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1923 Governor’s Cup Series
Game One: Los Angeles 4, Portland 3 at Los
Angeles, Wed., Oct. 10, 1923
The league’s ERA leader, John Donaldson of the Angels, took the
mound against Portland’s “junior ace”, 19-game winner Wayne Carr,
so a low-scoring affair was expected. The Beavers broke the ice in
the third inning, stringing together three singles, with left
fielder Dick Cox’s hit producing the first run. The Angels tied it
up in the fifth with three singles of their own, in spite of
two failed sacrifice attempts in which the lead runner was gunned
down both times before second baseman George Scales delivered a
two-out RBI hit. The Beavers wasted little time in regaining the
lead. Center fielder Oscar Charleston led off the sixth with a
triple and a shaken Donaldson walked Cox on four pitches and then
hit right fielder Bob Meusel to load the bases. Shortstop Wes
Kingdon then grounded to Scales who threw home to force
Charleston, but first baseman Frank Brazill followed with a hard
grounder past Scales to plate a pair. Up 3-1, Carr navigated past
a lead-off triple by center fielder Turkey Stearnes in the sixth
and escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the seventh, taking a two-run
advantage into the ninth. With one out, catcher Larry Brown lined
a single up the middle and Halos skipper Marty Krug tagged Parry
O’Brien to pinch-hit for shortstop Jake Stephens. O’Brien homered
on the first pitch and the game was tied. Carr pitched into the
tenth before giving way to 25-game winner Bullet Rogan, and
Donaldson lasted into the eleventh, when he was replaced with Pat
Flaherty. The relievers traded zeroes until the 14th, when Angels
third baseman Ray Jacobs delivered a two-out RBI single to give
Los Angeles a satisfying Game One victory.
Game Two: Los Angeles 5, Portland 3 at Los
Angeles, Thu., Oct. 11, 1923
Rogan was a surprise starter the day after logging four and
two-thirds innings; he faced a well-rested 18-game winner in
left-hander Willie Mitchell. The southpaw had logged a perfect 6-0
regular season record against the Beavers in five starts and one
relief appearance, while Rogan’s Game One loss on Wednesday was
his sixth in seven decisions against Los Angeles. Anxious to put
an end to those worrisome trends, the Beavers jumped on Mitchell
for a pair of first inning runs; shortstop Orville Riggins came
home on a balk, and Charleston jogged home on Cox’s triple. The
Angels tied the score in the second, however, with Mitchell
himself delivering a two run, bases-loaded single. The defending
champs answered in the following frame, with Cox delivering a
two-on, two-out double that plated second basemen Bud Connolly,
but failed to cash in Charleston, who was thrown out at the plate
by left fielder Babe Twombly. The lead held until the sixth, when
right fielder Wally Hood doubled and scored on Brown’s triple. The
decisive rally came one inning later, as Twombly drew a one-out
walk and scored on Stearnes’ triple; Jacobs followed with a
sacrifice fly to provide an insurance run, and Mitchell logged a
scoreless eighth before handing the ball over to Flaherty in the
ninth to nail down the win.
Game Three: Los Angeles 8, Portland 0 at Portland,
Sun., Oct. 14, 1923
The Beavers needed a big boost from spot-starter Juan Padron in
this game, and they didn’t get it. The left-hander had compiled a
12-4 record during the season but most of the victories came in
relief, and he had not started a game since May 25—ironically, a
game against the Angels, in which he was ejected for inciting a
bench-clearing brawl. As in that game, the Angels again roughed
him up early, scoring two first inning runs after O’Brien started
a rally with a one-out triple. The visitors struck again for three
in the fifth, the key blow being Scales’ two-run double, and then
blew it open in the eighth on Stearnes’ two-run triple. Angels
hurler Wheezer Dell, a late-season pickup who had more or less
been given up on by Vernon, kept the Beavers frustrated all
afternoon, shutting them out on six hits and bringing the Halos
within a game of the title.
Game Four: Portland 3, Los Angeles 0 at Portland,
Mon., Oct. 15, 1923
Their season on the brink, the Beavers turned to their ace, and
their ace responded with a gritty performance. Rogan’s three-hit
shutout looked easier in the box score than it was on the field.
With his teammates spotting him a two run lead in the first on a
run-scoring triple by Charleston and a balk on Donaldson, Rogan
looked dominant while retiring the first nine batters. But in the
fourth, the Angels loaded the bases with one out. First baseman
Jack Fournier bounced back to the box, and Rogan threw home for
the force, then got Hood on a grounder to short. Los Angeles then
put two on with one out in the sixth, but Rogan coaxed an
inning-ending double-play grounder from Jacobs. He stranded base
runners in the seventh and ninth as well, and his complete game
shutout gave the Beavers a chance to build some momentum.
Game Five: Portland 4, Los Angeles 1 at Portland,
Tue., Oct. 16, 1923
Spec Harkness got the nod for Portland, and took on the
unenviable task of facing the previously unbeaten Mitchell. But
Harkness proved the better man on this day, handling the suddenly
cold Los Angeles lineup while the home team’s bats brought
Mitchell back to earth. Harkness himself drove in the Beavers’
first run with a second-inning double that could have scored two
if O’Brien’s throw home to nip Frank Duncan had been less than
perfect. The Beavers added to their lead in the third when
Mitchell threw wild trying to pick Charleston off first, enabling
Riggins to jog home from third. O’Brien showed off his arm again
in the fifth, throwing out Charleston after fielding Meusel’s
double, but this game belonged to Portland, who added runs in the
seventh on an RBI-triple by Meusel and a run-scoring single by
Game Six: Los Angeles 7, Portland 3 at Los Angeles,
Fri., Oct. 19, 1923
Donaldson faced Rogan again, and both warriors ran into early
trouble. In the top of the first Charleston bounced a one-out
single up the middle and scored on Meusel’s double in the gap. In
the home half Rogan yielded a one-out triple to O’Brien and then
clipped Stearnes but stranded them both, striking out Jacobs and
Hood. Donaldson continued to struggle in the second, walking
shortstop Wes Kingdon, misplaying a ground ball off the bat of
Duncan, and then balking both runners to third, giving Rogan the
opportunity to drive in the Beavers’ second run with a fly ball.
But it was Rogan’s turn to show some jitters in the bottom of the
second when he hit Stephens with two outs and then gave up an RBI
double to Donaldson and a run-scoring single to Scales. From the
third inning on, Donaldson settled down, but the Angels kept
attacking, with Stearnes scoring twice, first on Hood’s third
inning single and then on Jacobs’ single in the sixth. The Beavers
closed the gap in the sixth when Kingdon doubled with two on and
two out, but the would-be tying run was cut down by O’Brien, his
third baserunner kill of the series. The Angels added a run in the
sixth and two in the seventh and Donaldson did the rest, retiring
the last nine men in order to set up a raucous post-game
The battle for home-field advantage in the upcoming Governor’s Cup
Series turned out to be no battle at all, as the Angels stayed hot
and the Beavers, perhaps flummoxed by a rainout that forced a
Thursday doubleheader, dropped the first three games of the week en
route to a lackluster 2-4 finish. The Angels went 5-1 and won the
regular season crown by a surprisingly cozy five games.
Most observers are calling the Governor’s Cup matchup about
even. The Angels had the better regular season record and also won
the season’s series, but the Beavers bring a lot of post-season
experience to the joust and are, after all, the defending
champions. The series begins Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Washington
Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City finished the season with a
flourish, hitting three home runs in the final game of the season
to finish with a league record 53. He also led the league in RBIs
with 141. His teammate Biz Mackey, though shelved with a shoulder
injury for the last three weeks, won the batting title with a .379
mark. Cool Papa Bell of Vernon led the loop in stolen bases with
Los Angeles’ John Donaldson won the ERA crown by posting a
stingy 1.58 mark. Bullet Rogan of Portland led the league in wins
with 25, and Smokey Joe Williams won the strikeout crown, fanning
Portland’s 4-2 victory over Salt Lake City on Friday officially
ended Oakland’s post-season hopes. The Beavers had pulled even
with Los Angeles atop the standings the previous day, but their
losses on Saturday and Sunday—coupled with the Angels’ victories
this weekend—puts the Halos in the driver’s seat with a two-game
lead and six to play. The Governor’s Cup Series will start in
either Los Angeles or Portland on Wednesday, October 10.
Before that, fans will see one final week of regular season
baseball, and for many the focus will be on individual
performances. Biz Mackey of Salt Lake City looks like a lock to
win the batting title, with an 18-point lead over his teammate
Crush Holloway (.379-.361). The Bees’ Tony Lazzeri will easily
pace the circuit in home runs, and needs to hit three more to get
to 50. Lazzeri also has a formidable lead in RBI, with 9 more than
the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes (131-122). Vernon’s rookie sensation
Cool Papa Bell has 58 stolen bases, leading the league by a
Portland’s Bullet Rogan is still the league’s only 20-game
winner (he has 24); his teammate Wayne Carr and Vernon’s
Cannonball Dick Redding have 19. John Donaldson of the Angels
appears to have a lock on the ERA crown with a 1.67 mark, and the
strikeout king will be either Smokey Joe Williams of Vernon, who
has 163, or Bill Holland of San Francisco, who has 156.
Buzz Arlett was the Player of the Week. The Oaks’ slugging right
fielder hit .500 with two home runs. He’s hitting .330 on the
season, with 22 homers, 90 runs, and 94 RBI.
The top three teams in the loop all registered identical 4-2
records this week, so Los Angeles held onto its one-game edge over
Portland, while the Beavers maintained their eight-game cushion
over third-place Oakland. The Angels’ magic number for clinching a
Governor’s Cup Series entry is four; the Beavers’ magic number is
Fourth-place Sacramento was officially eliminated on Wednesday.
The Solons are three games ahead of fifth-place Salt Lake City,
but their quest for a .500 season will be a tough fight; they’ll
need to go 9-3 down the stretch to do it.
The Bees’ Cristobal Torriente was the Player of the Week. The
center fielder hit .500 with a pair of round-trippers and seven
runs batted in. Torriente is hitting .350 with 15 home runs this
year; it’s his third consecutive injury-shortened season (he’s hit
.325 or better in each one, but he’s missed at least 30 games
The Oakland Oaks are a good team and appear to have a bright
future, but their hopes for a pennant in 1923 have just about been
extinguished. The club won just two of seven games this week
against relatively weak competition, and are now eight games
behind in the race for a Governor’s Cup Series berth. Most
observers believe the Oaks’ fate was sealed when they lost Harry
Heilmann for the season on July 20. Oakland was 50-35 at the time
but just 25-26 since.
Their ticket to the big dance all but punched, the Los Angeles
Angels seem unwilling to settle for a second-place regular season
finish. By downing the Portland Beavers 8-4 in the clubs’ final
regular season meeting on Monday, the Halos claimed a share of the
top spot, and then took three out of four against San Francisco
while the Beavers were splitting four games at Salt Lake City. The
Angels’ current one-game lead in the standings is their first
Salt Lake City, Vernon, and San Francisco were all officially
eliminated from post-season consideration this week. Sacramento is
one loss or one Portland victory away from elimination as well,
but the Solons continue to play well, winning four and losing two.
After hanging around the cellar for most of the season, they’re
within six games of .500.
The Seals’ Willie Kamm also fought the good fight, gaining
Player of the Week honors in spite of his flailing club’s
struggles. Kamm hit .625 to raise his season’s average to .298.
Los Angeles made the most of a unique opportunity: with two
earlier rain outs forcing the Angels to play nine games in seven
days, they won six of them. The key matchup was the
much-anticipated seven-game series at Portland, which saw the two
clubs alternate victories in the first six games. The teams’ final
meeting is on Monday. The Beavers’ lead over the second-place
Halos is one game.
The third-place Oaks can ill-afford to lose at all these days,
and unfortunately they were only able to manage a split in their
six contests this week. They now trail the Beavers by seven games
and the Angels by six.
Among the also-rans, Sacramento is looking like the best bet to
salvage a first-division finish, and also has the only realistic
shot at a .500 season. The Solons won five of six this week and
stand at 61-69, four games better than fifth-place Salt Lake City.
Seattle, mired in a brutal 8-game slide, was eliminated from
post-season contention this week. The Rainiers are 53-76.
The Player of the Week was the Oaks’ Buzz Arlett, whose
transition from pitcher to outfielder appears to be a resounding
success. Arlett hit .444 with three homers and seven runs batted
in. He’s hitting .324 for the year, with 20 home runs and 87 RBI.
While no team has been officially eliminated, only three can
reasonably be considered contenders. Those three all had mixed
results against sub-.500 clubs this week.
First-place Portland defeated second-place Los Angeles in the
final two games of their five-game set, but then stumbled against
Vernon, losing two of three to the Tigers. The Angels were able to
win two of three at Seattle; a fourth game was rained out and
rescheduled as the first game of a Monday doubleheader.
Third-place Oakland dropped a pair in Salt Lake City but won three
of the first four against Sacramento. The Beavers lead the Angels
by three games and the Oaks by seven and a half.
With the Oaks having no games left against either Portland or
Los Angeles, their shot at a first-place finish is looking
increasingly fanciful, meaning they’re likely to be rooting for
the Beavers when Portland hosts a seven-game series against the
Angels starting Thursday. All the Oaks can do is try to win as
many games as they can and hope to gain ground.
Salt Lake City’s Crush Holloway took Player of the Week honors.
The outfielder hit an astonishing .704 with three home runs and
seven runs batted in. Holloway is now second in the league in
hitting with a .366 clip.
The Portland Beavers have been so dominant of late that their
week-opening 14-1 rout of Sacramento seemed like business as
usual. But things took an ominous turn for the League Champions
when the Solons scored 4 ninth inning runs the next day to best
them 7-6, and then followed up with a 10-inning 5-3 victory on
Wednesday. Reeling, the Beavs headed south to begin a five-game
set at Los Angeles with the hopes of putting some distance between
themselves and the second-place Angels. The Halos took the first
three games, however, and have closed the gap to two games. The
clubs finish up the series in L.A. on Monday and Tuesday, and then
meet in Portland for a rare seven-game series beginning September
Oakland was not able to keep pace with the Angels, losing two of
their last three meetings to begin the week, and then dropping two
of three at Salt Lake City. The Oaks trail the Angels by five
games and the Beavers by seven; they will likely need to improve
on their 11-11 August record to get back into the thick of the
In spite of the Beavers’ rough week, one of their players, Frank
Brazill, was voted Player of the Week, and his numbers (.435, 1
home run, nine runs batted in) support the selection. Brazill is
hitting .324 with 20 home runs.
A perfect week for Salt Lake City! The Bees began the week by
pummeling Seattle 16-5, then won the final three games of that
series before taking the first two games of a five-game set with
Vernon. It’s too late for the Bees to make a playoff run, but they
did climb out of the cellar, and are now four games ahead of the
Tigers. Strangely, despite spending most of the season in last
place, they are actually closer to the first division than the
cellar (they trail fourth-place Sacramento by three games).
Not surprisingly, their star shortstop Tony Lazzeri was the
Player of the Week. The sophomore phenom hit .560 with 4 home runs
and 11 RBI. Lazzeri leads the league in both of those categories,
with 39 and 109, respectively. He also climbed into a tie for
second place in the batting race with the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes,
at .352. Salt Lake City’s Biz Mackey leads all hitters at .376.
Portland maintained their six-game lead over second-place Los
Angeles, while Oakland picked up a game on both the leaders. The
Oaks trail the Angels by two games; the clubs’ final three regular
season meetings take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at
Portland crafted another unbeaten week, besting Sacramento three
times and San Francisco twice. With Los Angeles stumbling through
a 2-3 stretch, the Beavers increased their lead over the Angels to
six games. Oakland went 4-1 to pick up two games on the Halos; The
Oaks trail Portland by nine but are only three games behind Los
Seattle is in fourth place, but with a 48-57 record and 13 games
separating themselves and the third-place Oaks, they are playing
largely for the prestige of claiming first-division status. They
lead Sacramento by a half-game, San Francisco by two and a half,
Vernon by five and a half and Salt Lake City by six and a half.
At least one Seattle player seems to be taking the fight
seriously. George Kelly, a slick-fielding first baseman who has
been pressed into keystone-sack duty this year, hit a blistering
.560 to earn Player of the Week honors. Kelly also blasted two
home runs and drove in eight. He’s a .304 hitter for the season.
Portland took the final four games of their six-game set with
Oakland before losing a pair to Sacramento, dropping the Oaks
eight games back. The Acorns have a chance to tighten up the race
for the second Governor’s Cup Series berth this week as they take
on Los Angeles at home. The clubs split the first two one-run
contests; there are three games remaining. They’ll meet again in
Los Angeles in two weeks.
The Angels picked up a half-game on the Beavers, and trail them
by three games while leading Oakland by five.
The Beavers’ Frank Brazill was the Player of the Week, hitting
.444 with two homers and eleven runs driven in. The 23-year old
third sacker is hitting .314 with 17 round-trippers (good for
third best in the league) and 76 RBI (also third in the league).
This year’s edition of the Portland Beavers is looking very much
like the dominant force that racked up 206 victories the past two
seasons. The Beavs fashioned another perfect week (their second in
this month), and have now won eight straight and an incredible 20
out of 21. Portland leads second-place Los Angeles by
The Angels won five out of six but still lost ground to the
leaders. In the race for the second Governor’s Cup Series berth,
they lead Oakland by two-and-a-half games.
Dick Neihaus of the San Francisco Seals threw two three-hit
shutouts this week, earning Player of the Week honors. Neihaus has
a deceptive 5-10 record this year. The luckless lefthander’s ERA
Vernon has lost 10 straight. The Tigers are a game-and-a-half
ahead of cellar-dwelling Salt Lake City.
The Beavers continue to roll, dispatching Oakland four times in
a five-game set and then stomping Vernon 10-1 to begin a six-game
series. Portland is now all alone in first place, leading Los
Angeles (who endured a second consecutive losing week) by
two-and-a-half-games and the Oaks by four.
Roy Leslie of Salt Lake City was named the league’s Player of
the Week after a .562, 3-home run, 6-RBI performance. In a
somewhat limited role (53 games, 207 at-bats), Leslie has hit 10
home runs and posted a .324 average for the Bees.
The Bees’ Tony Lazzeri hit his league-leading 30th home run; he
also leads the circuit in runs (77) and RBI (81).
The defending champions have kicked it into high gear. Portland
swept Seattle this week and have won nine straight overall. The
Beavers now find themselves in a first-place tie with Los Angeles.
It was a bad week for the Angels to play sub-.500 ball (they went
2-3 against Vernon), with Portland going undefeated and Oakland
taking four out of five from San Francisco. The Oaks trail the
co-league-leaders by just a game.
The Acorns face the Beavers at Portland this week in a five-game
set that should set the turnstiles spinning.
For the first time this year, the Player of the Week was a
pitcher: Frank Shellenback of Vernon. The Tigers’ spitballer
logged two victories over the Angels (one in relief and the other
a complete-game start) while posting a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings.
Shellenback is now 10-7 with a 2.34 ERA, good for third-best in
At the season’s approximate half-way point, three teams are at
least 14 games over .500, and the other five are all at least 5
games under .500.
Portland had a 6-1 week, enabling the defending league champions
to catch Oakland and climb within 3 games of Los Angeles. The
Beavers split the series-opening Fourth of July doubleheader
against arch-rival Seattle, then vanquished the Rainiers in four
straight. The Oaks were only able to manage a split with San
Francisco while the Angels beat Vernon four times out of six.
The Player of the Week was Salt Lake City’s Tony Lazzeri, a
small consolation for the fans of the last-place Bees. Lazzeri hit
.448 with five home runs and 12 runs driven in, bringing his
league-leading totals in both categories to 28 and 75,
respectively. He trails the American League’s Babe Ruth by just
two round-trippers, and is comfortably ahead of the National
League’s Rogers Hornsby, who has hit “just” 17.
The Oaks took six out of seven this week to pick up a half-game
on the Angels (who went 5-1). Significantly, Oakland beat Portland
three times in the teams’ first four meetings at Oaks Park to drop
the Beavers three games behind them. That series concludes today.
The key to the Oaks’ success was shortstop Dobie Moore, who hit
.433 with a pair of homers and nine runs batted in. The Black Cat
took Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career
and brought his season’s average up to an even .300.
Claude Thomas of Los Angeles won his 12th game, the most in the
league. Cannonball Dick Redding of Vernon is one of three pitchers
tied for second with 11 (Portland hurlers Wayne Carr and Bullet
Rogan are the others); Redding also leads the league in earned run
average (2.01) and strikeouts (82).
Biz Mackey, the Salt Lake City Bees’ remarkable catcher, earned
Player of the Week accolades by hitting an eye-popping .684
(13-19). Mackey lifted his season’s average to .415, but he
couldn’t lift the Bees out of their season-long slump, as they
dropped five out of seven contests this week and are in last place
Los Angeles is still rolling; the Angels are now 15 games over
.500 (39-24) and lead Oakland and Portland by two-and-a-half
games. Seattle is five-and-a-half games out of second place and a
game under .500, so the top three teams look particularly
dominant. Still, with well over half a season to go, it’s
Oakland and Los Angeles met for a six-game set at Oaks Park, and
the visitors took five of the six to regain the top spot. The
Angels lead the Oaks by two games and Portland by three.
The Beavers weathered a tough six-games-in-four-days stretch,
downing host Sacramento in four of those games. Player of the Week
Bob Meusel helped the Beavers pull within a game of second place
by hitting .548 with 4 RBI and 7 runs scored.
Last season’s home run champ, Tony Lazzeri of Salt Lake City,
leads the loop with 21 round trippers, but Meusel, with 17, is
gaining on him. Lazzeri and Meusel are also 1-2 in RBI and runs
scored. Meusel’s .373 batting average places him fourth in the
league behind the Bees’ Biz Mackey (.388), the Angels’ Turkey
Stearnes (.386), and the Bees’ Crush Holloway (.378).
The Angels walloped the Seals 18-1 on Wednesday, but the Seals
played them to a draw for eight of the nine innings. The Halos
scored 17 runs in the bottom of the third. Third baseman Howard
Lindimore and pitcher Pat Flaherty each batted three times in the
inning; Lindimore flied out to start the inning, then walked and
hit a two-run inside the park home run while Flaherty singled
twice and drove in two runs before making the final out. Los
Angeles won four of the six games against eighth-place San
Francisco to close within a game of league-leading Oakland.
The Oaks themselves had their hands full with Seattle, who
bested them three times in five meetings. The Rainiers trail
Oakland by five.
Portland took four of six meetings at Salt Lake City to close
within three games of the first place. Player of the Week Orville
Riggins led the way, hitting .517 with 10 RBI.
< While the Angels and Beavers stumbled, the Oaks took control
of the race by winning five of seven. Los Angeles had a disastrous
week, losing five out of six at Salt Lake City after their
series-ending game at Portland was rained out, and the Beavers
dropped four of six at home against the Oaks. Oakland leads the
Angels by two and a half games and the Beavers by four and a half.
Although he wasn’t able to lift his team out of the doldrums,
Los Angeles’ Turkey Stearnes was the Player of the Week. The
Halos’ center fielder hit .556 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
Stearnes is currently second in the league in hitting at .398, and
leads the league with 14 doubles and a .458 on-base percentage.
Tony Lazzeri, the Bees’ sophomore shortstop, seems to be
following up his phenomenal rookie campaign with another
juggernaut, posting a gaudy .378 with 14 home runs thus far.
Lazzeri won Player of the Week honors with a .435 average and four
But the Bees, nine games out of first place, are currently
outsiders in what is developing into a tight pennant race. The
Angels, at 24-13, lead the Oaks by a game, the Beavers by three,
and the Rainiers by four. Sacramento is six games back.
The Angels stunned Portland two weeks ago by taking five games
out of six in Los Angeles, and the Beavers hoped to return the
favor this week in Portland. The Halos continued their newfound
dominance over the league champs by taking the first two games of
the five-game set, but the Beavers swept a doubleheader on Sunday.
The rubber game will be played today.
Salt Lake City’s Bees are off to a disappointing start: a 13-18
record, eight games out of first place. But fans would be
hard-pressed to find fault with the efforts of center fielder
Cristobal Torriente, the current Player of the Week. Torriente hit
.542 this week with three home runs and seven RBI, crossing the
plate nine times himself.
The Oaks have narrowed the gap between themselves and the
front-running Angels to a mere half-game. Oakland finished off a
five-wins-in-six-games run at Salt Lake City, scoring in double
figures in every game except one. The Acorns are second in the
league in hitting and runs scored (behind only the ballpark-aided
Bees), while the Halos have given up by far the fewest runs in the
league (89, 33 fewer than Seattle).
Seattle and Portland trail the Angels by four games and the Oaks
The battle for the top spot remains tight, with the six-game set
between Los Angeles and Oakland ending in a draw, and both clubs
following with three consecutive victories over their subsequent
opponents. The Angels, at 18-7, hold a one-game edge over the
The Seattle Rainiers are on the rise, winning four and losing
two this week to raise their record to 13-12. They trail
third-place Portland by a game.
The Oaks’ Mule Suttles is the Player of the Week. The burly left
fielder hit .500 while blasting five home runs and driving in
nine. Suttles leads the league in circuit-clouts with 9.
The Los Angeles Angels are at the top of the standings after a
5-2 week. The Halos capped off their series at San Francisco with
three straight wins over the Seals, then began their showdown at
home with Oakland by taking two of the first three contests
against the Oaks. Three games remain in that series.
The Portland Beavers also went 5-2 to keep pace with the Angels,
and in doing so have caught up with the Oaks, two games shy of the
top spot. Leading the Beavers' charge was Player of the Week Bob
Meusel, who slammed five home runs while driving in 13. He hit
.553 for good measure. Meusel now leads the league with six
The Oaks stayed hot, following up their 5-1 opening week with
four wins in six games, but they now have company at the top spot,
as the Angels won five straight to catch them at 9-3. Oakland took
four out of five games from struggling Vernon before dropping a
series-opener to Seattle, while Los Angeles followed a loss to
Sacramento with four straight wins over the Solons and one over
Seattle is something of a surprise at 6-6, good for fourth place
behind the Oaks, Angels, and the 7-5 Beavers. Rainiers center
fielder Jimmy Welsh was the Player of the Week, banging out a .458
average and 2 home runs.
Sacramento was off to a hot start but the Solons have dropped
five straight to fall to 5-7. Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and
Vernon are all 4-8.
1923 Opening Week
The Oakland Oaks may have felt like a junior partner in their
Bay Area-rivalry with the San Francisco Seals last season (they
dropped 15 of the teams’ 22 meetings), but if their opening week
series was any indication, the balance of power has shifted
towards the East Bay. The Acorns took the first five games before
the Seals were able to a salvage a lone win on Sunday. Oakland's
new center fielder Clint Thomas led the charge with a .333 average
and a league-leading six stolen bases.
The Player of the Week award went to its most conspicuous
recipient, Portland’s Oscar Charleston. The Hoosier Thunderbolt
hit .480 and drove in five runs to capture the honor for the sixth
time in his brief but electrifying PCL career.
The Oaks, at 5-1, lead the Angels, Beavers, and Solons by a
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