The Brooks Stadium Commission has signed a contract to join the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League (OVL) for the 2016 season as the Paducah Chiefs.
“On behalf of the OVL, we are thrilled to have the Paducah Chiefs become part of our outstanding summer collegiate league,” said Cubb Stokes, OVL President. “Paducah has a great heritage of having great baseball teams at all levels, and we look forward to playing at historic Brooks Stadium.”
Greg McKeel has been appointed General Manager of the baseball team by Dr. Frank Hideg, President of the Brooks Stadium Commission with unanimous approval of Commission members.
“The Brooks Stadium Commission has been researching and observing the OVL for the past three years and found it to be a viable, stable and respected league for summer baseball at Brooks Stadium,” said Hideg. “The commission felt it would meet the needs of the community in providing summer college baseball that includes players from our area.”
“The Chiefs will provide a great quality baseball for the city of Paducah, as well as an opportunity for hometown college players to come home and play in front of their friends and family during the summer and for ball players from all over the country to spend the summer in Paducah and make new friends for a lifetime,” said Stokes.
The Chiefs will be the fifth team in the six-team collegiate baseball league that once belonged to the old Class D Professional Kitty League during the early to mid 1900's (all but Huntingburg, IN). Paducah joins the Owensboro Oilers, Fulton Railroaders, Dubois County Bombers, Hoptown Hoppers and Madisonville Miners in the OVL.
“The Hoptown Hoppers and the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League have provided the citizens of Hopkinsville with a new love for baseball,” said Cheryl Cook, Executive Director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our crowds have been fabulous and we’ve made new friends from around the U.S. and beyond, and it has brought family and friends to town to visit to watch their favorite player.”
Laura Schaumburg Oswald, Marketing Director
Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: 270.443.8783 • Cell: 270.519.9019