McKinney Blue Thunder

McKinney Blue Thunder T-shirts and other merchandise like caps and sweatshirts

This page is dedicated to the McKinney Blue Thunder independent professional baseball team.  It lasted one year, during the 2008 CBL season.

Statistics And Roster

Here is the link to the roster and statistics for the 2008 McKinney Blue Thunder:  https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?id=a27cfb6f

 

Articles

Archived web page from the old Bluethunderprobaseball.com website about the final game in McKinney Blue Thunder history, a 5-4 win on the road over the Texarkana Gunslingers:  Click Here For The Archive

Flyer (in PDF format) promoting the July 2008 series and benefits for fans who wanted to attend:  McKinney Blue Thunder Flyer

Article recapping game between the Blue Thunder and Texarkana Gunslingers:  http://starlocalmedia.com/mckinneycouriergazette/sports/gunslingers-shoot-down-blue-thunder-s-winning-streak/article_fa435ae6-3bec-565c-af09-07dc4f46855d.html

Review of Gabe Nesbitt Field (Ballfields of Craig Ranch) from Ballparkreviews.com during the 2008 season.

Mention of a pre-season exhibition game between the Blue Thunder and Texarkana Gunslingers in Greenville Texas: http://www.heraldbanner.com/sports/article_0f7ee100-3058-5421-9c8e-aa2f48ae89c7.html

Article about Tony Rogowski getting hired as a strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Nationals organization:  http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2010/07/when_baseball_hits_home_longti.html

 

Images

Some images from the first part of “media day” in May 2008 before the season started:

Here are many photos of the players taken during the season:

 

Here are several more photos of Thunder Dog, the mascot for the team:

Here is the image of the McKinney Blue Thunder’s front cover of the pocket schedule:

McKinney Blue Thunder 2008 pocket schedule

 

Videos

This piece was produced for what would have been the 2009 Dallas Aviators team.  While that team did not materialize, the footage was from the 2008 McKinney Blue Thunder including catcher Glenn Wilson.

Here is a short video featuring then-Congressman Ralph Hall throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Blue Thunder’s first regular season game in May 2008:

Video of Thunder Dog the Blue Thunder’s mascot:

 

Starlocalmedia.com 2008 Articles On The Blue Thunder

Here are lots of local newspaper article links from the McKinney Courier Gazette (part of the Starlocalmedia.com organization) about the McKinney Blue Thunder during the 2008 season (in no particular order).  Thanks to Jim Donovan, Travis Summers and the others who took time from their schedules to cover the Blue Thunder and all CBL teams during the 2008 season:

Toros too much for Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder play two at Texarkana

Blue Thunder back in action tonight

Not so welcome home for Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder meet and greet today

Blue Thunder: Getting back on track

Blue Thunder’s Leger strikes out Beach Dawgs

Gunslingers shoot down Blue Thunder’s winning streak, 12-0