PCL Redux

Update: 7/29/1935

San Francisco (55-41) added a game to their lead over second-place Seattle (53-44); the Seals won four of six while the Rainiers split, so San Francisco is up by two and a half games. Mission (52-44) also split and lost a game in the standings to the Seals, while Los Angeles (50-47) kept pace by winning four of six. The Bells are three back and the Angels are five and a half back. Portland (46-51) has fallen to nine and a half games out of the lead.

The Beavers dropped four of six in spite of the slugging of left fielder Smead Jolley, who took home Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, hitting .462 with three home runs and twelve runs batted in. Jolley is hitting .323 with 12 HR and 70 RBI.

Update: 7/22/1935


It will be no easy road to the postseason for San Francisco (51-39)—or anybody else—if recent weeks are any indication. The Seals remain in first place but a four-game lead has shrunk to a game and a half after a tough week in which they dropped four straight to Oakland (39-51) and Sacramento (42-48) before securing wins in their last two games against the Solons. Capitalizing on the Seals’ struggles were Seattle (50-41) and Mission (49-41), who both won five games this week and now sit a game and a half and two games out of first respectively. Going in the other direction is Los Angeles (46-45), who lost seven straight before snapping the skid in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader with Seattle. The Angels are five and a half games out of first. Portland (44-47), winners of four of seven this week, trail by seven and a half.

As the backup to star catcher Josh Gibson, Sacramento’s Bill Salkeld doesn’t play a lot, so he has to make the most of his opportunities. He did exactly that this week, earning Player of the Week honors with a .591 (13-for-22) performance. Salkeld has been filling in a bit at first place recently and that may be his best bet to emerge from bench warmer status. The 18-year-old is hitting .370 in 81 at-bats.

Update: 7/15/1935

With as many as five teams running nearly neck and neck for the top spot since the season began, Coast League observers have been wondering if one team would emerge from the pack and create some distance between themselves and their challengers. This week the San Francisco Seals (49-35) did exactly that. While the most of the other teams were treading water, the Seals put together a 6-1 week (including four wins in five games against previously red-hot Mission). San Francisco now leads Los Angeles and Seattle (both 45-39) by four games, Mission (44-40) by five, Portland and Sacramento (both 40-44) by nine, Hollywood (37-47) by twelve, and Oakland (36-48) by thirteen.

The Angels’ slugging left fielder Wally Berger failed to hit a home run this week, but he batted .464 and drove in eight runs, and that was enough to convince voters he deserved the Player of the Week award for the second time this season. Berger is hitting .307 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI this year.

Update: 7/8/1935


The 1935 Coast League season is now into its second half. San Francisco (43-34) remains in first place. Mission (42-35) trails the Seals by a game and Los Angeles (42-36) is just a half-game behind the Bells. Seattle (41-37) is a game behind the Angels.

In the second division Portland (37-41) is 6 1/2 games out of first, Sacramento (36-41), is 7 games back, Hollywood (35-43) is 8 1/2 back and Oakland (34-43) is nine out.

The Rainiers’ Max West is just 18 years old, but the precocious left fielder is the the Player of the Week after hitting .371 with four home runs, seven runs batted in, and seven runs scored. West is hitting .284 with 12 homers and 41 RBI. In just 65 games the patient youngster has also drawn 45 bases on balls, just two fewer than league leader Eddie Joost of Mission.

Update: 7/1/1935


With the Coast League’s annual Rivalry Week on the horizon, Mission (39-31) has caught fire again, winning five of six, and the Bells are now tied for second place with Los Angeles (also 39-31), just a half-game behind first-place San Francisco (40-31). The Bells and Seals begin a ten-game set with a Fourth of July doubleheader on Thursday. Fourth-place Seattle (35-35), losers of seven straight, will try to change course when they face fifth-place Portland (35-36) for ten games. Hollywood, Oakland, and Sacramento are all 31-19; the Oaks and Solons will square off this week while the Stars take on the Angels.

Los Angeles’ George Scales took home Player of the Week honors. The popular 34-year-old infielder, who has been alternating between second and third base this season, hit .517 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. Scales is hitting .282 for the season, with 12 homers and 38 RBI.

Update: 6/23/1935


Los Angeles (36-27) slowed down the runaway Mission train this week and the Angels have taken over first place. The Halos took the middle three games of their five-game set with the Bells. The race for the top remains very tight, with Los Angeles leading San Francisco (35-28) by a game, Seattle (35-39) by a game and a half, Mission (34-30) by two and a half, and Portland (32-32) by four and a half.

Buck Leonard, last season’s rookie sensation, is avoiding the sophomore slump and has just been named Player of the Week after a .409, four homer, 12-RBI performance. Leonard’s 12 home runs (he hit three in the same game against Sacramento last Tuesday) are fourth in the league, and his 54 RBI are second. He’s hitting .329.

Update: 6/17/1935


Smead Jolley of Portland (28-28) was off to a so-so start by his standards this season, hitting .273 through the Beavers’ first 51 games. Then came this week. In a five-game set against Oakland (26-31), Jolley hit .519 to lift his season average to .303 as the Beavers went 4-1 to even their record. Portland is just three and a half games out of a postseason spot.

Mission (31-26) didn’t go undefeated again, but they did the next best thing, winning five and losing just one, so the Bells are now just a game and a half out of first and a game out of second. The top spot was taken over by San Francisco (32-24); the Seals hold a half-game edge over Los Angeles (32-25). Seattle (30-27) dropped all the way down to fourth place, but the Rainiers are just two and a half games behind the first-place Seals. Four games separate the top five teams in the league.

Update: 6/10/1935

The Mission Bells are red-hot. On May 19 they dropped the second game of a doubleheader at Oakland to fall to 8-24, eleven games behind the then-first-place San Francisco Seals. Since that time they have gone 18-1, twice sweeping the defending league champion Sacramento Solons. The Bells now sit in fourth place at 26-25, just three games out of first.

Seattle and Los Angeles (both 29-22) surely must be feeling the heat, but for now they share the top spot in the league, with San Francisco (28-23) just a game back. The Rainiers fought to a 3-3 standstill this week against seventh-place Hollywood (23-28) while the Angels took five of six from Portland (24-27). The Beavers are tied with Oakland (also 24-27) for fifth place. Sacramento (21-30) has dropped into the cellar.

At 34, the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes is playing like a man still in his prime. The slugging right fielder hit .440 this week, clubbing four home runs (three during a 9-2 victory over Portland on Wednesday) and driving in ten. Stearnes is currently second in the loop at batting at .382 and leads the league in both home runs (14) and RBI (48).

Update: 6/3/1935

Mission’s (20-25) winning streak reached 11 before the Bells bowed on Saturday. Their magnificent two-week run was just enough to get them into a tie for seventh place with Hollywood (also 20-25), but far more importantly, they have gone from eleven games out of first to just six games back.

Seattle (26-19) returned to the top of the standings, dropping Los Angeles (24-21) into third place by beating the Angels four times in six tries. San Francisco (25-20) fared even better, winning five of seven and taking over second place. Portland (23-22) had the best week of all, winning five and losing just one. The Beavers are in fourth place, just three games back. Sacramento and Oakland (both 21-24) are tied for fifth place.

The Solons struggled this week but catcher Josh Gibson continued his assault on opposing pitching, hitting a blistering .650 and knocking in seven runs. Gibson is the league’s first repeat Player of the Week this season. His .397 average leads the league.

Update: 5/27/1935


Like a good horse race, the Coast League pennant chase this season has been marked by numerous lead changes and very little separation between most of the entrants. The one exception to the latter has been Mission (14-24), who stumbled out of the gate and was sixteen games under .500 after the first 32 games. The Bells went 6-0 this week. They’re still ten games below the .500 mark, still a substantial 7 1/2 games out of first; but with 116 games left to be played, they’re in the race.

Seattle (22-17) returned to the top of the standings but they now have company; Los Angeles (also 22-17) is running neck and neck with the Rainiers. The two front-runners lead Oakland and San Francisco (both 20-18) by a game and a half, Sacramento (19-19) by two and a half, Hollywood (19-20) by three, and Portland (18-21) by four.

The Player of the Week is Seattle’s Jerry Donovan, who hit an eye-popping .611 with a homer, six runs batted in, and seven runs scored. The 29-year-old first baseman is hitting .351 with six home runs and 23 RBI.

Update: 5/20/1935


Seattle’s stay at the top was short-lived; the Rainiers dropped five of seven games and allowed the Solons and Seals to slip past them. San Francisco (19-13) won just half of their games this week, but it was enough to get them back into first place. The Seals are one game in front of Sacramento (18-14) and a game and a half in front of Los Angeles and Seattle (both 18-15). Hollywood (17-16) is just two and a half back, Oakland (16-16) just three back, and Portland (16-17) just three and a half back. Mission (8-24) is the odd team out, eleven games out of first.

The Player of the Week is Los Angeles’ Wally Berger, who hit .417, launched three home runs, drove in five, and scored seven this week. Berger is hitting .322 for the season with seven home runs and 21 RBI.

Update: 5/13/1935


Seattle (16-10) has roared into first place, a half-game ahead of San Francisco (16-11). The Rainiers came close to sweeping last-place Mission (7-19), losing just the final game of their six-game tilt, and followed that up by taking two of the first three against Sacramento (14-12). Los Angeles (15-12) has climbed into third place after winning six of eight this week. The Angels are a game and a half behind Seattle and one game behind the Seals. Sacramento is in fourth place, Hollywood (14-13) is in fifth, Portland (12-14) is in sixth, and Oakland (12-15) is in seventh. The Oaks are just four and a half games from the top spot. 

Sacramento’s Joe Cronin is the Player of the Week, having hit a sizzling .516 with two home runs, seven runs batted in, and ten runs scored. The shortstop is hitting .387 for the season.

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 Angels’ 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 Angeles’ Turkey Stearnes is right behind him at 2776.

Update: 4/29/1935


Los Angeles’ Turkey Stearnes is no spring chicken, and the 33-year-old outfielder says he’s been playing with a strained hamstring for at least a week. Opposing pitchers aren’t 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 Portland’s Tony Lazzeri (361). 

All these fireworks have done little for the Angels’ 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.

Hollywood’s 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.

Portland’s 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).