- Location: Stockton, CA
- League: California League 1946-1972, 1979-1983, 1985-1999, 2002-2019`; Low-A West 2021; California League 2022-
- Affiliation: Chicago White Sox 1949; St. Louis Browns 1951-1952; Chicago Cubs 1953-1954; Oakland Oaks 1955; Vancouver Mounties 1957; St. Louis Cardinals 1958; Baltimore Orioles 1959-1971; California Angels 1972; Milwaukee Brewers 1979-1983, 1985-1999; Cincinnati Reds 2002; Texas Rangers 2003-2004; Oakland A's 2005-present
- Ballpark: Billy Hebert Field 1950-1972, 1979-1983, 1985-1999, 2002-2004; Stockton Ballpark 2005-present
- Famous Alumni: Don Baylor, Paul Blair, Al Bumbry, Jeff Cirillo, Vince DiMaggio, Pumpsie Green, Bobby Grich, Darryl Hamilton, Dave Henderson, Geoff Jenkins, Davey Johnson, Troy O'Leary, Dan Plesac, Ben Sheets, Gary Sheffield
The Stockton Ports, of the California League and briefly in Low-A West, claim 19th-century Stockton, CA, baseball inspired "Casey at the Bat". The Oakland Athletics farmhands play their home games at Stockton Ballpark in Stockton, CA, which the team calls Banner Island Ballpark.
The Stockton Ports were owned in 1971 and 1972 by Carl Thompson, Sr. and his wife Noreen. Dating back to the 1941 league founding, three different franchises have played in Stockton with the vast majority of their seasons played as the Ports. Together, these clubs have collected 11 Cali League championships and 12 other appearances in the championship series.
"Casey" author Ernest Thayer never disclosed what location inspired Mudville and reportedly confided to a colleague before his death that the poem had "no basis in fact". Holliston, MA, also claims the honor - pointing out that Thayer was born in Boston, MA, and reared in Worcester, MA, and that his family owned a business in Holliston. Stockton relies on the fact that "Casey" was the last article Thayer published while writing for The Daily Examiner of San Francisco in 1888 - a year that actually appears in the piece's subhead, suggesting he was writing from more recent experience than long-ago childhood memories. Complicating any resolution, both cities had neighborhoods called Mudville that predate the poem's publication. The franchise took the "Casey" idea onto the field during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, which they played as the Mudville Nine.
A Ports cap was among five Cali League ones that became clues to a murder in TV's Life (2007-2009).
The Ports play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Caballos de Stockton (Stockton Horses).
|1946||78-52||1st||Tony Governor / Harry Goorabian||League Champs|
|1947||95-45||1st||Johnny Babich||League Champs|
|1948||72-68||4th||Vince DiMaggio||Lost League Finals|
|1950||79-61||3rd||Harry Clements||Lost League Finals|
|1951||79-68||3rd||Harry Clements||Lost in 1st round|
|1952||59-81||7th||Harry Clements / Tony Freitas|
|1953||72-68||4th||Bill Salkeld||Lost League Finals|
|1954||80-60||3rd||Gene Handley||Lost in 1st round|
|1955||94-53||3rd||Roy Partee||Lost League Finals|
|1956||83-57||2nd||Roy Partee||Lost League Finals|
|1958||70-68||3rd||Don Pries||Lost in 1st round|
|1963||87-52||1st||Harry Dunlop||League Champs|
|1965||83-57||1st||Harry Malmberg||League Champs|
|1969||81-59||1st||Bill Werle||League Champs|