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USPBL announces Westside Woolly Mammoths as fourth team to independent league

Shelby - Utica News | Published January 4, 2017

 The USPBL announced the Westside Woolly Mammoths as the league's fourth team.

The USPBL announced the Westside Woolly Mammoths as the league's fourth team.

Photo provided by USPBL

The United Shore Professional Baseball League announced Jan. 4 the creation of the Westside Woolly Mammoths as the fourth team to join the independent league.

“There have been numerous Mastodons found in Michigan over the last 100 years, and I always thought ‘Mastodons’ had great potential as a sports team name. ‘Woolly Mammoth’ was better, although one had not been discovered here,” said Andy Appleby, USPBL founder and commissioner in a prepared statement. “Then, in 2015, a mammoth, complete with huge tusks, was unearthed on a farm in Chelsea, Michigan and our inspiration was complete.”

The Woolly Mammoths join the Utica Unicorns, the Eastside Diamond Hoppers and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica.

Last season, the league averaged 3,200 fans per game, which comes out to a total of 240,000 fans for the year.

Shane McCatty was named as manager of the Woolly Mammoths. He served as assistant manager for the league champion Unicorns last season.

This year’s opening day is May 11 and runs through Sept. 11 with games being played every Thursday through Sunday.

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