The Bridgeport Bluefish were an American professional baseball team based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The team was a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, not affiliated with Major League Baseball, they played their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard from 1998 to 2017. The franchise had announced it would relocate to High Point, North Carolina, in 2019, but ceased operations, a new franchise not connected to the Bluefish set up shop in High Point called the High Point Rockers; the game of baseball was first played in Connecticut soon after the Civil War ended. Teams that called the city home included the Victors, Orators, Mechanics, Bolts, Americans and Bears. Bridgeport was the home of Major Leaguer James "Orator" O'Rourke, who signed the first African-American to play for a professional baseball team in 1895. Visiting Major League and Negro League teams played exhibition games in the shadow of the Bridgeport's smokestacks; the last affiliated minor league baseball team, the Bridgeport Bees, played in the Interstate League and the Colonial League from 1941 to 1950.
Professional baseball was not played in Bridgeport for about another half-century, until the arrival of the Bluefish in 1998. The first game of the Bridgeport Bluefish was May 21, 1998; the team has been to five Atlantic League Championship Series. It won in 1999 against the Somerset Patriots and lost to Atlantic City in 1998, Newark in 2002, Lancaster in 2006, York in 2010; some of the former major leaguers who have worn Bluefish jerseys include Endy Chávez, Shea Hillenbrand, Alex Hinshaw, José Offerman, Edgardo Alfonzo, Deivi Cruz, Junior Spivey, Quinton McCracken, Antonio Alfonseca, Willy Mo Pena, Joey Gathright, Adam Greenberg, Mariano Duncan. The Bluefish won their first league championship in 1999, led by their inaugural manager, long time major leaguer -- Willie Upshaw; the Bluefish have won the most games in Atlantic League history. The land under The Ballpark at Harbor Yard was purchased by the city of Bridgeport from Donald Trump for $1 and with the forgiveness of back taxes owed on the property.
The Jenkins Valve plant was demolished to make way for the stadium. The success of the Bluefish led to redevelopment of the South End, including construction of the Arena at Harbor Yard and a multiuse parking garage; the founders of the Bluefish were Mickey Herbert, Jack McGregor, Mary-Jane Foster, the Bridgeport Waterfront Investors. Herbert anchored the team through difficult financial circumstances. Prior to the 2006 season, the franchise was purchased by Get Hooked, LLC, a group of investors from Fairfield County that included McGregor and Foster. However, Get Hooked dropped the Bluefish prior to the 2008 season in favor of seeking a new ballpark for the city of Yonkers, New York; the Bluefish were purchased by Frank Boulton, the owner of the Long Island Ducks and the founder of the Atlantic League. The Bluefish became the first team in Atlantic League history to record 1,000 victories as a franchise in 2012. On June 27, 2012, the team defeated the York Revolution 2-1 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard to capture the victory.
For one day in May 2016, Jennie Finch was a guest manager for the Bluefish, thus becoming the first woman to manage a professional baseball team. The team won one game that day. On August 8, 2017, the Bluefish announced that the 2017 season would be the team's last in Bridgeport; the city of Bridgeport plans to turn The Ballpark at Harbor Yard into a concert venue, leaving the team without a ballpark. The amphitheater proposal is pending approval of the City Council, but team owner Frank Boulton is exploring options for a new city to host Bluefish baseball. In April 2017, the City of High Point, North Carolina, approved $15 million from the city budget to begin land acquisition and engineering studies for a new $45 million, publicly funded stadium to be financed through limited-obligation tax bonds; the stadium was expected to be the new home for the Bluefish in 2019. It had yet to be determined where the Bluefish would play in 2018. On September 17, 2017, the Bluefish played the final game in their 20-year history at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, losing 9–2 to the Somerset Patriots.
Despite having the best overall record in the Liberty Division, the Bluefish missed the playoffs, as they finished one game back of the Patriots in the first–half standings and two games back of their cross-sound rival Long Island Ducks in the second half. Though it had been planned for the Bluefish to relocate to High Point the team ceased operations at the end of the 2017 season. High Point got an expansion franchise, not connected to the Bluefish; the official colors of the Bridgeport Bluefish were navy blue and silver. The primary logo consisted of the "Bluefish" wordmark in navy blue with white and teal outline superimposed over a depiction of a cartoon bluefish holding a baseball bat; the primary cap was navy blue with a teal brim and button, with the cap logo depicting a bluefish interwoven with a capital "B" centered on the front. The home jersey was white with traditional navy blue piping around the sleeves; the "Bluefish" wordmark is centered across the front in navy blue with white outline and teal drop shadow.
The away jersey is grey with navy blue piping, the "Bridgeport" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue with a white and teal outline. The Bluefish have a teal alternate jersey, with navy piping with the "fishhook" wordmark centered across the front. 1 Atlantic League Championship 5 Division Championships The Bridgeport Bluefish contend with the Long Island Ducks over the Ferry Cup, s
Isetsima Blaise Nkufo is a Swiss former international footballer who played as a striker. He was raised in Switzerland from the age of seven. Nkufo played professionally in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, scoring 209 goals in 442 career league appearances. Nkufo was a member of the Swiss national team, having won 34 caps and scored seven goals, he played for them at the 2010 World Cup. Born in Kinshasa, Nkufo emigrated to Switzerland with his family when he was seven and became naturalised as a Swiss citizen. Nkufo played for Lausanne Sport, FC Echallens, Al-Arabi, Yverdon-Sport FC, Grasshopper Club Zürich, AC Lugano, FC Lucerne, Mainz 05, Hannover 96, FC Twente and Seattle Sounders FC. In February 2010, Nkufo was linked to sign with the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC. On 4 March 2010, the Sounders confirmed, he joined the Sounders' squad on 13 July 2010. His first appearance for the Sounders was on 18 July 2010 during a friendly vs. Celtic. On 15 March 2011, Nkufo agreed mutually to the termination of his deal.
Nkufo announced his retirement thirteen days later. Nkufo made his international debut for Switzerland in 2000, he was a squad member at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Nkufo has himself said in interviews; the incorrect version N'Kufo is found in media. The surname is pronounced Kufo, without the N
WLCU-CD is a digital low-powered educational independent television station, licensed to and located in Campbellsville, United States. The station is operated by Campbellsville University; the station’s digital signal is broadcast locally on UHF channel15. It airs religious services as well as local sports and public affairs programming; the station is carried on cable channel 22 in the Campbellsville area. The station’s construction permit was granted by the FCC on May 30, 1984, under the callsign W04BP. More than two years the station was licensed on June 6, 1986, it signed on shortly after, it was under ownership of Heartland Communications, Inc. and aired a mixture of programming from CMT and Tempo Television, periodically aired college football and basketball games involving the University of Louisville Cardinals athletic programs. Unlike Campbellsville’s other television outlet at the time, WGRB-TV, the station opened a news department that aired at least two newscasts every day. W04BP used its radio sister stations to promote the television outlet.
Sometime between 1987 and 1990, Tempo and CMT were dropped by the station in favor of becoming a FamilyNet affiliate on a secondary basis, but becoming a religious independent station on a primary basis, the station was sold to the mass media department of Campbellsville University. In 2007, the station’s callsign was changed to WLCU-CA. In 2015, the station filed an application to switch to digital as it was required for low-power analog stations to convert to digital by the original deadline of September 2015, moved down to Spring 2021; the station was licensed for digital operation on May 28, 2015, moving from analog VHF channel 4 to digital UHF channel 23. Upon the conversion, the station’s callsign was changed to the current WLCU-CD. Just before FamilyNet ceased operations prior to their rebranding as the Cowboy Channel, the station became an educational independent station in 2018. On October 18, 2019, the station reallocated its digital signal to UHF channel 15 as part of the station’s participation in the 2016-17 FCC broadcast spectrum repacking auction.
WLCU’s signal can be received in good portions of Taylor and Green Counties, along with good portions of Adair and southern Nelson Counties, all of which are located within the southeastern fringes of the Louisville DMA. Some parts of the area north of Campbellsville can receive the signal of W06AY-D in nearby Lebanon, for another outlet of locally-sourced programming. Query the FCC's TV station database for WLCU BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLCU-TV Official website