FLORENCE, Ky. (WEHT) – A Florence, Kentucky baseball team now has a new name, y’all.
That’s the name. Y’alls. The Florence Y’alls.
No, this isn’t an Abbott & Costello “Who’s on First” joke. It’s the real deal.
They used to be called “The Florence Freedom.“
But now, the Northern Kentucky baseball team – a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, will now be known as “The Florence Y’alls.”
Yes, you read that right.
The “Y’alls” reference pertains to the town’s well-known water tower, seen by millions of drivers every year, who travel between the Florence Mall and highways 71 and 75.
Originally, the words, ‘Florence Mall’ were painted on the tower in the early 70s – an agreement with the owners of a not-yet-built mall, which was under construction.
But, the highway department stepped in and shook their heads – telling the city it couldn’t advertise something that wasn’t there.
So, the mayor, in order to save a bit of money and not having to repaint the entire slogan, took out the ‘M’ and replaced it with a ‘Y’ and an apostrophe.
He admits it was a “corny” solution, but the town’s populace embraced it.
The tower has been emblazoned with the ‘Florence Y’all’ phrase ever since.
Late last year, the baseball team’s new owners offered the public the opportunity to help rename the team.
They had two stipulations: That ‘Florence’ be included, and that the name must hold some sort of cultural significance to the city.
Nearly 40% of the 2,200 entries they received referenced “y’all.”
Five names were selected to vote upon, and nearly 70% of people supported – you guessed it – “The Florence Y’alls.”
The Florence City Council has voted to approve the new name.
The Florence Y’alls are members of the 14-team professional Independent Frontier League, and play out of UC Health Stadium.
(This story was originally published on January 22, 2020)