium was a packed house. The Charlotte Knights hosted the Pawtucket Red Sox and a familiar face was on the mound that day for the PawSox – Curt Schilling.
10,021 fans flocked to Knights Stadium to see Schilling – a 1988 Charlotte Knights pitcher and a Major League Baseball superstar.
On his way to a legendary career, Schilling made seven starts for the Charlotte Knights in 1988 – their last year in Charlotte, before coming to Fort Mill. For Schilling, it was the start of a journey that saw him pitch in 20 Major League seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox.
In 2007, Schilling was in what proved to be the final year of his career. Just three years earlier, however, he helped lead the Boston Red Sox to a World Series victory (2004) – their first in 86 years to erase the “Curse of the Bambino”.
At Knights Stadium that day, Schilling was on the mound for his third MLB Rehab start of the season with Pawtucket. He didn’t allow a run over his first two starts (8.0 IP) and continued his dominance that day against his former team. Schilling threw seven shutout innings as the PawSox beat the Knights 5-4.
The buzz from that day at Knights Stadium is still talked about. Red Sox fans were on hand, Curt Schilling fans were on hand, and fans that saw Schilling play for the Knights from 1988 were also on hand. It was a special day at Knights Stadium and it brought mainstream attention to Fort Mill and Knights Stadium that day.
While Schilling may not have had a bloody sock on that historic Tuesday night at Knights Stadium, he did have the attention of over 10,000 fans.
The #6 Moment in Knights Stadium history, presented by Strayer University, is the Major League rehab appearance of former Knight and Major League Baseball superstar Curt Schilling from July 31, 2007.