Baseball fans in Lancaster waited 44 years for the sport to return after the Lancaster Red Roses folded following the 1961 season. In 2003, Lancastrians chose the name "Barnstormers" in a team-sponsored fan ballot. The name refers to the act of "barnstorming", which means to travel around an area appearing in exhibition sports events, especially baseball games. It was used to describe Lancaster's baseball teams as far back as 1906 by the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer: "There was a crowd of between seven and eight hundred persons out on Friday to see the Lancaster barnstormers play the Philadelphia Giants." The team's primary logo was designed with local history in mind, as the team's original colors of red, navy blue, and khaki were the same as those used by the former Red Roses. The name and logo also allude to Lancaster County's agricultural heritage, notable for its inclusion of Amish culture and lore. The Barnstormers organization lightheartedly calls its market the "Pennsylvania Clutch Country," referring to Lancaster's location in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and the sports term, "clutch". The Barnstormers represent all of Lancaster County, even though they play in the city of Lancaster. The team designates many of its home games to honor the county's smaller communities.
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