It's official. The Ventura County Gulls have flown the coop.
The Gulls, who recently finished their one and only season at Ventura College with the lowest attendance in the California League, are moving to San Bernardino pending league approval. A group of San Bernardino businessmen bought the team from Ken McMullen and Jim Colborn. Terms were not announced.
Before the Gulls could be sold, however, McMullen and Colborn had to buy out another partner, Jim Biby, the team's general manager. According to McMullen, Biby tried to buy the team himself, then strike a deal with out-of-town buyers to remain general manager as a condition of the sale.
"As far as we know, he won't be general manager in San Bernardino," said McMullen. Biby could not be reached for comment, and McMullen would not reveal the identities of the San Bernardino investors.