SIKESTON -- A century-old professional baseball league has been revived to begin play in 2003, and on Monday, it was announced that Sikeston will have a team on the circuit.
The storied old Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (KITTY League) was one of the foremost loops of the low minors for many years before shutting down in the 1950s.
Under the direction of commissioner Gary Jones, the league returns with a short season schedule of less than 80 games beginning in late May and concluding in August.
Four cities comprise the latest comeback of the league. Along with Sikeston, there will be teams in Dyersburg (Tenn.), Fulton (Ky.) and Paducah (Ky.).
"We are announcing the formation of the league with four teams," said Jones. "We have held off releasing information because we have not reached an agreement with the city of Paducah for the use of Brooks Stadium, but we now have two additional towns waiting for consideration if an agreement cannot be reached in Paducah. In fact, we may open the season next year with six teams, although we had planned an operation with only four for the year 2003. We have been surprised by the amount of interest that we have encountered in the revival of the Kitty League."
The Sikeston team will play at V.F.W. Stadium. A more detailed story on plans for the new team will run in Wednesday's paper.