The list of baseball players from Contra Costa County, California, is remarkable and includes some of the most renowned names in the sport. Randy Johnson, Tug McGraw, Tony LaRussa, Aaron Miles and Ron Wotus are just a few of the celebrated players who have come from this region. The profits from the cafeteria, merchandise and ticket sales at games are usually divided between the league and the players. The players receive half of the proceeds from the raffle of each game (50-50) and the team “feeds the fish” by passing a fish-shaped bag through the stands when Sturgeon's players hit a home run or get a hit.
The completion of the Contra Costa Canal (194) to its terminal at the Martínez reservoir and the opening of the Benicia-Martínez bridge (196) across the strait (with the construction of a new bridge that began in 1999) had a positive effect on the city's port and industrial development. Oil, chemicals, steel and copper were some of the industries that benefited from these developments. Contra Costa County has produced some of baseball's most iconic figures. From Randy Johnson to Tony LaRussa, these individuals have left an indelible mark on the sport. Their success is a testament to the talent that can be found in this area.