The storied history of the Atlanta Crackers amateur baseball team added another chapter Thursday night.
A 7-2 victory over the Home Plate Chukars in a Sun Belt Baseball League regular season game in Peachtree City was the 800th in the club's run, which has lasted more than 40 years, many of which the club has been based in Gwinnett County.
Steve Taylor (6-1), who plays college ball at Southern Polytechnic State in Marietta, threw a complete game, giving up just four hits and two runs with nine strikeouts.
Greg Bowder of Young Harris, Shawn Payne of Georgia Southern and Drew Carnes of Armstrong Atlantic State each contributed two hits, with Carnes smacking a home run, as the Crackers improved to 11-8 on the current Sun Belt season and 800-304 all time.
The team has seen a lot of changes in building up all those wins, changing from a semi-professional team to an amateur team competing in such entities as the National Baseball Congress, Stan Musial League, Dizzy Dean League and the North American Baseball Federation.
The Crackers, who now play their home games at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, are now part of the Sun Belt League, a wood-bat college summer league similar to the more famous Cape Cod and Coastal Plains Leagues.
The one constant in the team's history, however, has been winning.
"We've had a lot of players," said Suwanee resident Kevin Meistickle, a former New York Mets draft pick who has managed the Crackers for the last 28 years. "I think it's been 1,044. That's a lot of players. ... Probably about 170 of them have gone on to play pro ball. And I think we're the only team to have won all four major (amateur) national championships -- NBC, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean and NABF.
"The players have changed over the years, and it's a little by different type of game today. But it's still baseball."