|No. of teams||8|
|Visalia Rawhide (2019)|
|Most titles|| San Jose Giants (11)|
Stockton Ports (11)
The California League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates exclusively in the state of California. it is classified at the Class A-Advanced, three steps below Major League Baseball. Most players reach this level in their third or fourth year of professional play.
All of the current teams are affiliated with MLB teams located west of the Rockies. League attendance continues to increase each season, with over one million fans attending games per year, part of a general nationwide growth and expansion to smaller towns, cities, and regions below those in the National League or American League with Minor League Baseball at various levels of play in growing popularity in the last few decades. The league is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division.
There were various attempts in the late 1800s and early 1900s to form a "California League" on the West Coast, considering the distance of the two current major leagues which generally had teams only in the Northeast and were restricted at first until World War I by long distance train travel. The first organized California League lasted from 1887–1889, then another followed in 1891, and 1893, and finally in 1899–1902. After the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, an organization of minor leagues was formed in 1902, (following the "truce" and agreements between the older National League of 1876 and the newly "upstart" American League of 1901), the California League operated outside the NAPBL system as an independent league in 1902 and again from 1907–1909. This led to huge differences in the quality of teams competing with each other. In 1907, the San Francisco team was 3-34, while later in 1908 San Francisco was 9-67 and Oakland was 4-71. Oakland and San Francisco competed in every year of these various state leagues, with San Francisco having two teams during 1887-88.
The current California League was founded in 1941, and included teams in Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Stockton. The following year, as a result of World War II, the league dropped to four teams, then ceased and suspended operations altogether, although major league baseball and some minor leagues continued as much as possible with limited availability of players during the war years. It reorganized and came back in 1946, adding teams in Visalia, San Jose, and Ventura by 1947. Further east, Reno, Nevada joined the league in 1955 with the movement of the old Channel Cities Oilers in Santa Barbara and continued as a member for 37 years.
Though nicknames and affiliations shifted, the California League's postwar configuration was largely stable by the late 1950s; four of the six cities in the league in 1960 would still be part of the league 50 years later. The league reached eight clubs in 1966 and would hold that for ten years, briefly dipped to six before wavering between eight and nine clubs in the early eighties, then reached ten in 1986 and held that configuration for thirty-one seasons. From 1996 to 2016, the league had a remarkably stable alignment for Class A baseball, with no teams moving or folding for twenty-one years. After the 2016 season, the Bakersfield Blaze, long dogged by inadequate facilities and unable to negotiate significant repairs, and the High Desert Mavericks, suffering from falling attendance and a lease dispute with the city of Adelanto, were folded; the High-A level replaced them by expanding the Carolina League to ten teams.
|North||Modesto Nuts||Seattle Mariners||Modesto, California||John Thurman Field||4,000|
|San Jose Giants||San Francisco Giants||San Jose, California||Excite Ballpark||4,200|
|Stockton Ports||Oakland Athletics||Stockton, California||Banner Island Ballpark||5,300|
|Visalia Rawhide||Arizona Diamondbacks||Visalia, California||Recreation Park||2,468|
|South||Inland Empire 66ers||Los Angeles Angels||San Bernardino, California||San Manuel Stadium||5,000|
|Lake Elsinore Storm||San Diego Padres||Lake Elsinore, California||Lake Elsinore Diamond||7,866|
|Lancaster JetHawks||Colorado Rockies||Lancaster, California||The Hangar||6,860|
|Rancho Cucamonga Quakes||Los Angeles Dodgers||Rancho Cucamonga, California||LoanMart Field||6,200|
Year by Year list of league champions:
The Los Angeles area, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Yuma (AZ) and Las Vegas (NV) were also major league spring training site cities, as well possessed California League teams on different occasions.
Modesto has hosted a California League team longer than any other city, hosting a team in all but two of the CL's 65 seasons.
Current teamFormer team
The California League inducted its first class of 15 inductees into its Hall of Fame in 2016.
The California League Most Valuable Player Award was established in 1941.
The Doug Harvey Award—established in 2010—is for the umpire of the year.
The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a Minor League Baseball league operating in the Western, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States. Along with the International League and the Mexican League, it is one of three leagues playing at the Triple-A level, which is one grade below Major League Baseball. It is officially named the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. Its headquarters are in Round Rock, Texas.
Thruway Motorcoach is Amtrak's system of Amtrak-owned intercity coaches, locally contracted transit buses, through-ticketed local bus routes, and taxi services to connect Amtrak train stations to areas not served by its railroads, or stations which are disconnected temporarily due to service delays or track maintenance issues. Train and Thruway Motorcoach tickets are purchased together from Amtrak for the length of a passenger's journey, and the connections are timed for convenient dedicated and guaranteed-reliable transfers between the two services. In addition to providing connecting service to unserved areas, some Thruway Motorcoaches operate as redundant service along well-established passenger rail corridors to add extra capacity.
The Anaheim Aces were a charter member of baseball's California League, founded in 1941 as a Class "C" minor league. The other charter teams were the Bakersfield Badgers, Fresno Cardinals, Merced Bears, Riverside Reds, San Bernardino Stars, Santa Barbara Saints, and Stockton Fliers. The Aces folded after the 1941 season, with America's entry into World War II.
The Fresno Giants were a minor league baseball team that played in the California League from 1941–1988. The team was based in Fresno, California.
California's State Assembly districts are numbered 1st through 80th, generally in north-to-south order.
California is the most populated U.S. state, with an estimated population of 39.512 million as of July 1, 2019. It has people from a wide variety of ethnic, racial, national, and religious backgrounds.
The Santa Fe Passenger Depot, also known as Fresno station, is an historic railroad station and transportation hub in downtown Fresno, California. It is served by San Joaquins inter-city passenger trains, Greyhound inter-city buses, and regional transit services including Fresno Area Express, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, and seasonally by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System.
California Winter League is a former baseball winter league. It was the first integrated league in the 20th century as players from Major League Baseball and Negro League Baseball played each other in training games. The league was in existence from the turn of the 20th century to 1947.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the U.S. state of California.
There were at least three class D California State Leagues in operation at some point in minor league baseball history. Two lasted just a single season and the other lasted a whole three seasons 1913 through 1915.
Hispanic and Latino Californians are residents of the state of California who are of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 38.1% of the state's population.
The 1949 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University during the 1949 college football season. Cal Poly competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The 1948 Cal Poly Mustangs football team represented California Polytechnic State University during the 1948 college football season. Cal Poly competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The 1939 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented Fresno State Normal School during the 1939 college football season.
The 1936 Chico State Wildcats football team represented Chico State College> during the 1936 college football season. Chico State competed in the Far Western Conference in 1936. They played home games at College Field in Chico, California.
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