Richmond Roosters

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Team History[edit]

Founded in 1995, the Richmond Roosters were an Independent Minor League team playing in Richmond, IN. The Roosters, who made their home in McBride Stadium were the first professional team to play in Richmond in over forty years since the departure of the Class D teams that played there in the 1940s and 1950s. The Roosters were formed as an expansion team to the Frontier League in 1995, replacing the Kentucky Rifles.

In their first year, the Roosters made the playoffs by defeating the Portsmouth Explorers on the last day of the season. The Richmond Roosters lost to the Johnstown Steal in the first round of the playoffs.

Roosters alumni make up some of the most notable athletes in Frontier League history. Eight Roosters were featured on the Frontier League 10th anniversary all star team. On June 8, 1997 Christian Hess became the first Frontier League player to throw a no-hitter, defeating the Kalamazoo Kodiaks. Morgan Burkhart became the first playerr in FL history to hit three home runs in one game. The game, against the Ohio Valley Redcoats, was shortened after 5 innings due to rain. In 2002, the Roosters became the first Frontier League team to win back-to-back championships.

By the end of 2004 the team had declined in popularity and attendance had dropped to become the lowest in the Frontier League. The team attempted to strike a deal with the city of Richmond, IN to build a new stadium in the hopes of renewing public interest. During the 2004-2005 off-season relations between the city and the franchise became strained. Failing to secure a new home in Richmond, the team was sold to Wuerfel Sports Development at the end of the 2005 season. Only 1,055 fans attended the Roosters' final game as Richmond lost to the Evansville Otters. The team was relocated to Traverse City, MI and in 2006 became the Traverse City Beach Bums.

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Roosters Alumni in Major League Baseball[edit]

Year by Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1995 38-32 4th Larry Nowlin Lost in 1st round
1996 39-35 2nd John Cate Lost in 1st round
1997 43-37 4th John Cate Lost in 1st round
1998 49-31 5th John Cate (23-17) / Bill Richardson (26-14)
1999 40-43 7th John Cate
2000 40-43 6th John Cate (28-34) / Woody Sorrell (12-9)
2001 49-35 2nd Fran Riordan League Champs
2002 53-31 2nd Fran Riordan League Champs
2003 50-39 5th Chris Mongiardo
2004 43-53 9th Chris Mongiardo
2005 39-56 10th Chris Mongiardo