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Game One: San Francisco 6, Portland 1
at San Francisco, Tue., Oct. 6, 1925
The Seals took a gamble, holding back 20-game
winner Bill Holland for Game Two and giving the
ball to Ping Gardner (11-9, 3.82) for the opener.
Facing the league's perennial leader in wins,
Bullet Rogan (27-6, 3.51), Gardner proved he was
the man for the job, frustrating the Beavers for
the better part of eight innings. The Seals broke
open a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth. With
two outs third baseman Willie Kamm singled. Center
fielder Gene Valla followed by lining one off
third baseman Bud Connolly’s glove; the official
scorer ruled the tough chance an error. Rogan then
gave catcher Sam Agnew an intentional pass to face
Gardner, and the Seals’ hurler made him pay,
bouncing a hard grounder between the diving
Connolly and shortstop Bill Riggins to plate two.
Second baseman Newt Allen followed with a two-run
single of his own. The rattled Rogan then walked
right fielder Paul Waner and yielded a run-scoring
single to shortstop Dick Lundy before finally
retiring left fielder Lefty O’Doul to end the
five-run frame. Rogan pitched the remainder of the
game in his usual dominant fashion; he outlasted
Gardner, who gave way to Bill Drake with two outs
in the eighth, but the Beavers were unable to put
together a threat, and the Seals took a 1-0
Game Two: San Francisco 11, Portland 2
at San Francisco, Wed., Oct. 7, 1925
Holland took the hill for San Francisco opposite
Wayne Carr (12-12, 3.48). The first indication
that it might not be Carr’s day appeared when the
very first batter he faced, Allen, homered to left
to give the Seals a 1-0 lead. The second hitter,
Waner, drew a base on balls, and the third, Lundy,
singled. O’Doul then delivered an RBI single and
first baseman Frank Brower ripped a two-run double
down the left field line. Carr retired the next
three hitters in order but one of them, Valla, hit
a deep enough drive to allow another run to score
and it was 5-0 in favor of San Francisco after one
inning. The appreciative Holland took advantage of
the early cushion and poured in strikes all
afternoon, scattering eight hits and striking out
seven. The Seals added runs in the fifth, sixth,
and seventh en route to an 11-2 laugher and a 2-0
Game Three: Portland 4, San Francisco 1
at Portland, Fri., Oct. 9, 1925
The Beavers were desperate for a clutch
performance and 38-year old Paul Fittery (15-7,
3.90) gave it to them. As the Seals’ Dave Brown
(8-6, 3.66) turned in a fine performance himself,
this was the first tight game of the series.
Searching for a formula that would produce some
offense, the Beavers tried their third different
leadoff hitter in as many games, left fielder
George Quellich. Quellich matched Allen’s feat of
the previous contest, homering to start the bottom
of the first. Allen himself got the Seals even
with an RBI-double in the fourth and from there
the two starting pitchers dominated. The Seals had
the best chance to break the tie when their first
two hitters in the eighth inning reached base, but
Fittery induced two ground balls that resulted in
three outs. In the bottom of the ninth Riggins led
off with a double and Brown opted to intentionally
walk center fielder Oscar Charleston to set up a
double play, but the twin-killing never came;
instead right fielder Bob Meusel’s three-run
game-winning blast sent the home crowd home happy
with a satisfying and much-needed 4-1 triumph.
Game Four: Portland 3, San Francisco 0
at Portland, Sat., Oct. 10, 1925
Rogan returned to the hill for Portland to take
on Ken Douglas (15-10, 3.85). This time he turned
in a more typical performance, masterfully
shutting down the Seals with a four-hit shutout.
Douglas was not as effective, yielding a
run-scoring grounder to second baseman Bingo
DeMoss, a solo homer to Quellich and an RBI double
to Charleston. The Seals never really threatened;
after scoring 18 runs in the first 18 innings of
the series, they had scored just one in the next
18. The series was tied, 2-2, and the momentum
seemed to be with Portland.
Game Five: Portland 10, San Francisco 0
at Portland, Sun., Oct. 11, 1925
Carr made the most of his chance for redemption
following his Game Two fiasco, shutting out the
Seals on three hits for 7.1 innings before giving
way to Jesse Winters (3-3), 4.55). The Beavers
also rediscovered the high-powered offense that
carried them through the regular season. They
began scoring early and continued to score often
throughout the game. DeMoss began the onslaught
with a second inning RBI-single off Gardner, and
the Beavers plated another run in the third when
catcher Mickey Cochrane hit a sacrifice fly
following a Charleston triple. Left fielder Bill
Bagwell’s two-run single in the fourth made it
4-0, and the Beavers put it away with a three-run
seventh that featured an RBI-double by Carr and
run-scoring singles by Charleston and Cochrane.
Carr was still going strong in the late innings
but a 50-minute rain delay in the eighth prompted
manager Walt McCredie to give him the rest of the
day off. Winters retired the last five hitters in
order and the Beavers hit the road a win away from
Game Six: Portland 3, San Francisco 1
at San Francisco, Tue., Oct. 13, 1925
The Seals turned to their ace, Holland, while the
Beavers handed the ball to the revitalized
Fittery. The two spent most of the day getting in
and out of trouble but Fittery proved the more
resourceful. Holland was in deep water from the
get-go, giving up a lead-off double to Bagwell and
an RBI-single to Charleston. Charleston then stole
second and Cochrane hit six foul balls before
Holland finally threw ball four, but the
aggressive Charleston bailed Holland of the inning
by getting thrown out trying to steal third. The
Seals had a chance to knot the score in the
fourth. Right fielder Adolph Schinkle doubled, and
with two outs Kamm lined a single to left, but
Bagwell’s throw home was on the mark and Cochrane
applied the tag to retire the side. In the fifth
Bagwell doubled DeMoss home and Charleston singled
home Bagwell and the Beavers led by three. The
Seals rallied in the sixth, putting runners on the
corners with two outs for Brower. The slugging
first baseman came through, lining a base hit
through the middle to score center fielder George
Shively, but the Seals were again victimized by a
perfect peg from an outfielder as Charleston
gunned down Schinkle on an ill-advised attempt to
reach third. San Francisco also brought the tying
run to the plate in the seventh, eighth, and ninth
innings but came up empty each time. Fittery
earned a shutout and Series MVP honors and the
resilient Beavers earned their second league
The 1925 PCL regular season is in the books. It
was another wild finish.
Vernon’s 8-7 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday
eliminated the Angels from postseason contention.
The following day Portland punched their ticket to
the Governor’s Cup Series by defeating Seattle
6-5. On Friday the Angels’ 4-0 victory over the
Tigers took Vernon out of the race, giving San
Francisco a postseason berth.
None of that was too surprising; the Beavers and
Seals have been front-runners for weeks. But with
the Beavers holding a two-game lead over the Seals
at the start of the week, they were a huge
favorite to secure home-field advantage for the
Governor’s Cup Series. However, Portland
dropped four out of six to Seattle while the
Seals were beating Oakland five times in six
games. The Seals caught the Beavers on Friday and
passed them on Saturday, with both teams winning
on the final day of the season. The Seals finished
89-65, one game better than Portland.
Vernon finished in third place, four games behind
San Francisco. Los Angeles finished fourth, 10
games out. Seattle posted their first winning
season in four years and came in fifth, 11 games
out. Salt Lake City finished 17 games out, Oakland
finished 22 back and Sacramento trailed by 31.
The final Player of the Week was Seattle’s
rookie sensation Babe Herman, who hit .600 with a
pair of home runs and eight runs batted in.
George Grantham of Salt Lake City was the batting
champion at .379, besting Portland’s Mickey
Cochrane (.370) and Los Angeles’ Turkey Stearnes
(.362). Stearnes took the home run title with 44,
while Salt Lake City’s Tony Lazzeri bashed 36 and
Los Angeles’ Jack Fournier and Salt Lake City’s
Johnny Frederick tied for third with 31. Lazzeri
paced the circuit in runs batted in with 159;
Frederick drove in 152 while Cochrane plated 147.
Cool Papa Bell of Vernon topped the loop in stolen
bases with 54; Clint Thomas of Oakland swiped 36
and Salt Lake City’s Cristobal Torriente pilfered
Portland’s Bullet Rogan was the league’s
winningest pitcher with 27 triumphs; John
Donaldson of Los Angeles won 25 and Bill Holland
of San Francisco won 20. Frank Shellenback of
Vernon took the ERA crown with a 2.75 mark while
Wayne Carr of Portland finished at 3.48 and Rogan
at 3.51. The strikeout king was Willie Foster of
Sacramento, who fanned 160; Rogan was next with
152 and Holland followed with 150.
San Francisco hosts Portland in Game One of the
Governor’s Cup Series tomorrow.
Portland needs one more victory or one loss by
Vernon to clinch a return to the Governor’s Cup
Series after a one-year layoff. The Beavers took
five out of six from Sacramento and sit atop the
league standings board at 86-62. They play their
final six games at home against Seattle.
The Rainiers will have nothing to play for except
pride and a chance to record their first winning
season since 1921. They were eliminated from
post-season consideration with their 1-0 loss to
San Francisco on Sunday. Seattle has lost eight
The Seals are riding high, winners of six in a
row. Their sweep of Seattle brought them within
two games of Portland. They also lead Vernon by
four games, so a split with Oakland in their final
six-game set will clinch a Governor’s Cup Series
berth for San Francisco.
The Tigers and Angels are just about out of gas.
Vernon, at 80-68, has the best shot at a miracle
since they lead Los Angeles by two games. To have
any realistic shot at all one of these teams will
have to sweep the other in their final series at
Wrigley Field. Even that will be for nought if the
Seals are able to persevere at home against the
Vernon’s Cool Papa Bell is the Player of the
Week. The Tigers’ 22-year old center fielder hit
.478 this week, raising his season mark to .437.
He has 11 home runs and 46 RBIs and leads the
league with 51 stolen bases.
The tightest race right now is the one for second
place; San Francisco and Vernon have just
completed their season series, and with the Tigers
taking three of the last five, they’ve pulled
within two games of the Seals. San Francisco
begins a five-game joust at home against Seattle
on Wednesday before hosting Oakland in a six-game
set to wrap up the regular season, while Vernon
heads to Salt Lake City for a five-game set and
then heads back to Southern California to take on
Los Angeles at Wrigley Field.
Los Angeles and Seattle are still clinging to
their slim post-season hopes. The Angels fought
Portland to a draw in their recent six-game
series, thus failing to gain on the first-place
Beavers, but they picked up a game on the Seals
and trail them by four. Meanwhile the Rainiers
dropped three in a row at home against
eighth-place Sacramento to fall a game behind the
Angels and five behind the Seals. Seattle begins
what may be a must-sweep series at San Francisco
Two teams—Salt Lake City and Oakland—were
eliminated from post-season consideration on
Saturday, but the Bees’ fans can at least
celebrate the accomplishment of third baseman Joe
Manger, who was named the Player of the Week.
Manger hit .583 with three home runs and eleven
runs batted in, raising his season’s average to
.304. Manger has 14 round-trippers this year.
Nobody’s resting easy just yet, but the top two
teams put a little more distance between
themselves and their challengers, and the quest to
displace them is now that much more difficult.
San Francisco dropped a 4-3 decision at Vernon on
Monday, allowing the Tigers to edge to within a
game of the second-place Seals. But the Tigers
were not able to build on their success, winning
just one of the next five games against Portland
while the Seals were winning four out of five at
Salt Lake City. Vernon now trails San Francisco by
four games. The good news for the Tigers is
they’ll get one more five-game crack at the Seals
The Beavers have a two-and-a-half game lead over
the Seals and are in control of their own fate, as
the two clubs have no more head-to-head matchups.
The Beavers can increase their six and a half-game
lead over third-place Vernon with a win today.
Los Angeles is five games behind the Seals and
Seattle trails them by five and a half. The
Rainiers have games left against both the Seals
and Beavers, but their margin for error is very
thin at this point. They probably need at least
one sweep to stay in it.
Paul Waner of San Francisco took Player of the
Week honors on the heels of his devastating .619
performance. The 22 year-old is hitting .351 this
year, scoring 88 runs while vying for playing time
in a crowded Seals outfield.
The Seattle Rainiers, winners of seven straight,
are still playing like a team with something to
play for, and they’re now a first-division club,
having slipped past Los Angeles this weekend. The
Angels took the first three games at Portland but
dropped the next two and now sit one game behind
the Rainiers, who are a win away from sweeping
Sacramento. Seattle trails San Francisco by four
games and Vernon by two.
The Seals and Tigers wrap up their six-game set
today. Vernon has taken the last two contests and
three of the first five, gaining a game on the
Seals in the process.
The Beavers still lead San Francisco by two
games, and will gain a split with the Halos if
they can beat them in their finale today. They
begin a crucial six-game set at home against
Vernon on Thursday.
Sacramento is officially out of the race. The
hapless Solons have lost six straight and are 13
games behind seventh-place Salt Lake City.
Walter Cannady is the Player of the Week. The
Rainiers’ 23-year old keystone sacker hit .583
with two home runs, eight runs driven in and nine
runs scored. On the year Cannady is hitting .333
with 10 homers and 70 RBI.
Mickey Cochrane of Portland hit .706 this week.
making him an obvious choice for Player of the
Week honors. His teammates didn’t do so bad
themselves, winning four and losing two and taking
over sole possession of first place on Saturday.
Cochrane is hitting .361 (fourth in the league)
with 16 homers (tied for 12th) and 117 RBI
(third). He leads the league in on-base percentage
(.452) and is looking like a pretty solid
candidate for Most Valuable Player. The Beavers
are 72-53 and lead San Francisco by one game.
The Seals had a break-even week but their timing
was poor, with both Portland and Vernon going 4-2.
The Tigers trail the Seals by just four games. The
two teams haven't met since the July 2nd; they
begin a six-game set on Wednesday at Washington
Park and will meet again two weeks later for five
games at Recreation Park.
Los Angeles and Seattle are seeing their pennant
hopes fade. The Angels now trail San Francisco by
seven games and the Rainiers are a game behind the
Halos. Oakland, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento all
have formidable double-figure deficits to overcome
and are looking towards next season.
San Francisco’s hot streak came to an abrupt end
as the Seals dropped four straight in Los Angeles.
The sudden losing streak left them with a slim
one-game lead over second-place Portland as the
Beavers arrived in town for a crucial five-game
set. The Seals took the first meeting to give
themselves some breathing room but it was to be
their only victory this week, as Portland came
back to take the next two games to forge a tie at
the top of the standings. The clubs will battle it
out today and again tomorrow to conclude their
At least three clubs are still hanging around the
periphery of the race, each a winning streak away
from making things interesting. Vernon trails the
leaders by five games. The Angels are right behind
them, six games out, and Seattle is just a game
behind Los Angeles.
The Player of the Week was Salt Lake City’s
George Grantham. The slugging first baseman hit
.577 (15-26) this week, raising his season’s
average to .374. Grantham is currently a handful
of plate appearances short of qualifying for the
batting title, but he trails league-leader George
Scales of Los Angeles by just two points. He’s hit
16 home runs and driven in 68.
If San Francisco Seals fans weren’t already
feeling pennant fever before this week, they
should be now.
The Seals have won ten straight, and now lead
second-place Portland by three and a half games.
It’s their largest lead this season, and now is a
good time to have it, because the Beavers and the
third-place Vernon Tigers are also hot, both
winners of five straight. The Seals will begin a
series at home against the Beavers this Friday;
the five-game set will be the clubs’ final
regular-season meeting. San Francisco will play
Vernon eleven times in September.
Portland, in spite of finishing the week with a
five game winning streak, lost ground on the Seals
and were unable to prevent the third-place
Tigers from gaining ground on them. The Beavers
maintain a three and a half game edge on Vernon.
Beavers third baseman Frank Brazill was the Player
of the Week, hitting a blistering .536 with three
home runs and 13 runs driven in. The slugger has
17 home runs and 91 RBI this season to compliment
his .324 average.
At the beginning of the season many observers
believed the Seattle Rainiers had made vast
improvements to their club during the winter and
some predicted the team was ready to compete for a
championship. But after the newly-acquired Ken
Williams went down with a hip injury in April the
Rainiers resumed their usual sub-.500 pattern and
all but their most optimistic fans wrote them off.
But while the Rainiers have struggled for most of
the season to reach .500, they’ve stayed very
close to that mark the whole time, and in a season
where no team seems poised to distance themselves
from the pack, Seattle has always been one hot
streak away from being a serious contender.
That hot streak has finally arrived. The Rainiers
have won seven straight and nine out of their last
ten, and are now just four and a half games out of
a post season berth. Leading the charge was rookie
sensation Babe Herman, who hit .562 with two home
runs and nine runs batted in this week. The
outfielder is hitting a robust .347 this season,
with 15 home runs and 78 RBI.
San Francisco took over sole possession of first
place and now leads Portland by two games. Vernon
and Seattle are tied for third, six and a half
games behind the Seals, and Los Angeles is now
The week was dominated by the also-rans; all four
second-division clubs posted winning records as
Salt Lake City won five out of six and Seattle,
Oakland, and even last-place Sacramento all went
4-2. Portland muddled through a lackluster .500
week, and it was enough to get them a share of
first place, since San Francisco, Vernon and Los
Angeles all fizzled. The Beavers and Seals, at
55-44, lead the Tigers by two games and the Angels
Seattle’s Juan Padron was the Player of the Week.
The southpaw threw back-to-back shutouts against
the Seals and Tigers to raise his record to 7-6
while lowering his ERA to 3.84. Padron got off to
a poor start this season, his first in a Rainiers
uniform, but he’s red hot now, having won his last
The trade deadline came and went, and no PCL team
made a deal with any other PCL team. But there was
some activity, as San Francisco made two
trades, dealing catcher Pete Ricci to the
Philadelphia Athletics for pitcher Dick Moudy and
sending outfielder Lee King to the Cincinnati Reds
for pitcher Herb McQuaid. Los Angeles traded
outfielder Cedric Durst to Washington for pitcher
Rube Yarrison, and Sacramento dealt infielders Don
Brown and Rod Murphy to the New York Giants for
pitcher Rudy Kallio and infielder John Monroe.
San Francisco began the week with a loss in the
crucial series finale against Portland, dropping
the Seals a game behind the Beavers. After that
inauspicious beginning, they rolled to five
straight road wins over Seattle, and sit once
again unopposed at the top of the league
standings. They lead Portland by two games, Vernon
by three and a half, and Los Angeles by four.
Shortstop Dick Lundy helped the Seals to their
second consecutive 5-1 week, grabbing Player of
the Week honors for the second time this season.
King Richard hit .464 with a pair of homers,
twelve runs batted in, and eight runs scored. He's
hitting .353 for the season.
Sacramento has had an extremely disappointing
year and are still in last place, but the Solons
are at least making things difficult for some of
the contenders. In their last two series they’ve
battled the Angels to a draw and taken three out
of five from the Beavers. They’ll try to continue
the trend this week when they meet the Seals.
Vernon beat Los Angeles in their series finale
and then downed Oakland in three of the first five
games of a six game set. Meanwhile Portland and
San Francisco were each winning three and losing
three, so there’s a three-way tie for first place.
The top clubs have identical 49-38 records.
The Angels have fallen three games back, and
Seattle trails by six. The Beavers and Seals play
the last game of their series today, so one of
them will be a game back after the final out.
Oaks left fielder Mule Suttles was the Player of
the Week with 15 hits in 25 at bats, a .600
percentage. On the season Suttles is carrying a
hefty .372 average, good for third in the league.
He also has 15 home runs and 63 RBI.
Shades of 1921-1922? The top two teams in the
league right now are the two that faced off in the
first two Governor’s Cup Series after the PCL
declared itself a major league. “Still a lot of
baseball to be played,” as the saying goes, but
fans in San Francisco and Portland think the
present situation is good as it stands.
The first-place Seals took four out of six from
Oakland while the Beavers beat Seattle five times
in six tries, so Portland picked up a game on the
leaders. The Beavers also slipped by the two
Southern California clubs. Vernon took four out of
six from Los Angeles, so the Tigers trail the
Beavers by one game while the Angels trail them by
The Beavers’ Bill Bagwell was the Player of the
Week. The left fielder hit a scorching .684 with
two home runs and six runs batted in. Bagwell has
a .323 average for the season to go along with ten
homers and 35 RBI.
In another highly competitive week, six teams won
three and lost three. Those six teams are looking
up at a new league leader.
San Francisco won five and lost one, while Vernon
lost five and won one. As a result, the Seals, who
began the week two games behind the Tigers, are
now two games ahead of them and back in first
Seals’ shortstop Dick Lundy was instrumental in
the club’s surge. Lundy hit .520 with a home run
and six runs batted in to take Player of the Week
honors. Lundy’s season average now stands at .350.
Los Angeles is still a game out of first, and
Portland is still two back. The Beavers are now
tied for third place with the Tigers.
The 1925 pennant race may turn out to be just as
exciting and dramatic as last year’s. Vernon,
while going 3-4 this week, did just enough to
finish the week alone in first place, at 40-29.
Los Angeles trails them by a game after edging
Seattle in a five-game set and then splitting two
games against Portland, who took four out of five
from the Tigers at Washington Park and are now
tied with San Francisco, two games out of first.
The Seals had a brief stay in first but lost to
the Tigers twice over the weekend to fall two
Seattle is six games back; Oakland trails by eight,
and Salt Lake City by nine. Sacramento is mired in a
horrendous slump and trails by sixteen.
George Grantham of the Bees missed over a month
after suffering two different injuries, but the
hard-hitting first baseman is making up for lost
time. Grantham is this week’s Player of the Week
after hitting .435 with three home runs, four runs
batted in and seven runs scored. He’s hitting .328
with nine home runs in limited action this year.
Vernon was at San Francisco for a six-game set,
presenting the Tigers with an excellent
opportunity to extend their lead, or the Seals
with an excellent opportunity to close the gap.
Neither happened; the clubs split the series. Los
Angeles and Portland also split their six-game
series, so the top four teams in the circuit
remain exactly where they were this time last
week: the Tigers in first place, with the Angels
and Seals tied for second and trailing by two
games, and the Beavers in fourth place, four games
The Seattle Rainiers aren't standing pat, though:
they’ve been slowly creeping up in the standings,
and are now in fifth place, seven game behind Vernon
but just five behind the Angels and Seals. The
Rainiers are 8-2 in their last ten games.
Turkey Stearnes of Los Angeles was the Player of
the Week. The Halos’ star right fielder took the
honor for the third time this year, hitting .519
with two home runs and nine RBI. He leads the
league with 19 home runs.
The Portland Beavers had the most successful
week, winning their finale against San Francisco
and five out of six against Sacramento. They
remain in fourth place, but the 6-1 run put them
back over .500, just four games out of first.
They’re still looking up at the same three
teams, but something has changed. The Vernon
Tigers are now in first place, with a two-game
cushion over San Francisco and Los Angeles. The
Tigers spent the week in Salt Lake City, and as
often happens, the series produced the Player of
the Week. This time around it’s outfielder/first
baseman Heavy Johnson, the Tigers’ premier
offensive threat the past five seasons. Johnson
hit .545 against the Bees, belting two home runs
and scoring eight times while driving in seven.
For the year, Johnson is hitting a robust .362
with six homers and 44 RBI.
The Seals split the last two games of their
series with Los Angeles, and then took four out of
five against Portland. San Francisco’s 5-2 record
was the best in the league this week, and their
30-19 record is the best this season. They lead
Vernon by a half-game and the Angels by a
game-and-a-half after the two Southland clubs went
5-3. So far the Seals have been doing it more with
pitching and defense than with hitting, but
outfielders Paul Waner and Lefty O’Doul were
swinging the sticks with authority this week.
Waner had three 4-hit games and O’Doul had a
Turkey Stearnes of the Angels also had a five-hit
game, but his teammate, first baseman Jack
Fournier, swung the hottest bat of all, taking
Player of the Week honors after hitting .433 with
four home runs, seven runs batted in, and ten runs
scored. Fournier, hitting .362 this season, has
hit 13 home runs. Stearnes leads the league with
Fourth-place Portland is now a game under .500
and trails the Seals by six. Salt Lake City is a
half-game behind them. Seattle, Oakland, and
Sacramento all had losing records this week to
fall further behind the leaders.
The Vernon Tigers, winners of 10 of their last 13
games, have caught San Francisco and now sit aside
the Seals atop the league standings. The Tigers
have been winning the close ones, and are 10-4 in
one-run games, including three single-tally
victories this week. Getting the big hit when it
counts has allowed the Tigers to compile a 25-17
record while being outscored by their opponents,
Los Angeles battled the opposition to a draw
this week and the Angels remain a game out of
first, while Portland is now three-and-a-half
games back after a rough week that saw them lose
six straight after topping the Seals on Monday.
The Salt Lake City Bees were the victors in five
of those games, and are now just three games under
.500 and five-and-a-half out of first. They were
aided by a tremendous performance by Player of the
Week Crush Holloway, who hit .581 while driving in
ten runs. The 28 year-old left fielder is hitting
.391 for the season with five home runs and 32
Oakland and Seattle are a game behind the Bees at
19-24, and Sacramento is in the cellar with a
In any highly-competitive venture, a single lapse
will enable your competitors to descend upon you
Consider the San Francisco Seals, the top dogs in
the Pacific Coast League for nearly a month. While
they still boast a best-in-circuit record of
22-14, their lackluster 2-4 performance this week
has them feeling like they're surrounded. Vernon
went 5-1, and Portland and Los Angeles each went
4-2, and now the Seals’ lead over all three teams
is down to a single game. A most immediate concern
is the Beavers, who beat them three times in a row
this weekend and can sweep their way into first
place with victories today and tomorrow.
At 16-20, the Seattle Rainiers are still looking
at the pennant race from a distance, but they are
having no difficulty collecting Player of the Week
awards. This time around it’s first baseman George
Kelly, who hit a sizzling .542 with twelve runs
batted in as his team split six games against San
Francisco and Salt Lake City. Kelly is the club’s
third recipient of the honor this season.
After a lackluster 3-8 start, the two-time
champion Angels are rolling and have moved into a
second-place tie with Portland at 17-13. While
nearly the whole team has been on an offensive
tear, right fielder Turkey Stearnes stands out.
Stearnes picked up his second Player of the Week
award this week, hitting .591 with four home runs,
nine runs batted in, and seven runs scored.
Stearnes is a challenger in all three Triple Crown
categories in the young season: with a .413
batting average he is a smidgen behind Salt Lake
City’s Cristobal Torriente, and he trails
Seattle’s Chick Hafey by a single RBI (35-34). The
slugging Halo has no peer in the home run race
however, leading all challengers with 13 home
runs, five more than any other player in the loop.
He hit just 10 all last year. The Angels’ new
home, Wrigley Field, is looking like a real home
run haven: the only two other players in the
league with at least eight home runs are Stearnes’
teammates, George Scales and Jack Fournier.
Scales and Seattle’s George Kelly each had
21-game hitting streaks snapped this week. Scales
is hitting .408 and Kelly is hitting .333.
San Francisco remains at the top of the standings
at 20-10; behind the Angels and Beavers are the
Vernon Tigers at 16-14. The other four clubs are
all at least four games under .500.
Salt Lake City cooled San Francisco down a bit,
but the Seals ended up 4-2 for the week after
splitting the final four meetings of their
six-game set with the Bees and then taking the
first two games of their next sixer at Sacramento.
At 17-7, the Seals lead second-place Vernon
(14-11) by three-and-a-half games.
The Tigers are enjoying their tour of the Pacific
Northwest, having taken four out of six at
Portland and the first three games of a six-game
series at Seattle. Los Angeles (13-11) has surged
into third place after a 4-1 week. Portland rounds
out the first division with a 12-12 ledger.
Salt Lake City center fielder Cristobal Torriente
was the Player of the Week, lighting up Seals and
Angels pitchers to the tune of .630 (17 for 27)
with three home runs and ten runs driven in.
Torriente is hitting .436. He trails the Halos’
George Scales, who is hitting a blistering .455
and has a 20-game hitting streak.
Are the San Francisco Seals back? The 1921 PCL
champs and 1922 runners-up have turned in
back-to-back sub-.500 campaigns, but they’re off
to a good start this season, leading the league
with a 13-5 record. This week they completed a
sweep of the Sacramento Solons before dropping the
first two games of a six-game set against Salt
Lake City; since second-place Portland was
dropping a pair to Vernon at the same time, the
Seals maintain a three-game lead over the Beavers.
It’s early, but things are looking up in the City
by the Bay.
Seattle is in third place, just a half-game
behind Portland at 10-9, and Vernon is a half-game
behind the Rainiers at 9-9.
Los Angeles right fielder Turkey Stearnes won
Player of the Week honors, hitting five home runs
and driving in twelve as the Angels inched closer
to .500. Stearnes leads the league in
round-trippers with 8, and is hitting .388. The
Angels are 9-10 and in fifth place, four-and-half
games behind San Francisco.
For the second straight week, the Player of the
Week was a Seattle Rainiers outfielder. This time,
however, the honor came after a resoundingly
successful week by the team. The Rainiers swept
Oakland in five before falling to Vernon, so after
a 5-1 week the club is 7-5, two games out of first
place. Right fielder Chick Hafey hit for the cycle
in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, then
went a modest two for four in the nightcap. The
Berkeley-born slugger finished the week with a
phenomenal 18 hits in 29 at-bats (.621), driving
in 13 runs. The team received some bad news on
Saturday, however; last week’s Player of the Week,
newly-acquired left fielder Ken Williams, has a
badly strained hip muscle, and may miss most of
The Angels are winless in their new home after
being swept by the Seals. San Francisco has taken
over the top spot in the league with a 9-3 record,
leading Portland (8-4) by a game and Sacramento
and Seattle by two. Salt Lake City and Vernon are
5-7, and Los Angeles (4-8) and Oakland (3-9) are
off to rough starts.
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The Portland Beavers took four out of six at
Seattle, and by so doing are now the sole
occupants of first place in the Pacific Coast
League. As usual, their ace, Bullet Rogan, and
their top hitting star, Oscar Charleston, led the
way. Rogan won both his starts and fashioned a
1.50 ERA in 18 innings, while Charleston hit .462
with a triple and a double.
Curiously, Player of the Week honors went to a
member of the only team in the league to post a
losing record. Seattle’s Ken Williams, back in the
league after a year with the St. Louis Browns, hit
.476 with a double, a triple, two home runs and
seven runs batted in. The Rainiers won’t remain
under .500 for long if Williams continues to hit
The other series were all splits, so Los Angeles,
Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San
Francisco, and Vernon are all tied for second
The Angels completed their new home, 22,000-seat
Wrigley Field, located at Avalon Boulevard and
42nd Place in south Los Angeles. The gorgeous new
Spanish-styled ballpark’s Grand Opening will be
April 20th as the Angels play host to the San
The Vernon Tigers, having balked at the Angels’
offer of tenancy at the new facility, will now
have Washington Park all to themselves. Some
observers feel the Angels deliberately set the
rent too high to force the Tigers to stay put in
the older, smaller facility.
The owners of the league’s seven coastal teams,
weary of underwriting the expensive trips each
club must make to Salt Lake City twice a year,
continued to pressure the Bees to move, but no
suitable location was found. The Bees will call
The Crossroads of the West home for another
For a fifth consecutive off-season the PCL
proposed a tri-league championship tournament with
the American and National Leagues, and was turned
down by the Eastern owners. The PCL’s owners
continue to argue that full recognition as a major
league is inevitable and would ultimately profit
all three leagues, but such recognition does not
appear to be forthcoming anytime soon.
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