Sky Sox Launch Campaign to Honor History of Professional Baseball in Colorado Springs

By Briggeman, Brent | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), January 25, 2018 | Go to article overview

Sky Sox Launch Campaign to Honor History of Professional Baseball in Colorado Springs


Briggeman, Brent, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)


The Sky Sox will spend a few nights in April dressed as Millionaires.

Confused? Well, that’s one of the many things the local minor league baseball team wants to clear up.

Confronted with widespread misconceptions about its future, the Sky Sox are launching a seasonlong campaign called “Cheers to 45 More Years” to celebrate Colorado Springs’ professional baseball past while also providing context for changes that await in the 2019 season when the team drops from Triple-A to short-season Rookie League.

Replica jerseys to be worn by the Sky Sox

“You can literally walk down the street and ask three different people what is going on with the Sky Sox and you’ll get three different answers,” team president and general manager Tony Ensor said Thursday. “Our job is to communicate that professional baseball is here to stay. That’s why we chose the ‘Cheers to 45 More Years’ campaign.”

The campaign will celebrate the different eras of professional baseball in the city. It will begin with the team donning replica jerseys of the Colorado Springs Millionaires (1901-16) in the home opener April 10.

The Millionaires will be the focus in April, and in each subsequent month the team will honor a different period of professional baseball by wearing the corresponding jerseys on Friday games, video presentations and other ways to educate fans about the city and team in that time.

After the Millionaires will be the original Sky Sox (1950-58), an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Then came the current iteration, which began as a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians beginning in 1988 when Dave Elmore relocated the franchise here from Hawaii. In 1993 the team became the top affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and in 2015 it began its current partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The jerseys will be auctioned off at the end of each month.

The team hopes to bring in past players from each era, beginning with the 1950s, as part of this tribute to what it sees as its ancestry. …

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