Kitty League action will return to Farmington, Mo. this year, but things won't be the same as they were in the summer of 2008 when the league last played there. The team will have a new look, new ownership and even a new name, according to The Daily Journal, a newspaper in Park Hills, Mo.
New owner Ted Kapnick said last month the Farmington club will have no ties to the city's charter member of the KIT League, the Firebirds. To distance the team from the previous franchise, Kapnick's club will be called the Browns, paying homage to the former St. Louis Browns of the American League. To further the connection to the now defunct professional team just up the road from Farmington, the new Browns will be outfitted in complete vintage 1934 St. Louis Browns uniforms, both home and away.
The Browns will join a depleted Kitty League, with only four of last year's six franchises active in 2010. Marion, Owensboro, Fulton and Tradewater will round out the five-member circuit. Sikeston and Union City will be idle in 2010. To balance the schedule, interleague games will be played with teams from leagues in neighboring states.
Fans will get their first look at the Browns when they open the season at home on June 4.