California Sunbirds
Information
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch
LocationStockton California
BallparkUnited Sports Complex
Year founded2004
League championships0
Regular Season championships0

The California Sunbirds were a women's professional softball team based in Stockton, CA. They were one of the founding members of National Pro Fastpitch in 2004. The team folded shortly after the 2005 season concluded.

Franchise history

The California Sunbirds were originally named the Sacramento Sunbirds. Their agreement to play at Freedom Park at McClellan Park in Sacramento fell through, so they made arrangements to in Stockton at the United Sports Complex. After that, they changed their name to the California Sunbirds.[1] However, they continued to use the URL https://web.archive.org/web/20100401111252/http://www.sacramentosunbirds.com/ for their team website.

The Sunbirds were coached by Tim Kiernan, one of the most prolific coaches in Northern California community college history. At Sacramento City College, Kiernan had won more than 800 games, three state championships, and a national championship.[2]

In 2005, the Sunbirds only played a partial NPF season in 2005, losing all 16 games they played. There were hopes of returning to the league full-time in 2006, but it never happened and the team folded.[3]

Season-by-season

Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2004 15 43 0 6th place National Pro Fastpitch Did not qualify
2005 0 16 0 Played only a partial schedule, they were not included in NPF standings
Totals 15 59 0

References

  1. ^ Andrew Diluccia (31 May 2004). "Sunbirds ready to take flight". Auburn Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ Kevin Kage (29 March 2012). "California Dreamin'—Pro Style". The Softball Channel. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ Paul LaTour (10 February 2005). "NPF moving forward without California". Naperville Sun. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2015.