Golden State League
The Golden State League was a four-team independent league that operated for three weeks in 1995. The league had four teams based in the southwest United States. The league had originally planned to begin play in 1993 but faced obstacles in securing municipal financing, ballparks and subsidies for its teams. The new league also was to play in the territory of the affiliated California League. Plagued by financial difficulties, the season opener was postponed several times from the original target date of March 31, 1995. The Chico-based Sierra Nevada Miners franchise was unable to secure a stadium and became a road team. The league held its opening game held on June 16, 1995 in Yuma, but folded on July 4.
Among the ex-major leaguers that played with the league included pitcher Scott Taylor and manager Ellis Valentine both of Antelope Valley. The league's president was Robert M. Weinstein.
Cities Represented with records and fields
- Brawley, CA: Imperial Valley Brahmas; (8-1) played at Ed Wiest Field
- Rosamond, CA: Antelope Valley Ravens; (1-9) played at Rosamond High School Field
- Yuma, AZ: Yuma Desert Dawgs; (7-3) played at Desert Sun Stadium
- Traveling team: Southern Nomadic Miners; (4-7)
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