Fresno celebrates Ag Night with Raisin Eaters throwbacks

FresnoRaisinEaters-HeaderIt’s been more than a century since the Fresno Raisin Eaters took the field as one-season wonders of the Pacific Coast League, but their adorable logo will live on Friday on throwback night at the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies game. The Raisin Eaters’ lone season in Fresno in 1906 was the fourth of four stops for a team that was founded in Sacramento in 1903, moved to Tacoma in 1904, and moved back to Sacramento in 1905. They would drop out of the PCL after a dismal 1906 season in Fresno before resurfacing in Sacramento in 1909.

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The name Raisin Eaters is a reference to Fresno’s role in the raisin production industry. The city’s location in California’s hot, dry San Joaquin Valley makes it a perfect place for turning delicious, juicy grapes into wrinkled, chewy pieces of fruit leather.

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The throwback jerseys are part of the Grizzlies’ “Ag Night” promotion, which pays homage to Fresno’s leading industry. In 2013, grape production became Fresno County’s first billion-dollar crop.

The Grizzlies, an Astros affiliate, will auction off the jerseys during the game Friday, May 22.