Barons, Corvettes or …?


As chronicled on the pages of the Daily News in recent weeks, it appears likely that a minor league baseball team will soon call Bowling Green home.

Minor league baseball teams often have colorful names that add to the allure of baseball in the “boonies:” the Toledo (Ohio) Mud Hens, the Lansing (Mich.) Lugnuts, the Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats, Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs, etc.

As USA Today put it in a 2005 article:

Unlike major league baseball, the minors cannot sell tickets chiefly using on-field talent; players are too transient. So they sell the sizzle, which includes community spirit …

So … what will it be in Bowling Green? This space is open for suggestions. Those wanting to tip their hat (or more appropriately, cap) to history should note that an amateur baseball squad called the Barons once ran the bases in Bowling Green.

Should the team take a page from WKU and choose a Hilltopper-themed moniker? How about the BG Corvettes? (Yes, there might be a trademark issue there).

Send us your ideas. We’ll keep a tally of your favorites and update you in a future post.

(There’s no reason to believe, by the way, that this informal poll will in any way influence the actual naming of the team.)

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10 Responses to Barons, Corvettes or …?

  1. Cody says:

    Bowling Green TIFs
    Kelly’s Dreamers
    Mariah’s Moneymakers
    Or my fave = majority of people in town don’t want it so lets shove it down their throats Indians

  2. Joe says:

    Kingpins. Why not play off the city name?

    Backs. Bowling Green Backs. Get it? Hey, if Macon, Ga. can call their hockey team “Whoopee” (Macon Whoopee), why not?

    That is all.

  3. Wes Swietek says:

    Thanks folks — I’m guessing Bowling Green Backs has the best shot of all the suggestions so far.

  4. http://www.wku.edu/Library/200Years/whtstone.htm
    ” The “Bowling Green stone,” of oolite limestone, as trademarked for the White Stone Quarry, had a high oil content so that it split uniformly for cutting, shaping, and carving”

    Thus, Bowling Green Stoners.
    PennyRoyals
    Schoolers
    Spelunkers
    Cavers
    BeeGees
    Beans (Kentucky Wonder Beans)

    SoKy:
    Blokes/Spokes/Smokes/Pokeys

  5. Simon says:

    How about the Bowling Green Boondoggle

  6. Wes Swietek says:

    Cleary, we’ve failed to reach a consensus, but keep those ideas rolling in.

  7. chris says:

    How bout – taxers

  8. Frank says:

    I’m pretty sure the old BG Barons were not an “amateur” team. I believe they were either a professional or semi-professional outfit. You might want to check your facts on that one.

  9. Wes Swietek says:

    Thanks Frank,

    You are correct – The Barons were a minor league team that played in the Class D Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee (Kitty) League from 1939 to 1942, according to baseball-reference.com.

  10. Mitch Thompson says:

    Bowling Green Eggs and Ham

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