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Alumni Memories

Alumni Memories


Check out the responses from our Alumni Questionnaire, and get to know more about Ports Alumni and their memories from their time in a Ports uniform!

Don Belton--1946-1947


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? 1947 winning 26 games in a row
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Having being on two winning teams --1946 and 1947
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Our 1947 manager was the best manager I ever player for-Johnny Babich
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? As long as we were winning everything was fine
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Stockton
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Santa Barbara
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? New ball park




Lloyd Hittle-1946-1947


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? We were a family affair. The whole team got together. We had barbecues and a lot of fun. Best time in baseball. Like a family. Plus winning 20 games in 1946.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Johnny Babich to me how to pitch. Winning 20 games. Biggest thing was winning 26 games without any of us losing one.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? We all stuck up for one another. Our manager didn't let anyone push the ballplayers around. The whole team was like a family
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? We were to busy winning ballgames. If we were asked to appear someplace, we always showed up. I remember pitching in an exhibition game in 1950 with my face bandaged. I had just had surgery.
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert Field
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? San Jose-they were always a tough club to beat.
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? Stockton and Lodi were both small, friendly towns. It was fun to walk downtown and window shop. Now they are both too big.




Eddie Samcoff-1946-47


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? While were on our 26 straight wins, we were in Bakersfield. My close friend from Sacramento, Ron King and I were walking the main street. Ron was the catcher for Bakersfield Indians, I was in a batting slump and with in front of a Walgreens store. I went in an and bought black bat for $1.50 and that night I had 5 hits at 5 times at bat. The bat broke during my fifth hit and my slump was broken. (2) Being named player of the year for 1947.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of?
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? My close teammates were Joe Bolack and Frank Mordy. We hung out together. Also Lloyd Hittle and Don Belton
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? I remember being invited to fan's homes for barbeques and attending special events
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Oak Park-Billy Hebert Field. Why? The fencer were deep and my hitting consisted of doubles, triples, etc.
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Bakersfield Indians and Fresno Cardinals. The Indians broke our 26 game streak
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? The fans were the greatest. We led league in attendance 2 years-1946 and 1947.




Lou Bronzan--1948-49


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Just being able to play with players like Harry Clements and Vincent DiMaggio
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? 11 wins and 5 losses in 1948. Pitching a 12-inning game against Modesto Reds and winning 5-0 win DiMaggio hit his 19th homer
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Vince DiMaggio was manager. Joe's brother, great fielder
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Not much. Didn't have time
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert-Stockton
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Modesto Reds
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed?More people now, more activities now




Vic Solari-1951


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? It was a very competitive league.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? I was one of the local players on the team.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? We had a few ex big leaguers playing fur us at the time. Dick Adam, Eddie Fernandes, learned a lot from them.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? It was different in the old days. There wasn't any organized
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Santa Barbara
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Modesto. They had Tony Freitas .
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? They were good baseball fans. The city has change a bit but the fans are still good baseball fans.




Bud Watkins-1952


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Playing for manager Tony Freitas
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Beating Modesto in 15 innings--4 days later beating Visalia in 11 inning--4 days later going 8 innings vs Bakersfield--all in all, pitching 34 innings in 12 days (an a 9-inning no hitter vs Modesto)
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Tony Freitas was 44 years old (the winningiest minor league pitcher EVER) a wonderful man who won 22 games for the '52 Ports. Harry Clements (Stockton native) was a great teammate and third baseman.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Population: 58,000 in 1952. Autograph signing days
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert field--always well kept and symmetrical foul lines
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? San Jose was loaded with future Red Sox players--"bonus" players. Stockton was St. Louis Browns farm team-a rag-tag group
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? From 58,000 in 1952 to 300,000 now? Wow! I can't enumerate all the changes--going from the elimination of the 2nd worst "skid-row" in the Nation to the renovation of downtown now. Increased support for UOP athletics gives them national recognition




Ernie Broglio-1955


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Being a pitcher, the big ballpark to pitch in, Roy Partee our manager, and winning 20 games in 1955.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Knowing what team playing was all about and playing for a manger that respected his players. Going to the next level in baseball on my way to the Major Leagues
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? We had a great bunch of guys and Roy Parteee made it that way to play hard and have fun
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? In the 50s, I'm not sure if being involved in the community was that important as it is now
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Stockton because of its size and San Jose, also because of its size
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? member. As a pitcher, all hitters were tough
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? A very small town with respect for sports played in Stockton, and now with the new stadium, and more people, a larger city that still respects all sports




Pumpsie Green-1955


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? The '55 Season in which I was the MVP of the League
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? The night I broke a light out of the left field post with a home run
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Charlie Beamon, pitcher
How involved were you and your teammates in the community?
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why?
Who was the toughest opponent you faced?
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed?




Sam Hitcher-1955


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports?
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? 1956 had 23 assists from the outfield
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Jerry Green (1955), Ron Hansen (1955), Ernie Broglio (1955)
How involved were you and your teammates in the community?
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Stockton Ports ball field
Who was the toughest opponent you faced?
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? Nite & Day




Don Moitoza-1955, 1957


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? In the 4 years I played pro baseball my favorite times were in Stockton because of the great friendships I made with the players. Those friendships still exist.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Playing with high caliber players like Ernie Broglio, Pumspie Green, Charlie Beamon and many others and being named Rookie of the Year in 1955.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Teammates were all pulling together in our quest to win. Roy Partee was our manager, catcher, bus driver, coach and trainer.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community?
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert Field
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Fresno
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? It was much smaller of course but it was an enjoyable place to live and play. The main change I've seen is the growth.




Tom Munoz-1955


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports?Being in the ballpark everyday and playing the game I still love, baseball. Playing with all my alumni friends that are still with us.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Both 1955 and 1956 our team had very good years and we had some good players and also the years I had helped a little.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Everyday at the ballpark was a memory. We all got along great and for our skipper Roy Partee, he was great. I miss him very much
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? As much as a young man can be doing their life's dream, playing baseball
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert. Our fans were #1
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Fresno and San Jose
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? A population around 30,000 and very friendly, and Eddie's Coffee Shop was our place to eat.




Keith Salisbury-1955


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Playing for a great person and manager, Roy Partee, who helped me become a better catcher. Being able to catch Ernie Broglio 20+ wins and Charlie Beamon 16-0 before being called up to Oakland Oaks.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Playing for the league championship in my first year as a pro.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Most of the players were from the Bay Area or California. Four of us were from El Cerrito High. Our manager Roy Partee who was the do-everything person from clubhouse person to bus driver.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Not very much. I worked at a grocery store when we were in town to make ends meet for my wife and daughter-to-be.
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Stockton of course. We had great fans and great support. They had a night for the players and wives who were (pregnant) with gifts for the babies
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Fresno, we won the first half of the season so they loaded up and won the second half and beat us for the championship. We had players called up to Oakland and no one to replace them!
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? Older valley town with great pride in their team like the rest of the valley it is now a large city.




Rich Scramaglia-1955, 1956


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Playing my first game in pro ball in Stockton 1955.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Winning the first half of the California League in 1955.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Ray Partee our manager and bus driver, Charlie Beamon's 16-0 pitching record.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community?
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Billy Hebert-Stockton
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? 1955 Fresno Cards
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? Great town, great fans




Roy Stotler-1959


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Manager Billy DeMars and Team players. Stockton fans were great
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? The great people in Stockton.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Billy DeMars and Teammates. The best I ever played with.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Times have changed. Back in 1959, we were not that involved in the community.
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Stockton
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Claude Osteen
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? In 1959, I think the population was 40,000--to see what has happened to Stockton in the last 50 years.




Pete Ward-1959


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? All good memories. We had a competitive ballclub and it was my first full year in pro ball.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Played about every day and got me ready for the next step up. Played under Billy DeMars who I saw play in Portland in the PCL. We have remained friends ever since.
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? With the success that Pat Gillick has had-he and I roomed together at the Wolf Hotel. Was when Mike Blewett climbed the light pole in left center and swung around at the top.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? We were new and weren't asked to do a lot.
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why?
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Probably Reno-They had a good club, including Willie Davis
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? It was sure a lot smaller than it is today. The park was really good, but not near as nice as the new one is.




Ray Youngdahl-1959


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Playing for Billy DeMars, our manager, and the friends I made with my teammates
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? My 1st night here, I went 2-for-3 and after that I went 5-for-77. However I ended up hitting .270 for the year
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? We can remember that year and we always have fun talking about all the things/events and time we spent together
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? I can't really recall much involvement with the community. Although I learned on the UOP campus.
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Reno (only because occasionally we got paid there)
Who was the toughest opponent you faced?
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? A lot smaller




Harry Dunlop--1961-64


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Managing the Ports for 4 years and getting know the good fans of Stockton.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Winning the Pennant in 1963 had to be the highlight of our 4 years managing the team. And also the night I was given by the club and fans in 1964
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? We were fortunate to have lots of good players during our time in Stockton, including Dave Johnson, Darold Knowles, Paul Blair, Curt Mutton, Dave May, who all made it to the Majors plus Steve Dalkowski, Bob Olson and Ed Barwowski who had good years pitching for us
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Held baseball camps with the youth of Stockton plus lots of breakfast and lunch dates
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Even though our park at that time was Billy Hebert and got a lot of use during the season, it was a good park to evaluate player. San Jose was good too
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? It changed from year to year. During the 60s there was a great deal of players in the league that eventually made it to the Majors.
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? It was a small, quiet college town




Ron Stone-1963


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? It was my first pro team and I lived in Stockton so my parents could watch me play.
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? 1st Pro team: C league for 1st year
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? Manager was friend, Harry Dunlop
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame, Raise in Stockton, Graduated from Stagg High School and Stockton College (Now Delta)
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? Ports-Good park except for cement fences
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? I was raised in Stockton. Father still was in Stockton, has grown a lot since I left in 1963.




Tom Gamboa-1985


What is your favorite memory from your time with the Ports? Sweeping the Modesto A's for Northern Division Championship in the 1985 playoffs
What accomplishment from your Ports days are you most proud of? Winning the 2nd Half of the Division in 1985 after losing 6 players to AA--we were in last place but went 34-9 down stretch to clinch pennant over Angels with 1 game left
What favorite memory do you have about your teammates? I was the manager. I had a great group of guys that overcame adversity to win.
How involved were you and your teammates in the community? Spoke at elementary schools
What was your favorite ballpark in the California League to play in? Why? I'm Old school. I liked all the old parks
Who was the toughest opponent you faced? Fresno Giants in the Championship finals. We lost in 5 games.
What was Stockton like when you were a Port? How much has the city changed? Great city for Golf and Fishing