Mid-Missouri Mavericks

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Mid-Missouri Mavericks
Founded 2003
Ballpark None
Based in Columbia, Missouri
Team Colors red, gold, black
League Frontier League
Team Trainer
General Manager
Owners Gary and Brad Wendt

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks are a former minor league baseball team which played in Columbia, Missouri, in the United States. The team was a member of the independent Frontier League, and has no association with a Major League Baseball team. From 2003 through 2005 the team played at Taylor Stadium, the current home field of the baseball team of University of Missouri. The team suspended operations during the 2006 season in order to pursue financing and construction of a new stadium. The suspension of operations was subsequently extended through the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons after the bankruptcy of the principal owner, Bradley Wendt.

History[edit]

The Mid-Missouri franchise has had a checkered history in the Frontier League. The team was sold in 1996 and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. They enjoyed 3 seasons as the Kalamazoo Kodiaks from 1996–1998, never reaching higher than last place in their division.

Before the 1999 season, the team moved again and became the first Frontier League franchise located in Canada as the London (Ontario) Werewolves. They spent 3 seasons in Ontario (1999–2001), winning the Frontier League Championship in 1999, and making the playoffs in 2000. They played their home games at Labatt Memorial Park, believed to be the oldest operating baseball grounds in the world.

After a last place finish in 2001, the team moved again, this time to Canton, Ohio. (This would be the second Frontier League franchise for Canton, after the Canton Crocodiles left for Washington, Pennsylvania following the end of the 2001 season). The team played at Thurman Munson Stadium. They would spend just one season in Canton, finishing fourth in their division before moving to Columbia, Missouri, for the 2003 season.

Former Names

Newark Buffaloes/Bison (1994–1995)

Kalamazoo Kodiaks (1996–1998)

London Werewolves (1999–2001)

Canton Coyotes (2002)

Mid-Missouri Mavericks (2003–2005)

Seasons[edit]

As Newark

1994: 26-35 4th Place Northern Division

1995: 39-29 2nd Place (No Divisions in 1995):

Lost 1st Round Playoff to Zanesville 2-0

As Kalamazoo

1996: 25-49 4th Place Western Division

1997: 33-47 4th Place Western Division

1998: 25-54 4th Place Western Division

As London

1999: 54-30 1st Place Eastern Division:

Won 1st Round Playoff 2-0 over Johnstown

Won Frontier League Championship 2-0 over Chillicothe

2000: 46-37 2nd Place Eastern Division:

Lost 1st Round Playoff 2-0 to Johnstown

2001: 37-47 5th Place Eastern Division

As Canton

2002: 41-43 4th Place Eastern Division

As Mid-Missouri

2003: 33-57 6th Place Western Division

2004: 28-66 6th Place Western Division

2005: 31-63 6th Place Western Division

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