The Stockton Ports have been a part of California baseball since before there was even a league. Players have been slinging pitches, swinging bats, and attempting to translate umpires' calls in the town of Stockton for more than a century. But it wasn't until 1941— when Minor League Baseball decided to plant roots in California—that the Ports became an official organization. The Ports jumped at the chance to join up, becoming one of the founding members of the newly created California League. Over the course of the team’s 63-year history, the Ports have won 11 championships, including one in 2008, all while advancing players such as Gary Sheffield, Ben Sheets, and Trevor Cahill to the big leagues.
Banner Island Ballpark
Looming on the waterfront of the California Delta, Banner Island Ballpark was built in 2005 and accommodates up to 5,200 Ports fans during each home game. Special promotions fill the mitts of visitors with freebies and discounts almost on a nightly basis, including $2 beers and sodas on Thursdays and a jersey giveaway on August 31. Rather than driving or trying to squeeze the whole family into the same wiffle ball, fans also have the option of cruising to a game on their boat, docking for $10 at the Stockton Downtown Arena.