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Canton Coyotes

First season: 2002

Years in league: 2002

Ballpark: Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium

Canton's Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium had been home to the Canton-Akron Indians in the Eastern League before the ballpark was left vacant with the construction of Canal Park in Akron. The Frontier League came to town in the form of the Canton Crocodiles in 1997. The Crocs moved to Washington, PA following the 2001 season, but the city wasn't without professional baseball for long. Local businessman Mark Haidet purchased the London Werewolves and the Canton Coyotes were born.

The Coyotes had a mediocre season, finishing near the .500 mark. The Cleveland Indians' AA affiliate in downtown Akron plays in a brand-new ballpark, while Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium needs some work. The Coyotes lost money despite a slight increase in attendance over the Crocodiles the previous season. Although committed to keeping pro ball in his hometown, Haidet was not willing or able to absorb more losses and was forced after the season to sell the Coyotes to a group from Columbia, MO.

Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton, OH, home of the Canton Coyotes, was built in 1989.

Year   Won   Lost   GB   Finish   Attendance   Manager   Playoffs First Round   Playoffs Second Round
                                 
2002  

41

 

43

 

15

 

4E

  30,971   Gregg Neuman        

Major Award Winners: none

Coyotes Post-Season All-Stars: none

Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team: none

Franchise Player:

1B Justin Hendrickson, who had led the London Werewolves in homers in 2001, moved with the team to Canton and continued his hitting for the Coyotes, batting .292 and leading the team in home runs and RBI.

Coyotes in the majors: none