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There were various attempts in the 1800's and early 1900's to form a California League. The first lasted from 1887-1889, then 1891, 1893, and 1899-1902. After the National Association was formed in 1902, the California League operated outside the NA as an independent in 1902 and again from 1907-1909. Unfortunately this led to huge differences in the quality of teams competing with each other. In 1907 San Francisco was 3-34, while in 1908 San Francisco was 9-67 and Oakland was 4-71. Oakland and San Francisco competed in every year of these various leagues, with San Francisco having two teams 1887-1888.

The current California League is a class A minor league that began play in 1941. Due to World War II, the league suspended operations from 1942 to 1945. The circuit was initially classified as a "C" league and became an "A" league when the minor league system was restructured in 1963. Over the years, the California League has produced eight Hall of Fame players and one Hall of Fame manager (Sparky Anderson). The league currently operates as a ten team circuit, with two divisions of five teams each.

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[edit] Current Teams, Managers, and Affiliations

California League Teams
North Division South Division
Team Manager Parent Team Team Manager Parent Team
Bakersfield Blaze Ken Griffey Sr. Cincinnati Reds High Desert Mavericks Pedro Grifol Seattle Mariners
Modesto Nuts Lenn Sakata Colorado Rockies Inland Empire 66ers Bill Haselman Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
San Jose Giants Andy Skeels San Francisco Giants Lake Elsinore Storm Shawn Wooten San Diego Padres
Stockton Ports Webster Garrison Oakland Athletics Lancaster JetHawks Rodney Linares Houston Astros
Visalia Rawhide Jason Hardtke Arizona Diamondbacks Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Juan Bustabad Los Angeles Dodgers

[edit] League Champions and MVPs

Year Champion Most Valuable Player Manager of the Year Pitcher of the Year Rookie of the Year
1941 Santa Barbara Saints Spider Jorgensen
Santa Barbara Saints
1942 Santa Barbara Saints Salvador Taormina
San Jose Owls
1946 Stockton Ports Tommy Glaviano
Fresno Cardinals
1947 Stockton Ports Ed Samcoff
Stockton Ports
1948 Santa Barbara Dodgers
1949 San Jose Red Sox Earl Escalante
Bakersfield Indians
1950 Modesto Reds Dick Wilson
Modesto Reds
1951 Santa Barbara Dodgers
1952 Fresno Cardinals Larry Jackson
Fresno Cardinals
1953 San Jose Red Sox Tex Clevenger
San Jose Red Sox
1954 Modesto Reds Bob Thorpe
Stockton Ports
1955 Fresno Cardinals Pumpsie Green
Stockton Ports
1956 Fresno Cardinals Dick Whitman
San Jose JoSox
1957 Salinas Packers Vada Pinson
Visalia Redlegs
1958 Fresno Giants Neil Wilson
Fresno Giants
1959 Modesto Reds Willie Davis
Reno Silver Sox
1960 Reno Silver Sox Robert Arrighi
Reno Silver Sox
1961 Reno Silver Sox Don Williams
Reno Silver Sox
1962 San Jose Bees Bill Haas
Reno Silver Sox
1963 Stockton Ports Jose Vidal
Reno Silver Sox
1964 Fresno Giants Ollie Brown
Fresno Giants
1965 Stockton Ports Mike Epstein
Stockton Ports
1966 Modesto Reds Dave Duncan
Modesto Reds
1967 San Jose Bees Leron Lee
Modesto Reds
1968 Fresno Giants Ted Simmons
Modesto Reds
1969 Stockton Ports Junior Kennedy
Stockton Ports
1970 Bakersfield Dodgers Paul Johnson
Bakersfield Dodgers
1971 Visalia Mets George Theodore
Visalia Mets
1972 Modesto Reds Skip James
Fresno Giants
1973 Lodi Lions John Balaz
Salinas Packers
1974 Fresno Giants Gary Alexander
Fresno Giants
1975 Reno Silver Sox Gene Richards
Reno Silver Sox
1976 Reno Silver Sox Thad Bosley,
Salinas Angels
1977 Lodi Dodgers Kelly Snider
Lodi Dodgers
1978 Visalia Oaks Steve Douglas
Visalia Oaks
1979 San Jose Missions Mike Marshall
Lodi Dodgers & Les Pearsey
Visalia Oaks
1980 Stockton Ports Jaime Cocanower
Stockton Ports & Candy Maldonado
Lodi Dodgers
1981 Lodi Dodgers Kent Hrbek
Visalia Oaks
1982 Modesto A's Kevin McReynolds
Reno Padres
1983 Redwood Pioneers Stan Holmes
Visalia Oaks
1984 Modesto A's Glenn Braggs
Stockton Mudville Nine
1985 Fresno Giants Eric Hardgrave
Reno Padres
1986 Stockton Ports Ty Dabney
Fresno Giants
1987 Fresno Giants Luis Lopez
Bakersfield Dodgers
1988 Riverside Red Wave Paul Faries
Riverside Red Wave
1989 Bakersfield Dodgers John Jaha
Stockton Ports
1990 Stockton Ports Frank Bolick
Stockton Ports/San Bernardino Spirit
1991 High Desert Mavericks Matt Mieske
High Desert Mavericks
1992 Stockton Ports Marty Cordova
Visalia Oaks
1993 High Desert Mavericks Tim Clark
High Desert Mavericks
1994 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Todd Greene
Lake Elsinore Storm
1995 San Bernardino Spirit Adam Riggs
San Bernardino Spirit
1996 Lake Elsinore Storm D.T. Cromer
Modesto A's
1997 High Desert Mavericks Mike Stoner
High Desert Mavericks
1998 San Jose Giants Brad Penny
High Desert Mavericks
1999 San Bernardino Stampede Chin-Feng Chen
San Bernardino Stampede
2000 San Bernardino Stampede Juan Silvestre
Lancaster JetHawks
2001 San Jose Giants/Lake Elsinore Storm see note Xavier Nady
Lake Elsinore Storm
2002 Stockton Ports Rocco Baldelli
Bakersfield Blaze
2003 Inland Empire 66ers Josh Barfield
Lake Elsinore Storm
2004 Modesto A's Brian Stavisky
Modesto A's
2005 San Jose Giants Brandon Wood
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Lenn Sakata
San Jose Giants
Jared Wells
Lake Elsinore Storm
Billy Butler
High Desert Mavericks
2006 Inland Empire 66ers Reid Brignac
Visalia Oaks
Joe Szekely and Gary Thurman (shared) Brian Anderson
San Jose Giants
Reid Brignac
Visalia Oaks
2007 San Jose Giants Bubba Bell
Lancaster JetHawks
Chad Epperson
Lancaster JetHawks
Brandon Hynick
Modesto Nuts
Bubba Bell
Lancaster JetHawks
2008 Stockton Ports Carlos Santana
Inland Empire 66ers
Chad Epperson
Lancaster JetHawks
Kevin Pucetas
San Jose Giants
Chris Carter
Stockton Ports
2009 San Jose Giants Alex Liddi
High Desert Mavericks
Jim Horner
High Desert Mavericks
Craig Clark
San Jose Giants
Roger Kieschnick
San Jose Giants
2010 San Jose Giants Paul Goldschmidt
Visalia Rawhide
Carlos Lezcano
Lake Elsinore Storm
Brad Brach
Lake Elsinore Storm
Paul Goldschmidt
Visalia Rawhide
2011 Lake Elsinore Storm Kent Matthes
Modesto Nuts
Juan Bustabad
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Chad Bettis
Modesto Nuts
Gary Brown
San Jose Giants
2012 Lancaster JetHawks Billy Hamilton
Bakersfield Blaze
Pedro Grifol
High Desert Mavericks
Christian Bergman
Modesto Nuts
C.J. Cron
Inland Empire 66ers
2013 Inland Empire 66ers Zach Borenstein
Inland Empire 66ers
Rodney Linares
Lancaster JetHawks
Dan Winkler
Modesto Nuts
Addison Russell
Stockton Ports

[edit] Hall of Fame Alumni

[edit] Other Notable Alumni

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1886-1889, 1891-1893, 1898-1902, 1907-1909

[edit] 1941-present

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