The Knights were founded in 1990. With the support of a primary sponsor with vision and unwavering care – 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 wood-bat circuit – the Pacific International League (PIL). The club’s PIL era concluded in 2004 with a summer national championship as the Knights won the 70th NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
The Knights 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 sixteen teams. The Knights were members of the South Division in 2023 with Bend, the Cowlitz Black Bears, the Portland Pickles (formerly the Gresham GreyWolves/Klamath Falls Gems), the Ridgefield Raptors, the Springfield Drifters, the Walla Walla Sweets and the Yakima Valley Pippins. Other league teams include Bellingham, the Edmonton Riverhawks, the Kamloops NorthPaws, Kelowna, the Port Angeles Lefties (formerly Kitsap), the Victoria HarbourCats and Wenatchee.
The West Coast League will begin its 19th season in 2024 with the Knights leading the West’s premier summer college wood-bat league in total wins after eighteen summer campaigns with 613 regular-season victories.
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, and 2018 national champion Oregon State Beavers.
The Knights have become the WCL’s most successful franchise since relocating to the Mid-Valley. They captured their first West Coast League title in their second season at Goss Stadium, and added league championships in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
In 2019, the team set a new franchise total attendance mark drawing 59,372 fans to Goss Stadium. That record was smashed in 2022, as the Knights set new highs in total attendance with 61,390 and per game average at 1,805.
This past season, the Knights made their 16th consecutive playoff appearance, securing a postseason berth by winning the South second-half title. In the second year of a new playoff format adopted in 2022, they edged Cowlitz 2 games to 1 to win their South first-round playoff series to advance to the South Division championship game. After losing their first playoff game to the Black Bears, like in 2022, Corvallis won four consecutive elimination games at Goss Stadium to capture the West Coast League crown, its seventh straight. The Knights beat Portland 4-1 in the South Division title contest and topped Victoria, 5-0, in the WCL championship game. Total attendance in 2023 was 58,782, the third highest mark in club history.
Corvallis has shown remarkable growth since relocating from Gresham for the 2007 season. In that first summer at Goss Stadium, the Knights won the West Division regular-season title and eliminated Kitsap in the West Divisional Series before getting swept by Moses Lake in their first WCLCS appearance. They drew 12,729 fans, a huge increase over their final year at Mt. Hood CC’s Oslund Field.
Over 33 years of competition, the club has registered a .700 overall winning percentage and won several championships including the granddaddy of them all – the semi-pro NBC World Series.
The Knights followed their 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 their NBC win streak to 10 before eventually losing in the winner’s bracket semi-finals to finish in 4th place. At that time, the sweep of the Crabs carried great significance in that Humboldt had never been swept in its glorious 61-year history (as of 2005).
In 2004, the Knights won their third annual All-American Invitational, hosted at Oslund Field at Mt. Hood CC, for the first time to earn a berth in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. At the NBC World 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 33 years of play, the team has compiled a 1,299-557 record, eleven WCL West/South titles, five WCL South first-half titles, five WCL South second-half titles, three Portland City League championships, three PIL South titles, a Kamloops International Baseball Tournament championship and ten West Coast League crowns.
Over four decades, Knights rosters have featured 212 players who went on to sign with MLB clubs and 28 alumni that have played in the big leagues.
The squad is made up of collegiate players primarily from the West Coast.