Hamilton’s second oldest franchise is discovering its roots once again as Drew Brady, owner of the Intercounty Baseball League franchise announces that the team will be once again called the Hamilton Cardinals.
Brady says of the change, “To enable progress, change is inevitable. The time is upon us to change back to the storied franchise name Cardinals, so that our visions for IBL baseball in the great city of Hamilton can be realized!”
The Cardinals name dates back to 1960 and with a few name changes after that, including to the Red Wings, Marlins and Real McCoys, the second incarnation of the Cardinals was born in 1975. The club was re-named the Thunderbirds when Brady and his partners purchased the team in January 2005.
General Manager Larry Wood remarked that this was a logical decision because “Kids from nine to 18 years of age are playing baseball under the Hamilton Cardinals banner and since we wish to be a team that has mostly local players we want the progression to be natural.” Wood added, “We have been bringing back Hamilton Cardinals alumni as coaches for the past four years and those same coaches work with the minor ball players.”