On August 16, 1994, baseball’s owners unanimously agreed upon the move of the California Splashes to Cupertino. The move followed a season in which the Splashes went 54–100 and drew a crowd of only 3,174 to their season finale, an 11-inning loss to Chicago.
The second season of the Splashes actually began in the previous off-season, as Robert Simons took over as manager and general manager and fashioned a 17-player trade with New York that brought eventual Splashes Hall of Famers Harry Underwood and Henry Yates to the club. Underwood led the team with 12 homers and 65 RBI while the Splashes improved by three wins (57–94) but remained in 7th place. Clark Strickland, signed out of high school in May, made his big league debut in August.
Officials & Fouls
An indication of better days appeared in ’95 as the Splashes finished at .500 for the first time.
- Veteran David Kinnaman (14–11, pictured right) led the charge of a surprising Splashes.
- Pitching staff that saw four pitchers throw shutouts on consecutive days in late June.