Palm Springs Angels
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The Palm Springs Angels were a minor league baseball team of the Class A California League from 1986 to 1993 and an affiliate of the California Angels. They relocated to Lake Elsinore, California after the 1993 season and became the Lake Elsinore Storm.
The team was brought to this desert city in 1986 (formerly the Redwood Pioneers), where the major league team under country music legend and team owner Gene Autry had the Angels use Palm Springs as a spring training camp in Palm Springs Stadium, built in 1950 was renovated in the late 1990s for other minor league teams.
Although average game attendance was below average of the league in the late 1980s, the P.S. Angels picked up on fans in the early 1990s, when stadium attendance records surpassed the 100,000 mark in 1992 and again in 1993.
The last team owner, Ken Stickney in The Desert Sun interview stated the P.S. Angels' move was due to a lack of city council support to approve a new minor league ballpark, after the California Angels left to a new spring training facility in Tempe, Arizona.
Today, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley has more population. Local baseball fans have a four-team California Winter League to play all their games in Palm Springs Stadium, as well the collegiate-level team Palm Springs Power (2004-) fared better in fans, media and renevue than the minor league Angels.
The Palm Springs area was granted a team, the Palm Springs Chill of the Arizona Winter League for the 2007-08 season. There could be a Golden Baseball League (since 2011, the North American League) in Palm Springs in the future.
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