NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Serving as a formal groundbreaking for the California Collegiate League expansion team that will begin to call Stengel Field home in the summer of 2011, the press conference held on the venerated ballpark's infield on Wednesday afternoon was attended by officials from the league, the ballclub and the City of Glendale beaming proudly over a new partnership that promises to bring some of the best amateur baseball in the country to the Jewel City.
The team will be called the Glendale Angelenos and will begin its season on June 1. League Commissioner Pat Burns also announced his intention to hold the league's July 13 midseason all-star game at Stengel Field, as well.
"This city, and this facility in particular, has the makings of becoming one of the finest [summer collegiate] programs in the entire nation," Burns said. "Not many programs have this type of facility with this type of demographic of a community around it.