We have the six finalists in Biloxi’s name-the-team contest for the Class AA team beginning play in 2015: Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers and Shuckers.
There were over 4,000 submissions during the first phase of the contest. In alphabetical order, here are the six finalists:
A symbol of resilience, the “Biloxi Beacon” honors the Biloxi beach lighthouse, which has weathered nature’s mightiest storms since 1848. Beacon embodies Biloxi’s can-do attitude, shared by coastal residents throughout the region.
Biloxi Black Jacks
Combining the fun of Minor League Baseball with casino & seafood industries, the “Biloxi Black Jacks” pays homage to the “rare” black-colored Gulf Coast Jack fish.
A tribute to Biloxi bacon and the popular Biloxi fish, the “Biloxi Mullets” falls in line with the Lugnuts, Biscuits and other wacky names for which Minor League Baseball is known.
The “Biloxi Schooners” celebrates the legendary Biloxi-built boats known for their speed and windward ability. Schooners became a way of life for fishermen along the Mississippi Coast.
The Gulf Coast shrimp gave birth to Biloxi’s famous seafood industry in the 1920s and 1930s. The name “Biloxi Shrimpers” embodies Biloxi’s reputation as the hub of the Gulf’s shrimping industry.
The “Biloxi Shuckers” celebrates Biloxi’s legacy as the original “Seafood Capital of the World.” Raw, fried, steamed, or broiled — shucking oysters has been synonymous with Biloxi for generations.
Baseball fans can vote as often as they’d like by logging on to the team’s official website, baseballbiloxi.com. The voting will take place for two weeks and will be done exclusively via the website. The winning name won’t be announced for several months, as Minor League Baseball must conduct its approval process after the voting has concluded.
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