By Mike Stunson, Messenger Sports Writer (email@example.com)
Madisonville’s summer-league collegiate baseball team will be going back to their Kitty League roots from nearly 100 years ago next season.
Formerly the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates, the team has been renamed as the Madisonville Miners. The new name pays homage to the city’s first professional team formed in 1916.
“The Tradewater Pirates have called Madisonville home for two seasons, and the organization is steadily building a strong fan base,” said Tricia Noel, president of the board of directors, in a statement. “While we respect the Tradewater Pirates name and legacy, everyone in the organization felt that it was time to bring the Miners name back to Madisonville. Also, with most of the other OVL teams playing under their old Kitty league names, it is the right thing to do.”
The former name dates back to the team’s Dawson Springs roots, as Riverside Park was once used as the spring training site for the MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Tradewater Pirates moved to Madisonville two seasons ago, becoming the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates.
“We discussed the idea of the name change with various community stakeholders before we made the final decision, and all of the feedback we received was very supportive of the idea,” Noel stated. “Other than the name on the uniform changing, the operations of the organization will not change in any manner.”
The name change will be subject to to Ohio Valley League approval.
Madisonville Miners Baseball Club