Olean Oilers (Summer Collegiate, New York Collegiate Baseball League) owner Brian O’Connell Jr. briefly considered moving his team to the Perfect Game League (Summer Collegiate) but opted to stay put in the NYCBL. He is now in his second year as VP of circuit and has thoughts about its future. Read more here.
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NYCBL VP Talks About League’s Future
GCBC Issues Statement on Muckdogs
Genessee County Baseball Club (GCBC), the nonprofit that has owned the Batavia Muckdogs (Single-A, New York-Penn League, issued a statement last week announcing that the franchise has been transferred to the league. Read statement here. If the NYPL Muckdogs do not return to Dwyer Stadium in 2018, expect the summer collegiate PGCBL and NYCBL to be all over it.
Awarding of 2017 NYCBL All-Star Game Revives Memories of Bradner’s Ballpark Past
As the Olean Oilers (Summer Collegiate, New York Collegiate Baseball League) begin to make preparations for hosting the 2017 NYCBL All-Star Game on Thursday, July 13, at Bradner Stadium, J.P. Butler from the Olean Times Herald takes a look back at the ball field’s storied history, including a visit by Jackie Robinson. Read more here. View Bradner Stadium photos here. Read Bradner renovation news from 2014 here and here.
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Outlaws Return to PGCBL
PRESS RELEASE – PGCBL President Jeff Kunion announced this morning that the Oneonta Outlaws have once again become part of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Continue reading
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Cheeseburger Restaurateur Interested in Watertown (UPDATED)
Bruce Zicari, founder and CEO of a chain of family restaurants, Cheeseburger Cheeseburger based in Naples (FL) and located in 16 states, has expressed interest in bringing a team to Watertown (NY) as a member of the start-up East Coast Baseball League. A franchise from the ECBL, PGCBL or NYCBL could replace the departed Watertown Rams at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Read more here. UPDATE: Watertown picks ECBL. Read more here.
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Niagara Falls May Seek Ballpark Operator
Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls (NY) is by no means a free agent, but Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration is open to the idea of finding a private operator for the field which has now reverted back to city control. Read more here. The facility is the current home of the summer collegiate Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League).
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A Strong Home Opener for Oilers, Newly Renovated Bradner Stadium Gets a New Logo
A reported 2,000 fans showed up at newly renovated Bradner Stadium Friday night for the Olean Oilers’ (New York Collegiate Baseball League) home opener. Read more here. View photo gallery here. View Facebook photo here. To compliment the ballpark’s renovations, a new logo designed by a local community college student will soon adorn the back of Bradner’s press box facing East State Street. Read more and view photo here.
Sprucing Up Olean’s Bradner Stadium
The first-phase renovation of Bradner Stadium in Olean (NY) is nearing completion in preparation for the 2014 season, when the summer collegiate Olean Oilers (New York Collegiate Baseball League) will take up residence there. Read more here. A grand opening event is scheduled for May 30. Read more here. Bradner used to host minor league ball in the 1930s-1960s. According to a photo and report Continue reading
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Genesee Rapids Unveil Logo
After holding a logo design contest, the expansion summer collegiate Genesee Rapids (New York Collegiate Baseball League) have unveiled their logo. The team will play at Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at Houghton College in Houghton (NY). Read more here.
Owner/Operator of Olean Oilers Walking Away
After three years of unexpected costs and uncertainty, the Olean (NY) Local Development Corporation will sever its ties with the Olean Oilers of the summer collegiate New York Collegiate Baseball League. The franchise now needs a new owner to step up to the plate. OLDC will redirect its focus from operating the baseball team to renovating Bradner Stadium for baseball and other uses. Read more here.
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New York Collegiate Baseball League Adds Two
PRESS RELEASE – When the New York Collegiate Baseball League opens the 2014 season, it will welcome two new organizations. The Cortland Crush and Genesee Rapids will join the lineup as the NYCBL increases to 13 teams. Continue reading
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Bradner Stadium Getting a Makeover
Bradner Stadium in Olean (NY), about 70 miles south of Buffalo, is undergoing renovations in preparation for the 2014 season, when the summer collegiate Olean Oilers (New York Collegiate Baseball League) will take up residence there. The team currently plays at St. Bonaventure’s Fred Handler Park. Read more here. Bradner used to host minor league ball in the 1930s-1960s. According to a photo Continue reading
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Perfect Game Assault on NYCBL Continues
The New York Collegiate Baseball League took a big hit when a load of teams departed for the new Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League launched in 2010, and it appears the trouble is not over. The owner of the Perfect Game’s Newark (NY) franchise is gunning to lease McDonough Park, home of the NYCBL’s Geneva Red Wings. He is offering to put $150,000 into the park and forgo the $8,000 to Continue reading
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Power to Host 2012 All-Star Game
The summer collegiate Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League) will host the league’s 2012 All-Star Game on July 11 at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls. Read more here.
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Wizards Pay Up, Seek Lease Extension
The Watertown (NY) City Council will consider tonight a one-year lease extension for the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s Watertown Wizards to continue using Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Lease discussions were reportedly put on hold until the Wizards paid a $46,o0o debt owed to the city that was discovered in the mismanaged books of the city’s parks and recreation department. Continue reading
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Sharks Announce First Exhibition Game
PRESS RELEASE – With the Futures Collegiate Baseball League schedule set to be released within the next 4 to 6 weeks, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks have already scheduled their first exhibition game of the inaugural 2011 campaign. The Sharks will be playing the Utica Brewers from upstate New York. Butch Russo, the president and general manager of the Brewers, stated that Continue reading
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NYCBL Takes Hit, Recovers
The New York Collegiate Baseball League faced a serious challenge during the off-season, when six NYCBL teams ditched the league in favor of the newly created Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. But the league managed to fill the holes and land softly heading into the 2011 season. Read more here. Why the split? We’re not sure, but it’s not uncommon at the summer collegiate level for rifts Continue reading
Utica, Others Added to NYCBL After ‘Perfect Game’
The New York Collegiate Baseball League has added the Utica Brewers and four other teams from the Eastern Collegiate Baseball League to fill the gaping hole created when seven teams split from the NYCBL to establish the new Perfect Game League. The new NYCBL clubs will join the Oneonta Outlaws in the league’s East Division. Read more here. Read NYCBL press release here.
Mohawks, Six Others Leave NYCBL for New ‘Perfect Game’ League
PRESS RELEASE – After being a dominant force and the centerpiece of the New York Collegiate Baseball League during the past two seasons, the Amsterdam Mohawks, along with six other NYCBL members have left the league and formed their own league. The newly formed league will partner with Perfect Game USA and will be known Continue reading
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Mohawks Break Team, League Attendance Record
The Amsterdam (NY) Mohawks won their fourth New York Collegiate Baseball League title on Saturday night against the Elmira Pioneers. More impressive though has been the franchise’s attendance growth over the past five years. The team’s total attendance mark for this season was a record-breaking 34,092, or 1,482 fans per game. Continue reading
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Mohawks Announce 2010 Promotional Schedule
PRESS RELEASE – The Amsterdam Mohawks have announced their 2010 Promotional Schedule. The season is highlighted by four spectacular Fireworks shows. The shows are scheduled for Opening Night June 5, Friday June 25, Saturday July 3 (as part of Parkfest), and a close of season show on Saturday July 24. The 4th Annual Parkfest will take place on July 3 from 2PM -10PM and will include live music, rides, food, and vendors. Continue reading
Oneonta Outlaws Unveil Logo
The New York Collegiate Baseball League’s new franchise in Oneonta (NY) has a logo. A temporary website for the team is also up and running at www.oneontaoutlaws.com.
It’s the ‘Oneonta Outlaws’
At an event this afternoon, it was announced that the NYCBL’s relocated Saratoga Phillies are now the Oneonta Outlaws. Read more here.
Cooperstown Hawkeyes Unveil Logo, Oneonta Gets Name Today
The logo for the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s expansion Cooperstown Hawkeyes was unveiled on Monday. At an event this afternoon, the relocated Saratoga Phillies will get a new name, as they make Oneonta their new home. Read more here.
NYCBL Saratoga Phillies Officially Announce Move to Oneonta
After six years in Saratoga, the NYCBL’s Saratoga Phillies announced that they are moving to Oneonta to replace the departed NY-Penn League’s Oneonta Tigers. The move is “bittersweet,” according to Keith Rogers, co-owner of the Phillies. Continue reading
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Oneonta Gets NYCBL Club
The New York Collegiate Baseball League’s Saratoga Phillies are relocating to Oneonta for the 2010 season. Read more here.
The Inevitable Arrives: Oneonta is Gone from the NYPL
In the last twenty-five years the landscape of the NY-Penn League has changed dramatically as Europe did after World Word I: omitting the small town hamlets that were once staples of the league and pushing the boundaries outside the areas of both New York Continue reading
Fireworks Shows Set, New Website Unveiled for Mohawks
PRESS RELEASE – The Amsterdam Mohawks will begin defense of their 2009 NYCBL Championship on Friday, June 5th at Shuttleworth Park in a 7:00 matchup vs. the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Opening Night will feature the first of four postgame fireworks shows. Opening Night and the fireworks are sponsered by the Fulton and Montgomery County McDonald’s. Continue reading
Calling on the NYCBL in Oneonta
The mayor of Oneonta, NY, has scheduled a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the option of bringing a New York Collegiate Baseball League team to Damaschke Field to replace the Oneonta Tigers, which have departed for Norwich, CT. As reported, the primary purpose of the meeting is to “find investors to purchase the franchise [$25k], families to host the players in their homes and potential season-ticket buyers.” Read more here.
New NYCBL Team Coming to Cooperstown, Nickname Unveiled
Back in May, it was announced that attorney and university professor Tom Hickey had negotiated a deal to bring a New York Collegiate Baseball League team to Doubleday Field in Hall of Fame mecca Cooperstown, NY. After a name the team contest, the team was recently nicknamed the “Cooperstown Hawkeyes”. The team will begin play in 2010 and reportedly pay $10,000 per season (20-25 home dates) to use the ballpark.