While Star Wars Night has seemingly become a staple with MiLB teams, another staple among MiLB teams is to pay tribute to either the Military or to the local Fire/Police Department. One team, however, the Akron RubberDucks paid tribute to nurses working in the local hospital. Here is the jersey they wore
This is another unique jersey which I like, if you know a nurse (I know a couple), you know how hard they work each shift, sometimes going twelve hours without eating. Its cool for MilB teams to pay tribute to the people of the community, and with three hospitals in walking distance from their ballpark the RubberDucks pay perfect tribute to the community. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any pictures of the jersey in action.
The Akron RubberDucks have been in existence since 1980, when they began as the Lynn Sailors in Lynn, Massachussetts. The Sailors were the Double-A Affiliate of the Mariners from ’80-’82 then in ’83 they were affiliated with the Pirates. Following the 1983 season team owner Mike Agganis moved the team to Burlington, Vermont where they become the Vermont Reds, Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. In 1988 the changed affiliation again, this time again with the Mariners, and briefly became the Vermont Mariners. During their stint in Vermont the Franchise made the playoffs every year and won the Eastern League TItle from ’84-’86.
The team moved to Canton, Ohio in ’89 and became the Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, playing eight seasons at the Canton-Akron Indians. They made the playoffs for five straight years and won the regular-season title in 1992. But that was the extent of their success. The move excusively to Akron began in ’94 but wasn’t complete until the 1997 season when on Opening Day the Akron Aeros debuted. The name was a tribue to Judith Resnik who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger Diseaster. From 1997-2013 the Aeros played in Akron, winning 7 regular-season titles and 4 Eastern League Titles. Following the 2013 season the Aeros officially became the RubberDucks.
The RubberDucks have had numerous notable alumni including the likes of Sean Casey, Grady Sizemore, Charles Nagy, and Albert Belle.