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Chico Heat 1997–2002 Chico, California Team Logo Cap Insignia Class-level Independent Minor league affiliations Western Baseball League (1997-2002) Major league affiliations None Name Chico Heat Ballpark Nettleton Stadium (1997-2002) Minor league titles League titles 1997, 2002 Division titles 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 The Chico Heat were a professional independent baseball team operating in Chico, California in the Western Baseball League. They had no operating agreement with any Major League Baseball team. They were created by Chico Heat Professional Baseball LLC, with former supermarket entrepreneur Steve Nettleton and his wife Kathy serving as principal owners. General managers included Bob Linscheid (who would go to become president of the WBL) and Jeff Kragel (now at Chico State University) and their mascot was the beloved "Heater The Dragon" (not to be confused with the Bakersfield Blaze mascot of the same name). The team began operations in 1997. The team immediately won the league championship in their inaugural season and, although they did not win a championship in the four subsequent years, they won the most regular season games in each of the following seasons. They appeared in the championship series in five out of their six seasons in the league. In 2002, Chico won its second league championship in the league's and the team's final season. The team played at Nettleton Stadium, which is located on the campus of California State University, Chico. They were preceded by the Oroville/Chico Red Sox of the minor league's Class-C Far West League from 1948-1951 and were succeeded by the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League, taking their place in 2005. The Heat has been the most successful professional baseball franchise in the city's history. Contents 1 Remember The Heat Night 2 Alumni 3 Year-by-year record 4 Reference Links Remember The Heat Night On August 11, 2007, former Heat majority owner Steve Nettleton and former Heat players were honored as part of a celebration called "Remember The Heat Night" hosted by the Chico Outlaws as they faced the St. George RoadRunners. The original Heat mascot "Heater" even made an appearance. The Outlaws won the ball game in front of over 3,500 fans at Nettleton Stadium. Alumni Notable Heat alumni who would return to Chico to join the Outlaws organization as either a player, coach or executive include Greg Bicknell, Scott Navarro, Jon Macalutas and Lance Franks. Year-by-year record Year League Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs 1997 Western Baseball League none 45-45 2nd South Division Bill Plummer defeated Reno 3-1 in championship 1998 Western Baseball League none 63-26 1st South Division Bill Plummer lost to Sonoma County 0-3 in semifinals 1999 Western Baseball League none 63-27 1st overall Bill Plummer lost to Tri-City 0-3 in championship 2000 Western Baseball League none 57-33 1st North Division Charlie Kerfeld lost to Zion in championship 2001 Western Baseball League none 56-34 1st North Division Charlie Kerfeld lost to Long Beach in championship 2002 Western Baseball League none 55-35 1st North Division Charlie Kerfeld defeated Long Beach in championship Reference Links Chico Heat official website archives ( Chico Heat at Chico Wiki Chico Heat at Chico Heat baseball cards at Family History Sites Heat Proceeds Benefit Wildcat Baseball (Chico State University website, March 3, 2000) Baseball: The Heat Is On (Chico News & Review, April 25, 2002) The Heat is off (Chico News & Review, October 17, 2002) Chico Heat calls it quits (Chico News & Review, November 7, 2002) Remembering the Chico Heat... and its "mojo" (GBL Medford, August 8, 2008)