Covington Blue Sox Uniforms Revealed for Special Florence Freedom Game
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 07:38 RCN Newsdesk
The Covington Blue Sox revisited the area where their short-lived participation in major league baseball took place more than a hundred years ago.
It was 1913 when Covington landed a team in the Federal League. The Blue Sox played at Federal Park, a stadium that stood briefly where the Kenton County Parking Garage is now.
Two months later, after much initial fanfare and then dwindling attendance, the team moved to Kansas City.
The Blue Sox have seen a resurgence in interest in recent years with popular retro memorabilia being sold at a local shop and a documentary produced by Cam Miller. Now, the Blue Sox will return to the field - this time in Florence, thanks to Smoke Justis, the new Covington restaurant named for a Blue Sox pitcher.
In a special promotion with the Florence Freedom - of the independent Frontier League - players will take the field on August 17 at UC Health Stadium in Florence in recreated Blue Sox uniforms, which were unveiled at Smoke Justis on Thursday.
When the Freedom - in their Blue Sox uniforms - take on the Evansville Otters on August 17, Covington Mayor Joe Meyer and two of his predecessors, Denny Bowman and Butch Callery, will throw out ceremonial first pitches.
The Covington Business Council took part in the cocktail hour that followed the reveal of the jerseys, modeled by Florence Freedom players on Thursday evening.
The Freedom begin the new season at UC Health Stadium on Wednesday, May 17, in a game that will honor the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds team. Former Reds Chris Sabo, Glenn Braggs, Herm Winningham, and Tom Browning will be in attendance to meet with fans, sign autographs, and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher