We’ve taken some time off for an office move–things are going well, thanks–but this is news worth passing along, as the new Frederick (Md.) Atlantic League team announced its forever branding: Spire City Ghost Hounds.
The new branding comes complete with a ghostly mascot, Freddie, along with team colors of teal, black and metallic copper.
“We are thrilled to unveil the new Spire City Ghost Hounds name and branding,” said Greg Baroni, CEO and Managing General Partner, Attain Sports and Entertainment, via press release. “As I’ve shared before, community and a culture of teamwork are at the heart of all that we do, and we have truly enjoyed engaging our fans in the process of naming the team. The energy at the stadium for Saturday’s team name reveal was electric and we plan to carry that momentum with us.”
The name “Spire City” has become synonymous with the City of Frederick, referencing the cluster of spires in the downtown area. “Spires” was also a popular community submission during the Name the Team promotion.
The Ghost Hound legend is local to the Frederick, Maryland area. Legend has it that in various parts of Frederick County, a phantom blue canine with fierce glowing eyes has haunted residents with its appearance—and just as quickly, its disappearance under the dimmed light of the moon’s glow.
The Ghost Hounds were a late addition to the 2023 Atlantic League lineup, and owners Attain Sports and Entertainment made the decision to begin the season as an unnamed team, complete with a question mark on the jerseys and sporting the official Maryland state colors. Ghost Hounds ended up as the final decision in a name-the-team competition featuring Bone Shakers, Screaming Alpacas (which ended up being a finalist), Rail Frogs and Sawbones.
The announcement came in an unusual Saturday doubleheader: the team played as the unnamed squad for the first game and unveiled the Ghost Hounds name in the nightcap.
The team share Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium with the summer-collegiate Frederick Keys (MLB Draft League).