Meet the Cranbrook Eds

Home Run Society president Garry Slonowski presents the new Cranbrook Eds logo as well as the team’s uniforms. - Kerstin Renner
Home Run Society president Garry Slonowski presents the new Cranbrook Eds logo as well as the team’s uniforms.
— image credit: Kerstin Renner

They might not have a stadium yet, or a set of players, but people in Cranbrook are already getting excited about the Cranbrook Eds baseball team. On Wednesday, Garry Slonowski, president of the Home Run Society, presented the team’s logo and uniforms to the public.

Slonowski said his group wanted to give people a picture of what the future of baseball in the community can look like. Designed by local Arthur Tank, the logo for the Eds is highly marketlable, slightly quirky and very unique to Cranbrook and its history.

It shows an elephant, swinging a baseball bat in his trunk and wearing a vintage baseball cap. It is a reference to 1926 when an elephant escaped from the Sells Floto circus and renamed Cranbrook Ed for his local captors. “We hope to bring baseball back to the level and prominence it was in the 1920s and 30s,” Slonowski draws another connection.

After years of planning, the Home Run Society was awarded a conditional franchise by the Western Major Baseball League last year. The main condition is that Cranbrook has to provide a WMBL-ready stadium. The society will present the results of a feasibility study to the city on February 7.

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