Harris, 55, lost his coaching position in 1986 when the L.A. Community College School District decided to eliminate mandatory physical education classes. Harris, a physical education teacher, was reassigned to teach health at West L.A.
"There is no reason not to have two baseball and two softball teams," Harris said. "There is the money and the facilities, but it's up to the top level administrators to make it a priority.
Harris believes both schools could field competitive teams.
"The first step in the commitment would be to hire a full-time teacher as coach and there are a few around," he said. "The next level of commitment would be, in Santa Monica's case, to turn Clover Park into a first-rate baseball facility. They have the room and the lights.
"At West L.A., they should do what they said they were going to do 18 years ago: Put dugouts in, grate the field, add a sprinkling system and lights."
In the meantime, Santa Monica's players and recruits must search for new teams. Not everyone is expected to get a tryout.
"This will hurt the mediocre players who will not get a chance to improve their skills," Brockway said. "Even the good players are going to go to another team and push someone else off the roster."
Some Corsair freshmen recruits affected by the decision included outfielder Joey Coraso (Culver City High), first baseman Kevin Moore (Beverly Hills), outfielder Lee Reinis (University), pitcher Jeremy Shaw (Palisades) and shortstop Tony Temblador (Venice).
Temblador, who said he was invited to try out for Los Angeles City College, said he will have trouble making the trip to the campus in East Hollywood.
"I have to buy a car and, financially, I'm not sure if I can afford that right now," Temblador said. "It's kind of disappointing because I love to play and I wanted a chance to keep my career going."
Former Crossroads baseball Coach Chuck Ice said the loss of Santa Monica's program will be felt even at the high school level.
"I think it's definitely a blow to baseball on the Westside," said Ice, who is the athletic director at Crossroads. "In a sense it lowers the legitimacy of sports at both schools because baseball is a big-time sport."
The winner at the moment is the Santa Monica men's volleyball program, which was tentatively dropped in May. But coach Jonathan Penn has mixed feelings about the move to drop baseball and keep men's volleyball.
"It has been such a roller-coaster ride for so long," said Penn, who led the Corsairs to an 11-8 record in his first season as coach. "From the beginning, they pitted us against each other. Fortunately, Kevin and I never saw it that way. We fought to save both programs. It's unfortunate it came to a situation where one program has to go for the other to stay."