Game One: Portland 10, San Francisco 5
at Portland Tue., Oct. 4, 1921
Portland took an early Series lead by outlasting
the Seals in a Game One slugfest. Beavers
shortstop Orville Riggins set the tone early with
a lead-off homer. The Seals roared back in the top
of the second; Morrie Rath's two-run double
followed three consecutive singles, giving San
Francisco a 3-1 edge, its only lead of the day. It
lasted until the bottom of the inning. Chaney
White began the rally with a one-out walk and came
home on Lew Fonseca's double. The onslaught on
Seals' starter Dave Brown continued with
run-scoring singles by Bullet Rogan, George
Grantham, and Oscar Charleston. Up 5-3 after two,
Rogan went the distance and never relinquished the
lead, while the Beavers piled on with two in the
fifth and three more in the seventh.
Game Two: Portland 15, San Francisco 1
at Portland Wed., Oct. 5, 1921
A nightmare game for the Seals, but particularly
so for second baseman Morrie Rath. He was 0-4, but
that was only the beginning: his three errors led
to 12 unearned runs. Rath's first miscue,
occurring in the third inning when the score was
1-1, led to a 10-run outburst capped by Oscar
Charleston's three-run blast. Portland starter Syl
Johnson cruised to a complete game victory as the
Beavers took a 2-0 Series lead.
Game Three: San Francisco 6, Portland 1
at Portland Thu., Oct. 6, 1921
After consecutive shellackings, the Seals turned
to Lefty O'Doul to right the ship. He did not
disappoint, spellbinding the Beavers in a
four-hit, complete game victory. In addition to
his mound heroics, the part-time outfielder also
started San Francisco's key rally with a one-out
base hit in the fifth. The four-run outburst was
capped by Willie Kamm's two-run double. Besides
losing the game, Portland suffered a potentially
crucial setback when Bob Meusel, a .556 hitter in
the Series, left the game after being hit by a
pitch in the fourth frame.
Game Four: San Francisco 8, Portland 5
at San Francisco, Sat., Oct. 8, 1921
The Series moved South, and one Seal in
particular demonstrated a preference for the
California sun. First baseman Jimmy O'Connell,
entering the game at .182, went 4-5 with a pair of
doubles; at game's end his average stood at .375.
The Seals pounded out 10 hits but were actually
outhit by the Beavers, who collected 12. The lead
changed hands a few times in the early going but
the clubs stood knotted at four runs apiece going
into the bottom of the sixth. A key two-out error
by Portland shortstop Orville Riggins kept the
inning alive, giving right fielder Lefty O'Doul
the opportunity to break the tie with a ringing
two-run double. The Seals added two more for
starter Dick Niehaus in the eighth, and Plunk
Drake finished up to preserve the Series-tying
Game Five: San Francisco 5, Portland 1
at San Francisco, Sun., Oct. 9, 1921<
Dave Brown rebounded from his Game One loss,
scattering eight hits in a complete-game triumph.
Brown contributed with the bat as well: his
one-out double in the fifth set up a run-scoring
ground out by Morrie Rath which broke a 1-1 tie,
and then he scored on Dick Lundy's triple. Lefty
O'Doul committed two errors in right field but
Brown escaped unscathed both times, stranding two
in the sixth by fanning Sammy Hale and two more in
the seventh by retiring Orville Riggins on a fly
ball. Now up three games to two, The Seals seemed
to have shifted the momentum in their favor.
Game Six: San Francisco 5, Portland 3
at San Francisco, Mon., Oct. 10, 1921
The Seals jumped on Wayne Carr early, building a
5-0 cushion, and then had to hold on for dear life
as the Beavers' chipped away and brought the tying
run to the plate three times in the ninth. In the
opening frame Joe Cartwright's two-run single was
followed by Willie Kamm's two-run double, and the
Seals appeared to be poised for a rout. Lefty
O'Doul picked up a pair of hits but continued his
misadventures in right field with three errors,
two of them on consecutive sixth inning plays that
gave the Beavers their first run. In the end Bill
Holland had enough to stave off the Beavers' final
threat, giving the Seals a 4-2 advantage and the
opportunity to close out the Series on their home
Game Seven: Portland 9, San Francisco 3
at San Francisco, Tue., Oct. 11, 1921
Their backs to the wall, the Beavers struck for
four in the first and never trailed. Oscar
Charleston led things off with a single and then
stole second, coming around to score on Orville
Riggins' ground ball single. Seals' starter Lefty
O'Doul walked back-to-back hitters in the first,
once forcing in a run, and then was victimized
when catcher Sam Agnew couldn't get a handle on a
dribbler off the bat of Lew Fonseca; the miscue
allowed George Grantham to scamper home from
third. The game remained within reach until the
top of the ninth when Dick Cox's three-run double
capped Portland's second four-run rally of the
afternoon. Bullet Rogan went the distance for the
Beavers, and the mood in the visitors' clubhouse
was jubilant as the club packed in preparation to
conclude the Series in Oregon.
Game Eight: San Francisco 11, Portland 8
at Portland, Thu., Oct. 13, 1921
As threatening clouds loomed overhead, the
Beavers built a 3-1 lead with four first inning
singles off of Dave Brown and some assistance by
Seals backstop Sam Agnew, who committed two passed
balls. After Willie Kamm drove in a pair with a
fourth-inning single, Agnew redeemed himself with
a game-tying run-scoring ground out. The game
remained knotted until the visitors' half of the
sixth. Syl Johnson clipped George Shively with an
0-2 pitch, and Lefty O'Doul followed up with a
single. Shively then stole third, and Johnson
seemed to fall apart, walking Bert Ellison and
Jimmy O'Connell, hitting Kamm with a pitch, and
then walking Agnew. With three runs already in and
the bases still loaded, Johnson then gave up RBI
singles to Morrie Rath and Brown before his
manager arrived with the hook. Rudy Kallio yielded
a sacrifice fly and another run-scoring single
before getting O'Doul to bounce into a merciful
inning-ending double play. The skies finally broke
loose in the bottom of the inning but neither the
rain nor the deluge of Seals runs could intimidate
the proud Beavers. Following a delay of nearly an
hour, the home team started a rally of their own.
With two out and two on, Del Baker, Kallio, Oscar
Charleston, and Orville Riggins pounded out
singles and Bob Meusel worked a base on balls,
chasing Brown. The score now 10-7, Dick Cox strode
to the plate representing the go-ahead run, but
Plunk Drake retired him on a pop-up, and generally
kept the Beavers at bay for the rest of the
afternoon, cementing a title for San Francisco in
what would eventually be considered the league's
initial major-league season.
And the regular season comes to a close. The
Portland Beavers, who will take on the San
Francisco Seals in the Governor's Cup Series
beginning October 4th, came oh-so-close to a
100-win season. They finished with 98. On a
considerably less positive note, the Sacramento
Solons came even closer to a 100-loss season; they
finished with 99, dropping their final 15
Heavy Johnson of Vernon won the batting title
with a .386 clip. Turkey Stearnes of Los Angeles
topped the loop in home runs with 27. Oscar
Charleston of Portland won the RBI crown with 138.
Dave Brown of San Francisco paced the circuit in
victories with 25, and also led in strikeouts with
166. John Donaldson of LA was the ERA king,
posting a 2.28 mark.
The match-up for the Governor's Cup Series is
set. Portland will host San Francisco on October 4
to begin the best-of-nine tournament.
The Seals are red hot, having won six straight,
and hope to keep the momentum going as they close
out the season with a six-game at home against
Oakland. The Beavers, mired in a rare two-game
losing streak, also finish the season at home,
Although Los Angeles was eliminated from
post-season contention this week, the Angels' star
left fielder Turkey Stearnes had a week to
remember, hitting .519 with five home runs in six
games at Sacramento. Stearnes has hit 23 of his
league-leading 27 home runs on the road this year,
with 18 of them occurring in the friendly confines
of Salt Lake City and Sacramento.
The playoff picture is coming into focus.
Portland, who took four out of five from Salt Lake
City, has clinched a playoff spot, and the
Beavers' magic number for clinching home field
advantage is 3. San Francisco likewise took four
out of five from Vernon (eliminating the Tigers
from post-season consideration); the Seals' magic
number for clinching the second playoff berth is
six. It was a rough week for the Los Angeles
Angels, who were swept at home by Seattle, falling
into a third place tie with the Rainiers. Seattle
has won six straight but their surge appears to be
too little, too late.
The batting race seems to have come down to a
three-man contest between Vernon's Heavy Johnson
(.376), teammate Pete Schneider (.374), and
Portland's Oscar Charleston (.370). Duffy Lewis of
Salt Lake City still leads the loop in home runs
(23), with Los Angeles' Turkey Stearnes (22) and
Charleston (20) in pursuit. Charleston has the RBI
crown all but clinched with 130, leading his
nearest competitor by 15. Syl Johnson of
Portland's 23 victories gives him the edge over
San Francisco's Dave Brown, who has 22. Brown
seems to have wrapped up the strikeout race with
154; 21 more than his nearest competitor has.
There is a tight race for the ERA title, with San
Francisco's Dick Niehaus (2.41) edging Los
Angeles' John Donaldson (2.44).
Fittingly, the teams with the most to play for
played the best this week, and the teams with the
least to play for played the worst. Portland,
heading toward a clinching of the top spot (their
magic number is now 9) took four out of five from
sixth-place Vernon. The second-place Seals,
although unlikely to catch the Beavers, are
playing like a team not satisfied with merely
clinching a playoff spot; they took five of six
from last-place Sacramento. Third-place Los
Angeles, now three-and-half-games behind San
Francisco, took five straight (with one to play)
from seventh-place Salt Lake City. The Solons and
Bees have been eliminated from playoff
consideration. Vernon could be days away from
elimination. The Oaks and Rainiers appear to be
done for as well, barring an epic collapse from
both the Seals and Angels. Oakland is 8 games
behind San Francisco, Seattle is 8 1/2 games back.
With a dominant 5-1 series win over Sacramento,
San Francisco's Seals took a giant step towards
securing a playoff berth. They now lead Los
Angeles, who dropped four out of six in Portland,
by four games.
If the Seals can hold on, it sets up perhaps the
most intriguing post-season match-up possible this
year; San Francisco is the only team in the league
with a winning record against the Beavers.
As for the other contenders, the light's getting
a bit dim. Fourth-place Oakland is now 5 1/2 games
behind the Seals, Seattle trails by 7, and Vernon
is now just as close to the cellar as they are to
the playoffs, exactly 10 games behind the Seals
and 10 ahead of the Solons.
With a little over a month to play, nothing is
set in stone yet, although only a fool would bet
against Portland, who now hold an 11 1/2 game lead
over their closest competitors.
Second place is still very much up for grabs;
the Seals rode a 5-2 week to grab sole possession
of the spot, while the Angels were just a bit
better at 5-1, and have moved within a half-game
of San Francisco. The Oaks had to play Portland,
losing the first four to the Beavers before
salvaging a win on Sunday. The series concludes on
Monday. Oakland trails the Seals by three games.
Seattle (6 1/2 games behind the Seals) and
Vernon (7 1/2 games back) are fading, but either
one could get back into the conversation with a
hot streak. It'll have to happen soon, though.
Duffy Lewis of the Bees has wrested the home run
lead from Turkey Stearnes of the Angels. Lewis has
23 round-trippers. Heavy Johnson of Vernon now
leads the league in batting at .386.
The Oakland Oaks completed a 6-1 week, and while
they still trail Portland by 11 games, they're now
all alone in second place. Hot on their heels are
two clubs that went 5-2: San Francisco (a
half-game behind the Oaks), and Los Angeles (a
game-and-a-half back). Seattle trails Oakland by 4
1/2, and Vernon now trails by 6.
Salt Lake City climbed out of the cellar, but
lost their best all-around player, center fielder
Cristobal Torriente, to a strained back muscle.
Torriente is expected to return to action before
season's end, but by then the Bees are likely to
have been officially eliminated from the race.
Sacramento is back in last place, and has lost
second basemen Les Sheehan and Frank Warfield as
well, each succumbing to a fractured finger. The
Solons have been the league's most-injured team,
and it's Warfield's second stint on the shelf.
Pete Schneider of Vernon looks like a man who
might want to hit .400 after all. On the heels of
a .519 (14-27) week, the streaky Schneider's
average stands at .386.
Portland had a lackluster 2-4 week, but they
still hold a 14-game edge over the two
second-place teams, Oakland and San Francisco
(each of whom played .500 ball this week). The
fourth-place Angels went 4-2 and are just a game
behind the Bay Area clubs. Seattle also rode a 4-2
week to further tighten up the race (they trail
Los Angeles by a game), and Vernon's still in the
hunt as well, 3 1/2 games out of second. The race
for the honor of playing Portland for the league
championship could very well go down to the wire.
But this should be remembered as the Beavers'
year; they are the only truly dominant team in the
Portland has won six straight, and lead San
Francisco and Oakland by a whopping 15 games.
They're at least a month to six weeks away from
mathematically clinching; in the meantime the
Beavers' faithful may indulge in stat watching.
Right fielder Bob Meusel is in competition for the
batting title at .367 (nine points behind
co-leaders Duffy Lewis of Salt Lake City and Pete
Schneider of Vernon). Center fielder Oscar
Charleston's 18 round-trippers trails only Turkey
Stearnes' (Los Angeles) 21. And pitcher Syl
Johnson leads the league both in victories (16,
tied with San Francisco's Dave Brown) and ERA
(2.39), with teammate Bullet Rogan is in the hunt
in both categories (14 and 2.54, respectively).
The race for second-place remains tight, with
Oakland and San Francisco in a dead heat, two
games ahead of Los Angeles, three games ahead of
Seattle, and four games ahead of Vernon.
The Angels' Turkey Stearnes hit 7 home runs in 4
days at Salt Lake City (there was one
doubleheader). He's hit over half his home runs
this year (11 of 21) in that ballpark. It's
frightening to imagine how many he'd hit if he
played there full time.
One final trade was made before the deadline:
Sacramento and Los Angeles swapped third-string
catchers, with Rowdy Elliott heading south and
Oscar Stanage heading north. While not exactly the
stuff headlines are made of, at least it was a
homecoming of sorts to the Central Valley-born
Well, we have ourselves a race, boys! Oh, not
for first place—that ship's sailed. The Portland
Beavers hold a commanding 11 1/2-game lead over
second-place San Francisco. There are still two
months to go, but… forget about it. Portland will
not be caught.
But we've got a serious free-for-all for that
second playoff spot. The Seals still hold the
edge, but they're free-falling, losers of five
straight. Two games behind them are the surging
Oaks, who put together a nice little 6-1 week and
are above .500 for the first time since June 2nd.
A half-game behind Oakland are the Vernon Tigers,
who are trying to overcome a rough 5-13 patch. And
tied for fifth, but just four games behind the
Seals, are the consistently inconsistent Angels
and the hottest team in the league, the Seattle
Rainiers. Seattle's won eight straight.
Paul Strand, the Rainiers' right fielder, hit
for the cycle on July 26th at Salt Lake City,
becoming the second player this year to do so
(Portland's Bob Meusel also turned the trick, on
May 23rd vs. Oakland).
With the trade deadline approaching two PCL
clubs negotiated swaps with National League teams.
Los Angeles sent outfielder Dixie Carroll to the
Cubs for outfielder Babe Twombly, and San
Francisco dealt shortstop Ike Caveney to
Cincinnati for infielder Wally Kimmick.
Portland put together a perfect (6-0) week, and
now leads San Francisco by 8 1/2 games. It's too
early to say it's all over but the shouting, but
now even the shouting seems to occur in hushed
The Seals didn't have a great week (2-3), but it
was better than Vernon's (1-6), so they now hold a
four game lead over the third place Tigers. The
up-and-down Angels are showing signs of wanting to
get back into it; they're now just a half-game
behind their cross-town rivals.
Just when the fans of the Sacramento Solons
seemed to have something to cheer about (they've
climbed into a seventh-place tie with Salt Lake
City and are just a half-game out of sixth), they
received news that their best pitcher, Juan
Padron, is lost for the season. Padron finishes up
at 11-8 with a 2.60 ERA.
The San Francisco Seals took four out of six
against the Vernon Tigers, and now hold a two game
edge in the race for the second playoff spot. The
Seals still trail Portland by 5 1/2 games, but
that's as close as anyone's gotten to the Beavers
in almost a month.
A lot can happen in a month; it was about a
month ago that Pete Schneider of Vernon was
hitting over .430. He's at .379 now; still an
impressive clip, but it's no foregone conclusion
that he's even going to win the batting title,
with Portland's Oscar Charleston breathing down
his neck at .377. Charleston has also caught Salt
Lake CIty's Duffy Lewis for the home run lead,
with 15. Could this be a Triple Crown season for
the Hoosier Thunderbolt? He leads in RBI as well,
Sacramento traded pitcher Tony Faeth to the
Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Chief Yellow Horse.
Neither hurler has seen much action this year, but
Pirates appear to have faith in Faeth; he's
already made start for them, and has rewarded them
with a complete game victory.
The top three teams all had a good week: Portland
went 5-3, and the two teams chasing them, San
Francisco and Vernon, each went 5-2. The Beavers
still lead the league by 7 games; right now the
only compelling race is for second.
Duffy Lewis of Salt Lake City was leading the
league in home runs when he strained his hamstring
on June 9. Amazingly, after missing an entire
month, he's still leading the league in home runs;
and he's back in action now.
Oscar Charleston of Portland is having a
phenomenal year as well; his 82 RBIs lead the
league. He also took home Player of the Week
honors for the second time this year, driving in
11 runs and hitting .375.
Sacramento, clearly looking to the future,
traded 28-year old hurler Dick Niehaus (7-3, 2.36)
to San Francisco for 21-year old pitcher Willie
Stop the presses—the Portland Beavers lost a
Actually, it's happened twice this year; they
dropped three out of five against Los Angeles at
the beginning of May, and most recently suffered
the same fate against San Francisco to close out
June, allowing the Seals to pull within 6 1/2
games. But they've already stretched their lead
back to 7 1/2, taking two of the first three games
in July against Seattle.
While the Seals still have their work cut out
for them if they want to make a run at first
place, they at least can enjoy having second all
to themselves for once, although their lead over
Vernon is just one game.
Sacramento remains in last place, but the
Solons' right fielder Buddy Ryan was the player of
the week, going 9 for 15 with a pair of dingers.
A blockbuster three-team trade was finalized on
June 20. The Angels sent pitcher Doc Crandall to
Oakland, the Rainers sent outfielder Ross Eldred
to Los Angeles, and the Oaks sent shortstop Ray
Brubaker to Seattle. Crandall will be asked to
anchor an inconsistent Oaks' staff, Eldred will
fill the cleanup spot in an Angels' lineup which
has had trouble scoring runs, and the
slick-fielding Brubaker is expected to help turn a
porous Seattle infield into a stingy one.
Portland keeps rolling; they are playing .676
ball and lead the Tigers and Seals by 8 1/2 games.
After a 6-1 week, the Angels are back at .500, 3
1/2 games behind Vernon and San Francisco.
It's been a trying season thus far for
Sacramento, but Dick Neihaus, a journeyman pitcher
who has made stops in St. Louis (N.L.) and
Cleveland, has been a revelation. Though nominally
a back-end-of-the-rotation starter, Neihaus now
leads the league with a miserly 2.12 ERA.
Not much change in the races… Portland leads
Vernon by five-and-a-half games, San Francisco
trails Vernon by a game; and the rest of the pack
is at least five games behind the third-place
So this week we'll turn the spotlight on some
individual performances. Pete Schneider of Vernon
continues to amaze; his .433 average is fifty
points higher than his teammate Heavy Johnson, who
is second in the league at .383.
Syl Johnson of Portland leads the loop in ERA at
2.27, but the real story there is that three of
his teammates—Bullet Rogan, Herm Pillette, and
Wayne Carr—are in the top five.
Lefty O'Doul of the Seals and Frank Shellenback
of the Tigers are tied for the league lead in
victories, with nine apiece.
Seattle's George Kelly hit .600 this week
Lastly, I don't know if anyone's paying
attention to the National or American League races
but... Go Tribe!
Well, it was fun while it lasted. The race for
the league's best record (and home-field advantage
in the Governor's Cup Series) is increasingly
looking like no race at all, as the high-flying
Portland Beavers, who have won six straight, now
lead their closest competitor by six-and-a-half
games. The Beavers appear to be the class of the
league by a wide margin.
The Vernon Tigers and San Francisco Seals are in
a heck of a battle for the other playoff berth,
though; the Tigers hold a one-game edge over the
Seals after a victory over Oakland on Monday.
Duffy Lewis of Salt Lake City will be out of
action for about a month. Duffy's total of 15 home
runs is matched only by the New York Yankees' Babe
The hottest team in the PCL right now is the
Seals, who are on an eleven-game winning streak.
They trail league-leading Portland by four games
but are tied with Vernon for the second-best
record (highly significant in that the
second-place team at the end of the season earns a
Governor's Cup Series berth). The Beavers are also
on a winning streak (six in a row), as are the
Tigers (four straight). With all those winning
streaks going on, there must be a few losing
streaks too, and there are: Seattle has dropped
seven straight and Salt Lake City has lost four.
Los Angeles lost twelve in a row before beating
Oakland on Sunday. Pete Schneider, the former
Cincinnati Reds hurler, is enjoying a phenomenal
season, having switched from the mound to the
outfield. After a 15-for-22 week he has increased
his league-leading average to .439.
The Seals roared back into the race with a
stunning 5-game sweep of the Angels. San Francisco
is now in third place, four games behind Portland
and two-and-a-half games behind second-place
Vernon. Los Angeles began the week in second place
and finished it in the second division. The race
for second place (and thus the second playoff
berth) has heated up, with six teams separated by
How 'bout them Tigers? The Vernon varmints have
won seven straight, catapulting themselves into
third place, just a half-game behind crosstown
rival Los Angeles and just two games behind
league-leading Portland. On May 21, Don Brown of
Salt Lake City hit 3 home runs in a game against
Seattle. The Bees' home park is beginning to get a
bit of a reputation has a homer-friendly facility.
Bees' left fielder Duffy Lewis leads the league in
round-trippers with 12, four more than runner-up
Turkey Stearnes of the Angels, and perhaps more
significantly, three more than the American League
leader, Babe Ruth.
First-place Portland is on a five-game winning
streak, and has increased its lead over Los
Angeles to a game and-a-half. The Angels have a
three-game winning streak of their own and now
hold a game-and-a-half edge over third-place
Duffy Lewis of the Salt Lake City Bees had an
absolutely insane week, driving in 14 runs. That's
over half of his season's total of 27, which now
leads the league. Also leading the league are the
Portland Beavers (14-9), who hold a 1 game
advantage over Los Angeles and San Francisco, with
Oakland just a game and a half back.
"It's still early" would be as much an
understatement as it is a cliché, but look at that
race! Four teams at the top separated by one game,
the fifth place team just a game-and-a-half out.
Dick Lundy of the Seals is supposed to be a glove
man; he's leading the loop in hitting, at a torrid
.466 clip. Los Angeles' Turkey Stearnes has joined
Portland's Oscar Charleston as the league's
co-home run leader with 4 (Stearnes hit all 4 this
Week Two is in the
And the Beavers, at 7-3, remain on top of the
heap, albeit mere percentage points ahead of San
Francisco. For now, at least, we have a race!
WE HAVE LIFT OFF!
What an entirely not-1921 thing to say.
Anachronistic though it may be, it's appropriately
triumphant-sounding for a league that was four
years in the making (and two years in the
re-making). Check it out! Standings even! The
pesky Portlands are running away with it already.
In case you missed it, a sim schedule has been
posted (note the week off after July 31, to
encourage and facilitate trade-deadline activity).