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Back to the Future: Sioux Falls Pheasants are the Sioux Falls Canaries – Again [AUDIO]

Canaries Name Change
Jeff Harkness/ESPN 99.1

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.

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The Canaries also unveiled images of their new uniforms at Tuesday’s press conference.

Canaries Uniforms
Jeff Harkness/ESPN 99.1

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.


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