More than two hundred Major League Baseball players havehailed from Long Beach and its suburbs. This hotbed of horsehide heroicsincludes Hall of Famers Bob Lemon, Duke Snider and Tony Gwynn, as well aslongtime stars Ron Fairly, Bob Bailey, Bobby Grich, Chase Utley and JeredWeaver. Negro League and Pacific Coast League clubs enjoyed Long Beachconnections. Many players whose cleats tore up legendary Rec Park and BlairField are enshrined in the cityas baseball/softball hall of fame. The winningtradition continues as Long Beach Stateas aDirtbagsa sent more players to thebigs in 2010 and 2011 than any other college. Join baseball historian BobKeisser as he recounts Long Beachas greatest baseball stars, teams and stories.Beach Little League World Champions. ... He was cut from a pro scout team the fall before his junior season and then was passed over for the annual showcase scouting event, the Area Code Games, held at Blair Field. ... Utley began clubbing home runs, a Moore League*record twelve in all. ... Major League career: seven seasons (Florida 2005*06, N.Y. Mets 2007, Seattle 2009*12, L.A. Angels 2013).
|Title||:||Baseball in Long Beach|
|Publisher||:||The History Press - 2013|