The Akron Aeros of Akron, Ohio, played 17 seasons in the Eastern League. For their entire existence, they served as the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Aeros identity was born following the 1996 season, when the Canton-Akron Indians moved from Canton to Akron, and decided to take on a new identity in conjunction with the move.
The nickname was chosen in reference to Ohio’s claim as the “Birthplace of Aviation,” and presumably, because the alliteration was too good to pass up. [MLG Note: for a handful of years, the Akron Aeros were the first of all MiLB teams in alphabetical order, and were put first on cap posters and the like. In 2002, they were overtaken by the Aberdeen IronBirds.] The mascot for the Aeros was sort of an ambiguous mammal, apparently from the cat family. Their primary and cap logo featured the cat zipping out from the lettering in comic-book fashion. Primary colors were purple and black, with some red, gold, and teal thrown in for good measure. The Aeros would maintain this basic look for their entirety.
Several future All-Stars wound their way through Akron, including Sean Casey, Marco Scutaro, Jhonny Peralta, Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, [MLG Note: also someone named CC Lee, whose name is eerily similar to the last two names], Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, Jesús Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez. Additionally, due to their proximity to Cleveland, the Indians sent many notables out on rehab stints in Akron.
The identity ceased to be following the 2013 season, when the team unexpectedly rebranded and became the Akron RubberDucks. The team is still the Double-A affiliate of the local MLB team in Cleveland, and they still play in the same stadium, but the Aeros, as we knew them, were jettisoned off into space.