About Yuba Sutter Gold Sox
The Marysville Gold Sox is a summer collegiate wood-bat club based in Marysville, California, in the United States. The team is host of the Horizon Air Summer Series and plays its home games at Appeal-Democrat Park, formerly known as Bryant Field, adjacent to Ellis Lake, in Marysville.
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 (19362005) 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 McCulloughs 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. 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 Pros. 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 1800s. The Gold Sox mascot is Mr. G, a gecko-like creature that is a favorite with children.