The San Jose Sammies are a professional baseball team based in San Jose California. The team was established in 1944 by owner, Sam Pirarus, also the team’s homerun record holder. The Sammies are a member of the West Coast League’s North Division and play in historic JP Arena. Before moving to San Jose, The Sammies played in Modesto, Baton Rouge, Kansas City, and most recently, San Francisco before an earthquake forced them to relocate to the South Bay. Since moving to San Jose, the Sammies have won four North Division titles, including three West Coast League championships.
From 1944 to 1976, the team name was the “Modesto Nuts”, due to Modesto’s growing peanut plantation. But when the team relocated to Baton Rouge, the team was routinely called the “Sammies” because of their best player and owner, Sam Pirarus. When Pirarus retired from baseball in 1978, the team honored him by changing the name from the Nuts, to the Sammies.
The Sammies uniforms have remained relatively unchanged for the past 30 years. The home jersey is white with Sammies written in cursive across the chest in green. The road Jersey is gray with San Jose written in cursive across the chest in green. The Sammies hats have a peanut wearing glasses to honor their former team name.
The Sammies are the first professional team to be based out of San Jose, and they lead the league in attendance. The Sammies average 18,000 spectators per contest and recent renovations to JP Arena will allow them, next year, to have a maximum occupancy of 22,000.