The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team based in the St. Louis suburb of Sauget, Illinois, in the United States. The Grizzlies are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2001 season to the present, the Grizzlies have played their home games at GCS Ballpark (formerly GMC Stadium).
After more than two years of questions, and three different “homes,” the Gateway Grizzlies took to the home field for the first time, in front of a then-franchise record crowd of 1,480, at Sauget Field on June 12, 2001. The game ended in a 5-4 Grizzlies victory over the Evansville Otters. The Grizzlies finished the season with a record of 37-44, including a 20-19 home record. This translated into a fifth place in the Frontier League West Division.
The Grizzlies averaged 781 fans per game at Sauget Field, including six crowds of more than 1,000. This placed the Grizzlies 10th place in league attendance.
Outfielder Brian Sellier led the team in hitting with a .332 batting average. He also finished second in the league with six triples, and fifth in the league with a .529 slugging percentage. He tied David Lara for the team lead with 11 home runs, and was selected as a Frontier League All-Star. Sellier signed with the Oakland Athletics organization following the season.
Outfielder David Lara finished with a team-high 11 home runs, and 58 RBIs. He finished the season on a team-high 15 game hitting streak.
Outfielder James Molinari finished with a team-high 27 stolen bases, and was tied for third in the Frontier League with 65 runs scored. He was the only Grizzly to start every game and was one of just nine players in the league to do so.
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