Monday, March 2, 2015

Who Knew #17 MLB Spring Training in California

 The month of March always brings joy to every baseball fan out there. The beginning of the new season begins with spring training (practice games before season starts in April) 
While Florida and Arizona now host all Major League Baseball teams for spring training, this has not always been the case. Before the Dodgers and Giants made their cross country move to the west coast some Major League baseball teams held their spring training in California. Here are 5 teams who trained in   Southern California during Spring Training
White Sox (1933-1952)

 In 1933, the White Sox took up residence at Pasadena's Brookside Park. The White Sox enjoyed many celebrities during their stay including Marilyn Monroe


 Chicago Cubs (1966)
The Chicago Cubs trained in Long Beach during their spring training season in 1966. They occupied Blair Field (home of Cal State Long Beach baseball) for just one season. The Chicago Cubs held spring training and played eight exhibition games at the ballpark. Long before training in Long Beach the Chicago Cubs practice in the Catalina Island from 1921-1951.

Pittsburgh Pirates (1937-1942, 1949-1952)

One of the most interesting teams that played in the Southern California were the Pittsburgh Pirates who played in San Bernardino

 In 1937, San Bernardino civic leaders brought Pittsburgh Pirates to their town with offers of a custom-built spring training facility at Perris Hill Park.

 Philadelphia Athletics 1940-1943

In 1940, the city of Anaheim welcomed the Philadelphia Athletics to a newly built facility at La Palma Park for 3 years. This is the only team to have ever had play a spring training game in Orange County

California Angels 1961-1992

The California Angels were the last and final team to ever have a spring training facility in California. The Angels trained and played their spring training games in  Palm Springs'. The Polo Grounds, later renamed Angels Stadium in recognition of the longstanding association left to Tempe Arizona after 1992.

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