|Founded in 2013
Loves Park, Illinois
|Owner(s)/Operated By: Rock River Valley Baseball LLC|
|General Manager: Brad Sholes|
|Manager: James Frisbie|
|Media: Rockford Register Star|
The Rockford Aviators are a professional baseball team based in the Rockford, Illinois, suburb of Loves Park, in the United States. Currently, the Aviators are a member of the Frontier League. The franchise operated from 1993-2008 as the Chillicothe Paints, an original member of the Frontier League. After not playing in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the franchise was moved to Loves Park and operated as the Rockford RiverHawks in 2011 and 2012. The team was renamed the Aviators on Jan. 27, 2013. In 2006, the RiverHawks moved into their current home, Aviators Stadium, located in Loves Park, Illinois.
The Aviators franchise was relocated from Chillicothe, Ohio, where they were known as the Chillicothe Paints, to Rockford in time for the 2011 season after the former Rockford RiverHawks franchise moved to the Northern League in 2010 and folded following that season. The club operated as the RiverHawks for 2011 and 2012 before changing the name to Aviators.
The Rockford Aviators (including years as the Chillicothe Paints) have been to six league championship series, but have yet to win a Frontier League Championship.
|Chillicothe Paints (Frontier League)|
|1993||25-27||.480||2nd in FL West|
|1994||33-34||.492||1st in FL Southern||Lost 1st Round Playoff vs Lancaster Scouts 2-1|
|1995||21-48||.304||8th in FL|
|1996||48-26||.649||1st in FL East||Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Johnstown Steal 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-0.
|1997||41-38||.519||3rd in FL East|
|1998||48-31||.608||1st in FL East||Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-1.
|1999||45-38||.542||2nd in FL East|
|2000||42-40||.512||3rd in FL East|
|2001||51-33||.607||1st in FL East||Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Richmond Roosters 3-0.
|2002||35-49||.417||5th in FL East|
|2003||54-31||.635||1st in FL East||Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Evansville Otters 2-1.|
|2004||48-48||.500||4th in FL East|
|2005||53-42||.558||T-2nd in FL East||Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-2.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3-2.
|2006||58-37||.611||1st in FL East||Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3-0.
|2007||47-49||.490||2nd in FL East|
|2008||39-57||.406||5th in FL East|
|2009||Did Not Play|
|2010||Did Not Play|
|Total||688-628||.523||6 Division Titles.|
|Rockford RiverHawks (Frontier League)|
|2011||37-59||.385||6th in FL East|
|2012||41-55||.427||5th in FL West|
|Rockford Aviators (Frontier League)|
Rockford Aviators roster
|Active (24-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
- "RiverHawks no more: Loves Park man wins contest with Aviators", Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL), 2013-01-28, retrieved 2013-02-01
|East Division||West Division|
|Evansville Otters||Gateway Grizzlies|
|Florence Freedom||Joliet Slammers|
|Frontier Greys||Normal CornBelters|
|Lake Erie Crushers||River City Rascals|
|Southern Illinois Miners||Rockford Aviators|
|Traverse City Beach Bums||Schaumburg Boomers|
|Washington Wild Things||Windy City ThunderBolts|
|Annual events: Championship|