The first team to call this home was the Salt Lake City Bees. They had been the championship team for the Rookie Level Pioneer League in 1946 and were looking to repeat. The team was led on the mound by 19 year old Rob Drilling who had a fantastic season going 23-5 with a 2.68 ERA. He was joined by future San Francisco Seals and Pittsburgh Pirates' Con Dempsey (15-13, 2.95 ERA), Ted Savares (13-6, 4.47) and Rob Drilling's brother Dick Drilling (3-7, 6.12). At the plate was the Boston Braves' former
outfield Tommy Thompson (13 2B .287), Claude Rymer (31 2B, 20 3B, .290) and Donald Collins (20 2B, 10 3B, 10 HR, .307). Together this team managed to push the Bees back into 1st place and into the playoffs where they faced the Twin Falls Cowboys. The Cowboys would end up denying the Bees their chance for a back to back pennant, winning the Pioneer League title. From 1948-1950, the Bees would continue on as a co-op team, playing without any affiliation to Major League Baseball. In those three seasons, they would make the playoffs once... in 1949 behind the strong hitting of future Phillies OF Jim Westlake (.344) and pitcher Dick Larner (19-7, 3.00) but lose in the 1st round. They failed to break .500 in either 1948 or 1950. In that time however, they produced some pretty impressive players including Oliver Cheso who hit 22 doubles and 13 HR in 1948, former Boston Brave Tommy Thompson would return in 1948 as well and bat .347, future Philadelphia A's 2B Mike Baxes who hit .284, Wally Yonamine who hit 25 doubles and 10 triples while batting .335 in 1950 and a terrific season by Bob VanEman who hit .358 with 14 doubles and 11 HRs in 1950.