PRESS RELEASE – The 2016 Western Major Baseball league champions have a new name. Honouring the 57 seasons the team played as The Swift Current Indians, the WMBL baseball team in Swift Current will now use the nickname “57’s”.
Since the initial announcement came forward that the team name of the Swift Current baseball franchise would be changing, the re-naming committee has received numerous ideas, opinions, and heart-felt responses from members of this community and from throughout greater Southwest Saskatchewan. Coinciding with these responses, were reactions from former players, coaches, billets, board members, and volunteers of the team.
The information we received made it clear that the baseball community in Swift Current is passionate, and the team that represents the city of Swift Current and its residents in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) has a profound place in the hearts and minds of those who live or who have lived in Swift Current.
With that in mind we have selected a name that seeks to represent the rich history of baseball in Swift Current, while also charting a path for an exciting future. The name of the Swift Current baseball club effective immediately will be the Swift Current 57’s. The name “57’s” was chosen to honor the legacy of the 57 seasons that Swift Current has used the mascot name the “Indians” while competing all over Western Canada, dating as far back as the 1940’s.
The name is a tribute to each person whose various influences have helped shape the organization resulting in numerous successes, championships, endless fan memories, and a deep felt sense local pride. This name intends to honour the past while still providing ample opportunity to re-brand and market more creatively into the future.