Founded in 1941
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Oakland Athletics (2005–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (11)|
|Nickname||Stockton Ports (1946–1972, 1978–1999, 2002–present)|
|Colors||Red, white, blue|
Skipper the Rat (2002-2004)
Mighty Casey (2000-2001)
Casey Jr. (1996-2000)
|Ballpark||Banner Island Ballpark (2005–present)|
|Billy Hebert Field (1941–2004)|
|Tom Volpe / 7th Inning Stretch, LLC|
|General Manager||Taylor McCarthy|
|Media||KWSX 1280 AM - MiLB.TV (currently select away games only)|
The Stockton Ports are a Minor League Baseball team of the California League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Stockton, California, and are named for the city's seaport. The team plays its home games at Banner Island Ballpark which opened in 2005 and seats over 5,000 people.
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The Ports were established in 1941 and have won the California League championship eleven times. They are tied with the San Jose Giants in having the most titles among the league's active franchises.
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Baseball first came to Stockton in the 1860s. At the time, Stockton fielded a team in an earlier incarnation of the California League. In 1888, the Stockton team won the California League pennant with a record of 41–12. That same team also gained a bit of notoriety as a possible inspiration for "Casey at the Bat", a famous baseball poem by Ernest Thayer. Thayer was a journalist for the San Francisco Examiner at the time and the games were hosted in a ballpark on Banner Island, a place once known as Mudville.
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Owned by Stockton local Carl W. Thompson, Sr. (1971–1973), the Ports disbanded after the 1972 season, coming back as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in 1978. The Ports won more games in the 1980s than any other team in Minor League Baseball.In an homage to the team in the Ernest Thayer poem, the Ports were renamed the Mudville Nine in 2000 and 2001, then returned to the Ports name in 2002.
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Stockton Ports roster
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