The Stockton Ports
are a baseball
team in Stockton, California
. The Ports play in the Northern Division of the Class A – Advanced California League
and are a Minor League
affiliate of the Oakland Athletics
. Their home field is Banner Island Ballpark
which seats over 5,000 people and opened in 2005.
Baseball first came to Stockton in the 1860s. By the 1880s Stockton began to field 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 of 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.
The Stockton Flyers
were established as a charter member of the California League in 1941. The league suspended operations in June 1942 due to World War II
. The Flyers were rechristened as the Stockton Ports
to recognize Stockton's status as an inland port city when the league resumed operations in 1946. That season, the Ports went on to win their first California League pennant.
In 1947, the Ports won the California League pennant again without a major league affiliation (they had a limited working agreement with the PCL Oakland Oaks
). After going 24–18 playing through June 4, they went on a 26-game winning streak and took first place, never to relinquish... Read More