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Waco, TX – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Waco professional team will be called the Waco BlueCats. The name “BlueCats” received a majority of the votes from over 1,800 submissions. The team also announced their website at www.wacobluecats.com.
The Brazos River is synonymous with Waco and Blue Cats are highly sought after on the Brazos River. They are also the largest species of North American Catfish. Blue Cats are often confused with Channel Catfish, but the preferred choice of many Wacoans when fishing the banks of the Brazos River or traveling up and down its waters. Blue Cats are heavy bodied, blue-ish gray in color, have barbels, a dorsal hump, a deeply forked tail, and an intimidating, protruding upper jaw. These finned swimmers are opportunistic predators and eat any species of fish they can catch, along with crawfish, freshwater mussels, frogs, and other readily available aquatic food sources. The fish are also considered to be an invasive pest – especially to those that stand between them and a Southwest Baseball League Championship!
The winning name was submitted by Steve Fischer who won season tickets for life from the Waco BlueCats. “I am just so thrilled that Wacoans thought the name would be a great representation of the Waco market, stated Fischer. “Naming professional baseball teams must run in my blood. My grandfather, Bill Neder of Houston, won a name the team contest when he successfully submitted the “Houston Colt 45’s” prior to the 1962 season, stated Fischer.” The Colt 45’s played three seasons before being renamed the Houston Astros.
“We love the name and the logo”, stated Mark Schuster, SWL President. “The chosen name met all three criteria for selection including the name having some tie to the Waco market, the nickname being unique to professional baseball team names and it’s a name that kids will embrace.” “We’re thrilled to have the community so engaged in the process of choosing the name after a 60-year absence of professional baseball”, stated Stan Hough, Waco BlueCats Field Manager.
The home uniforms feature the colorful and dynamic BlueCat mascot forming the “C” on the white jerseys with blue piping. The graphic is slanted to provide optimum coverage across the chest of the jersey, and also give the top a unique, eye-catching appearance. The player number on the back of the jersey coordinate with the new, custom number set for the team, that works well with the team Word Mark. The home caps are solid black, but with brightly-colored eyelets, and an alternate “BC” adorning the crown of the cap – again with the “C” formed by the swimming sensation – the BlueCats mascot.
The road uniforms are a complete “flip” of the home models. The dark great body with blue piping sets the stage for custom “WACO” lettering to “pop” on the jersey – which also introduces a Treble Hook – the popular way to “hook” a Blue Catfish – that forms the shape of a “W” in the name across the chest of the jersey, and when it appears self-standing on the crown of the black cap with dark grey bill and oppose the fish graphic which has been moved to the backs of the caps. The bold, custom numbers continue their parade on the backs of the jerseys and maintain the consistency of the brand on what this franchise wears.
The Sunday uniform tops pick up the pace of color among the trio that is being unveiled with this announcement. They are bright blue out of the gate, with athletic gold piping, and a “reduced” version of the Primary Mark/homejerseys – in which the fish and “CATS” remain as before, but add “Blue” above the nickname and mascot to form a strong left-chest arrangement and placement. The caps are also manufactured in the same blue color as the jersey, have a Treble Hook “W” on the back of the headwear, and showcase a very bold and unique “BC” letters that each flank a fish’s tail that is emerging from – or submerging into – the Brazos River waters. The black bill of the cap offers a very contrasting element to the cap’s overall appearance.
In October, team officials narrowed down the list to just five (5) names from over 700 submitted. Those names were Woolies, Mammoths, Peppers, Grackles and BlueCats. Since the announcement of the team name finalists, over 1,800 people submitted their choice for the team moniker.
The team coloring and branding was created by Beam Team Design and its creator, Alan Beam. Beam Team Design is a Dallas-Fort Worth-based design firm that specializes in branding, logos, and graphic design. BTD has worked with many corporate, educational and athletic clients – supplying them with customized designs that were created via complete, thorough creative process. The project results are well-received designs that generate excitement and revenue. From the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club to the Dallas Baptist University (DBU) Athletic Department, BTD has given clients what they want and need with fantastic dividends.
The new Waco team will play in The Ballpark at Bellmead, a new $11,000,000 stadium located just off Interstate 35 near Loop 340 in Bellmead, TX. The stadium will feature seating capacity for baseball of 4,000.
The Southwest League will play a 112 game schedule with 56 home games and
56 games on the road.
Beginning at 9am Friday morning, December 2nd, fans may purchase official BlueCats caps, by logging onto www.WacoBlueCats.com.
To purchase BlueCats Season Tickets, please call (254) 709-2995.
Waco, meet the BlueCats — the fish that didn’t get away.
The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new professional baseball franchise coming to Bellmead will be known as the Waco BlueCats. That mascot name received the majority of votes from more than 700 different submissions, league officials said.
The Waco BlueCats are a nod to the largest species of North American catfish, a popular choice for anglers who fish the Brazos River and Lake Waco. According to a team press release, Blue Cats are “heavy-bodied fish that are bluish-gray in color, have barbels, a dorsal hump, a deeply forked tail and an intimidating, protruding upper jaw.”
“We love the name and the logo,” SWL president Mark Schuster said. “The chosen name met all the three criteria for selection, including the name having some tie to the Waco market, the nickname being unique to professional baseball team names, and it’s a name that kids will embrace.”
Waco’s Steve Fischer submitted the winning name, and as such won lifetime season tickets for the Waco BlueCats’ games. Interestingly enough, it’s not even the first time that the Fischer family has won a name-the-team contest. His grandfather, Bill Neder of Houston, won a contest to name the Houston Colt .45’s prior to the 1962 season, Fischer said. The Colt .45’s later became the Houston Astros.
“Naming professional baseball teams must run in my blood,” Fischer said.
Blue and gray colors dominate the team logo and uniforms. The Waco BlueCats introduced three different uniform combinations on Tuesday – home, road and Sunday uniform designs. The home uniforms are white with blue piping, while the caps are solid black emblazoned by a gray “BC,” with the body of a catfish forming the “C.”
The road uniforms are gray with blue piping and the jerseys feature “Waco” across the chest rather than the mascot name. The lettering is black, and the “W” in Waco is formed by a treble fish hook. That same hook “W” adorns the black hats, which feature a gray brim.
The Sunday uniforms, meanwhile, pick up the bright blue that served as the piping for the other jerseys and use it the dominant jersey color. The BlueCats mascot name adorns the left chest of the jersey, and the hats are blue with a black brim and the “BC” letters flanking a catfish’s tail.
More than 1,800 people submitted names in the contest, with some entries duplicating others. In October, team officials narrowed the choices to five finalists — the Woolies, Mammoths, Peppers, Grackles and BlueCats.
“We’re thrilled to have the community so engaged in the process of choosing the name, after a 60-year absence of professional baseball (in Waco),” said Waco BlueCats field manager Stan Hough.
Beam Team Design, a design firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, created the team colors, uniform design and logo. The firm specializes in branding and graphic design.
The Waco BlueCats are scheduled to begin play in April 2018. They’ll play at The Ballpark at Bellmead, an $11 million multipurpose stadium to be built off Loop 340 in Bellmead, near the Skate Country roller skating rink and a short drive from I-35.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, fans may purchase official BlueCats caps via the team’s website, www.wacobluecats.com. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (254) 709-2995.
Southwest League teams will play a 112-game schedule, with 56 home games and 56 on the road.