Rockford Aviators

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Rockford Aviators
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Information
League Frontier League (1993–2008, 2011–2015) (West)
Location Loves Park, Illinois
Ballpark Aviators Stadium
Year founded 2002
Year folded 2015
League championships 0
Division championships 6 (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006)
Former name(s)
  • Rockford RiverHawks (2002–2012)
Colors Navy blue, Columbia blue, orange, silver, white
                        
Ownership Rock River Valley Baseball LLC
Manager James Frisbie
General Manager Brad Sholes
Media Rockford Register Star
Website www.rockfordaviators.com

The Rockford Aviators were a professional baseball team based in Rockford, Illinois, and played in the Frontier League. Previously, Rockford had a team in the Frontier League called the River Hawks, who began FL play in 2002. There was no Rockford team in the FL in 2010. Rockford came back into the Frontier League in 2011 and changed the team name to Aviators on January 27, 2013.[1] In 2011, the Aviators moved into their most recent home, Aviators Stadium, located in Loves Park, Illinois.

History[edit]

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.

Seasons[edit]

Chillicothe Paints (Frontier League)
Year W-L PCT Place Postseason
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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RiverHawks no more: Loves Park man wins contest with Aviators", Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL, 2013-01-28, retrieved 2013-02-01 

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