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The Salt Lake Bees! For you youngsters out there, that name may not mean much. But for local baseball fans of a bygone era, the name reeks with nostalgia. And it is a name Larry Miller wants to resurrect for his baseball team.

In KSL’s view, a good move! Miller confirmed his intentions recently on KSL’s Sportsbeat Sunday. If all of the hurdles can be cleared, especially getting permission from an Iowa team with the same name, next season the Stingers will become, once again, the Bees. That’s as it should be.

Giants! Gulls! Trappers! Stingers! Even Buzz! Decent names, and probably meaningful for many, but so much of baseball is linked to tradition, and in Utah’s past, the Salt Lake Bees played a most memorable role. For years, through the 40’s, 50’s and into the 60’s, the Bees was the only professional sports franchise in town. The team won its share of pennants in both the Pioneer League and the Pacific Coast League. A number of top notch players who went on to major league stardom wore the Bees uniform.

So, Larry, we’re with you on this one. Bring back the Bees. Better to be the real thing, and not just an appendage.

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