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Pirates Change Name to Madisonville Miners! (posted on Sept. 5, 2013 by Madisonville Pirates. By Mike Stunson, Messenger Sports Writer) 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 new website for the Miners is

Bobcats to bow out of 2014 baseball season. (December 3, 2013) From The Crittenden Press The boys of summer will be sitting out 2014.

     For the last six years, the Marion Bobcats have drawn crowds to Gordon Blue Guess Field at Marion-Crittenden County Park during the months of June and July. The ballpark and City of Marion played host each of those years to the team’s college baseball players looking to hone their skills in the summer months away from school. Next year, however, the Bobcats will be idle.

     Club spokesman and namesake of the Bobcats’ home field, Gordon Guess, announced last week that the club will not be taking the field during the next season of  Ohio Valley League baseball. The team’s exit from the league will be indefinite.

     “We’ll be on hiatus,” Guess said. “I don't know how long it will last. I’m not going to speculate on 2015.”

     Guess’ reasoning behind the decision was, in baseball terms, a double play. Due to health issues, Guess was finding it hard to cover all the behind-the-scenes bases needed to keep the club moving ahead. But difficulty in finding housing for the players during their summer stay in Crittenden County was the single biggest issue.

Over the last six years, Guess has approached about 150 people asking them to put up a player or two for the summer. While grateful to those who did house players over the years, he said it was becoming more and more difficult to find willing hosts.

     Guess called the turn of events disheartening, but would not rule out the club’s return to action in the future.

The Bobcats were born in January 2008 as the brainchild of Guess and first took the field that summer. A group of local financial backers made the team possible. It took a team of volunteers and a small paid staff to keep the club going each year. Community support through advertising, donations, sponsorships and, of course, filling the stands, helped keep the team solvent.

     Because of the Bobcats, Guess Field, also home to Crittenden County High School Rockets baseball, has seen numerous improvements in order to meet the needs of hosting summer collegiate baseball.

     In retrospect, Guess, a die-hard baseball fan, is proud of what the team accomplished.

     “You look back, and we did something worthwhile,” he said. “We did something good for Marion.”

     The team amassed a 103-167 record over six years. In 2011, the organization’s most successful year on the field, the club finished in third place with a 20-22 record, only 4.5 games out of first place.

     The team’s most successful alumnus is Travis Jankowski. In 2010, he batted .484 with the Bobcats and still holds most of the club’s single-season and all-time offensive records. In 2012, he was drafted 44th overall by the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball’s June Amateur Draft. He remains a rising star in the Padres minor league system.

     Guess remains president of the Ohio Valley League.

Fulton and the Railroaders featured on Bluegrass & Backroads. (November 7, 2013) Kentucky Bluegrass & Backroads recently featured the Fulton Railroaders on their television program. The segment reflects how baseball, past and present, affects small towns. To watch the video Click Here

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32 11 .744 - 1W


27 17 .614 5.5 1L


25 19 .568 7.5 3W

Dubois Co.

22 23 .489 11 1W


19 25 .432 13.5 3L


6 36 .143 25.5 18L








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