Hustlers return on May 25 for first time since 1918

The Hustlers were Rochester's pro team from 1909-1918

By Rochester Red Wings | May 7, 2019 9:17 AM

The Red Wings became the Red Wings in 1929, but professional baseball in Rochester spans all the way back to 1877! Beginning last season with the Hop Bitters, the Wings are paying homage to those clubs who called Rochester their home.

On Saturday, May 25, the Rochester Hustlers will take the field for the first time since 1918! The Hustlers were Rochester's pro team from 1909-1918 playing in the Eastern and International Leagues. While Hustlers night will be a celebration of early 20th century baseball, the uniforms will put a modern spin on the over 100 year old nickname.

The first 1,000 fans (18 & older) will receive a Hustlers Pint Glass courtesy of Cooper Cheese.

The team was led by player/manager "Big Jawn" Ganzel. During his tenure in Rochester, he and local business man Fred Blum opened a billiards parlor at the Glenny Building on East Main Street. Within the pool hall, the duo had a dedicated room for fans to talk baseball with Big Jawn. More on the history of the Hustlers…

Hustlers merchandise - including fitted, adjustable and flex fit caps along with t-shirts -- is available for pre-order now. It will be available in store for the first time on May 25.

A specially crafted Hustlers Ale made by the Genesee Brewery will be served for the first and only time at Frontier Field on May 25. It will be available in limited quantities at the Genesee Cart on the 3rd base concourse and at the Dugout Bar on the 1st base concourse.

Fans can expect an old-time feel to Frontier Field on May 25. Instead of using a public address system, batter introductions and in-between inning announcements will be made using a megaphone from the concourse level. There will also be a pre-game vintage base ball demonstration on the field. A couple pool tables will be at the ballpark for fans to play courtesy of CAP Amusement.

The game-issued, autographed jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Red Wings Community Foundation. Those interested in bidding should download Live Source in the App Store or Google Play.

Be sure to stick around after the game for post-game fireworks courtesy of ESL Federal Credit Union.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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