Baseball in Ventura County, California (Images of Baseball Series)

Baseball in Ventura County, California (Images of Baseball Series)

by Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt


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Baseball on the West Coast dates back to 1847, when the New York Volunteer Regiment stationed in Santa Barbara batted around a cowhide-covered ball with a stick made from a mesquite branch. By 1873, “Venturans” were playing baseball at Seaside Park. The first local player to reach the major leagues was Charley Hall, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in 1906, followed by Fred Snodgrass, who brought along his New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox to Ventura County in 1913. The county has produced a major-league Most Valuable Player in Terry Pendleton, who won the honor in 1991 as the leader of the Atlanta Braves, and a No. 1 overall draft pick in Delmon Young, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003. The county has also served as the home for minor-league teams affiliated with the Yankees, Braves, and Blue Jays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738547398
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/03/2007
Series: Images of Baseball Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 821,329
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt has authored a total of nine local history books beginning with his first book about baseball in 1997, The Day the New York Giants Came to Oxnard. This is his fifth book for Arcadia Publishing following such titles in the Images of America series as Camarillo and Port Hueneme and two books on Oxnard.

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