Sporting Cuckney Club, more commonly known as Sporting Cuckney or simply Sporting, is a professional baseball club based in Cuckney, Longdon, Ianoia. They were the first Sporting Club to turn professional in baseball, joining the I-League in November 1905 after the competition voted to expand to 12 teams for the 1906 baseball season.
Founded on 16th of January 1902, Sporting Cuckney was the 7th Sporting Club formed in the country as a jack-of-all-trades way to introduce people to various sports which include baseball, cricket, association football and tennis amongst many others. Following success in local friendly tournaments within Cuckney, McCutchen and other neighboring cities, Sporting felt joining the I-League would enable the club to offset some of the costs of maintaining multiple teams across many different sports. By 1974, only baseball and association football remained, with the club fielding multiple teams in both disciplines ranging from Under-6 grades right the way through to amateur adult and women’s teams. In 1995, Sporting Cuckney became the first team in the Southern Union to pay both a women’s and beep baseball teams semi-professionally.
Sporting Cuckney owns multiple fields and ballparks throughout the city, yet the professional men’s team are the only team that plays at Trinity Field, the large 31,567-seater stadium situated a couple of tram-stops south of the main heart of the city. Due to a major railyard situated to the east, the right field is shortened substantially from the rest of the outfield. 11-foot high walls drop to 10-feet in right field which also helps left-handed hitters clear the fence in right field. Triples are extremely difficult but an increased batting average makes the field a hitters delight.
The team adopted the nickname The Panthers in 1912 – six years after turning professional – after signing 32-year old pitcher Vidar Stahlhamdske from Bryankeld Förenta BK who had played his entire career with the Pantrar up to that point. The team plays in purple and black.