Attractions – especially weird ones – are a time-honored way to drum up business from people who are at best casual baseball fans, and lately that’s extended to team names, including the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Rocket City Trash Pandas.  Plus: the tale of Peter Williams, who in 1972 won the Wisconsin state long jump championship “by accident.”

Minor League Baseball is swinging big and going weird with new team names (Mashable)

Let’s break down all 160 Minor League team names (

Timber Rattlers to Play as Udder Tuggers June 20 (Ballpark Digest)

How an Oakfield farm boy won the 1972 state long jump title by accident, wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt (Fond du Lac Reporter)

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