PCL Redux

Update: 5/6/1935


San Francisco (12-7) still retains the top spot in the league, but the Seals played sub-.500 ball this week (2-4) and now have several teams breathing down their necks. Hollywood, Sacramento, and Seattle are all a game back at 11-8. Los Angeles and Oakland are under .500 at 9-10, but just three games out of first. Portland (8-11) and Mission (5-14) have their work cut out for them.

The Player of the Week is Sacramento catcher Josh Gibson. The big 23-year-old slugger ripped opposing pitchers for a .571 average, homering once and driving in six. Gibson has take over the league batting lead with a blistering .422 clip.

Another Angelsí player hit a milestone this week, as center fielder Jigger Statz collected his 2000th hit on Sunday. Statz is 10th on the all-time list. John Beckwith of Hollywood is the leader with 2781. Los Angelesí Turkey Stearnes is right behind him at 2776.

Update: 4/29/1935


Los Angelesí Turkey Stearnes is no spring chicken, and the 33-year-old outfielder says heís been playing with a strained hamstring for at least a week. Opposing pitchers arenít so sure, as Stearnes lit them up for a .448 average this week, tacking on three home runs and driving in nine to earn Player of the Week honors. Stearnes is tops in the league in round-trippers with five and is in the top three in batting and RBI as well. A teammate, left fielder Wally Berger, also made headlines this week, blasting his 300th career home run. Berger, now with 301, is third on the all-time list among P.C.L. sluggers behind Stearnes (430) and Portlandís Tony Lazzeri (361). 

All these fireworks have done little for the Angelsí positioning in standings, as the team has struggled out of the gate and currently sports a 5-8 record, tied for sixth place with Portland. San Francisco continued its hot start this season and remains atop the standings at 10-3, two games ahead of Sacramento (8-5), and three ahead of Hollywood, Oakland, and Seattle (all 7-6). Mission (3-10) remains in the cellar.

Opening Week 1935


San Francisco is off the best start in the league this season, winning five of six games against their in-city rival Mission. Each of the four opening series ended decisively, with Hollywood besting Los Angeles four out of six times, and Sacramento and Seattle doing the same to Oakland and Portland.

Hollywoodís 39-year-old left fielder, Cedric Durst, had the most productive week of anyone in the loop, hitting .435 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. Another Star, catcher Johnny Bassler, is hitting .500 to lead the league.

Portlandís Tony Lazzeri collected his 2500th hit this week. Lazzeri is fourth on the all-time list behind John Beckwith (2769), Turkey Stearnes (2760), and Oscar Charleston (2590).