1921 1922 1923
Game One: San Francisco 4, Portland 1
at Portland, Tue., Oct. 3, 1922
The series opened on a rainy day in Portland.
With Seals’ ace Dave Brown unavailable due to a
sprained elbow, No. 2 starter Bill Holland (17-12)
was called upon to face 31-game winner Bullet
Rogan. The Seals broke through early against the
Portland ace. Left fielder George Shively opened
the second frame with a triple to center, and
right fielder Jimmy O'Connell followed up with a
base on balls. With O'Connell breaking for second
on the pitch, catcher Bruce Petway hit a sharp
grounder in the hole that was smothered by a
diving Jim Poole. Shively jogged home but
O'Connell got overly ambitious and tried for
third. Poole scrambled to his feet and threw to
third baseman Bud Connolly, who applied the tag in
time as the alert Petway took second. Petway then
surprised the Beavers by stealing third, and
scored easily when Gene Valla followed up with an
infield single. Up 2-0, the Seals added another
run in the third when Shively hit his second
triple in as many at-bats, plating shortstop Dick
Lundy. Lundy also scored the Seals’ fourth run on
a seventh inning single by third baseman Willie
Kamm. Holland scattered seven hits and five walks
but all the Beavers could manage was a lone run on
catcher Andrew King’s sacrifice fly in the
Game Two: San Francisco 4, Portland 3
at Portland, Wed., Oct. 4, 1922
The Seals took a surprising 2-0 series lead,
edging the Beavers in a nail-biter. San Francisco
again struck first, as first baseman Bert Ellison
singled home Shively in the first after the speedy
center fielder reached on a fielder's choice and
then stole second. The Beavers answered in the
bottom of the inning. Connolly drew a walk and
center fielder Oscar Charleston doubled to the gap
in right; O'Connell's throw nailed Connolly at the
plate but Charleston took third on the throw and
scored on the very next pitch, as Seals’ catcher
Sam Agnew couldn’t contain Dick Neihaus’ errant
knuckler. Neihaus and Portland starter Wayne Carr
then settled in and traded shutout innings until
the top of the fifth, when Kamm, Shively, and
Lundy all reached on consecutive singles. Kamm was
thrown out trying to steal—King’s lone kill of the
day—but Shively was successful for the second time
of the day and scored on Lundy’s hit. The Seals
added two more in the seventh as Shively singled
home Agnew, stole his third base of the game, and
scored on another Lundy single. Leading 4-1 with
the bases empty and two out in the ninth, the
Seals almost gave it all back. King reached on a
Lundy miscue and Ellison bobbled pinch-hitter
Charlie High’s grounder. Left fielder Bernardo
Baro then tripled, and the Beavers suddenly had
the tying run ninety feet away, but Plunk Drake
coaxed a game-ending grounder to second out of
pinch-hitter Chaney White.
Game Three: Portland 5, San Francisco 4
at Portland, Thu., Oct. 5, 1922
One for the ages. It took 15 innings and nearly
six hours to determine a winner; along the way
there was an hour and fifteen-minute rain delay, a
dramatic ninth-inning comeback, and two pitchers
who combined for over 16 innings of relief
work. After the mud settled, the Beavers had
salvaged a must-win game. It looked like an easy
task at the beginning, with the Seals’ Doug
McWeeny yielding a two-run homer to right fielder
Bob Meusel and an RBI single to Connolly, giving
the home team a 3-0 first inning lead. Starter
Bill Plummer kept the Seals off the board until
the sixth, when Shively walked, stole his fourth
base of the series, and came around to score on
Lundy’s ground ball single, but the Beavers
re-established the three-run cushion with
pinch-hitter White’s seventh inning homer. The
Seals, anxious for a back-breaking road sweep,
refused to give in and began a ninth inning rally.
With Suds Sutherland on in relief, second baseman
Pete Kilduff worked a walk, Lundy reached on an
error, and Ellison doubled to score a run and
place the tying tally in scoring position.
O’Connell came through with the game-tying two-run
single, and then stole second. Relief pitcher
Plunk Drake sacrificed, putting the go-ahead run
on third with one out. The Seals attempted to
squeeze the run home, but Valla couldn’t make
contact and O’Connell was easily tagged out at
home. Drake and Sutherland then bore down, trading
scoreless frames until the 15th, when Meusel drew
a base on balls, took second on Drake’s errant
pickoff throw, and scored the decisive run on
catcher Gus Fisher’s single, allowing the weary
but relieved Beavers to pack for San Francisco
just one game down.
Game Four: Portland 3, San Francisco 0
at San Francisco, Sat., Oct. 7, 1922
Holland and Rogan faced each other for a second
time, and this time Portland’s ace delivered a
shutout. The Beavers scored the only run they
would need in the second inning. Meusel led off
with a double and scored on second baseman Frank
Brazill’s single. The visitors added two more in
the fifth when shortstop Orville Riggins reached
on a walk and Poole and Charleston hit
back-to-back doubles. After allowing 13 swipes in
catcher King’s starts, the Beavers switched to
veteran backstop Rowdy Elliott, who allowed just
two steals while gunning down one would-be thief.
Lundy’s 4-4 day went for naught, as Rogan stranded
eight runners, getting his club even in what now
would become a best-of five series.
Game Five: Portland 3, San Francisco 2
at San Francisco, Sun., Oct. 8, 1922
The Seals looked to re-take the series lead in
front of a raucus Sunday home crowd, and their
quest looked promising early. With one out in the
bottom of the first, Kamm doubled off Carr, but
was thrown out trying to score on Lundy’s single.
O’Connell then reached on Riggins’ error, and
Ellison followed with a two-run double. Niehaus
threw shutout ball for four innings, but the
Beavers came to life in the fifth. Riggins led off
with a walk, and Brazill reached when Niehaus
couldn’t get a handle on his grounder back to the
box. Poole then coaxed a walk to load the bases.
Niehaus was able to handle the next ball hit back
to him and threw home to get Riggins as Elliott
reached on the fielder’s choice, but Carr followed
with an RBI ground-out and Baro’s single plated
Poole to tie the game. Neihaus then retired third
baseman Sammy Hale to end the inning, but the
Beavers threatened again in the sixth. Charleston
singled, Meusel reached on a fielder’s choice, and
Riggins lined a base hit to right that O’Connell
misplayed, resulting in runners at second and
third. Brazill’s fly ball to left was deep enough
to score Meusel, and the Beavers had their first
lead of the day. They would not relinquish it, as
Carr went the distance, giving the Beavers a 3-2
Game Six: San Francisco 3, Portland 1
at San Francisco, Mon., Oct. 9, 1922
Their sites on a third consecutive road win, the
Beavers hit paydirt in the second inning, as Hale
doubled and Baro singled him home. It remained a
1-0 contest until the Seals’ half of the sixth
inning. McWeeny led off with a single and took
second on Shively’s ground out. Plummer then
fanned Ellison but Lundy worked him for a base on
balls and O’Connell followed with a line drive
single, scoring McWeeny. Kamm then drew another
walk and second baseman Hal Rhyne singled to drive
in a pair. Staked to a 3-1 lead, McWeeny cruised
through the next two innings but ran into trouble
in the ninth. Meusel singled and Brazill walked,
putting the tying run on base. Hale hit into a
fielder’s choice for the first out, but then Baro
walked to load the bases. McWeeny remained in the
game, and got pinch-hitter Charlie High to hit
back to the box for a force play at home, and then
retired Connolly on a fly ball to preserve the
Game Seven: San Francisco 3, Portland 1
at San Francisco, Tue., Oct. 10, 1922
Sam Lewis, who hadn’t pitched for over a week,
took the mound for San Francisco as Rogan made his
third start of the series for Portland. Lewis was
shaky in the first but the Beavers helped him with
base running misadventures; Brazill was gunned
down trying for third on a Charleston base hit and
Charleston was thrown out trying to score on a
Meusel single. The Seals returned the favor in
second when Valla doubled and was cut down trying
to score on Petway’s single. In the third the
Seals finally plated a run when Shively and Lundy
drew walks and O’Connell doubled, cashing in
Shively but failing to score Lundy, who was thrown
out at home. The Seals made it 2-0 in the sixth,
as Kamm reached on Hale’s miscue, advanced on
Kilduff’s grounder, and scored on Lewis’ two out
single. They added a third run in the seventh when
Lundy tripled and O’Connell singled him home.
Lewis, meanwhile, had hit his stride, yielding a
lone eighth-inning run on a Charleston double and
a Hale single, and the Seals completed their final
home engagement of the campaign one win away from
a second consecutive league championship.
Game Eight: Portland 6, San Francisco 0
at Portland, Thu., Oct. 12, 1922
The series returned to Portland and the Beavers
found the friendly confines most agreeable.
Charleston’s first inning solo shot off Holland
initiated the scoring. In the third Lundy
misplayed Carr’s grounder, opening the floodgates.
Riggins walked, Hale blooped a single into short
right, and Charleston hit into a fielder’s choice,
plating Carr. Meusel then lined a single to left,
scoring Riggins, and Poole followed with a walk to
load the bases. Brazill then hit a sacrifice fly
to score the inning’s third run. Up 4-0, Carr
encountered little resistance from the Seals,
shutting them out on seven hits as the Beavers
added runs in the sixth and seventh to extend the
series to the maximum.
Game Nine: Portland 2, San Francisco 0
at Portland, Fri., Oct. 13, 1922
Niehaus and Rogan locked horns in another nail
biter. The Seals put two men on in the first but
Rogan coaxed an inning-ending flyout from Ellison.
The Beavers threatened in the second when left
fielder Ike Wolfer led off with a single and Lundy
made errors on ground balls by Poole and Connolly.
Rogan hit a one-out fly ball to center that Wolfer
thought was deep enough, but Shively’s throw to
the plate beat him and the Seals survived the
threat. In the top of the third Shively worked a
one-out walk and Kamm reached on a Riggins error,
but Elliott nailed Shively at third on an
attempted double steal. Lundy then singled, and
Kamm tried to score but Meusel’s throw arrived
before he did, ending the inning. In the bottom of
the frame Charleston and Meusel hit back-to-back
two-out singles, and the seldom-used Wolfer ripped
a double down the line to give the Beavers a 2-0
lead. The Seals would threaten again in the fourth
before left fielder Lefty O’Doul hit into an
inning-ending double play, and again in the eighth
when Shively walked but was thrown out trying to
score from second on Lundy’s two-out single.
Ellison’s ninth-inning single brought the tying
run to the plate with one out, but Rogan retired
pinch hitters Adolph Schinkle and Valla to
preserve his shutout and secure a crown for
It's a rematch!
The Seals wrapped it with Bill Holland’s 1-hit
shutout over Oakland on Wednesday. They will face
Portland in Game One of the Governor’s Cup Series
this coming Tuesday. The Beavers will look to
avenge last year’s disappointing Series loss,
while the Seals will look to repeat as champions.
To do so they will have to figure out how to beat
this year’s Beavers, who ran up an 18-4
record against them.
The final Player of the Week award for 1922 went
to the Seals’ Willie Kamm. The third-sacker hit
.480 and scored five runs.
Oscar Charleston of Portland is an overwhelming
favorite to win a second consecutive Player of the
Year award. Charleston won the batting title with
a blistering .381 clip and also led the league in
on-base percentage (.463), runs scored (129), hits
(231), total bases (376), bases on balls (89) and
stolen bases (50), while finishing second in runs
batted in (131), slugging percentage (.620), and
doubles (41), and third in triples (16) and home
Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City led the league in
home runs (47), RBI (140), and slugging percentage
Bullet Rogan of Portland led the league in wins
(31) and strikeouts (208), whole San Francisco’s
Dave Brown led the league in ERA at 2.36.
It’s probably too little, too late, but Salt
Lake City showed no signs of giving up as they
took five out of six games this week, beginning
with a 5-0 triumph over San Francisco in their
final regular season meeting and following it up
with four victories over the Angels (marred by an
idiosyncratic 16-1 loss in Friday’s game). With
the Seals dropping three of the first five
contests of a six-game set at Sacramento, the Bees
picked up three games in the standings. But time
is on the Seals’ side—with six games to play, they
only need two victories to finish off the Bees.
A big reason for the Bees’ surge was Gavy
Cravath, the league’s second-oldest player and an
easy choice for Player of the Week. The 41-year
old hit .529 with 6 home runs and 12 RBI,
highlighted by a 3-homer performance on Sunday.
Cravath victimized Angels starting pitcher Ken
Douglas twice before tagging reliever George
Burger in his final at-bat. Cravath more than
doubled his season’s home run total this week;
playing sparingly, he’s hit 11 in 56 games.
Portland’s Bullet Rogan failed in his first shot
at his 30th win, losing to Sacramento in extra
innings, but was dominant in his next try,
scattering seven singles to topple the Oaks, 5-1.
Rogan’s season record is 30-6, and he’s likely to
pick up one more start.
Dave Brown of San Francisco has taken over the
ERA lead from Los Angeles’ Nick Dumovich (who had
the misfortune of having to pitch at Salt Lake
City this week). Brown clocks in at 2.36, Dumovich
The post-season picture came into sharp focus
this week. The showdown series between San
Francisco and Salt Lake City resulted in four
Seals' victories in five games (the final contest
will be played today), which means the Seals' lead
over the Bees is now a formidable eight games,
with twelve to play for each team. The Bees have
not been eliminated, but barring a miracle, it’s
Also this week, Portland officially clinched
home-field advantage for the Governor’s Cup
series, and Los Angeles and Oakland were both
officially eliminated from contention.
Sacramento backstop Les Cook was the Player of
the Week. Cook went 10-20 (.500) with a home run
and five RBI. He’s hitting .284 this season.
Portland ace Bullet Rogan has won 29 games.
He’ll get his first shot at number 30 today
What’s been a forgone conclusion for much of the
season is now official: Portland will play for the
Governor’s Cup. The Beavers’ 3-1 victory over Salt
Lake City on Sunday clinched at least a
second-place finish for the club. The team has a
chance to clinch a first-place finish (and home
field advantage for the championship series) this
week. Their magic number is 3.
Meanwhile, the second-place San Francisco Seals
picked up an extra game of breathing room over
Salt Lake City, playing .500 ball for the week
while the Bees went 2-4. The two clubs begin a
six-game set at San Francisco on Wednesday. The
Bees trail the Seals by four games.
Harry Heilmann of the Oaks is the Player of the
Week. The slugging right fielder hit .440 while
driving in seven runs. Heilmann is fourth in the
league in hitting at .352.
With Portland’s first-place finish all but a
certainty, the race for the other Governor’s Cup
series berth between San Francisco and Salt Lake
City intensified as the Seals won four in a row
against Los Angeles and the Bees kept pace by
taking four straight from Seattle. The Seals still
lead the Bees by three games.
Seattle and Vernon were officially eliminated
from post-season consideration this week, and time
is likely to run out on Sacramento this week or
next, with Oakland and Los Angeles facing
elimination a week or so later. With championship
hopes dimming, most fans are focusing more on
their favorite players’ individual perfomances
One such player is Salt Lake City’s Crush
Holloway, the reigning Player of the Week.
Holloway hit .417 with 4 runs and 4 RBI. The 25
year-old is blossoming; he’s improved on his 1921
performance in every offensive category. He also
leads all left fielders with 20 assists.
San Francisco finished the week dropping two
games to Portland, but it was still a good week,
as they extended their lead over third-place Salt
Lake City by a game. The Bees were able to forge a
3-3 record for the week, but had probably hoped
for better, as they were playing the two worst
teams in the league, Seattle and Vernon.
The seventh-place Rainiers have had one bright
spot this season in the ageless John Henry Lloyd.
The 38-year old infielder earned Player of the
Week honors by hitting a sizzling .600 (15-25).
Lloyd’s .358 season average is the league’s
Even with more than a month left in the season
the Beavers’ magic number is down to a manageable
17. A mere .500 showing in what remains of the
regular season would put them at 101 wins. The
second-place Seals would need to win 29 of their
last 30 games to match that.
Every team in the league has played the same
number of games—118—which means every team has the
same number of games remaining, barring rainouts.
With 39 games to play every team is still
As a practical matter, though, the post-season
picture looks like it’s down to three teams. The
Portland Beavers are just about a lock to take
first place, so in terms of an actual race, it’s
the race for second place and the chance to play
the Beavers for the league championship.
The San Francisco Seals are in the driver’s
seat, coming off a 6-1 week. The Salt Lake City
Bees still have more than a puncher’s chance,
trailing the Seals by three after a break-even
week. The Los Angeles Angels are likely finished
after going 2-4 and falling nine games behind San
Portland’s Oscar Charleston, looking very much
like a lock to win his second consecutive Player
of the Year Award, took Player of the Week honors
for the third time this season, hitting .476 with
3 homers and 6 RBI. Charleston is closing in on
the on the leaders of two Triple Crown categories,
trailing Salt Lake City’s Biz Mackey by .006 in
batting and the Bees’ Tony Lazzeri by 3 RBI.
The Seals and Bees battled in Salt Lake City,
with San Francisco taking three of the five. They
now hold a half-game edge over the Bees. The two
clubs meet again in San Francisco in a month.
More damaging than the series loss was the
injury to Bees’ center fielder Cristobal
Torriente, who suffered a fractured finger and is
expected to miss 5-6 weeks.
The race between the Seals and Bees remains
tight, but they seem to have shaken the fading
Angels, who now trail Salt Lake City by five and
San Francisco by five and a half.
San Francisco's Pete Kilduff was the Player of
the Week. The keystone sacker hit a blistering
.560 (14-25) with 5 home runs and 9 RBI. While
such performances no longer seem extraordinary
when accomplished during a visit to
hitter-friendly Salt Lake City, it should be noted
that two of Kilduff's games this week were played
against Vernon at stingy Washington Park, where he
went 4-7 with a homer.
Portland completed a perfect (6-0) week, and now
lead the second place Salt Lake City Bees by 17
games. The Bees had a good week, too, and have
regained the upper hand in the quest for the
second Governor’s Cup Series berth.
The bulk of the Beavers’ success came at the
expense of the Los Angeles Angels, who were swept
at home for the second time this season. Most
embarrassing for the Halos was Portland’s utter
dominance at the plate, scoring in double figures
three times (including the humiliating 18-2 series
finale) and ballooning L.A.’s team ERA from a
league-leading 2.99 to a third-best 3.20.
The Angels now trail the Bees by four games and
San Francisco by three.
The Player of the Week was Duffy Lewis of Salt
Lake City, who hit .500 with 2 home runs and 7
The Portland Beavers cruised to five straight
wins over the Vernon Tigers after dropping the
series opener, and now hold a commanding 15-game
lead over their nearest competitors. At this
point, the Beavers would be best served by
spending the next two months ensuring they stay
healthy, as their ticket to the Governor’s Cup
Series appears to have been punched.
San Francisco’s Seals slipped by Los Angeles and
Salt Lake City this week, taking five of six
against the Seattle Rainiers. The Angels and Bees
faced off in Los Angeles, and battled one another
to a draw. They both trail the Seals by a single
The Angels’ Turkey Stearnes won his second
Player of the Week award this month, hitting .417
with 4 home runs and 7 RBI. Stearnes, whose 16
home runs are third in the league, hadn’t hit a
round-tripper at home all year before launching
four into the seats against the Bees.
San Francisco’s Willie Kamm was the Player of
the Week, but the rest of his team didn’t hold up
their end, and the Seals fell to fourth place.
Kamm’s 10-24 (.417) performance wasn’t enough to
keep the Seals from dropping the series finale at
Seattle and then four out of five at Portland.
Even after the rough week, the club still finds
itself just a game out of second, looking up at
Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
Sacramento had the best week, defeating Vernon
twice and taking three out of five from the
Angels. The Solons aren’t exactly contenders, but
after spending most of the season in the cellar,
they’ve climbed into sixth place.
The race for the second Governor's Cup Series
berth continues to tighten, with three teams
separated by half a game. Portland is still in the
driver’s seat for the top spot, leading runners-up
Salt Lake City and San Francisco by a comfortable
12 games, and Los Angeles by 12 1/2.
The Player of the Week, for the second time this
year and the fourth time in his young career, was
Portland’s Oscar Charleston. The Hoosier
Thunderbolt hit .556, raising his season’s average
to .384, the second best mark in the loop. Salt
Lake City’s Biz Mackey is hitting .408.
The Pacific Coast League has been around since
1903, but has only been calling itself a “major”
league for a scant year and a half. So, being a
“young” league, it is to be expected that its
records will be set and re-set with some degree of
Still, it’s a bit alarming that the seasonal
home run record of 27 (established by Turkey
Stearnes last year) has already fallen in July.
Salt Lake City’s rookie star Tony Lazzeri tied the
record and broke it on the same day. Every home
run he hits from now on this season will set a new
record, and his team has 74 games left. The record
he sets may stand for a long time.
The Player of the Week was not Lazzeri, however;
the award went to Sacramento first-sacker Paul
Strand, who hit .407 with a pair of homers and 7
RBI. Strand is hitting .341 this season.
The race for the second playoff berth remains
tight, with Salt Lake City leading Los Angeles by
a game and San Francisco by two. Portland’s grasp
on the top spot appears secure, as they hold an
11-game edge over the Bees.
The San Francisco Seals are the league's hottest
team. Most of the league played .500 ball this
week, the exceptions being the Seals and the two
teams that were unfortunate enough to have to play
them. San Francisco took four games in a five-game
set at Sacramento, and then won the first two
contests in their mid-season clash with Oakland.
The Seals are in the thick of the race for the
second post-season berth, trailing Los Angeles by
a game and Salt Lake City by two. Portland
maintains a 9 1/2 game edge over the Bees for the
Turkey Stearnes of the Angels was the player of
the week. The sophomore phenom hit .500 while
hitting 5 home runs at hitter-friendly Bonneville
Park of Salt Lake City. Stearnes' 11
round-trippers ties him with Oakland's Mule
Suttles for most in the league amongst non-Bees
(the Bees have the top two home run hitters in the
league as well as three of the top five and five
of the top ten).
Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City was the Batter of
the Month for June, and Ray Kremer of Oakland was
the Pitcher of the Month. Lazzeri hit .368 with 8
homers; Kremer was 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA.
It's lonely at the top, but a crowd is beginning
to assemble just below that spot.
The Portland Beavers dashed off four wins in a
row against lowly Sacramento before dropping the
series finale and the opening game of a five-game
set at Oakland. The two defeats made nary a dent
in their lead over Salt Lake City, who endured a
second nightmare week in a row.
The Bees dropped four out of five at San
Francisco and also lost Sunday's series opener at
home against Los Angeles. The Bees trail the
Beavers by a rapidly widening gap that has now
reached 9 1/2 games; even more disconcerting for
the Salt Lake City faithful is their once-sizable
lead over the Angels, which has dwindled to a
worrisome game-and-a half. Also now in the mix are
the Oaks, who are 4 1/2 games behind the Bees, and
the Seals, who are just one game worse than
The Seals' Jimmy O'Connell took home Player of
the Week honors, hitting .526 to raise his
season's average to .384.
The first series pitting the top two teams in
the league promised to be an eventful one, and it
was. And for Portland fans, the events lived up to
The Beavers swatted the Bees in a dominating
six-game sweep, led by Player of the Week Oscar
Charleston, who hit .522 with 2 homers and 11 RBI.
Charleston, who was named Player of the Week twice
last season, had yet to capture the award this
year, but he was Batter of the Month for April. He
currently leads the league in stolen bases (20)
and on-base percentage (.463).
Portland leaves Salt Lake City 6 1/2 games
behind them, and has given hope to a few other
teams, who may now view that second playoff slot
as attainable. The Angels trail the Bees by six;
the Oaks trail them by seven.
Portland is red-hot, and while it doesn't look
like Salt Lake City will be fading any time soon,
the Bees are finding that whenever they're less
than perfect, they lose ground to the Beavers.
Portland has won 11 of 12 and leads Salt Lake City
by a game-and-a-half.
Bees' third baseman Tony Lazzeri took Player of
the Week honors, and for once a Salt Lake City
player did so while playing on the road. The
phenomenal rookie hit .520 with 2 homers and 4 RBI
leading the Bees to four wins in six tries at
The divide between playoff contenders and
also-rans continues to grow. The second-place Bees
lead Los Angeles and Oakland by a daunting nine
The Vernon Tigers have largely been a
disappointment up until now, but Pete Schneider,
the club's celebrated pitcher-cum-right fielder,
has just won Player of the Week honors after a
blistering 4-home run, 13-RBI, .615 performance.
Unfortunately the Tigers still dropped four out of
six at Salt Lake City.
It was a good week for the Bees but not good
enough. They now trail Portland by a half-game
after the Beavers followed a series-opening loss
in San Francisco with five consecutive triumphs.
Oakland also had a good week. The Oaks took five
out of six at Seattle and have moved into third
place. But they still have an uphill climb;
second-place Salt Lake City leads them by eight
There's no place like home for the Salt Lake
City Bees, who began the week dropping a 3-2
decision at Oakland, and then went back to those
friendliest of confines to sweep Seattle in a
5-game set. The star of the show was Player of the
Week Tony Lazzeri, who went 11-24 with 6 home
runs. The 18-year old rookie now leads the loop in
round-trippers with 17, while his teammates Duffy
Lewis (14) and Cristobal Torriente (10) are the
only other players in double figures.
San Francisco also completed a five-game sweep,
but on nominally inhospitable turf: on the road at
Los Angeles. The Seals are probably wishing they
could spend more time in Southern California,
having gone 9-1 against the two inhabitants of
There's a lot of baseball left to be played, but
it's currently looking like a two-team race.
Portland trails Salt Lake City by a half-game. The
Angels have fallen seven games off the pace, and
have joined San Francisco (eight games back) and
Oakland (nine games back) in the middle of the
The Los Angeles Angels traveled to Portland to
face the Beavers in a clash of upper division
squads. The Beavers have taken two of the first
three games; a Sunday matchup was rained out, so
the teams will conclude the series with a
doubleheader on Monday. The Beavers lead the
Angels by two and a half games.
Salt Lake City is keeping pace with Portland,
and the two clubs sit atop the standings with
identical 24-12 records.
Dick Niehaus of the Seals was an easy choice for
Player of the Week. He shut out the Bees in Salt
Lake City (no small feat) last Monday and then
followed that performance up on Sunday with his
second road shutout of the week, against the
Tigers at Vernon. Niehaus is currently third in
the league in ERA with a 2.92 mark.
It would have been easy to dismiss the Salt Lake
City Bees' strong April as a fluke after they
dropped five straight games at the beginning of
May to fall into third place. But the Bees are
proving to be a difficult group to pin down;
they've followed up that five-game skid with a
winning streak that has now reached eight games.
How much does this team like playing at home?
They're 6-5 on the road, 16-5 in Utah.
Bees' center fielder Cristobal Torriente is the
league's newest Player of the Week, coming off a
10-26 (.385) performance with 3 home runs and 14
RBI. He's tied for the league lead in the latter
category with Oakland's Harry Heilmann.
The Bees hold the top slot in the league
standings at 22-10, with the Los Angeles Angels
hot on their heels just a game back and the
Portland Beavers trailing by just a game and a
Last season the Seattle Rainiers were a streaky
team; one mid-season hot streak vaulted them
unexpectedly into the playoff chase, but
ultimately their cold stretches doomed them to a
fourth-place, barely-above .500 finish. This year,
after an uninspiring 6-11 beginning, they've
gotten hot early, winning seven of their last
eight. The Rainiers currently sit four behind
league-leading Portland at 13-12. Powering their
surge are ageless shortstop John Henry Lloyd,
who's hitting .398, and third baseman John
Beckwith, just a tick behind Lloyd at .394.
Portland and Los Angeles are engaged in a battle
for first place; They've split the first four
games of a six-game set. The Beavers lead the
Angels by a half-game. Salt Lake City is in third,
a game-and-a-half behind the leader.
Oakland's Mule Suttles took Player of the Week
honors. The 21-year old rookie is undaunted by PCL
pitching, going 12-for-27 this week with six home
runs. He's currently second in the league in all
three Triple Crown categories.
The stellar performances of two Portland
pitchers earned the duo special recognition this
week. Bullet Rogan was named Pitcher of the Month
after a 5-0, 3.20 April, and Wayne Carr took
Player of the Week honors after shutting out the
Seals twice. The Beavers, while not accustomed to
being in second place, are right in the thick of
things, just a half-game behind Salt Lake City.
The Bees showed that they are able to win on the
road, even in Los Angeles' Washington Park, a
spacious venue that all but completely eliminates
the home run threat (but not quite
completely; hurler Nip Winters connected for the
only homer the Bees' hit all week). The Bees took
four out of six from the park's tenants, Vernon,
and then the first two games of a five-game set
from the landlords, the Angels.
The front-running Bees have won four in a row
while the Beavers have triumphed in five straight.
The only other team above .500 is the Angels, who
at 12-7 are two games behind Salt Lake City.
They didn't match the gaudy numbers the Bees
produced in their opening week sweep, but the
Angels' recent 5-game sweep on the road at Oakland
may have been just as impressive in context. The
Halos scored 8, 10, 15, 7 and 7 runs, while thrice
limiting the Oaks to 2 runs or less. The Angels'
best hitter from a year ago, Turkey Stearnes, is
hitting .421, and 42 year-old Sam Crawford seems
to have discovered the fountain of youth, hitting
.423. Los Angeles also boasts the current league
ERA leader, Tom Hughes, at 2.00.
But it was a Portland Beaver who had the best
week of any individual. Dick Cox hit .579 with a
home run and 7 RBIs. Cox is at .400 for the
Salt Lake City remains in first place, a game
ahead of Los Angeles and a game and a half ahead
1922 Opening Week
Aside from their most devoted fans, it's likely
that few people were paying much attention to the
final series of the 1921 season when the Salt Lake
City Bees played host to the Sacramento Solons.
These were, after all, the seventh and eighth
place teams in the league, and the Bees had lost
nine games in a row while the Solons had been on
the losing side of ten straight. Salt Lake City
swept the six-game series, not exactly salvaging
their season but certainly punctuating the Solons'
Fast forward to Opening Week, 1922. Same locale,
same teams. And, unfortunately for Sacramento,
same result. The Bees dominated the Solons in a
convincing sweep, scoring at least seven runs in
every game, hitting .399 in the series and
launching an eye-popping 15 home runs. With no
other team escaping the first week of play without
at least two losses, the Bees enjoy a two-game
lead atop the standings. Meanwhile, for
Sacramento, things can only get better.
Not surprisingly, a Bee was player of the week.
Duffy Lewis hit .536 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.
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