1966-1984

Lodi

Lodi Team Photos
Teams
Lodi Crushers
1966-1969
Lodi Padres
1970-1971
Lodi Orions
1972
Lodi Lions
1973
Lodi Orioles
1974-1975
Lodi Dodgers
1976-1983
Lodi Crushers
1984
Stadium
Lawrence Park
Lodi Overall Record
1,241 - 1,415 (19 Seasons)
Cal League Championships
1973
1977
1981
Cal League MVP
Most Valuable Player
Kelly Snider - 1977
Mike Marshall - 1979
Candy Maldonado - 1980
Cal League MOY
Manager of the Year
Jim Schaffer - 1973
Stan Wasiak - 1977
Stan Wasiak - 1978
Terry Collins - 1981
Notable Alumni
Fernando Valenzuela
Mike Marshall
Jose Gonzalez
Jim Colborn
Gail Hopkins
Bill Stoneman
George Hendrick
Cal League ROY
Rookie of the Year
John Grubb - 1971
Kelly Snider - 1977
Mike Marshall - 1979
A Brief History of Lodi Teams
Following the 1965 season the California League expanded from 6 teams to 8 teams. Lodi was selected as the new franchise and became the Lodi Crushers, a Chicago Cubs affiliate. Beginning in 1970, Lodi switched to an affiliate of the San Diego Padres and changed their name to the Lodi Padres.  In December 1971Nagayoshi Nakamura, the owner of Nippon Pro Baseball's Lotte Orions, bought the Lodi franchise. Starting in 1972 the team became a Baltimore Orioles affiliate and renamed the Lodi Orions. The following season, 1973, the team was renamed the Lodi Lions to match Nakamura's  new Nippon Pro Baseball team, the Nishitetsu Lions. Nakamura sold the team following the 1973 season and the team was renamed the Lodi Orioles for the next two seasons. Starting in 1976 the team switched their affiliate to the Los Angeles Dodgers and renamed the team, the Lodi Dogers for the next 8 seasons. Lodi's final season welcomed back the Chicago Cubs ad their Major League Affiliate and brought back their original team name, the Lodi Crushers. The Chicago Cubs affiliation lasted only one season. Lodi was unable to find a major league affiliate and were forced to sit the 1985 season out. In 1986 the team relocated to Ventura and became the Ventura County Gulls where they played at Ventura College. 

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