1922 1923 1924
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 Brazill.
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 celebration.
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 Park.
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,
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,
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 comfortable
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 five.
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
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 every time).
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 since mid-July.
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
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
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 race.
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
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 Washington Park.
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 Angeles.
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
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 three-and-a-half
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
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 is
Vernon has lost 10 straight. The Tigers are a
game-and-a-half ahead of cellar-dwelling Salt Lake
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
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
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 the loop.
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
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
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 at 25-38.
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 anybody’s race.
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
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
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
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 by three-and-a-half.
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 Oaks.
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
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
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
The Oaks, at 5-1, lead the Angels, Beavers, and
Solons by a game.
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