McCutchen City Baseball Club is a professional baseball club located in Ianoia’s capital city of McCutchen, Longdon, Ianoia. They are widely regarded as the first professional Ianoian baseball club, and were instrumental in the creation of the I-League that began play in 1900.
Founded in 1894, Addison Eliot, a prominent businessman with diverse businesses including department stores and quarries throughout Ianoia, organized regular baseball games for his workers. These games served as a platform to identify the most skilled players among his employees. By 1896, Eliot established a select team known as “McCutchen City” that embarked on tours across the country, showcasing their baseball prowess in exhibition games. These tours not only highlighted the talents of the players but also popularized the sport itself.
Recognizing the potential profitability of organized baseball, Eliot became a staunch advocate for the establishment of a nationalized professional competition in Ianoia. Inspired by the success of professional baseball in the Koana Islands, he championed the cause for a professional league in his homeland. His efforts, along with those of other influential individuals such as Stanley Hatton in Ivychurch, led to the formation of the I-League, the first professional baseball league in Ianoia, in 1900.
Sitting on the banks of Wigland River that runs through the middle of the city, City play their home games at Newry Court, a site bought by Eliot specifically for baseball. Pitcher-friendly design, the park’s layout and prevailing wind patterns create an environment that favors the pitchers, resulting in fewer home runs being hit within its confines. With the prevailing wind typically blowing in from the right field, the distance to clear the fences becomes a challenging task for even the most powerful hitters.
The origin of McCutchen City’s nickname, the Myrmidons, is rooted in the close friendship between Addison Eliot and Stanley Hatton, the esteemed owner of Athletic Ivychurch. Eliot’s extensive ownership of businesses spanning various industries, from manufacturing to retail, granted him significant influence and control over the city’s economic landscape. Hatton recognized Eliot’s influential position and the unwavering support the McCutchen locals displayed towards their clubs owner, which led to the nickname “Myrmidons” being bestowed upon the team.