We have a name and logo for the second of the two new 2014 teams in the summer-collegiate Northwoods League: the Kenosha Kingfish will be playing out of renovated Simmons Field.
“We wanted an identity that would be unique to Kenosha,” General Manager Jake McGhee said. “This is Kenosha’s team and we are proud to present to the people of Kenosha, their team, the Kenosha Kingfish.
“In our focus groups and in feedback from the community, the most commonly mentioned image of Kenosha was Lake Michigan,” McGhee added. “We wanted a name that would connect with the lake, but also give us a great deal of flexibility to have fun at Simmons Field. The Kingfish mark ties in with both royal and nautical themes and will allow for several fun elements at the ballpark.”
The Kingfish logo was unveiled with Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation” playing in the background tying the team with the Rock N’ Roll legend affectionately known as “The King.” The logo was designed by Shine United. The logo prominently features the team color scheme of Lake Michigan Blue, Vintage Cream, King’s Gold and Cardinals Red that is also prominently displayed throughout the ballpark.
Several hundred people came out to enjoy complementary ballpark food, chili and hot chocolate. The Kingfish also introduced Field Manager Duffy Dyer to the public. The Kenosha Baseball Launch Party also featured an appearance from the Human Cannonball, David “the Bullet” Smith. The Bullet launched himself out of his cannon approximately 160 feet in the air over the new Kingfish logo landing in a net suspended over home plate. Prior to the festivities, City of Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Simmons Field to Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer. McGee and the Fibbers, an Ed Doody Band, performed the National Anthem.
Merchandise can be purchased from the new team website, kingfishbaseball.com.
Big week for the owners of the Kingfish: the group closed on a deal to buy the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the same circuit. They also own the Madison Mallards and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League.
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