The most famous aspect of the Inn was the swimming pool is in the shape of a baseball bat, and the hot tub shaped like a baseball.
The lobby was decorated in the Giants’ colors of black and orange
The rooms relied a little more heavily on a “Spring in Arizona” motif
Arizona Republic – June 3, 1982
Stoneham and his partners, which included singer Pat Boone were hoping to make Casa Grande a desert luxury town for the rich and famous. They misjudged. New interstates were being planned nearby. However, Interstate 8 came to be located 4 miles south and Interstate 10 seven miles to the east.
Casa Grande remained a quiet town, save for the six weeks the team would come to town.
The Giants would move all of their Spring Training facilities to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1981. After two decades, the team moved on.
The next year the California Angels signed a 10-year contract to train and play 15 spring games in the area. That pact lasted two years. That would be the last time Francisco Grande would ever host baseball.
The Denver Gold of the USFL trained their for one year before folding. The Arizona Rattlers trained there the year after, and then the USFL cease operations.
No one else moved in.
The Francisco Grande had undergone many changes over the years. Horace Stoneman sold the property in 1976 to the Hanna Mining Co. and Getty Oil after copper was discovered nearby. The property was sold again in 1984 to Gene Lynn, owner of several nursing homes.
When Lynn bought Francisco Grande, all that was left was a dated hotel, baseball fields that hadn’t seen action in several years and a nice golf course.
Almost immediately after purchasing the hotel in November 1984, Lynn closed it.
Late in 1985, the Casa Grande re-opened relying heavily on its golf facilities. It worked. There was an $8 million renovation that occurred in the early 2000s that brought back some of the luster to the old place.
The Francisco Grande Hotel still stands in the desert. The parking lot is still mitt-shaped, the bat-shaped swimming pool remains and other baseball related architecture can be spotted around the complex as a reminder of when the Giants spent their springs calling the inn home.