New Jersey Cards Become State College Spikes

Tuesday's announcement puts a name and face on the Cardinals' 2006 New York-Penn League affiliate.

STATE COLLEGE, PA -- After nearly 5,000 submissions during the initial round of the club's "Name the Team Contest" and after months of suspense, the new State College Professional Baseball Club has announced that it will be known as the State College Spikes.


The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony inside the Mount Nittany Club at Penn State University's Beaver Stadium, which overlooks the construction site of the future home of the Spikes, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.  The club's colors, logos and uniforms were also introduced.


The team will begin play in June 2006 as an affiliate of the defending National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals in the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League, pending approval from the NYPL and Minor League Baseball, and review by the Baseball Office of the Commissioner.


The name "Spikes" refers to the unbranched antler of a young male deer and signifies the popularity of deer-hunting in Centre County and throughout Pennsylvania.  The team name also serves as a metaphor for a young minor leaguer who may or may not develop into a major leaguer, just as a young deer may or may not develop a full set of antlers.  


Spikes was selected over Anglers, Coalys, Furnace and Haymakers in the final round of the franchise's "Name the Team Contest" back in July.  The five finalists were submitted during the initial round and represented one of five categories that were identified as important to everyday life, recreation, civic pride and the heritage of State College and the Centre County region--Farming, Fishing, Iron-making, Penn State University and Wildlife.     


"We would like to express our thanks to all of the residents throughout the region who took the time and were passionate enough to submit an entry into our State College Name the Team Contest," said Team President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg.  "From our earliest discussions about this franchise we felt that it was important for us to provide the residents of State College and Centre County, who will be the backbone of the team, the opportunity to have ownership in the process of selecting the club's nickname." 


"Spikes is really the perfect name for this franchise, not only because of its connotation to the plentiful deer population of the region and the alliteration in the name, but because of the many fun and exciting marketing and merchandising opportunities that it yields," Greenberg added.


The club has four official colors--PSU Navy, Cardinal, Old Gold and Moonlight Yellow.  The Spikes' primary logo features the full body of a young deer with two unbranched antlers leaping over a two-toned version of the word "Spikes" and through a red ribbon with "State College" emblazoned on it.  A second logo with antlers enclosed in an "S-Ribbon", with the "S" representing State College, will be present on the team's home hats and road jersey tops.  A third logo, which will be featured on the team's road hats, home uniform sleeves and alternate jersey tops, shows only the intense face of a young deer.


The Spikes will take the field with three different uniform combinations in their inaugural season.  The home uniforms will include white pants with a single blue stripe and a sleeveless white jersey top, featuring the word "Spikes" across the chest, over top of a PSU Navy Blue T-shirt.  Road uniforms will have gray pants with a single blue stripe with a sleeveless gray jersey top, featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo, over top of a navy blue T-shirt.  The left sleeve of the road uniforms will also be decorated by the "S-Ribbon" antler logo.  The club will also feature a PSU Navy Blue alternate uniform which will have a one-piece short-sleeved jersey top with the deer head logo on the left chest. 


The Spikes home and road hats will each be solid PSU Navy Blue, with the home caps featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo and the road caps showing the deer head logo.  The club's alternate uniforms will be accompanied by a navy blue cap with an old gold bill and featuring the "S-Ribbon" antler logo.


The Spikes partnered with San Diego-based sports ideas company Plan B. Branding to create the team's overall identity.  In collaboration with club, Plan B. Branding was responsible for the design of all logos and uniforms and will continue to work with the club on the creation of a mascot while also consulting on the Spikes' fan experience.


Fans looking to be the first to sport brand-new Spikes merchandise can visit the team's temporary store front in State College beginning Wednesday.  The first Spikes Team Store will be located at 240 East Calder Way in downtown State College.  A full-line of items featuring the new Spikes logo will be available, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and souvenir items.  Fans can also look forward to the creation of an on-line Spikes merchandise store in the near future.  In the meantime, those wishing to shop for Spikes clothing and souvenirs on-line can visit the Altoona Curve's on-line store at


The Spikes will also be opening a temporary office location in downtown State College for fans to visit with questions regarding the purchase of season and group ticket packages and other team business.  The office will be located at 204 East Calder Way, Suite 210, until construction on the new ballpark is completed. 


Through a unique operating agreement between the club's ownership group and Penn State University, the Spikes will share brand-new Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with the Penn State Baseball Program, which competes in the Big Ten Conference.  The state-of-the-art facility is currently being constructed on the PSU campus along Porter and Curtin Roads and across from the famous Beaver Stadium.  Medlar Field, which will be completed in time for the start of the Spikes' inaugural 2006 New York-Penn League season, will offer a breath-taking view of Mount Nittany and the surrounding landscape of Central Pennsylvania.


The Spikes are owned and operated by Curve Baseball LP, the same group that operates the successful Altoona Curve franchise in the Double-A Eastern League.  Because of the proximity between Altoona and State College, the two clubs will feature a unique, integrated front office staff structure by which each member of the Curve Baseball LP front office will operate both franchises under the continued leadership of President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg and Curve General Manager Todd Parnell.  Earlier this summer, Rick Janac, who spent the previous four seasons as the Curve's Assistant General Manager, was named the GM of the new State College franchise. 


Ticket prices for the inaugural 2006 season will be announced at a later date, but fans interested in reserving season tickets for the Spikes first season can contact the Altoona Curve offices toll-free at 1-877-99-CURVE for more information.   For complete information on the State College Spikes, including team news, ballpark construction updates and a look at the team's logos, colors and uniforms, please visit the club's temporary on-line home at  The club is currently developing the team's official site at and fans can begin logging into that address on Wednesday.


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