PCL Redux

Update: 5/7/1934


Sacramento (16-3) won eleven straight before finally bowing to Seattle (9-11) on Thursday. The Solons then took the first two games of a six-game set with Mission (6-13) and are now hold a four-game lead over second-place San Francisco (12-7). During this run the Solons’ pitching and fielding has been very good but their offense has been other-worldly: Sacramento is hitting .343, and they’ve scored 6.9 runs per game. In just 19 games they’ve tallied 39 more runs than any other team.

Hollywood (12-8), 4 1/2 games behind the Solons and in third place, is the one other team with 100 runs scored this season (exactly 100). The Stars have needed that much offense because they’ve given up almost as many runs as they’ve scored. This week their new center fielder, 37-year-old Oscar Charleston, led Hollywood to five wins in six games, hitting .417 with two home runs, five runs scored and eight runs batted in. Charleston is the Player of the Week for the nineteenth time in his career (and first in a uniform other than that of the Portland Beavers). He’s hitting .327 with 5 HR and 15 RBI for the season.

Update: 4/30/1934


Sacramento (11-2) is riding an eight-game winning streak, having won the final game of their opening series with Oakland (3-10), going on to sweep a five-game series with Hollywood (6-7), and then sweeping a doubleheader against Seattle (7-6). The Solons have a two-game lead over San Francisco (who won six out of seven this week to bring their record to 9-4) and a four-game lead over the Rainiers. The other five teams are all under .500 after two weeks.

Mission (5-8) is struggling, not including right fielder Rap Dixon, who hit .323 with five home runs, eleven runs batted in, and seven runs scored this week. The big right fielder leads the league with 14 RBI, and is second in home runs and fourth in batting. Known for his cannon right arm, he’s already registered two base runner kills this season. Dixon threw out 24 runners in 1931.

Opening Week 1934


Hollywood first baseman Buck Leonard led the Stars to four wins in six games over league champion Los Angeles, capturing the Player of the Week award in his first week in the loop. Leonard hit .333 and blasted five home runs while driving in nine and scoring six.

Another rookie, Ray Dandridge of San Francisco, is one of three players leading the league in hitting at .474.

The Angels’ Turkey Stearnes hit his 400th career home run on Tuesday. Only Babe Ruth, with 686, has hit more round-trippers than Stearnes at the big league level. 

Willie Foster of Sacramento also reached a milestone this week, notching his 200th career win. In so doing he passed Nip Winters to become third all-time among P.C.L. hurlers. The league’s top three winners are all still active, and all three started two games this week, although only Foster was victorious both times. Frank Shellenback of Mission (215 lifetime wins) split his two decisions and Bill Holland of Oakland (209 career wins) lost twice.

Hollywood and Sacramento are 4-2, Los Angeles and Oakland are 2-4, and the rest of the league is even money with one week in the books and 148 games left to play.