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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will wear special jerseys for the 25th anniversary

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The first game at Volcanoes Stadium was on June 23, 1997, and Ryan Jensen was the starting pitcher for the new Salem-Keizer minor league baseball team.

Jensen returns for the club’s 25th anniversary celebration on Thursday night when the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes take on the Portland Mavericks. He will sign autographs before the game and throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 500 fans will receive a Volcanoes 25th Anniversary Baseball. Game time is 6:35 p.m.

The Volcanoes will wear a personalized 25th anniversary jersey with the names of 114 players who played for the Volcanoes and went on to play in the major leagues, including Jensen.

The Volcanoes were a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants for the first 23 years. After the 2020 season, the Giants did not offer the club a player development license during a baseball reorganization.

In 2021, the Volcanoes continued their baseball tradition at Keizer Stadium by launching the Mavericks Independent Baseball League, a four-team league of undrafted and released minor leaguers.

The club’s anniversary celebration will include the unveiling of a bronze plaque on the stadium hall in honor of the late Dennis Koho. Support from Keizer’s former mayor was integral to building the stadium, which can be seen on Interstate 5 near exit 260.

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