York—The following is a release from the York Revolution:
Now that the fifth season of York Revolution baseball has drawn to a close, the organization is thrilled to report another successful year at the gate, with the team's charitable efforts and on the field. The Revolution set an all-time total attendance mark in 2011, drawing 301,740 fans through the gates at Sovereign Bank Stadium this season (including the All-Star Game and playoffs) in a year where the Atlantic League celebrated drawing 25 Million fans all-time. The total topped the 2008 season mark of 300,246. This season's attendance was anchored by three of the top-10 regular season crowds in Revolution history: 6,372 vs. Lancaster on June 18 6,966 vs. Bridgeport on August 22 7,026 vs. Southern Maryland on September 17. Other attendance marks set in 2011 were: The season-ending series was the best-attended three-game series in Sovereign Bank Stadium history, drawing 16,643 during the weekend of September 16-18. A club record was set by drawing over 4,000 fans to each of seven consecutive home games between August 8 and 24. The previous record was six consecutive home games. The 2011 season also produced the largest crowd in stadium history on July 13, when Sovereign Bank Stadium hosted the Atlantic League All-Star Game for the first time, drawing 8,053 fans and filling every corner of the ballpark. Overall, the Revolution drew 4,101 fans per game during the regular season in 2011, and 4,190 fans per game counting the playoffs and All-Star Game. The Revolution showed their appreciation for that terrific and on-going fan support with an ambitious-as-ever season of charitable fundraising partnerships. As the hallmark of the team's community-first attitude and love for York, the organization once again worked in numerous ways to generate impressive numbers for area non-profits and causes. The highlights include: York County Libraries grossing $100,000 as the Revolution's official presenting partner for the 2011 season, through various team-sponsored YCLS fundraisers including the giant DownTown bobblehead raffle and merchandise sales at games. $46,000 dollars raised for a myriad of community groups through the Revolution's group ticket fundraising program, where groups sell their tickets through a special portal of the team's website, and keep a healthy percentage of all sales. Concessions fundraising through the team's concessionaire, Legends Hospitality. Various non-profit groups raised over $17,000 for their organizations by volunteering as concession stand workers throughout the season. Similarly, many non-profit groups also took advantage of volunteering in the Weis DownTown Playground for Revolution home games, which raised them over $9,000. The annual York Revolution Golf Tournament (sponsored by Loxley's), which raised $4,000 for Leg Up Farm, a facility that specializes in providing therapeutic play for children with developmental disabilities. Numerous game-worn jersey silent auctions, which all-told raised in excess of $36,000 for worthy causes. The York County Industrial Development Authority's generous donation of 8,000 lawn tickets valued at $56,000 for deserving community non-profits. o All-Star Game jerseys raised an incredible $11,227 for the United Way (sponsored by OSS) o Camouflage jerseys raised $5,620 for the USO (sponsored by BAE Systems) o Special blue jerseys raised $5,400 for Children's Miracle Network (sponsored by PSECU) o Special red jerseys raised $4,750 for the American Heart & Stroke Association (sponsored by Memorial Hospital) o Pink jerseys raised $4,467 for the York Cancer Center (sponsored by Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics) o Special "Mudville 9" pinstriped jerseys raised $3,036 for York County Libraries o A special game-worn hat auction also raised an additional $1,800 for York County Libraries The Revolution also saw local students earn nearly 39,000 tickets this season, through educational based programs. Between "Boomer's Book Club", the Revolution-created and run reading program for schools all over York County, the Literacy Council's Buck-a-Book program and the summer reading club spearheaded by York County Libraries, the team continued to demonstrate their commitment to education and rewarding good students for their work with Revolution baseball. On the field, the Revs enjoyed a rare combination in minor league baseball: Moving several players up the ladder, while still maintaining a winning team. In 2011, the Revolution sold the contracts of eight players to eight different Major League organizations, a single-season team record. Despite that, York achieved franchise-bests for regular season wins (73), winning percentage (.589) and still had five players named All-Atlantic League, including four on the first team. Manager Andy Etchebarren was also honored as the Atlantic League Manager of The Year for the first time. The season culminated with the Revolution's second consecutive league championship, something accomplished just once before in the league's 14 years. After outlasting Lancaster three games to two in a thrilling divisional playoff series, including a game five win at Lancaster, the Revs roared back to win the final three games of the season after dropping game one of the Atlantic League Championship series to the Long Island Ducks, clinching the title at home for the first time. Slugging first baseman Chris Nowak and team icon and starting pitcher Corey Thurman were named Co-MVPs of the team, as each achieved single-season franchise records. Nowak's 25 home runs surpassed Jason Aspito's total of 24 in 2008, while Thurman's 13 wins was one better than Wayne Franklin's 12 in '08 as well.