The KZoo Growlers have a history of creating jerseys that stand out from the rest. First, they created a jersey that included hundreds of selfies from their fanbase. Now, they’re trying to top themselves with this emoji jersey.
You have until March 1st to vote online for which emoji you think should go on their uniform. The Growlers will choose the top 25 to be included on the uniform when they play against the Rockford Rivets on August 13. From the voters, the Growlers will choose one lucky winner to have the memorable jersey.
The Kalamazoo Growlers, based in Kalamazoo Michigan, are a part of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league that has eighteen teams in it.
The Growlers were founded in 2013 taking the place of the disbanded Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League (the Kings went defunct in 2011). The Growlers nickname is a tribute to the Brewing heritage of Kalamazoo as well as the black bears that call Michigan home.
As well their mascot pays homage to Kalamazoo’s microbrewery history, as he is black bear named Porter. Originally he was named Barlee but the team lost the rights to the Hillsboro Hopps of the Northwest League.
The Growlers play their home games at Home Stryker Park and for their Salute to Selfie Night, which featured a jersey of selfies they received national recognition, including being named the Brand of the Year by BallPark Digest, you can see that jersey below.
Before the Growlers played in KZoo there were the Kalamazoo Kings who were a part of the Frontier League playing in KZoo from 2001-2011 winning the Frontier League Championship in 2005 (as well as the Norther Division Title) and the Northern Division Title in 2008. They were a brighter spot of baseball success for Kalamazoo as the Kalamazoo Kodiaks never finished higher than last place in the three years they played in Kalamazoo (’96-’98).