Springfield, Ohio will have a baseball team starting this June. Playing in the Independent Baseball League, the franchise will take on three other teams in league (two from Northern Ohio.) The plan is to have teams in Marion and Tiffin, Ohio, as well as one in Oakland County in Michigan. The Tiffin team was actually relocated from Bowling Green.
The last team in Springfield, according to Baseball-Reference, was in 1951 when the Springfield Giants played in the Ohio-Indiana League (yes, when Richmond had a team in the Tigers, who were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.) Before then, Springfield was a land of Cardinals, Indians, Ponies, Chicks, Reapers, and Governors.
Currently there are the Springfield Angels, who are part of the Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball league. The Angels play with four teams from Dayton and one team from Enon (who are called the Reds, by the way) and all six are for adults 28 or older who just love the sport of baseball. The Springfield Angels called Springfield/Clark Shawnee home in 2012 and won the SWOHRH Championship by going 5-1 in tourney play.
Currently, this Springfield franchise does not have a name. However, if you go on the IBL Facebook page, there is a poster asking if the name will be the “Clark County Clovers”. The name is reference to the birth of 4-H in 1902 and the name of the county Springfield lies in.
Currently, there is no information I could find about where this Springfield team will play. It could be Wittenberg’s baseball field, shown in the top picture. There’s also Springfield High School, Shawnee High School, Northwestern High School (just a couple minutes away from the Upper Valley Mall), and a couple of schools nearby the city.
As for the league, there isn’t a lot of information right now. There’s a list of the four planned teams and a news article about how Bowling Green’s team was moved to Tiffin.
As the info rolls along until spring, one thing is clear: It will be nice for Springfield to have a baseball team this June.
Picture from the Wittenberg Tigers athletic site. Sources of information from Our Sports Central, Baseball-Reference, 4-H, the SWOHRH, and the Independent Baseball League.
Until next time,