Founded in 1989
|Previous||Short-Season A (1989–1998)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Eastern League (1999–present)|
|New York–Penn League (1989–1998)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Detroit Tigers (2001–present)|
Anaheim Angels (1999–2000)Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–1998)
|Minor league titles|
|Division titles (4)||
|Nickname||Erie SeaWolves (1995–present)|
|Welland Pirates (1989–1994)|
|Colors||Black, red, white, gray, yellow
|Ballpark||UPMC Park (1995–present)|
|Welland Stadium (1989–1994)|
|General Manager||Greg Coleman|
The Erie SeaWolves are an American professional baseball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Western Division of Minor League Baseball's Eastern League, and the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Since 1995, the team's home has been UPMC Park which is located in downtown Erie, a part of the Louis J. Tullio Plaza along with Erie Insurance Arena and the Warner Theatre. The SeaWolves' inaugural game took place on June 20, 1995 with an Erie win over the Jamestown Jammers. José Guillén, now a Major League Baseball alumnus, hit the decisive home-run for the team.
The "SeaWolves" name refers to the city's location along Lake Erie as well as their original affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Sea wolf" was a historical epithet for sailors who engaged in piracy.
- 1 History
- 2 Logos and uniforms
- 3 Culture
- 4 Season-by-season results
- 5 Current roster
- 6 Alumni
- 7 Retired numbers
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Erie SeaWolves started in 1989 as the Welland Pirates, based in Welland, Ontario as a member of the short-season New York–Penn League. The team played at Welland Stadium from 1989 to 1994 and were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the Welland Pirates relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1995, they were renamed the "Erie SeaWolves." The relocation of the team from Welland to Erie forced the Frontier League incarnation of the Erie Sailors to relocate to Johnstown, Pennsylvania where they became the Johnstown Steal (this team is now known as the Florence Freedom, based in Florence, Kentucky). Before that, there was another team called the Erie Sailors which played in the New York - Penn League. However, they relocated to Wappingers Falls, New York (becoming the Hudson Valley Renegades) because the team's owner Marvin Goldklang did not upgrade Ainsworth Field to Major League Baseball specifications. Once the civic government secured an $8 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to build UPMC Park (then known as Jerry Uht Park) the Welland Pirates moved to Erie. While Erie lacked affiliated baseball in 1994, the city fielded an independent baseball franchise in the Frontier League and reused the "Sailors" name. The SeaWolves succeed various Erie-based baseball franchises, namely every version of the Erie Sailors (the New York–Penn League franchise is now called the State College Spikes).
The SeaWolves served as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate from 1995 to 1998. In 1999, the Double-A Eastern League added two expansion franchises, with Erie gaining one of them. The team joined the Eastern League after it moved up from the Short-Season A level to the Double-A level. Therefore, the current SeaWolves organization is considered a continuation of the former one even though it changed classes. Minor League Baseball allowed Erie to keep their New York–Penn League records and history as a member of the Eastern League. Subsequently, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers replaced them in the New York-Penn League, which is officially considered an expansion franchise rather than a continuation of the SeaWolves.
When the SeaWolves began play in Erie in 1995, the team was owned by Palisades Baseball. In 2003, Palisades sold the team to Mandalay Baseball Properties, the owner of multiple Minor League Baseball teams including the Dayton Dragons and Frisco RoughRiders. On March 27, 2015, Fernando Aguirre was introduced as the owner of the SeaWolves. Aguirre, the retired CEO and Chairman of Chiquita Brands International, purchased the team from Mandalay Baseball Properties for an undisclosed amount and announced his intent to keep the team in Erie.
Logos and uniforms
The Erie SeaWolves' primary colors are black, red, white, gray, and yellow. The primary logo comprises a stylized "pirate wolf" superimposed over two crossed baseball bats complete with sword hilts. The "Erie SeaWolves" wordmark is centered above in white, black, and yellow. The team has a secondary logo featuring a weathered black flag on a "bat sword," charged with a red letter "E." This emblem alludes to Erie's nickname, the "Flagship City," referring to the Flagship Niagara that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanded during his 1813 victory over the British Royal Navy in the Battle of Lake Erie.
The home uniforms include a black cap charged with the "bandanna wolf" logo and white jerseys featuring black piping. The "SeaWolves" wordmark is centered across the front in black letters with red outline and the crossed "bat sword" logo on the left sleeve. The away uniforms feature a gray jersey with black piping, the "Erie" wordmark in red with black outline, and the crossed "bat sword" logo on the left sleeve. The alternate jersey is red with black piping and includes the "Erie" wordmark in white with black outline. The "tricorne wolf" logo is centered on the left sleeve. Fort the 2014 season, the SeaWolves added a black, white, and red panel cap with a black alternate jersey to match. Both include the "pirate wolf" logo.
The Erie SeaWolves' official mascot is an anthropomorphic, gray canidae named C. Wolf. He wears the team's official red alternate jersey with a pirate hat, a red and white bandana, and an eye patch. His friends include Paws (the Detroit Tigers' official mascot) as well as three anthropomorphic sausages from the Erie meat producer, Smith's Provisions: Kenny Kiełbasa, Herbie Hot Dog, and Santino the Italian Sausage. In 2012, the SeaWolves introduced a new mascot named Perry (presumably after Oliver Hazard Perry), a nine-foot inflatable fish, to work alongside C. Wolf. The name was decided in a fan poll.
"Buck Night" is a highly celebrated promotion by the Erie SeaWolves at UPMC Park. It is held several times each season, allowing fans who have paid for reserved seats to purchase specified food items for only $1.00 each. The menu includes hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, and American-made beer.
The Erie SeaWolves engage in many philanthropic efforts throughout Erie and its surrounding communities. Key team initiatives include UPMC Health Plan Paint the Park Pink Weekend to benefit local cancer charities, Northwest Savings Bank Gloves for Kids equipment drive, and Sensory-Friendly Day at the Ballpark in partnership with the Autism Society of Northwest Pennsylvania. The team also sponsors youth sports and education programs through the SeaWolves Community Fund. On September 16, 2015, the Erie SeaWolves earned the Erie Times-News Commitment to Erie Award for community service by a business with 50 or fewer employees.
Season results in New York–Penn League
|Welland Pirates – 1989 to 1994|
|1989||Pirates||U.L. Washington||32-44, 5th place Stedler|
|1990||Pirates||Jack Lind||36-42, 3rd place Stedler|
|1991||Pirates||Lee Driggers||30-47, 6th place Stedler|
|1992||Pirates||Trent Jewett||31-46, 6th place Stedler|
|1993||Pirates||Larry Smith||35-42, 5th place Stedler|
|1994||Pirates||Jeff Banister||30-44, 4th place Stedler|
|Erie SeaWolves – 1995 to 1998|
|1995||Pirates||Scott Little||34-41, 3rd place Stedler|
|1996||Pirates||Jeff Richardson||30-46, 4th place Stedler|
|1997||Pirates||Marty Brown||50-26, 1st place Stedler|
|1998||Pirates||Tracy Woodson||26-50, 4th place Stedler|
- 1997: Lost to Pittsfield Mets, 2 games to 0, in opening round
Season results in Eastern League
|Erie SeaWolves – 1999 to 2016|
|1999||Angels||Garry Templeton||81-61, 1st place South|
|2000||Angels||Don Wakamatsu||47-94, 6th place South|
|2001||Tigers||Luis Pujols||84-58, 1st place South|
|2002||Tigers||Kevin Bradshaw||52-89, 6th place South|
|2003||Tigers||Kevin Bradshaw||72-70, 3rd place South|
|2004||Tigers||Rick Sweet||80-62, 2nd place South|
|2005||Tigers||Duffy Dyer||63-79, 6th place South|
|2006||Tigers||Duffy Dyer||60-81, 6th place South|
|2007||Tigers||Matt Walbeck||81–59, 1st place South|
|2008||Tigers||Tom Brookens||68–74, 4th place South|
|2009||Tigers||Tom Brookens||71-70, 4th place South|
|2010||Tigers||Phil Nevin||66-76, 6th place West|
|2011||Tigers||Chris Cron||67-75, 5th place West|
|2012||Tigers||Chris Cron||57-84, 6th place West|
|2013||Tigers||Chris Cron||76-66, 2nd place West|
|2014||Tigers||Lance Parrish||71-71, 4th place West|
|2015||Tigers||Lance Parrish||64-78, 6th place West|
|2016||Tigers||Lance Parrish||62-79, 4th place West|
- 1999: Lost to Harrisburg Senators, 3 games to 1, in opening round
- 2001: Lost to Reading Phillies, 3 games to 1, in opening round
- 2004: Lost to Altoona Curve, 3 games to 0, in opening round
- 2007: Lost to Akron Aeros, 3 games to 1, in opening round
- 2013: Lost to Harrisburg Senators, 3 games to 1, in opening round
Erie SeaWolves roster
|Sam Jethroe||Jackie Robinson|
Retired by the
on June 6, 2005
on April 15, 1997
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- "C-Wolf to welcome sidekick other new attractions at Erie SeaWolves home opener". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
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- "Erie SnapShot: Having fun for less at the Erie SeaWolves' Buck Night". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
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