Gold Sox History

Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox Baseball

The City of Marysville stepped in to operate for the season in 2002 in order to keep baseball alive in the area and the city-owned ballpark in use. The City named the team the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and played the season in the Western Baseball League. The team was purchased from the City in 2003 by Bob Bavasi of Bavasi Sports Partners and local auto dealer Don McCullough (1936–2005) and began 2003 season play as a summer collegiate wood-bat team as it remains to this day. The ball club played the 2003 and 2004 seasons in the California Collegiate League. In 2005, the Gold Sox became the host team for the Horizon Air Summer Series, a collegiate wood bat league created by Bob Bavasi. Prior to the 2005 season, Don McCullough died. Upon McCullough’s death, Peter Bavasi, former General Manager of the San Diego Padres, President of the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, came out of retirement to help administer the club for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. On January 1, 2007, Bob Bavasi invited Fair Oaks, California attorney Tom Lininger and his wife Karyn to join in the ownership of the club as majority shareholders. Tom Lininger became the team’s Managing Partner through the 2015 season. In 2016 the team was purchased by CSH Holdings, Kevin & Jake Knight and Pat Gillick. Entering  2018, our 17th season of baseball in Marysville, the Gold Sox are in the Great West League. A premier summer collegiate wood bat league in North America, providing a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. Teams in this league are the Chico Heat, , Medford Rogues, LIncoln Potters, Klamath Falls Gems, San Francisco Seals & Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox. The Gold Sox Baseball Club has sent seven players to the Major Leagues and over 70 into the minors making us the “Gateway to the Pro’s”. The Gold Sox name was chosen in honor of Yuba-Sutter (two adjoining counties separated by a river with the towns of Marysville and Yuba City on each side), having been called the “Gateway to the Gold Fields” during the California gold rush of the mid 1800’s. The Gold Sox mascot is Mr. G, a gecko-like creature that is a favorite with children.

 

Our 17th Season of Gold Sox Baseball!!

The franchise began as a professional team in the Western Baseball League in 1995 as the Surrey Glaciers and only played one season at Stetson Bowl in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. In 1996 they relocated to Reno, Nevada, becoming known as the Reno Chukars and played their home games at Moana Stadium. They changed their name to the Reno Blackjacks in 1999 and played their final season in Reno before relocating to Marysville, where they were renamed the Feather River Mudcats for their inaugural 2000 season in Marysville.

Because of the team’s infringement on the previously trademarked name of Mudcats by the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, the Feather River Mudcats changed their name to the Feather River Fury in preparation for the 2001 season, though never took the field under that name since the team filed for bankruptcy prior to the season start. There was no baseball in Marysville for the 2001 season.

The City of Marysville stepped in to operate the team for the 2002 season in order to keep baseball alive in the area and the city-owned ballpark in use. The City changed the name to Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and played the season in the Western Baseball League. Upon conclusion of that 2002 season the Western Baseball League disbanded, thus ending the Gold Sox as a professional team.

The team was purchased from the City in 2003 by Bob Bavasi of Bavasi Sports Partners and local auto dealer Don McCullough (1936–2005) and began 2003 season play as a summer collegiate wood-bat team as it remains to this day.

The ball club played the 2003 and 2004 seasons in the California Collegiate League.

In 2005, the Gold Sox became the host team for the Horizon Air Summer Series, a collegiate wood bat league created by Bob Bavasi. 2010 Marysville Gold Sox

Prior to the 2005 season, Don McCullough died. Upon McCullough’s death, Peter Bavasi, former General Manager of the San Diego Padres, President of the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, came out of retirement to help administer the club for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

On January 1, 2007, Bob Bavasi invited Fair Oaks, California attorney Tom Lininger and his wife Karyn to join in the ownership of the club as majority shareholders. Tom Lininger became the team’s Managing Partner and remains in that position today.

The Gold Sox name was chosen in honor of Yuba-Sutter (two adjoining counties separated by a river with the towns of Marysville and Yuba City on each side), having been called the “Gateway to the Gold Fields” during the California gold rush of the mid 1800’s. The Gold Sox mascot is Mr. G, a gecko-like creature that is a favorite with children.