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The Stockton Ports, formerly of the California League and now in Low-A West, claim 19th-century Stockton, CA, baseball inspired "Casey at the Bat". In fact, they played as the Mudville Nine in 2000 and 2001. They play their home games at Stockton Ballpark, which the team calls Banner Island Ballpark. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Oakland Athletics' affiliate, and most of the California League, one level.
"Casey" author Ernest Thayer never disclosed what location inspired Mudville and reportedly confided to a colleague before his death that the poem had "no basis in fact". Holliston, MA, also claims the honor - pointing out that Thayer was born in Boston and reared in Worcester, and that his family owned a business in Holliston. Stockton relies on the fact that "Casey" was the last article Thayer published while writing for The Daily Examiner of San Francisco in 1888 - a year that actually appears in the piece's subhead, suggesting he was writing from more recent experience than long-ago childhood memories. Complicating any resolution, both cities had neighborhoods called Mudville that predate the poem's publication.
The Stockton Ports were owned in 1971 and 1972 by Carl Thompson, Sr. and his wife Noreen. Dating back to the 1941 league founding, three different franchises have played in Stockton with the vast majority of their seasons played as the Ports. Together, these clubs have collected 11 Cal League championships and 12 other appearances in the championship series.
The Ports play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Caballos de Stockton (Stockton Horses).