PCL Redux

Update: 7/15/1929


San Francisco’s Al Wingo hasn’t logged a whole lot of playing time this season, but that may be about to change. Wingo, who was acquired by the Seals from the Boston Braves this off-season, suffered a back injury during opening week, and has had to pick his spots since returning to duty. This week he played about as well as anybody possibly can, hitting safely in 13 of his 15 at-bats for an astounding .867 average, adding four home runs, 10 runs scored, and 15 runs batted in to his ledger. He’s played four games in a row without being retired. Wingo is hitting .330 for the season.

Hollywood (49-31) has taken over first place, and by defeating Los Angeles (45-35) five times in a row (and seven times in eight meetings), the Stars have dropped the Angels into third place. Oakland (46-34) took advantage of the Halos’ slide and surged into second place, downing Sacramento (44-36) six times in their last eight games. The Stars lead the Oaks by three, the Angels by four, and the Solons by five.

Update: 7/8/1929


We’re just shy of the halfway point, and three teams are within a game of the top spot, with a third team just three games out. Hollywood and Los Angeles (both 44-30) remain tied for first, with Sacramento (43-31) trailing by a game.

The Stars began the week with three wins over Mission (34-40), but a doubleheader loss to the Bells on Thursday dropped them two games behind the Angels, who completed a six-game sweep of San Francisco (29-45) the same day. Undaunted, the Stars erased the deficit by beating the Angels in the first two games of the rivals’ annual mid-season clash. They’ll play each other eight more times over the next nine days.

Meanwhile the third-place Solons kept the pressure on, winning four in a row over Seattle before dropping the second game of a Thursday doubleheader. The Solons then split their first two meetings with Oakland (41-33), who played .500 ball this week, thus falling into fourth place. The Oaks will have a chance to turn the tables on the Solons over the next week-and-a-half.

To do so they’ll probably have to cool down shortstop Joe Cronin, whose .438 average and ten runs batted in earned him Player of the Week accolades. Cronin’s .363 average places him fourth in the league, while his 66 RBI are good enough for third-best.

Update: 7/1/1929

It’s a tight four-team race as we enter July. Hollywood (39-28) and Los Angeles (39-28) are tied for first, with Oakland (38-29) and Sacramento (38-29) hot on their heels, a game back. The Solons deserve much of the credit for creating the logjam at the top, as they defeated the Stars four times in the clubs’ five meeting before capping off the week with a win over Seattle (29-38). Meanwhile the Oaks were taking five of six from Portland (26-41) and Seattle while the Angels were taking four of six from San Francisco (29-39) and Mission (31-36). A lot could change with a little over half a season to play, but right now it’s looking very much like a tale of first division clubs and second division clubs.

Wally Berger of the Angels had a week to remember, hitting .591 with five home runs and 13 runs batted in. Berger has taken over the league lead in both categories, with 21 home runs and 69 RBI.

Update: 6/24/1929


Hollywood (37-24) started the week by beating San Francisco (27-34) for the fifth time in a row and then traveled across the Bay to meet the league’s other red-hot team, Oakland (33-28). The Oaks got the better of the front-running Stars, beating them three out of five. Both teams are 14-6 in June. The Stars remain in first place, two games ahead of Los Angeles (35-26), while the Oaks are now tied for third place with Sacramento (33-28), four games out of first.

Hollywood’s Earl Averill is the Player of the Week after hitting .480 over the last seven days. Averill is fifth in the league at .354. The batting lead has changed frequently of late. Turkey Stearnes of the Angels led three weeks ago, but he’s now in third place at .364. Two weeks ago the Seals’ Dick Lundy was on top; now he’s second best at .373. This week the leader is Mission’s Martín Dihigo, who’s hitting .379.

Update: 6/17/1929

Hollywood (34-21) dropped their first two games this week but roared back to take the next four, and that was enough to lift the Stars into sole possession of first place. It was another week of mostly splitting for the rest of the league, as second-place Los Angeles (33-22), third-place Sacramento (30-25), fifth-place Mission (27-28), sixth-place Seattle (24-31), and eight-place Portland (19-36) all won three and lost three. Fourth-place Oakland (29-26) kept pace with the Stars, while San Francisco (24-31) suffered a 1-5 showing to drop into a sixth-place tie with the Rainiers.

Mission’s Martín Dihigo has been named Player of the Week for the second time this season. Now concentrating entirely on playing the infield (mostly third base, but some second and first as well), the 24-year-old Cuban hit a crisp .560 this week with three home runs, ten runs scored, and eleven runs batted in. He’s third in the league in batting at .376 and fourth in homers with 10.

Update: 6/10/1929

John Beckwith is the Player of the Week for the second week in a row, and his Hollywood Stars (30-19) have caught and tied city rival Los Angeles (30-19) for first place. Beckwith hit .577 with four home runs, 12 runs scored and 11 runs batted, a performance that puts him in the league lead in homers (16), runs (50), hits (75), total bases (141), and slugging percentage (684). He’s second (one off the lead) in RBI with 49. Obviously Beckwith was a major contributor to the Stars’ 5-1 record this week.

The Angels were perhaps due for a bad stretch and last-place Portland (16-33) was certainly due for a good one, so the Beavers’ victories in the first three games of their series may not have raised too many eyebrows. The Halos won the next two and can earn a split in today’s finale. Third-place Sacramento (27-22) split six games, while Oakland (25-24) won four and lost two to take over fourth place, five games behind the leaders. Mission (24-25) is in fifth, San Francisco (23-26) is in sixth and Seattle (21-28) is in seventh.

Update: 6/3/1929


Los Angeles (27-16) has looked every bit the champion the past four weeks; the Angels, 11-10 on the morning of May 8, have gone 16-6 since and now hold a two-game lead over the two second place clubs, Hollywood and Sacramento (both 25-18). The Stars were perfect this week, beating Seattle (20-23) last Monday and following up with five straight victories over Portland (13-30), allowing them to catch up to the Solons, who began the week with three consecutive losses and finished it with four consecutive wins.

The Stars’ John Beckwith is the Player of the Week. The slugging first baseman hit for the cycle against the Beavers on Thursday, and finished the week with a .583 average, four home runs, and 13 runs batted in. “Beck” is now tied for the league lead in round-trippers with 12 and is second in RBI with 38. He’s hitting .333.

Mission and Oakland are tied for fourth place with identical 21-22 records, six games out of first. San Francisco and Seattle are a game worse, and Portland, already 14 games out of first and losers of eight straight, may already be looking towards next season.

Update: 5/27/1929


Martín Dihigo of Mission is the Player of the Week. Dihigo, a dual-threat who’s been pitching in addition to playing third base this year, is making a greater contribution on the offensive side, and it is for his hitting prowess that he earns this week’s top honor. He hit .542 with two home runs and five runs batted in, raising his season mark to .355. He also has seven home runs, 32 runs scored, and 25 RBI. On the mound, Dihigo is 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA.

Los Angeles (22-15) sneaked by Sacramento (21-15) into first place, as the Angels won four times in six tries this week while the Solons were only able to split. The Solons weren’t alone, as every team in the league won three and lost three except the Angels and Portland (13-24), who dropped four to fall deeper into the cellar. Hollywood and Seattle are three games back at 19-18, just a hair ahead of Mission and San Francisco, who are both 18-18.

Update: 5/20/1929


On the heels of a .500 week Sacramento (18-12) is holding onto first place, but the Solons’ lead has shrunk to a half a game. Los Angeles (18-13) went 5-2 and took sole possession of second place—for now. The Angels rode the hot hitting of leadoff man Jigger Statz, who was named Player of the Week after hitting .429 with a home run, seven runs scored, and seven runs batted in. Statz is hitting .348 this season in addition to playing his usual stellar defense in center field.

The Solons and Angels haven’t distanced themselves too much from the rest of the field, however, as Hollywood and Seattle, both at 16-15, are just two-and-a-half games out of first, and Mission and San Francisco, at 15-15, trail by three. Further back are seventh-place Oakland (13-17) and eighth-place Portland (11-20).

Update: 5/13/1929


The Sacramento Solons, who slumped to a second-division finish last season after winning the league title in ’27, seem determined to show that 1928 was a fluke. The club soared into sole possession of first place this week by winning six of seven games. At 16-9 they hold a two-and-a-half-game lead over the three second place teams—Los Angeles, Mission, and Seattle—who are all 13-11.

Not surprisingly after such a dominant week, the Player of the Week is a Solon. What is a bit surprising is that player is a pitcher who didn’t even start a game all week. 21-year-old rookie Tony Freitas, a Bay Area (Mill Valley) product, appeared in relief in three games and wound up getting the victory in all three. Often a relief pitcher will pick up a win as much by luck as by deed, but Freitas’ performance was truly outstanding: 12 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER. With a 1.35 ERA in 10 appearances this season, Freitas appears unlikely to remain in the bullpen long.

Rounding out the standings, Hollywood is in fifth place at 13-12, three games out of first; Oakland and San Francisco are 10-14, five-and-a-half games out, and Portland, after a dismal 1-4 week, are in the cellar at 9-15, six-and-a-half games behind Sacramento.

Update: 5/6/1929


It’s a four-way tie atop the standings board after Hollywood, Los Angeles, Mission, and Sacramento all finished the week with identical 11-8 records. Not far behind is Seattle, just a game back at 10-9. San Francisco and Portland are three games back at 8-11, while Oakland trails by five at 6-13.

The Bells began the week with a three game lead but managed only two wins in seven tries, and thus fell back to the pack. They'll get no sympathy from the Oaks, who were a .500 team going in and lost all seven of their contests to drop to the cellar.

Sacramento’s Dolph Camilli is the Player of the Week. The 22-year-old first-sacker is already in his fourth year in the league, and it’s off to a rollicking start. This week he hit a sizzling .607 and drove in 13 runs to lift the Solons into first place. The San Francisco native leads the league with a .437 average.

Update: 4/29/1929


Oscar Charleston, the Portland Beavers’ star center fielder, has set a standard for excellence since his 1921 P.C.L. debut that few if any can match. The league’s all-time leader in hits with 1681, Charleston boasts a lifetime batting average of .355. No stranger to accolades, he has just won the Player of the Week award for the 14th time in his career, more than any other player. Charleston hit .467 this week and is the current league batting leader for the season at at .444.

Unfortunately, even Charleston’s inspiring play couldn’t shake the Beavers (4-8) out of their poor start to the ’29 campaign, as they lost two of six for the second week in a row. This time the beneficiary of their struggles was the Mission Bells (9-3), who are as hot as the Beavers are cold. The Bells lead five 6-6 teams (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and Seattle) by three games. San Francisco (5-7) trails the .500 quintet by a game.

Opening Week


Mission is the team off to the hottest start after downing San Francisco five times in six tries in their opening series. As is usually the case for the Bells, it was their offense carrying most of the load, torching the Seals for 49 runs in the six games. The Bells scored 10 runs three times and never scored fewer than six in the series.

While last year’s runner-ups were having their struggles, the league champs weren't faring much better, as Los Angeles dropped four of six to Hollywood, despite the heroics of Player of the Week Wally Berger. Berger ripped Stars pitching to the tune of .455 while homering four times and driving in 12 runs. He leads the league in all three categories a week into the season.

Sacramento and Seattle are also off to 4-2 starts, as Oakland and Portland, at 2-4, look to improve their records in Week Two.

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