Mark your calendar for a FREE feature film presentation! As part of our ongoing programming and work bringing to light the story of baseball played at the Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arizona during WWII, we present a free film screening and special presentation of the feature film American Pastime at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Mark your calendar for Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 5pm, seats are available on a first come, first serve...
Enjoy this outstanding historical film on our 2017 Cactus League Hall of Fame Inductees, Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Willie Mays. The film was produced by Mike Phillips, Public Affairs Manager for the City of Scottsdale.
2017 marks our fourth induction class into the Cactus League Hall of Fame. This year we are excited to announce the first former players to be inducted; Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Willie Mays, four outstanding Major League players who also helped blaze the trail of integration in baseball, as well as spring training in Arizona.
They were not only exceptional players; the 2017 inductees into the Cactus League Hall of Fame were also pioneers who helped change the face of sport and society.
Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Ernie Banks were African Americans who helped break baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s and ‘50s. They became star players who also helped establish the Cactus League.
No matter who won Wednesday’s climactic, 10-inning Game 7 of the World Series between the long-suffering Cleveland Indians and longer-suffering Chicago Cubs, Arizona won.
Both teams’ spring training headquarters are in the Valley — the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa and the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark, which they share with the Cincinnati Reds.
Near the end of spring training in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent came to Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford with an ultimatum, according to former Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Bruner.
“Major League Baseball loves Arizona, but the Cactus League facilities are not very good,” Bruner said Vincent told Mofford. “If we didn’t do something to clean up the mess, the teams would look at other options.”