Aberdeen supplies team name: Arsenal

March 15, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The new minor-league team in Aberdeen has a name: the Arsenal.

Aberdeen is home to a government weapons testing facility and the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, which has one of the world's largest collections of military equipment.

Nine people suggested Arsenal in a two-month competition to name the team that drew more than 1,000 entries. Merv Mawhiney of Joppa, one of the nine who suggested Arsenal, had his name picked out of a hat and won season tickets for life.

The franchise is part of the West Chester, Pa.-based Atlantic League, an eight-team independent league comprising mainly players cut by major-league teams during spring training, six-year minor-league free agents and foreign players trying to make an impression on major-league scouts.

Home games will be at Harford Community College this season while an $18 million, 6,000-seat stadium is constructed in Aberdeen.

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