Missoula’s professional baseball team has a new name after 20 years — the Missoula Osprey are now the Missoula PaddleHeads.
Since the early 1900s, Missoula has been home to professional baseball, and the teams have gone by a series of names – the Highlanders, Timberjacks and Osprey.
“When we started this process, the goal was to develop a new brand that Missoula would be proud of,” explained PaddleHeads vice president Matt Ellis. “We feel we have hit a home run. We have developed six official logo marks that represent Missoula’s lifestyle, natural surroundings, and convey our heart and soul. This brand will represent Missoula and our beautiful state of Montana with pride and help put our community on the national map.”
The team name was selected after more than 600 fans suggested almost 500 different names in a month-long opportunity to help name the team. The PaddleHeads name was selected as it celebrates family fun on the Clark Fork River and one of Montana’s most iconic animals, the moose.