2011-03-03 / Sports

Startup League Hopes To Put Baseball In Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The owners of Johnstown’s indoor football league team plan to bring an independent minor-league baseball team to the city as part of a startup league in June.

Tim Clark tells the Tribune Democrat of Johnstown that he and Ahmad Pruitt plan to run one of six teams in the proposed Ultimate Baseball League. Clark says the baseball league is being formed by Andrew Haines, who co-owns the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Clark and Pruitt’s football team begins playing in that league next month at the Cambria County War Memorial arena.

The city, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, hasn’t had pro baseball since the Frontier League’s Johnstown Johnnies folded after the 2002 season. Clark says his team will play in Point Stadium, which was built in 1926 and now hosts only high school baseball and football and an amateur baseball tournament.

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