First season: 1993
Years in league: 1993
Ballpark: Larry Addington Field
The Tri-State Tomahawks represented the area around Ashland, KY, an area that had not seen professional baseball since 1942. They were typical of the Frontier League's first couple of seasons, playing on a high school field in a community that otherwise would never see pro baseball.
The Tomahawks' home opener on June 30 was rained out, foreshadowing the team's brief history. They got their first game in on July 1, a rain-shortened 1-0 loss to the West Virginia Coal Sox. The team hovered around the .500 mark until the plug was pulled in mid-July.
The team's announced attendance was 170 fans per game, but in reality they never drew that many and some nights had less than 100 fans in the stands. Out of 700 ticket applications sent out to local Chamber Of Commerce members, only one was returned. The Tomahawks, who did not play in Ashland but at Boyd County High School in nearby Cannonsburg, suffered from friction between Boyd County and the city of Ashland. Remember also that in 1993 a totally independent minor league was an untested concept. In addition, the affiliated Huntington Cubs, as well as the rival West Virginia Coal Sox, were in close proximity to the Ashland area. On paper Ashland, a city roughly the size of Chillicothe, should have been one of the Frontier League's strongest franchises, but it was not to be.
Larry Addington Field in Cannonsburg, KY, home of the Tri-State Tomahawks.
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Major Award Winners: none
Tomahawks Post-Season All-Stars: none
Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team: none
Franchise Player: P Carmen Moon pitched six shutout innings against West Virginia on July 6 for his first win, and a scoreless ninth inning in relief against Lancaster on July 12 to gain his second win of the season. He thus accounted for two of the team's five victories. Moon was one of five local players on the short-lived Tomahawks.
Tomahawks in the majors: none