A somewhat recent phenomenon in minor league, semi-professional, and summer league baseball has been the temporary team name transformation. It’s a fun and effective way to bring fans out to the ballpark and sell some new apparel in the process. Some recent rebrands by Wisconsin-based ball clubs include the Timber Rattlers becoming the Udder Tuggers one day per season and the Milwaukee Milkmen masquerading as the Milwaukee Sweet Teats. Today, the Kenosha Kingfish got in on the action by announcing what some might consider to be the best promotional name change of the bunch.

On July 6, the Northwoods League organization will take the field as the Kenosha Kickers. The name change is being done to coincide with “Home Alone Night” at Simmons Field. As you probably know, the name is a reference to a fictional polka band in Home Alone that’s fronted by Gus “The Polka King Of The Midwest” Polinski (played by John Candy in an unforgettable cameo).


Between the clever concept and the great designs, we’re contemplating a trip to Kenosha in July. As you do the same, we urge you to check out the limited run of Kenosha Kickers apparel now. Polka, polka, polka!

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.