Portland Beavers


Current Season
Team History
All-Time Leaders    Batting    Pitching
League Championship Titles: 1922, 1925
Manager: Bill Rodgers
Ballpark: Vaughn Street Park

Vaughn Street Park   Opened: 1901   Capacity: 16,500
Vaughn Street and 25th Street North, Portland, Oregon

AVG overall 1.007
LHB .996, RHB 1.013
Doubles 1.010
Triples 1.017
HR overall 1.093
LHB 1.132, RHB 1.072

Distances/wall heights
Left Field line 340 ft./17 ft.
Left Field 374 ft./17 ft.
Left-Center Field 411 ft./9 ft.
Center Field 422 ft./9 ft.
Right-Center Field 386 ft./9 ft.
Right Field 350 ft./6 ft.
Right Field line 325 ft./6 ft.

In the Redux

The Beavers boast two league championships and four championship series appearances in the decade, but the decline since their last crown in 1925 has been steady and unmistakable, culminating with last seasonís injury-riddled 58-96 last-place finish. Still retaining most of the top stars that made them a powerhouse just a few years ago, the Beavers expect to contend if healthy.

Real-life history

The Portland franchise that became charter members of the PCL in 1903 traced its history back two years earlier, when the Portland Webfoots competed in the Pacific Northwest League. Upon entering the PCL they were known as the Browns for a few seasons, and then the Giants. In 1905 they were purchased by Walt McCredie, a professional baseball player, and his uncle, Judge William Wallace McCredie, a former Congressman. The McCredies allowed fans to rename the team in a newspaper contest in 1906, and the winner was the Beavers. The club itself was also a winner; they took their first PCL pennant that year.

The 1945 PCL Champions, whose P.R. department wasnít afraid to admit itís better to be lucky than good.

They also won pennants in 1910 and 1911, and celebrated by doubling Vaughn Street Parkís seating capacity to 12,000 in 1912. They finished fourth that year, but regained the championship in 1913 and 1914.

Largely as the result of travel restrictions during World War I, the McCredies dropped out of the PCL in 1918 to form a team in the Class-B Pacific Coast International League, which was a Pacific Northwest-based circuit. Their team was known as the Portland Buckaroos that season. Most of the players from the 1917 Beavers stayed in the PCL as members of the expansion Sacramento Senators in 1918.

Fans who flocked to the yard on Opening Day 1915 were rewarded with a pin portraying a uniformed beaver using a catcherís mitt to catch a basketball.

Portland was back in the PCL for the 1919 season, once again owned by the McCredies and once again called the Beavers. They were an expansion club this time, and played like one for the next several years. They were the Philadelphia Athleticsí de facto farm club for a few seasons before the Aís made it official by purchasing the club in 1924. This arrangement lasted through the 1931 season.

They tried out the name Ducks in 1929, and were also referred to as the Rosebuds, but the Beaver name was enduring. In 1932, Portland won its first PCL pennant since 1914, but it was back to the second division shortly after that. They captured another crown in 1945 but the following year they again returned to the bottom half of the league for several seasons. The Beavers moved to 25,000-seat Multnomah Stadium in 1956.

The club remained in Portland through the 1972 season, after which they moved to Spokane, followed by a move to Las Vegas a few years later. The franchise currently competes in the PCL as the Las Vegas 51s. There have been several minor league teams in Portland since the original Beavers left, some in the PCL, some not; some called the Beavers, some using other names. The current Portland-area team is the Hillsboro Hops of the Class-A Northwest League (Hillsboro is a Portland suburb).