Frontier League

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Frontier League

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Founded 1993
No. of teams 16
Country Flag of United States United States
Flag of Canada Canada
Current champions River City Rascals
Official website

The Frontier League is an independent minor league which began play in 1993. It is the oldest indepent league still in operation. Currently, the league has 14 clubs.

After the 2019 season, the River City Rascals shut down, leaving the Frontier League at 9 teams. The Can-Am League was at 5 teams due to the Ottawa Champions having problems, so the two leagues merged for the 2020 season. After losing the 2020 season to the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-vamped league carried on under the Frontier League name starting in 2021. Due to the travel restrictions during the pandemic, the three Canadian teams that joined the league as a result of the merger only began play in 2022.

Current Teams[edit]

Current Frontier League Teams
East Division
Team Location Manager
Tri-City ValleyCats Troy, NY Pete Incaviglia
New Jersey Jackals Paterson, NJ P.J. Phillips
New York Boulders New City, NY T.J. Stanton
Quebec Capitales Quebec City, QC Pat Scalabrini
Sussex County Miners Augusta, NJ Chris Widger
Trois-Rivieres Aigles Trois-Rivieres, QC Matthew Rusch
Empire State Greys Tupper Lake, NY Mark Mason
Ottawa Titans Ottawa, ON Bobby Brown
West Division
Team Location Manager
Evansville Otters Evansville, IN Andy McCauley
Florence Y'alls Florence, KY Chad Rhoads
Gateway Grizzlies Sauget, IL Steve Brook
Joliet Slammers Joliet, IL Daniel Schlereth
Windy City ThunderBolts Crestwood, IL Richie Sexson
Schaumburg Boomers Schaumburg, IL Jamie Bennett
Lake Erie Crushers Avon, OH Jared Lemieux
Washington Wild Things Washington, PA Tom Vaeth

League Champions[edit]

Year Winner Series Loser
1993 Zanesville Greys 2-0 Ohio Valley Redcoats
1994 Erie Sailors 2-0 Lancaster Scouts
1995 Johnstown Steal 2-0 Zanesville Greys
1996 Springfield Capitals 2-0 Chillicothe Paints
1997 Canton Crocodiles 2-0 Evansville Otters
1998 Springfield Capitals 2-1 Chillicothe Paints
1999 London Werewolves 2-0 Chillicothe Paints
2000 Johnstown Johnnies 3-1 Evansville Otters
2001 Richmond Roosters 3-0 Chillicothe Paints
2002 Richmond Roosters 3-1 Washington Wild Things
2003 Gateway Grizzlies 3-0 Evansville Otters
2004 Rockford Riverhawks 3-0 Evansville Otters
2005 Kalamazoo Kings 3-2 Chillicothe Paints
2006 Evansville Otters 3-0 Chillicothe Paints
2007 Windy City Thunderbolts 3-2 Washington Wild Things
2008 Windy City Thunderbolts 3-0 Kalamazoo Kings
2009 Lake Erie Crushers 3-2 River City Rascals
2010 River City Rascals 3-1 Traverse City Beach Bums
2011 Joliet Slammers 3-1 River City Rascals
2012 Southern Illinois Miners 3-1 Florence Freedom
2013 Schaumburg Boomers 3-0 Lake Erie Crushers
2014 Schaumburg Boomers 3-1 River City Rascals
2015 Traverse City Beach Bums 3-0 River City Rascals
2016 Evansville Otters 3-2 River City Rascals
2017 Schaumburg Boomers 3-1 Florence Freedom
2018 Joliet Slammers 3-2 Washington Wild Things
2019 River City Rascals 3-2 Florence Freedom
2020 Cancelled
2021 Schaumburg Boomers 3-2 Washington Wild Things
2022 Quebec Capitales 3-1 Schaumburg Boomers

Notable League Alumni[edit]

Cities Represented[edit]






New Jersey[edit]

New York[edit]





West Virginia[edit]


Road Teams[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mike Shannon: Everything Happens in Chillicothe: A Summer in the Frontier League with Max McLeary, the One-Eyed Umpire, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2004.

External Links[edit]

League website