PCL Redux

Update: 5/26/1941


The 1941 Coast League race is shaping up to be another fiercely competitive one. San Francisco (22-16) retains the top spot this week but the Seals’ lead over San Diego (21-17) is down to a game. Los Angeles (21-18) picked up two games in the standings; the Angels are now in third place and just a game and a half out of first. Sacramento (19-19) and Seattle (20-20) are three back, Hollywood and Portland (both 18-21) are just 4½ back, and Oakland (16-23) is 6½ back. A lot of baseball left to be played, and everyone is still very much in it.

Sacramento’s Willie Wells is the Player of the Week. Wells hit a blistering .522 (12-for-23) and drove in eight runs. He also hit his first home run of the year. The 35-year-old star battled injuries the last two seasons while playing for Seattle but seems to have a new lease on life as a Solon. He’s hitting .325.

Update: 5/19/1941


Martín Dihigo of Hollywood hit .423 (11-for-26) and knocked in eight runs, adding a pair of homers, as the Stars (15-18) took four of seven games. It wasn’t enough to get Hollywood out of seventh place but this year’s race remains fairly tight from top to bottom. Hollywood is 4½ games out of first. Dihigo, the Player of the Week, is hitting .342.

San Francisco (19-13) dropped its first game this week but won its next five, so the Seals have taken over the top spot, leading San Diego (17-15) by two games. Portland (17-16) is now in third place, 2½ games out, and Sacramento (16-16) and Seattle (17-17) are tied for fourth, three games out. Los Angeles is 3½ out, and last-place Oakland is still just 5½ out.

Update: 5/12/1941


Los Angeles (14-12) made its way into a crowded field of teams at or near the top of the standings thanks to the exemplary play of player/manager George Scales this week. The ageless Scales—he’ll be 41 in August—collected 16 hits in 33 at-bats for a .485 average, adding a homer, seven runs batted in, and ten runs scored. The Angels won four of six and are now a game out of first.

While only a game back they are still just in third place, and they’ve got lots of company. San Diego and Sacramento (both 15-11) are leading the field, and Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco (all 14-12) are in a three-way tie for second. Seattle (12-15) is 3½ games back, Hollywood (11-15) is four back and Oakland (10-17) has dropped into the cellar, 5½ games back.

Update: 5/5/1941


Ted Williams of the first-place San Diego Padres (13-7) is the Player of the Week for the second time this season. The 22-year-old Williams hit .478 (11-for-23) with a pair of home runs, seven runs scored, and seven runs batted in as the Friars took four of seven games to secure sole position of the top spot. Williams is hitting .390 and the Padres are a game ahead of their closest competitors.

Sacramento (12-8) is in second place, San Francisco (11-8) is a game and a half behind in third place, Portland (10-10) trails by three games, Los Angeles (9-10) trails by 3½, Seattle (9-12) trails by 4½, Oakland (8-12) trails by five, and Hollywood (7-12) trails by 5½.

Update: 4/28/1941


It was a perfect week for San Diego (9-4), as the Padres traveled north and swept Hollywood (4-9) in a five-game set and won the first two games of a five-game showdown at Los Angeles (5-8). The Friars are the undisputed kings of Southern California right now but they have company atop the Coast League standings, with San Francisco also sitting at 9-4.

Portland shortstop Sam Bankhead is the Player of the Week. Although known more for his glove than for his bat, the 30-year-old veteran wore out opposing pitchers, collecting 14 hits in 30 at-bats for a .467 average, adding runs batted in and six runs scored. The Beavers (6-7) went 4-3.

San Diego and San Francisco lead Sacramento (8-5) by a game. Portland is three games back, Oakland and Seattle (both 6-8) are 3½ games back, the Angels trail by four and the Stars trail by five.

Update: 4/21/1941


The first week of the 1941 season separated the league into teams with winning records and teams with losing records, as each six-game series concluded with one team defeating the other four times.

San Diego (2-4) was not one of the teams that emerged victorious from the majority of their games this week, but the week’s standout player wears a Padres uniform. That man is 22-year-old right fielder Ted Williams. Williams collected 13 hits in 28 at bats for a .464 average, scoring seven runs and driving in a pair. The San Diego native is already in his sixth big league season, with a career batting average sitting just below .300, at .297.

Hollywood, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle are all 4-2; Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, and San Diego are 2-4.