Tyrant-Ilford are a professional baseball team located in Ilford, Ianoia, and are the eastern-most founding team of the I-League.
Naval Lieutenant Shawn Woodhead founded the team in 1894 for Naval Officers but quickly opened up try-outs to all seamen after discovering the majority of Officers were uninterested in playing baseball. With the navy shipyards taking up the majority of the coastline in Ilford at the time, support for the club quickly grew throughout the city, and despite initial hostility from Woodhead, the team eventually allowed try-outs for all Ilford residents 6 months before the start of the I-League.
The teams nickname is the Claymores due to INS (Ianoian Naval Ship) Claymore that was the first boat to have a permanent home in Ilford back in 1768, yet the teams name pays homage to HMS Tyrant that the founding settlers arrived to Ianoia on.
Tyrant-Ilford plays out of Ripley Yard, the site of a disused railyard that was abandoned in 1887 adjacent to the northern tip of the naval shipyard. Despite the passionate fans, the stadium only holds 29,000 fans with right-handed pull-hitters enjoying a slightly shallow left field fence.