Youth baseball teams play at Robbins Field
–Despite the first day of winter, two Paso Robles youth baseball teams played at Robbins Field Friday night.
The “805 Outlaws” (in black) played the Central Coast Bulldogs (in red) on the longest night of the year. One coach of the Outlaws commented, “The weather is pretty good. We’re planning to play in Cooperstown this summer.”
If they make it back to Cooperstown, it will bridge an old baseball connection between Robbins Field and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Between 1924-1934, the Pittsburgh Pirates held Spring Training at Robbins Field. The players stayed at the old Hotel El Paso de Robles. Before the Pirates practiced locally, the Chicago White Sox conducted spring training in Paso Robles in the years 1913-1915.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson was traded to the White Sox in August of 1915, so he just missed out on spring training at Robbins Field.
Many Paso Robles baseball legends have played at Robbins Field over the years including Dewey and Derek Stroud, catcher Frank Mecham and his cousin, Chuck Estrada, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles.
For over a hundred years, Robbins Field has been good for baseball in winter, spring, summer and fall. And it continues to accomidate local youth travel clubs like the Outlaws and Bulldogs.