The boys are back – the Boys of Summer, that is.
Legends are born every summer at historic Tiger Field, when the Redding Colt 45s bring top collegiate baseball players to Shasta County. Some of America’s best professional prospects have descended upon the North State to hone their skills and compete while offering hometown fans some great, live summertime baseball.
Players stay with local host families from late May until early August. In addition to playing five or six games a week, the Colt 45s players offer camps for boys and girls age 8-12. They share their experience, skills, knowledge and work ethic that have made them elite players, while infusing a healthy dose of fun into the mix.
They also provide opportunities for local nonprofits to raise some money – organizations that partner with the Colt .45s receive half the proceeds from all ticket sales that night. Benefactors have included service organizations, One SAFE Place, Little Leagues and many more.
Former Redding mayor Rick Bosetti is the general manager for the Colt 45s. Born and raised in the North State, Bosetti was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies from Shasta College in 1973, and he played professional baseball as an outfielder for five teams over six seasons. His love for the game has endured over time, and the Colt .45s give him the opportunity not only to coach up-and-coming athletes, but to share his passion for quality baseball with the community. Colt .45s games give folks a chance to watch elite baseball at a bargain price.
"Some of my most fond memories as a child were being in the stands at Tiger Field watching the big guys play baseball, then later playing here myself,” Bosetti says. “Tiger Field really is where memories are made."
Can’t make it to a game but want to follow the game from home? Go to reddingcolt45s.com and follow the “Live Games” link.