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 Healdsburg Prune Packers.
Central: SLO BLUES, Santa Barbara Foresters, Conejo Oaks, Ventura Halos .
South: the MLB Academy Barons (a MLB sponsored program based out of Compton), the Orange County Riptide, So. Cal Catch, and Long Beach Legends.
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 wooden bat, 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 will have more than 25 individuals interning with our organization for the 2015 season.
- Adam Stowe, General Manager
General Manager Adam Stowe returns for his sixth season with the Blues. Adam has been involved in the arena of athletics for more than a decade. He grew up in nearby Los Osos, and attended Morro Bay High School. He went on to earn a bachelorâ€™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.
- Dan Marple Head Coach, Director of Baseball Operations
Marple, a California native, began his coaching career at Cuesta College in 1979. He was an assistant coach at Templeton high school for ten years and most recently coached baseball for the North County Indians, a semi-professional baseball team, from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to a 26 year career with the California Highway Patrol, where he served Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, Marple’s baseball career began as a player for Huenemee High School where he was named to 1st team All-CIF as a senior in 1971. Later that year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, but chose to attend Cal Poly on a baseball scholarship instead.
After an MVP sophomore season for the Mustangs, Marple was again drafted by the Orioles organization where he spent three years playing professional baseball; reaching as high as AA with O’s. Upon his release, Marple returned to Cal Poly and completed his degree in Journalism.
In 2016, the San Luis Obispo Blues saw the mid-season departure of Jamie Clark as Head Coach. The organization decided to move quickly in the pursuit of Marple. “Dan has always been high on our list,” said General Manager Adam Stowe. “He’s local and has ample experience in baseball, but most of all he cares about his players. All of those attributes are extremely important to us,” he added. We’re truly honored to have a gentleman of his caliber leading us into the 2017 campaign.”
Marple currently resides in Paso Robles, CA, with his wife, Susan, of twenty-seven years. They have two sons and two daughters. Both sons played collegiate baseball and one went on to play in the Phillies Organization for 6 years in the minor league system.
- Board of Directors