Music - Lodi by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Tony Zupo Field - Opened in 1924 and still in use. Known as Lawrence Park.
Location - 350 Washington St., Lodi, California.
Lodi had about an 18 year history in the Cal league with their tiny little ballpark, which was built in 1924. Lodi is located about 10 miles northeast of Stockton in the California central valley. The town is right off California route 99. Starting in 1966, the Lodi Crushers (a single A team for the Chicago Cubs) began playing at Lawrence Park. The team had several name and affiliate changes too. They were most associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The final year at Lawrence park, which was now changed to Tony Zupo field, was in 1984. A small ballpark with a small fan base did not bode well. After 1984, the team moved to Ventura for 2 years, then on to San Bernardino to become the Spirit. That was the first stop for Ken Griffey Jr. In 1992, the team relocated again, this time to Rancho Cucamonga and a brand new ballpark. That is where the team, no renamed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, remains to this day.
Riverside sports complex is a very plain ballpark located adjacent to the University of California at Riverside. They joined the Cal league in 1988 as the Red Wave, a single A team for the San Diego Padres. The Red Wave lasted 2 years in Riverside. The main problems were an inadequate stadium and no beer sales. After the 1990 season, the team moved on up to the high desert in Adelanto and became the High Desert Mavericks. Baseball would return to Riverside in 1993 as another entrance in the Cal league. This time, the Seattle Mariners had their single A team playing at the RSC. The team was known as the Pilots, and ran into the same problems. The last year was in 1995 and the Pilots ended up playing 20 games at Palm Springs stadium, about an hour east of Riverside. The team moved to Lancaster, also in the high desert, in 1996 and became the Lancaster JetHawks. Riverside sports complex is now home to the University of California at Riverside baseball team.
Clubhouses in back of the left field bullpen.
Tony Zupo field in Lodi. 8/08
Walking up to Tony Zupo field. 8/08