Disco Turkeys have Mocksville connection: seek local players
Published 9:27 am Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Carolina Disco Turkeys hired the team’s first head coach, Kirk Cabana.
Cabana, who during the college season is the assistant baseball coach of the Carolina University Bruins that play home games at Mocksville’s Mando Field at Rich Park, is a veteran of the summer collegiate ranks, previously serving as a head coach in the Puerto Rico Collegiate League and spending last summer as an assistant coach with the Coastal Plain League’s High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms.
Cabana played football and baseball collegiately, including notably returning to college at 30 years old to pursue his baseball eligibility, eventually with the Bruins. He moved to the area with his wife, Katie, and son, Kooper, to pursue a baseball and coaching career.
Now, Cabana says he’s looking forward to playing a major role in getting a summer ball team established in the area that can give area players a chance to play all their home games in a pro facility.
“I wanted to be a part of building a top-notch summer collegiate team because I feel like the area deserves it,” Cabana said. “I think it’s a place primed for more baseball and this was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
What are disco turkeys?
The Disco Turkeys are a collegiate wood bat team that will compete against some of the best summer collegiate teams in North Carolina and Virginia, with marquee matchups set with the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms and the Martinsville (Va.) Mustangs, both of the Coastal Plain League, in a season of more than 40 games beginning in May.
All Disco Turkeys home games will be played at Winston-Salem’s Truist Stadium, home of the Winston-Salem Dash. Games will include in-game entertainment, a disco turkey mascot and concessions that feature a Disco Turkey Leg and beer. For the most part, games will be on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when the Dash are playing out of town during the summer months.
Tickets will start at $7 and go on sale in April.
The team’s primary logo features a pointing peacock – a gesture that evokes an exaggerated disco dance motion and former home run king Babe Ruth famously calling his shot at the plate.
The team hopes to recruit players locally as much as possible, including in communities with strong high school and American Legion baseball tradition, like Davie County. Interested players can get in touch with the team through the “contact us” form on its website.
“We’re very excited to have this team,” said Greg Sullivan, president and co-owner of the Disco Turkeys. “Games are going to be a lot of fun and something we can get out and enjoy outside where it’s safer. We couldn’t be happier than to collaborate with the Dash and to have a guy like Kirk Cabana, who knows the area, leading this team going into our first season.”
For more information, visit discoturkeys.com.