August 11, 1988 |
Todd Stottlemyre meant it as a compliment. Really. "In a sense," he said, "it was baseball the old-fashioned way. It was like sandlot baseball." Stottlemyre, a long way from sandlot ball in his Toronto Blue Jays' uniform and reclined in the visitors' dugout at Anaheim Stadium, reminisced about the 1986 Ventura County Gulls, their stadium and their fans. It was a season without lights, without beer and, finally, without a refrain.
September 21, 1986 |
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.
September 3, 1986 |
The last word on the Ventura County Gulls appears to be this: For a nice bunch of guys, they sure don't know how to say goodby. First, they dragged out their last home game until it had to be called because of darkness. Now, they are dragging out the sale of the team until . . . who knows? Fans were nearly given an appropriate kiss goodby from their Gull friends. Scott deMarrais smacked a three-run home run in the seventh inning of the final home game last Thursday to give the Gulls a 4-2 lead.
August 30, 1986 |
The Ventura County Gulls won twice Friday to increase their winning streak to seven games as they embarked upon the final series of their existence. Jim Bishop's run-scoring single off the glove of Palm Springs third baseman Dario Nunez in the eighth inning gave the Gulls a 2-1 victory in the nightcap after they won the completion of Thursday's suspended game, 6-5. The Gulls' final game in Ventura Thursday was suspended because of darkness with the teams tied, 5-5, after 11 innings.
August 23, 1986
With little more than a week left in the California League season, the Ventura County Gulls are hard-pressed to find bright spots to what figures to be their one and only season in Ventura. The Gulls, who will have a new name and new home next season, have given little reason for Ventura County to miss them with their play in the second half of the season.
August 15, 1986 |
The Bakersfield Dodgers have a long way to go before they can consider themselves a pennant contender in the California League. In fact, they have a long way to go before they even reach .500. But the Ventura County Gulls did nothing to get in their way Thursday at Ventura College, as the Dodgers completed a four-game sweep of their series with a 5-3 win in 11 innings. Jovon Edwards' single scored Mike Garner from third to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the 11th inning.