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Update: 6/14/26


They’re in third place, six and a half games out of first and two games out of second, but fans in the King City are getting excited about the play of the Rainiers this year. Hitting over .300 and boasting the lowest team ERA in the league, Seattle looks like a force to be reckoned with. The Suds took four straight from Los Angeles to begin the week and won the opener against San Francisco before losing a doubleheader to the Seals on Sunday.

Right fielder Chick Hafey was a big reason the Rainiers won five games this week, hitting a sizzling .542 with five homers and 12 RBI en route to Player of the Week recognition. Hafey hit three home runs in Seattle’s 14-3 romp over the Angels, driving in six runs in the process. He's hitting .357 for the season, with 11 homers and 48 RBI.

Oakland (39-20) remains in the driver’s seat, leading Portland (34-24) by four and a half games and Seattle (32-26) by six and a half. Mission, at 31-28, is the only other team over .500, and the Bells trail the Oaks by eight.

Update: 6/7/26


The three teams at the top of the standings all won four games and lost three this week, so Oakland remains in first place, five games ahead of Mission and Portland. But the race has far from stagnated, as the other five teams jockeyed for position, and a few of them gained ground on the leaders.

Seattle is at the top of that heap, just a game out of second place; the Rainiers took four out of five games at Sacramento before splitting a pair with Los Angeles. The Angels moved past the Solons into fifth place by winning four of seven. Sacramento and San Francisco started the season hot but have turned cold, and both teams are now under .500. Hollywood had its first winning week of the season.

Portland’s Oscar Charleston was the Player of the Week. The burly centerfielder hit four home runs, drove in six and scored eleven while hitting .423. It was his tenth Player of the Week award, and his first since the final week of the 1924 season.

Update: 5/31/26

Mule Suttles of Oakland has hit in 25 straight games, but the Oaks, for the first time this season, did not have a good week, losing four of six games to Seattle. The Rainiers’ pitching generally kept the Acorns in check, especially in the series opener, when Ed Brandt and Johnny Miljus combined on a 4-hit shutout.

Oakland’s misfortunes allowed Portland to pick up three games on them and allowed Mission to pick up two. The Beavers and Bells are now tied for second, five games behind the Oaks. The Rainiers are seven games behind Oakland; San Francisco and Sacramento are eight back.

Mission has been filling the league’s scoreboards all season, scoring at least 35 more runs than any other team. Every one of their starters is hitting over .300 except catcher Danny Murphy, and most of them are hitting well over .300, such as Ike Boone (.380), Heavy Johnson (.379), Bill Rodda (.369), and Cool Papa Bell (.366). Johnson was the biggest basher this week, hitting .483 with three home runs and nine runs batted in to capture Player of the Week honors.

Update: 5/24/26


Oakland increased their league over everyone in the field this week with five wins in seven games. That included a win over Mission to complete a five-game sweep; the Oaks followed that up by losing the opening and closing games of a six-game set at Hollywood, but winning the four games in-between. Oakland is 28-11 and leads Sacramento and Mission by seven games.

The middle of the pack, all primarily competing at this point for second place, is tight. The Solons and Bells are a game ahead of Portland and San Francisco, and the Beavers and Seals lead Seattle by a game. Further back are Los Angeles and Hollywood, five and ten games out of second place, respectively.

The Player of the Week is the Seals’ Lefty O’Doul. O’Doul hit .500 (11-22) with five home runs and fourteen runs batted in as the Seals played a series of slugfests against Seattle and Portland. O’Doul is hitting .360 with nine home runs and is second in the league in RBI with 40.

Update: 5/17/26


Oakland has won five straight, and the Oaks stand taller than every other team in the league by a widening margin. They are on the verge of sweeping Mission (the finale is today) and at 23-9, they lead Sacramento by five games and Portland, San Francisco, and the Bells by six. Pitching and defense has been the key to the Acorns’ success so far; they’re close to the league average in runs scored and are dead last in home runs with just eight, but they’re winning the close ones (12-3 in games decided by a single run) and are dominant at home (16-5).

It hasn’t been a strong start for the Los Angeles Angels, who are one game closer to the cellar than they are to second place, but the club’s star right fielder, Turkey Stearnes, is beginning to heat up. Stearnes hit .519 with two home runs and six runs batted in this week to capture Player of the Week honors. Stearnes’ nine round-trippers place him in a three-way tie for second, trailing league leader Martin Dihigo of Mission by two.

Update: 5/10/26


Oakland dropped the last three games of their series with Portland, but rebounded by taking the first three against Seattle, and the Oaks’ 18-8 record is still tops in the Coast League. The race is getting tighter, though, as their three closest regional rivals all played winning ball this week and thus all gained on the front-runners. Sacramento trails the Acorns by just two games while San Francisco and Mission trail them by three.

It’s three Player of the Week awards in a row for the Mission Bells’ outfield. Center fielder Cool Papa Bell is the latest recipient, hitting .500 for the week while blasting four home runs and driving in eight. Bell is hitting a robust .404 for the season, good for fourth in the league.

The Hollywood Stars have had a tough time getting acclimated to their new surroundings and are mired in the league’s cellar with a dismal 6-20 record. But you can’t blame their struggles on catcher Biz Mackey, who’s leading the league in hitting at .456. Mackey is no newcomer to batting crown competition, having taken the title in 1923 with a .379 average and finishing second in the 1924 race at .367.

Update: 5/3/26


For the second consecutive week, a Mission Bells outfielder is the Player of the Week. This time it’s ex-Boston Red Sox slugger Ike Boone, who is making himself at home in the City by the Bay. Boone hit .536 with three home runs and six runs batted in this week. He’s hitting .433 in his first season on the Coast.

The Bells as a team have yet to gel, however, and at 9-10 are already five and a half games out of first place. The front runners are their across-the-Bay rivals, the Oakland Oaks, who have rolled to a 15-5 record. The Acorns have won the first three games of a six-game set with the League Champion Portland Beavers, who are off to a disappointingly lackluster 9-10 start.

The Sacramento Solons are all alone in second place at 11-8, three and a half games behind Oakland and a game ahead of San Francisco and Seattle. The two Southern California teams are occupying the bottom two rungs with Los Angeles at 8-11 and Hollywood, losers of eight straight, at 5-14.

Update: 4/26/26


Oakland is off the best start this season, coming into their home opener with a 4-2 record and then nearly sweeping San Francisco. The Oaks took the first five games of their six-game set before bowing to the Seals on Sunday. At 9-3, the Acorns lead second-place Sacramento by two games and all other challengers by at least three.

The Mission Bells also had a good week and have evened their record at 6-6. Veteran Heavy Johnson led the charge as the Bells took four out of six against Seattle. Alternating between first base and left field, Johnson hit a sizzling .440 with four home runs and 12 runs batted in. Johnson’s 15 RBI are tops in the league this season.

Update: 4/19/26


Superstitious fans take note: the most conspicuous number in the opening week of the 1926 Coast League campaign was 13. That’s how many runs the winning team scored four times this week, beginning with Los Angeles' 13-2 Opening Day victory over Hollywood. San Francisco duplicated that score the following day in their defeat of Mission, and Seattle hit the mark two days in a row against the League Champion Beavers at Portland, pummeling them 13-5 on Friday and 13-0 on Saturday.

With all those Rainiers crossing the plate, it’s no surprise that the Player of the Week was a Seattle hitter. The honor went to center fielder Marty Callaghan, a new face in town that the King City faithful should have no trouble getting used to. Callaghan hit a scorching .519 against a stunned Portland staff.

Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco sit atop the standings at 4-2. Seattle and Portland are tied at 3-3, and Hollywood, Mission, and Sacramento are 2-4.

1926 Off-season

A compromise was reached among the league owners; two teams have new homes and new names, and for the first time since 1914, the Pacific Coast League will play all its games on the coast of Pacific.

Salt Lake City bids farewell to its Bees, and with them, the league. The club, now known as the Hollywood Stars, has relocated to Los Angeles, and will be the Angels’ tenants at their year-old stadium, Wrigley Field.

The Vernon Tigers have moved up the coast to San Francisco and have been rechristened the Mission Bells, having accepted the Seals’ offer to share Recreation Park. The Bells will ostensibly represent the city’s Mission District (Recreation Park is situated in the northeast portion of the district).

With two teams in the Pacific Northwest, two in Los Angeles, and the other four in close proximity to one another in the heart of the Golden State, travel for all eight clubs becomes a much less taxing affair both financially and physically. What remains to be seen is if the Stars, playing in a larger, newer facility, can eclipse the attendance figures of the old Tigers, and if the Bells can find their own fan base as the second team in a city whose Seals already draw competition at the ticket office from the Oaks and Solons.

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