FULLERTON, CA January 27, 2005: Fullerton's new
professional baseball team has arrived at the Santa Fe Depot
Station! After going through hundreds of entries, the winner of
the 'Name the Team' contest presented by Vons was the FULLERTON
FLYERS. The official announcement was made today at a public
event held at the Depot in Fullerton's historic downtown.
The Fullerton Flyers, one of eight charter teams in the new Golden
Baseball League, will begin play in May 2005.
Press Release by Nicole Faires, Dir. of
Tom Elliott, Past Times Collectibles, Fullerton, won the team name
contest and $500.
The new team's office:
2461 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Ste. 102
Fullerton, CA 92831
Nettleton Stadium, Chico State University
Goodwin Field, California State University, Fullerton
Long Beach, CA
Blair Field, City Of Long Beach
San Diego, CA
Tony Gywnn Stadium, San Diego State University
Hohokam Stadium, City Owned
Surprise Stadium, City Owned
Desert Sun Stadium, City Owned
Cerro Colorado Stadium
Estimated League attendance during 2005 season based on 45 home game
schedule is 500,000– 700,000.
Golden Baseball League Names Ed Hart as General Manager of
Fullerton's native Hart to lead the
new Fullerton Team
has been involved in baseball for many years and really understands the
business side of the game. He is a Fullerton native and a perfect
fit for this marketplace," said Dave Kaval, Co-founder and CEO of the
Golden Baseball League.
"I know that this team will be a success and I am so proud to be a part
of it from the ground up." said Hart. "I simply love baseball and
couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to bring the game to
Fullerton, My hometown."
Goodwin Field (CSUF)
Golden Baseball League Ownership Group
The Golden Baseball League has secured
equity financing from the following syndicate of esteemed
investors. These investors are committed to making the Golden
League successful and growing the business into the premier family
entertainment provider in California and Arizona. Their
backgrounds include entertainment, management of Fortune 100 companies,
real estate and professional sports. Their combined net worth is
in excess of $1 billion.
Tim Draper – Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson
Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher
Jurvetson. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in
web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its
market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and
has been adapted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of
businesses. He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric
Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), Overture.com
(OVER), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO),
Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL).
As an advocate for entrepreneurs, he has been published in The Wall
Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News, Upside,
The Red Herring, and the Congressional Record. Mr. Draper is also the
creator of Tim Draper's BizWorld, a course used to train young
entrepreneurs. He served on the California State Board of Education and
launched a state wide cyber-initiative on school choice for the
California General Election in November of 2000.
Mr. Draper has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University,
and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Pat Sajak – The Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak is world renowned for his role as the host of the popular
game show, ”The Wheel of Fortune.” The nighttime version of the show
went on the air in September 1983, and it has been the number one
program in syndicated television ever since. Pat and his co-host Vanna
White have become pop culture icons in their twenty year run on
Pat has a weekly radio show, “The Pat Sajak Baseball Hour." It can be
heard on Fridays at Noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) on MLB.com Radio.
Some of the guests over the past few months have included Tony LaRussa,
Don Baylor, Joe Buck, Steve Stone, Ron Santo, Bill Buckner, Jon Miller,
Brooks Robinson, Jackie Autry, Torii Hunter, Tommy John, Don Mattingly,
Ralph Branca, Jack Morris, Tony Gwynn and Tommy Lasorda.
Pat has three Emmys, a Peoples’ Choice Award and a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Michael McElroy – Northrop-Grumman Corporation
Michael McElroy is a twenty-five year veteran of the high technology
industry, having served in various operations and sales roles at
companies like Northrop-Grumman and AT&T. He is currently
Director of Field Service Management and Operations for Northrop in the
Northwest US with a focus on delivering IT solutions to a variety of
Mr. McElroy is originally from New York and is a lifelong Yankees
fan. While living in New York, he was instrumental in developing
an entire Division III collegiate program at Briarcliff College.
He moved to Brentwood, California in 1996, where he resides with his
wife, Diana and their two children. Mr. McElroy currently coaches
the Brentwood Yankees, an eighteen to nineteen year old American Legion
team in the Delta region. He hopes to someday bring a GBL team to
the Delta region of Contra Costa County. Mr. McElroy plans to run
for the local school board this coming November.
(Others, not listed here, you can read about at: http://goldenbaseball.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=126