The Danville Braves began play in 1993. The team moved from Pulaski, VA, where they had played in the Appalachian League since 1982. But professional baseball has been a part of Danville history long before 1993.
Danville's first professional baseball team was the Tobacconists of the short lived Virginia-North Carolina league in 1905. The VA-NC League folded after the 1905 season, but Danville acquired a team in the Virginia League which started play in 1906. The team played under the name Red Sox from 1906-10, the Bugs in 1911, and the Red Sox again 1912.