On Thursday morning, December 2, 2021, officials of the former Highline Bears baseball team held a press conference at the Edgewater Hotel to reveal the team’s new name – the Dub Sea Fish Sticks.
After months of waiting, over 5,000 votes from all states across the country and 7 different countries around the world, the âFish Sticksâ won the team name change contest by less than 1% with 50.47% of the total votes.
âBut there is a silver lining for Seal Slinger fans,â said general manager Justin Moser. âWe’ll have a Seal Slinger section every game so you can wear your gear and actively protest while you cheer on the team. If you’ve ever ordered Seal Slinger products, don’t worry, they’re still on the way. You now own limited edition merchandise.
The recently renamed Dub Sea Fish Sticks are a summer varsity baseball team based at the White Center at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Stadium. They will now call their stadium “”The fryer. “
And yes, this newly appointed team will apparently be selling fish sticks during their home games, with their first pitch scheduled for June 4, 2022.
âThe Dub Sea Fish Sticks are more than a baseball team. We are a fun experience for the whole family. This is an event not to be missed !!”
The team welcomes college players from across the country during the months of June, July and the first week of August.
âThe team pride themselves on being community-driven and providing fun and affordable family entertainment all summer long,â Moser said.
The Fish Sticks host between 25 and 30 games per summer at their stadium, with regular theme nights, promotions and a variety of other off-field entertainment every night. Tickets for the games are affordable, ranging from $ 8 to $ 12 per person. Fans interested in attending matches can subscribe to a priority ticket list to be notified directly when tickets go on sale. The opening night for the 2022 summer season is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2022.
History of the stadium
The White Center Stadium was built in the summer of 1940 and would soon become the center of entertainment for communities. The solid-wood stadium accommodated more than 2,000 people on Friday and Saturday nights, usually overflowing with people along the left and right pitch lines.
Children attended games, entered and left the stadium. Inside, they were watching their heroes, and outside, they were playing on small field # 2, in the shade of the lights of the main stadium. They would ask their parents for money to buy something at the snack bar and watch baseball day and night during the summer months. When not watching or playing baseball, children played on the playing field outside the left field fence, known as “Astroland”.
Late on the evening of May 22, 1977, the historic White Center stadium caught fire and black smoke was visible for miles. Local firefighters intervened but it was too late. Flames engulfed the beloved stadium, and all they could do was head to the infield and open the hoses to put out the blaze.
After the fire, community baseball became something of a memory at White Center Stadium. But one man was determined to replace the stadium, his name was Mel Olson. Head of the White Center Chamber of Commerce and responsible for launching the Southwest Little League, Olson campaigned tirelessly to rebuild the stadium. The initial offers were thirty percent more than what was available. Eventually, in late 1978, with the help of King County Councilor Bob Greive and funds from the Forward Thrust Fund, the stadium was rebuilt, this time with concrete and metal bleachers. The New Stadium Opened on April 2, 1979. In the summer of 1985, the stadium was renamed in honor of Mel Olson. The Mel Olson Stadium can now accommodate 1,100 people. Baseball has never been the same in the region, teams still use the stadium but it has never been so crowded as before. The stadium was in decline with little or no maintenance or improvements to the field for over twenty years.
In 2008, King County Parks, Seattle Prep High School, King County Sheriffs and the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League, Seattle Mariners, along with many other groups and volunteers organized a court remodel. They dedicated the park to longtime community leader and slain officer Steve Cox.
Today, the Mel Olson Stadium inside Steve Cox Memorial Park is used by Seattle Prep High School, the South West Little League, some baseball programs, and the PSSBL to name a few. The Dub Sea Fish Sticks brought summer college baseball back to the community in the summer of 2015. Drawing average crowds of between 250 and 400 fans with nearly 600 spectators on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here is the video of the announcement of Thursday morning’s âbig revealâ press conference, hosted by Chief Executive Officer Justin Moser: