Frontier League (1993-1995)
Born: 1993 – Frontier League founding franchise.
Died: Postseason 1995
Stadium: Branch Rickey Park
The Portsmouth Explorers were an independent professional baseball team in the small (pop. 20,000) Southern Ohio city of Portsmouth during the mid-1990’s. The Explorers were one of eight original members of the Frontier League (1993-present), which is the oldest independent baseball league in the country at the time of this writing.
The Explorers finished in 7th place with a losing for three consecutive seasons from 1993 until 1995. None of the men who played for the Explorers ever played in the Major Leagues.
The ball club ultimately could not sustain itself. The Explorers averaged fewer than 1,000 fans per game in all three seasons they played. Pro baseball has never returned to Portsmouth, Ohio since the Explorers disbanded in 1995.