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Toledo Mud Hens
Holy Toledo! The world famous Toledo Mud Hens ( www.mudhens.com) have been a popular local baseball team for more than 100 years.
More than half a million people come to Fifth Third Field to watch the Toledo Mud Hens play. In 2005, the Mud Hens won the league championship – The Governor’s Cup. The Mud Hens also won the championship in 1967.
The Mud Hens are part of the class AAA International League and serve as a “farm team” to the nearby Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball since 1987.
Mud Hens player alumni include Casey Stengel, Freddie Linstrom, Hack Wilson and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.
The Toledo Mud Hens play from April through September and were previously known as the Toledo Glass Socks in honor of Toledo’s glass industry. Mud Hen games are broadcast on the local sports radio station WLQR-AM 1470 ( www.1470theticket.com).
The popular mascot’s name, first used in 1896, is a swamp/marsh bird that previously inhabited the local area. The mascot's nickname is Muddy and the female mascot is named Muddonna.
Fifth Third Field, built in 2002, is located near the site of the first baseball stadium built in Toledo in 1883. Fifth Third Field features a video scoreboard, sky boxes and “the Roost” area near right field.
The previous stadium, located in nearby Maumee, Ohio, named after Ned Skeldon who helped bring baseball back to the Toledo area after a nine year absence that began in the mid 1950s.
Fifth Third Field is located on 406 Washington Street in the heart of downtown Toledo, Ohio, which features many great restaurants (Restaurant link TBA), shops and bars.
Actor and famous Toledoian Jamie Farr often wore Mud Hens apparel and spoke their praises on the hit TV show M*A*S*H. Coincidentally another famous Toledo favorite of Farr’s, Tony Packo’s restaurants, has a new restaurant, Packo’s at the Park, near Fifth Third Field.
Call 419-725-HENS for more information or visit www.mudhens.com to order tickets, view the Web cam at Fifth Third field and/or watch video clips of season highlights.
Author: Michael Siebenaler
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