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Chico Heat rekindled for 2016 season

Chico Heat co-owners Pat Gillick, left, and Steve Nettleton, center, with Heat mascot Heater the Dragon. Photo credit: Chico Heat

Kenta Mcafee

March 8, 2016

The five-year wait for summer baseball is almost over as the Chico Heat get ready to take to the field, with their first game on June 3 at Colusa Casino Stadium. The Heat, a semi-pro team, burned out in 2002 after their league collapsed. In 2005, the Outlaws took over, but disbanded six years later...

Chico’s favorite pastime to return this summer

Fourth of July in Nettleton Stadium during the Heat's 2001 season. Photo courtesy of Hunter Hampton.

Kenta Mcafee

September 8, 2015

Chico baseball fans have been deprived of summer baseball since the loss of the Chico Heat in 2002, but the pastime is coming back in June of 2016. The Heat was founded in 1997 and stood strong as a monument to Chico's love of baseball, but was disbanded in 2002 due to the collapse of the entire league.While the He...

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