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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 . Due to , the league suspended operations from to . The circuit was initially classified as a "C" league and became an "A" league when the minor league system was restructured in . 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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Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Bakersfield Blaze Texas Rangers , Sam Lynn Ballpark 3,500
Modesto Nuts Colorado Rockies , John Thurman Field 4,000
San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants , San José Municipal Stadium 4,200
Stockton Ports Oakland Athletics , Banner Island Ballpark 5,300
Visalia Rawhide Arizona Diamondbacks , Recreation Park 2,468
Southern High Desert Mavericks Seattle Mariners , Stater Bros. Stadium 3,808
Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino Los Angeles Dodgers , Arrowhead Credit Union Park 5,000
Lake Elsinore Storm San Diego Padres , Lake Elsinore Diamond 1 7,866
Lancaster JetHawks Houston Astros , Clear Channel Stadium 6,860
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim , The Epicenter 6,200
Hosted 2009 California/Carolina League All-Star Game ==


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Year Champion Most Valuable Player
1941 Santa Barbara Saints ,
1942 Santa Barbara Saints ,
1946 Stockton Ports ,
1947 Stockton Ports ,
1948 Santa Barbara Dodgers
1949 San Jose Red Sox ,
1950 Modesto Reds ,
1951 Santa Barbara Dodgers
1952 Fresno Cardinals ,
1953 San Jose Red Sox ,
1954 Modesto Reds ,
1955 Fresno Cardinals ,
1956 Fresno Cardinals ,
1957 Salinas Packers ,
1958 Fresno Giants ,
1959 Modesto Reds ,
1960 Reno Silver Sox ,
1961 Reno Silver Sox ,
1962 San Jose Bees ,
1963 Stockton Ports ,
1964 Fresno Giants ,
1965 Stockton Ports ,
1966 Modesto Reds ,
1967 San Jose Bees ,
1968 Fresno Giants ,
1969 Stockton Ports ,
1970 Bakersfield Dodgers ,
1971 Visalia Mets ,
1972 Modesto Reds ,
1973 Lodi Lions ,
1974 Fresno Giants ,
1975 Reno Silver Sox ,
1976 Reno Silver Sox ,
1977 Lodi Dodgers ,
1978 Visalia Oaks ,
1979 San Jose Missions , & ,
1980 Stockton Ports , & ,
1981 Lodi Dodgers ,
1982 Modesto A's ,
1983 Redwood Pioneers ,
1984 Modesto A's ,
1985 Fresno Giants ,
1986 Stockton Ports ,
1987 Fresno Giants ,
1988 Riverside Red Wave ,
1989 Bakersfield Dodgers ,
1990 Stockton Ports , /
1991 High Desert Mavericks ,
1992 Stockton Ports ,
1993 High Desert Mavericks ,
1994 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes ,
1995 San Bernardino Spirit ,
1996 Lake Elsinore Storm ,
1997 High Desert Mavericks ,
1998 San Jose Giants ,
1999 San Bernardino Stampede ,
2000 San Bernardino Stampede ,
2001 / ,
2002 Stockton Ports ,
2003 Inland Empire 66ers ,
2004 Modesto A's ,
2005 San Jose Giants ,
2006 Inland Empire 66ers ,
2007 San Jose Giants ,
2008 Stockton Ports ,
2009 San Jose Giants


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  • 1887-1889, 1891, 1893, 1899-1902, 1907-1909
    • Alameda, CA: Alameda Grays 1907; Alameda Encinals 1908
    • Fresno, CA: Fresno Tigers 1908; Fresno Raisin Growers 1909
    • Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Angels 1893, 1901; Los Angeles 1902
    • Oakland, CA: Oakland G & Ms 1887-1888; Oakland Colonels 1889, 1891, 1893; Oakland Dudes 1899-1900; Oakland Commuters 1901; Oakland Clamdiggers 1902; Oakland Commuters 1907-1908; Oakland Invaders 1909
    • Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Altas 1887, 1889; Sacramento Senators 1891, 1893; Sacramento Brewers 1899-1900; Sacramento Senators 1901; Sacramento Gilt Edges 1902; Sacramento Cordovas 1907; Sacramento Senators 1908, 1909
    • San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Pioneers 1887-1888; San Francisco Haverly 1887-1888; San Francisco 1889; San Francisco Friscos 1891, 1893, 1899-1900; San Francisco Wasps 1901; San Francisco 1902, 1907-1908; San Francisco Orphans 1909
    • San Jose, CA: San Jose Dukes 1891; San Jose Prune Pickers 1899, 1907-1909
    • Santa Cruz, CA: Santa Cruz Beachcombers 1899; Santa Cruz Sand Crabs 1908-1909
    • Stockton, CA: Stockton 1888-1889; Stockton River Pirates 1893; Stockton Wasps 1900; Stockton Millers 1907-1908; Stockton Tigers 1909
    • Watsonville, CA: Watsonville Hayseeds 1899http://

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    • Adelanto, CA: High Desert Mavericks 1991-present
    • Anaheim, CA: Anaheim Aces 1941
    • Bakersfield, CA: Bakersfield Badgers 1941-1942; Bakersfield Indians 1946-1955 ; Bakersfield Boosters 1956; Bakersfield Bears 1957-1967; Bakersfield Dodgers 1968-1975; Bakersfield Outlaws 1978-1979; Bakersfield Mariners 1982-1983; Bakersfield Dodgers 1984-1994; Bakersfield Blaze 1995-present
    • Fresno, CA: Fresno Cardinals 1941-1942, 1946-1956; Fresno Sun Sox 1957; Fresno Giants 1958-1987; Fresno Suns 1988
    • Lake Elsinore, CA: Lake Elsinore Storm 1994-present
    • Lancaster, CA: Lancaster JetHawks 1996-present
    • Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Wranglers 1958
    • Lodi, CA: Lodi Crushers 1966-1969; Lodi Padres 1970-1971; Lodi Orions 1972; Lodi Lions 1973; Lodi Orioles 1974-1975; Lodi Dodgers 1976-1983; Lodi Crushers 1984
    • Merced, CA: Merced Bears 1941
    • Modesto, CA: Modesto Reds 1946-1961; Modesto Colts 1962-1964; Modesto Reds 1966-1974; Modesto A's 1975-2004; Modesto Nuts 2005-present
    • Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Angels 1986-1993
    • Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1993-present
    • Reno, NV: Reno Silver Sox 1955-1981; Reno Padres 1982-1987; Reno Silver Sox 1988-1992
    • Riverside, CA: Riverside Reds 1941; Riverside Red Wave 1988-1990; Riverside Pilots 1993-1995
    • Rohnert Park, CA: Redwood Pioneers 1980-1985
    • Salinas, CA: Salinas Packers 1954-1958; Salinas Mets 1963-1964; Salinas Indians 1965; Salinas Packers 1973-1975; Salinas Angels 1976-1980; Salinas Spurs 1982-1987; Salinas Spurs 1989-1992
    • San Bernardino, CA: San Bernardino Stars 1941; San Bernardino Spirit 1987-1995; San Bernardino Stampede 1996-2002; Inland Empire 66ers 2003-present
    • San Jose, CA: San Jose Owls 1942; San Jose Red Sox 1947-1955; San Jose JoSox 1956-1957; San Jose Pirates 1958; San Jose Bees 1962-1976; San Jose Missions 1979-1981; San Jose Expos 1982; San Jose Bees 1983-1987; San Jose Giants 1988-present
    • Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Saints 1941-1942; Santa Barbara Dodgers 1946-1953; Channel Cities Oilers 1954-1955; Santa Barbara Rancheros 1962-1963; Santa Barbara Dodgers 1964-1967
    • Santa Clara, CA: Santa Clara Padres 1979
    • Stockton, CA: Stockton Fliers 1941; Stockton Ports 1946-1972; Stockton Mariners 1978; Stockton Ports 1979-1983; Stockton Mudville Nine 1984; Stockton Ports 1985-1999; Mudville Nine 2000-2001; Stockton Ports 2002-present
    • Thousand Oaks, CA: Ventura County Gulls 1986
    • Ventura, CA: Ventura Yankees 1947-1949; Ventura Braves 1950-1952; Ventura Oilers 1953
    • Ventura, CA & Santa Barbara, CA: Channel Cities Oilers 1954-1955; Channel Cities Oilers 1954-1955
    • Visalia, CA: Visalia Cubs 1946-1952; Visalia Stars 1953; Visalia Cubs 1954-1956; Visalia Redlegs 1957-1959; Visalia Athletics 1960-1961; Visalia White Sox 1962; Visalia Mets 1968-1975; Visalia Oaks 1977-1992; Central Valley Rockies 1993-1994; Visalia Oaks 1995-present