The name and logo -- and just possibly the manager and mascot -- of Schaumburg's new baseball team will be revealed Oct. 18.
Officials initially hoped to reveal their new name during last month's Septemberfest. But team owner Patrick Salvi said his group needed to take the proper time after starting the process from scratch upon buying the franchise from Alan Oremus in August.
The only clue Salvi would give Monday is that the name and logo were related to a kind of animal that could be a mascot. He added that it was "very unlikely" that this particular indigenous animal was being used by a sports team elsewhere.
The invitation-only name launch party will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the team's home stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.
The team will begin its first season next May in the independent Frontier League.
Salvi, the brother of former Illinois state Rep. Al Salvi, has owned the Gary Southshore Railcats in Gary, Ind. for the past four years and will continue to do so.
Oremus, who sold him the new franchise, also launched the Joliet Slammers baseball team this year. Salvi said Oremus, as an owner new to independent league baseball, had decided to devote his full attention to that franchise.
The Schaumburg Flyers played at Alexian Field for 12 seasons before being evicted by court order last winter. The village of Schaumburg and Schaumburg Park District, which co-own the stadium, sued the Flyers for $920,000 in unpaid rent.
A court order stated the team owed the village and park district $551,828.92, acknowledging overdue rent only up to a certain date. The village and park district have not received any of that money from Flyers owner Richard Ehrenreich, but continue to pursue the matter.