The United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) is an independent professional baseball league and was founded by Rochester, Michigan-based General Sports and Entertainment. General Sports is led by President & CEO Andy Appleby, a former Senior Vice President of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. General Sports previously owned and operated the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Derby County Football Club, an English football (soccer) club in the English Premier and Championship Football Leagues.
The USPBL completed its inaugural season at Jimmy John’s Field on September 11, 2016, which featured the league’s first three teams – the Utica Unicorns, the East Side Diamond Hoppers, and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers - playing a 75-game schedule at the brand new ballpark located in downtown Utica. The USPBL added a 4th team, the Westside Woolly Mammoths, in 2017. Over the first five years of operation, the USPBL has had 38 players signed to contracts by Major League Baseball organizations, and in 2019, the USPBL’s first former player made it to the Major Leagues when Randy Dobnak, formerly of the Utica Unicorns, was called up to the Minnesota Twins. Our season begins in May and runs into September.