The SLO BLUES are a Summer Collegiate Wooden Baseball Club. All of our players are current Collegiate athletes.
The BLUES are a member of the California Collegiate League (CCL), one of the premier collegiate leagues in the country. The CCL is comprised of twelve (12) teams; broken into the three divisions: North, Central & South. North: Menlo Park Legends, Walnut Creek Crawdads, Neptune Beach Pearl and Pacific Union Capitalists. Central: BLUES, the Santa Barbara Foresters (2006, 2008 & 2012 NBC Champions) & the Conejo Oaks. South: the MLB Academy Barons (a MLB sponsored program based out of Compton), the Orange County Brewers, the So. Cal Catch, and the Santa Paula Halos.
Games are played during the summer months; end of May through early August.
Home Games are played at Sinsheimer Stadium.
The SLO Blues are a not-for-profit Summer Collegiate Baseball Organization that competes yearly from June thru August. Home games are held at Sinsheimer Stadium, located at 900 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo, CA. The team competes in the California Collegiate League (CCL) and continues to be ranked among the top 20 teams nationally from a field of over 260 teams.
We began in 1946 when founding Manager Sandy Leguina gathered a group of WWII veterans coming home to San Luis Obispo who wanted to play baseball. He added a few younger players and began the season playing against semi-pro and town teams from throughout California. Originally dubbed the "Merchants", the team name was changed just weeks into the first season. George Baker, local sports editor of the Telegram-Tribune, renamed the team the "Blues" after their blue lettering and blue stockings. He stated that any team worth anything needed a more colorful name, and declared that any objections should be directed to his desk, "else in the future we will" use the new name.
The SLO Blues Organization has three (3) main objectives. Our first is to provide first-rate and affordable family entertainment to California's Central Coast residents. We believe it is our responsibility as a local business to give back to this great community. To this end, we have established Outreach Programs like the Charity Partners Program, the Educational Partner Program, and the Blues Buddies Program. Our second objective is to mentor and advance the professional and physical skills of collegiate ballplayers at the highest level of competition. Local and national Division I baseball players continue their development with Blues while temporarialy away from their parent college or university. Our third objective is to continue and expand our internship program which focuses on a learn-by-doing approach. We take great pride in our interns' involvement in nearly every aspect of operations, and currently have more than 20 individuals interning with our organization for the 2014 season.
- Adam Stowe – General Manager, Director of Marketing & Sales
General Manager Adam Stowe returns for his third season with the Blues. Adam has been involved in the arena of athletics for eight years. He grew up in nearby Los Osos, and attended Morro Bay High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Following college, Adam spent five years with Ultrex Business Products as the Director of Marketing. He and his wife then made a pact to chase what they loved, so Lauren and Adam set out and re-located to New Orleans for five years; where he worked for the University of New Orleans Athletic Department while she pursued her PhD from Tulane University. The couple then moved back to SLO where they had their daughter Quinzi. Adam joined the Blues as the Director of Marketing and Sales in 2009 and took over as General Manager prior to the 2011 season.
- Chal Fanning – Head Coach, Director of Baseball Operations
Head Coach Chal Fanning returns for his twelth season with the San Luis Obispo Blues. Before coaching for the Blues, Fanning played high school ball for Paso Robles High School until he graduated in 1987 and began playing for Cuesta College. In 1991, Fanning transferred to Cal Poly and began playing baseball as a Mustang for coach Steve McFarland. Shortly after graduating from Cal Poly with an Ornamental Horticulture degree, Fanning began coaching the Blues in 1994 until 1997. He resumed his Head coach position in 2006 and has accumulated 314 wins since the beginning of his coaching career with the Blues. Fanning has recruited and coached eight players who went on to play in the Major Leagues, including three-time Major League All-Star Brian Fuentes. Fanning also recruited and coached more than 100 players who have been drafted and 16 All-Americans.
- Jim & Sharon Galusha – Board of Directors
Local entrepreneur and CEO of Silverado Stages, Inc. a locally based motorcoach charter company. Established in 1987, Mr. Galusha has grown Silverado Stages to be one of the top 20 motorcoach companies in the United States with terminals in five California cities and over 140 employees. Jim, and his wife Sharron, have made their home in the central coast for over 20 years.
Prior to entering the tourism/transportation domain, Mr. Galusha owned and produced a dozen sports memorabilia consumer shows annually in large venues such as the Anaheim Convention Center and San Francisco’s Moscone Center. During that time he developed numerous working and personal relationships with sports legends such as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Mohammed Ali, and many many more. He is a native of Texas and a graduate of University of Colorado.