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Encyclopedia > Schaumburg Flyers
Schaumburg Flyers
Founded in 1993
Schaumburg, Illinois

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Cap Insignia
League affiliations
  • Schaumburg Flyers (1999-present)
  • Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks (1993-1998)
Team Colors
  • navy blue, orange, khaki
  • League titles:
  • Division titles: 3 (1999, 2004, 2006) 
Owner(s)/Operated By: Richard Ehrenreich
John E. Hughes
Mike Conley
General Manager:
Manager: Steve Maddock
Media: Schaumburg Review
  • Chicago Daily Herald
Website: www.flyersbaseball.com

The Schaumburg Flyers are a Northern League baseball team based in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Flyers are not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team. They play their home games at Alexian Field, formerly known as Schaumburg Baseball Stadium, off The Elgin O'Hare Expressway. The team was created in 1999 when the Thunder Bay (Ontario) Whiskey Jacks were sold and moved to Schaumburg. // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article refers to the modern Northern League. ... Alexian Field is a stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois. ... This article refers to the modern Northern League. ... This article is about the sport. ... For the River in the North-East of England, see River Team. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Alexian Field is a stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois. ... The Elgin OHare Expressway is a short, 6 mile (10 km) interstate-standard freeway that, strangely, does not enter either Elgin or OHare Airport. ...

In 1999, the flyers hired their first manager, Ron Kittle. Kittle is most famous for his playing days with the White Sox, and former Cub Greg Hibbard was the pitching coach. During the early years of the franchise, Kittle did a series of TV commercials to promote the team, using the gimmick "Ma Kittle." where he played both himself and his "Ma." The ads were successful at sparking some initial interest in the team as the Flyers hoped to steal away fans from the nearby Kane County Cougars. The ad mimmicked the highly successful Nike ads where Larry Johnson starred as both himself and "Gramama." At the end of the 2001 season, however, Kittle resigned from his managerial position, and Jim Boynewicz was hired to replace him. Ronald Dale (Ron) Kittle (born January 5, 1958 in Gary, Indiana) is a former left fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who was known mostly for his home run power. ... Greg Hibbard (born September 13, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1989-1994. ... Class-Level Single-A Minor League affiliations Midwest League Western Division Major League affiliation Oakland Athletics (2003-Present) Florida Marlins (1993-2002) Baltimore Orioles (1991-1992) Name Kane County Cougars Ballpark Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium Minor League titles League titles 2001 Division titles 2001, 2004 Owner(s)/Operated By: Manager... Nike, Inc. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ...

In 2004, the Flyers made it to the Northern League Championship Series against the St. Paul Saints. Despite leading the five-game series 2-1, Schaumburg eventually lost the series. In Game 5, Flyers relief pitcher Lyle Prempas allowed a game winning grand slam by St. Paul infielder Marc Mirizzi in the ninth inning. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam (or just slam for short) is a home run hit with all the bases occupied by baserunners, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ...

The Flyers have appeared in the Northern League Playoffs four times (1999, 2003, 2004, 2006) but have never won the championship. Some famous players who have played for the Flyers are former Oakland A's outfielder Ozzie Canseco and former Chicago Cubs outfielder Dwight Smith. Oakland Athletics American League AAA Sacramento River Cats AA Midland RockHounds A Stockton Ports Kane County Cougars Vancouver Canadians R Phoenix Athletics The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. ... Ozzie Canseco {born July 2, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is the twin brother of former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Dwight Smith is a NFL player with the New Orleans Saints. ...


Year-by-year record

        First Half   Second Half   Overall      
Season Division W-L Finish W-L Finish W-L Win% Playoffs
1999 East 19-24 1st 25-18 1st 44-42 .512 Lost Central semi-final
2000 East 18-25 4th 20-23 4th 38-48 .442 Did not qualify
2001 North 18-27 3rd 19-26 3rd 37-53 .411 Did not qualify
2002 South 19-24 4th 16-29 5th 35-53 .398 Did not qualify
2003 East 25-19 3rd 22-22 2nd 47-41 .534 Lost semi-final
2004 South 31-17 1st 27-21 2nd 58-38 .604 Lost championship series
2005 South 16-32 6th 22-26 4th 38-58 .396 Did not qualify
2006 South 31-17 1st 15-33 4th 46-50 .479 Lost division final
2007 South 20-28 3rd 19-29 4th 39-57 .406 Did not qualify

"Leon" is a Flyer

The actor who plays "Leon" in a Budweiser advertising campaign, Nigel Thatch, became a Flyer in 2005. This brought national attention to the Flyers, with mentions on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and SportsCenter. Nigel brought many fans to Alexian Field, but on May 1st, 2006 Nigel was traded to Fullerton of the Golden League for 60 cases of Budweiser beer. Nigel Thatch is a minor league baseball player, and aspiring actor. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

2006 and 2007 seasons

For the second half of the 2006 season, the Flyers and MSN have partnered to let fans choose the Flyers lineups online. This program is called "Fan Club: Reality Baseball"[1]. Players and the team manager are upset by this development, and changes mandated by the online voting have seemingly caused several on-field errors.[2] Attendance has declined severely during the 2007 season, probably due to a dramatic weakening of Schaumburg's economy, which relied on shopping and a rising real estate market. Shopping revenue has decreased dramatically in the Woodfield area, and many homes in the area have lost close to 15% in value recently, resulting in the current decline. Also most of the team went with former manager Andy McCauley to the Kansas City T-Bones, which left only one player from th '06 team on the '07. Most of the 2007 season seem to have everyone acting this is the first time basesball had been played in Schaumburg.

External links


  • nlfan.com - yearly league standings & awards
  • Goldeyes official website

This article refers to the modern Northern League. ... League affiliations Northern League North Division  Name Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (1996-present) Team Colors red, black, silver Ballpark Newman Outdoor Field Championships League titles: 3 (1998, 2003, 2006) Division titles: 8 (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)  Owner(s)/Operated By: Fargo Baseball, LLC General Manager: Josh Buchholz... The Gary SouthShore Railcats are a Minor league baseball team in the Northern League based in Gary, Indiana. ... The Joliet JackHammers are an independent baseball team based in Joliet, Illinois. ... The Kansas City T-Bones minor league baseball team is based out of Kansas City, Kansas and play in CommunityAmerica Ballpark near the Kansas Speedway. ... The Winnipeg Goldeyes have been two separate and distinct baseball teams based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada playing in the independent Northern League. ...

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