Pioneer League Glacier Range Riders pay tribute to National Park – SportsLogos.Net News

Baseball’s Independent Pioneer League will grow from eight teams in 2021 to ten in 2022. We’ve known for some time that the ninth team will be the Northern Colorado Owlz, freshly transferred from Orem, Utah, who will return to play after took a season off. Last year. And a few moments ago we learned the identity of the tenth team, which will play in Kalispell, Montana.

The Glacier Range Riders take their name from nearby Glacier National Park, which was established in 1910 (which the team says is why the announcement was made Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m.). The town of Kalispell, with a population of just over 100,000, sits on the edge of the park, and the identity of the new team stems directly from the early days of park rangers working for the National Park Service.

“We see it as a kind of Glacier National Park universe,” said Jason Klein of Brandiose, who created the identity. “In this universe, we have our Rocky Mountain goat, we have our bear – and the bear drives the classic Glacier National Park buses that are so famous there.”

The brand focuses on a particular era of the Park Service, which the contemporary visitor to the park is unlikely to encounter.

“We’re referring to a lot of the 1920s and 1930s, the original National Park Service ranger uniforms,” ​​Klein said, “going back to the original park ranger that was part of the national park system — less than the modern, scientific educator, and more so in the kind of hardy explorers who were the foundation of the National Park Service.

The team itself described the National Park Service era that inspired the brand like this:

“Inspired by early 20th century outdoor enthusiasts patrolling the 1.3 million acres that now make up Glacier National Park, the name ‘Range Rider’ has deep regional roots. These conservationists protected and preserved the area from poachers, wildfires and wood thieves during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. Their brutal role and characteristic tenacity influenced the creation of the Range Rider mascot, an as yet unnamed mountain goat.

While Klein describes the era as “the golden age of the National Park Service’s beginnings,” he also notes that the team was the first in professional sports to use this shade of olive green issued by the government agency. land management as the main color. .

When the Glacier Range Riders begin play on May 23, 2022, they will be the northernmost team in the Pioneer League, and they will be playing in a brand new stadium, which at the time of this writing is still under construction.

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