10 Historical Facts About Chillicothe Paints Baseball
If you love minor-league baseball, especially that found in small towns across America, then you need to check out the Chillicothe Paints in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Paints have been bringing great baseball to southern Ohio for nearly 20 years.
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- The Chillicothe Paints baseball team formed in 1993 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
- From 1993 until 2008, the Paints were part of the independent Frontier League.
- Since late 2008, between seasons, the Paints helped form and joined The Prospect League, a collegiate world bat league.
- Dr. Chris Hanners has been the owner of the Chillicothe Paints since the team’s creation.
- The team’s colors are red, white and navy blue.
- During its Frontier League era, the Paints made it to the league championships a total of six times, but never won.
- In 2010, the Chillicothe Paints finally won a championship, beating out the Danville Dans for the Prospect League Championship.
- Brian Tollberg, a pitcher for the Paints, was the first Frontier League player to be picked up by a major league team. Tollberg went on to play for the San Diego Padres from 2000 to 2003.
- The owner’s father, Roger Hanners, was manager of the Paints from 1993 until his untimely death in 2000. His jersey number, 50, is one of seven retired by the team.
- As of 2010, the Paints hosts an average of 1,800 fans during home games in VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.