Preparation, Responsibility, Tradition and Family sums up the philosophy of Arroyo Seco Baseball. Built on these four pillars, Arroyo Seco Baseball set out in 2004 to help graduating student-athletes prepare for the transition to college. Arroyo Seco Baseball has since grown into one of the West Coast’s premiere baseball organizations.
History lives here: Based in the ‘Crown City’ of Pasadena, Calif., the home of Arroyo Seco Baseball is Brookside Park’s Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
In the early and mid-1900’s, both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox each used Brookside Park during spring training.
In 1917, the chewing gum magnate and Cubs’ new owner, William Wrigley Jr., shifted his team’s preseason training camp from cities closer to Chicago to Southern California and Brookside Park, only a short walk from his mansion on Orange Grove Avenue. Two years later, Wrigley would buy Catalina Island and move the Cubs with the hopes of using his club as a cornerstone for a major tourist attraction. This transition opened the way for another professional team.
In 1933, the White Sox took up residence. Brookside Park is the locale where Marilyn Monroe conducted a famous photo shoot with White Sox players Gus Zernial, Joe Dobson and Hank Majeski. Legend has it this photo spread is where the Hollywood starlet first caught the eye of Yankee Clipper, Joltin‘ Joe DiMaggio.
Today, the historic cobblestone stadium sits quaintly just south of the world-famous Rose Bowl in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley’s picturesque Arroyo Seco (the inspiration for the program’s moniker). The setting has a beauty and charm unmatched in Southern California.
In 1998, the City of Pasadena dedicated the playing field in honor of the Jackie Robinson—the Hall of Famer, Los Angeles Dodger and civil rights trailblazer that broke the color barrier in 1947 engineering integration of American professional sports. Robinson was a multi-sport standout for Muir Tech (now John Muir High School) and Pasadena Junior College (now Pasadena City College) before attending UCLA and then reaching the Big Leagues.
Fast forward: As Arroyo Seco Basebal looks to write its own piece of history, the program is off to an impressive start earning an overall record of 280-97-4 in its first 12 seasons. Most recently from 2012-14, Arroyo Seco Baseball made back-to-back-to-back appearances in the Palomino World Series facing top competition from around the United States and international teams from Puerto Rico, China and more.
Arroyo Seco Baseball players consistently move on to compete around the country at leading collegiate programs in the Pac-12, SEC, Big West, West Coast, Big-10, Big-12, American and Atlantic 10 conferences. For three straight years from 2013-15, Arroyo Seco Baseball alumni have competed in the mecca of amateur baseball at the NCAA’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Major League Baseball franchises have drafted 24 Arroyo Seco Baseball players. In 2015 alone, seven alumni were selected by professional organizations during the three-day MLB First-Year Player Draft. Four alumni were chosen in the 2016 draft.
Off the field and under the tutelage of well-respected baseball instructors, Arroyo Seco Baseball players hone their skills alongside professional, collegiate and high school players at the PLAYMAKER training facility, a full-service indoor developmental complex located conveniently in Pasadena.
Thank you: Arroyo Seco Baseball extends a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation to all that have walked alongside the program through the years. With this support, hundreds of players that proudly call themselves Arroyo Seco Baseball alumni have continued to play this great game at a high-level.
Connect: To learn more about Arroyo Seco Baseball, contact:
- Founder/General Manager -- Aaron Milam: firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-695-6903
- Director of Operations -- Nick Gorman: email@example.com, 805-252-7954
- Thomas Stafford -- firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-840-5367
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