Back to the Future: Sioux Falls Pheasants are the Sioux Falls Canaries – Again [AUDIO]
Sioux Falls baseball fans are welcoming back an old friend. The Pheasants are changing their name back to the Canaries.
A previous ownership group abandoned the Canaries moniker before the 2010 season, saying the Pheasants represented a tougher, more imposing mascot.
But when ownership changed again last May, the new group says it was inundated with calls from fans to restore the Canaries name, which has been a part of the Sioux Falls baseball landscape since 1902.
ESPN 99.1's Jeff Harkness spoke with Canaries Co-Owner Tom Garrity, who says, despite an attendance increase of more than 70% last season, the changes was needed.
The Canaries also unveiled images of their new uniforms at Tuesday's press conference.
The Canaries open the 2013 season in Sioux City, May 16th, with the home opener May 17th against Sioux City at the Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium.