Before there were Giants

You might have read in the Index-Tribune recently that Sonoma Valley might have its own professional baseball team, The Sonoma Stompers, playing games at Arnold Field this year.

The Stompers are part of an independent league that features players at the class A to AA level of the minor leagues.

It won’t be the first time Sonoma has had its own baseball team, although in those early, pre-television days, our hometown teams were mostly what they called “semi-pro.”

Semi-pro generally meant that the players didn’t get paid, although one or more of the better players might have been paid something. Most had full time jobs elsewhere. Local baseball historians would know more about that.

Professional teams from the Pacific Coast League, including the San Francisco Seals and Oakland Oaks, held spring training here (at the old Boyes Springs Bath House).

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