1933 World Series
Game One: New York 6, Los Angeles 5 at New York, Fri., Oct. 13, 1933
The Angels had high hopes to continue the P.C.L.’s World Series dominance, but the Giants displayed an unwillingness to play along from the very beginning. Stearnes was thrown out trying to steal by New York backstop Frankie Pytlak to end the top of the opening frame, and the hosts took advantage of center fielder Jigger Statz’ throwing error to plate a first inning run. Los Angeles managed to build a 5-2 lead against Carl Hubbell (26-8, 1.80), but by the ninth the Giants had closed the gap to 5-4 and Paige was out of gas. Dick Ward was asked to close it out for the Halos but he proved unequal to the task, yielding a single, a walk, and left fielder Jo-Jo Moore’s two-out, two-run game-winning double.
Game Two: Los Angeles 7, New York 0 at New York, Sat., Oct. 14, 1933
Ballou, who had closed out the Angels’ Nyquist Trophy Series triumph with a one-hit shutout, nearly duplicated the feat against New York six days later. If anything, he was even better this time, yielding two hits but no walks as the Halos pounded Hal Schumacher (18-8, 2.82) to even the series with a 7-0 rout.
Game Three: New York 5, Los Angeles 1 at New York, Sun., Oct. 15, 1933
Bill Hallahan (19-14, 3.33) handcuffed the Halos for nine innings—they managed just one run on a solo home run by catcher Larry Brown—but Nelson had no such power over the Giants, who used right fielder Mel Ott’s fourth-inning three-run homer as a springboard to a 5-1 victory and a two-games-to-one Series edge.
Game Four: New York 5, Los Angeles 2 at Los Angeles, Thu., Oct. 19, 1933
Hubbell outpitched Paige despite yielding a two-run second-inning single to his lanky, light-hitting mound rival. Pytlak’s bases-loaded triple capped a four-run fifth inning that gave New York a lead that Hubbell never relinquished.
Game Five: New York 8, Los Angeles 7 at Los Angeles, Fri., Oct. 20, 1933
Ballou could not repeat his previous heroics and the luckless Ward was hit hard again in relief as Schumaker and reliever Larry Benton had just enough to fend off the Angels. Ott homered twice, including a grand slam off Ward in the eighth that gave the Giants an 8-5 lead. The Halos scored twice in the ninth and had the winning run in scoring position with one out, but Benton retired first baseman Dink Mothell on a ground-ball fielder’s choice and and shortstop Carl Dittmar on a liner to center to give the Giants—and finally, the East—a World Series championship.
1933 Nyquist Trophy Series
Game One: Los Angeles 7, Sacramento 0 at Los Angeles, Tue., Oct. 3, 1933
The two finalists’ undisputed aces, Satchel Paige (30-8, 2.23) of the Angels and Willie Foster (20-13, 3.14) of the Solons squared off in Game One. Angels first baseman Gene Lillard broke the ice with a run-scoring single in the first, and second basemen George Scales’ two-run double in the second made it 3-0 early. Foster completed the game but was never really in it, while Paige fanned 10 and cruised to a 7-0, four-hit shutout.
Game Two: Los Angeles 7, Sacramento 6 at Los Angeles, Wed., Oct. 4, 1933
The Solons built a four-run lead on two two-run singles off Los Angeles’ Win Ballou (18-12, 3.54), one from catcher Josh Gibson in the third inning and another one from left fielder Cuckoo Christensen in the sixth. Manny Salvo (13-6, 3.17) pitched shutout ball for Sacramento for six innings but right fielder Turkey Stearnes’ two-out, two-run single capped a game-tying four-run rally in the seventh. Sacramento thought they had it won when pinch-hitter Cal Lahman hit a two-run home run in the top of the eleventh off Bill Hartwig, but the Angels rallied off Al Fisch in the bottom of the frame, as Scales delivered an RBI-double and Stearnes followed with a towering drive over the outstretched glove of center fielder Vince DiMaggio to score the tying and winning runs.
Game Three: Los Angeles 4, Sacramento 3 at Sacramento, Fri., Oct. 6, 1933
The Angels jumped on Oscar Levis (7-5, 3.62) for three in the first, and Lynn Nelson (13-9, 3.86) kept the Solons at bay, yielding just two sixth inning runs on a Gibson single. Scales tripled twice, driving in a run both times, as the Halos made it three straight.
Game Four: Sacramento 2, Los Angeles 0 at Sacramento, Sat., Oct. 7, 1933
Paige and Foster locked horns in a Game One rematch. Paige, down 1-0 after DiMaggio’s second-inning sacrifice fly, struggled with some uncharacteristic wildness in fourth walking the bases loaded. This time he got DiMaggio to bounce into a double play, but a second run scored. As it turned out the first one was all Foster would need; his 8-strikeout, 7-hit shutout got Sacramento in the win column and gave Solons’ fans visions of a comeback.
Game Five: Los Angeles 11, Sacramento 0 at Sacramento, Sun., Oct. 8, 1933
Right fielder Hank Steinbacher’s third-inning double was the only hit the Solons would manage off Ballou, who walked six but still fashioned a shutout. Los Angeles scored early and often, series MVP Scales homered and tripled, and the Angels ended Sacramento’s two-year stranglehold on the Nyquist Trophy, picking up their fourth P.C.L. championship in the bargain.
Sacramento’s 7-6 victory over Oakland clinched a playoff berth for the Solons, allowing them to rest players over the final four games of the regular season and set their rotation for the Nyquist Trophy Series against Los Angeles. The Angels, of course, had given themselves a week to prepare by clinching home field advantage the previous Sunday. Los Angeles finished with a 93-61 record, eight games ahead of Sacramento (85-69). Mission and Portland wound up tying for third at 75-75, 14 games off the pace. Oakland (72-82) finished fifth, San Francisco and Seattle (both 70-84) tied for sixth, and Hollywood finished last at 68-86.
Joe Cronin of Sacramento was the batting champion, hitting .365; Ox Eckhardt of Mission had the second best mark at .352 while Cronin’s teammate Josh Gibson was third at .344. Los Angeles’ Wally Berger won the home run crown with 35 round-trippers, bettering Gibson (32) and teammate Gene Lillard (30). Portland’s Bob Johnson led the loop in RBI with 118, just ahead of Gibson (116) and Hollywood’s John Beckwith (114). Cool Papa Bell of Mission swiped 73 bags to pace the circuit for the third straight year, stealing fifty more than his closest competitor, Frenchy Bordagaray of Sacramento.
The Angels’ Satchel Paige won the pitching Triple Crown, pacing the circuit in wins with 30 and strikeouts with 226 while posting a 2.23 ERA. Other pitching stalwarts were Portland’s Ted Trent, who won 21 games and finished second in ERA at 2.86; Oakland’s Luis Tiant, who fanned just one batter less than Paige while leading the league in games started and innings pitched; Sacramento’s Willie Foster, who won 20 games, and San Francisco’s Lefty Gomez, who finished third in ERA at 3.00 and third in strikeouts with 176.
The Nyquist Trophy Series will begin in Los Angeles on October 3; the Angels (90-58) clinched home-field advantage in the Series with their 9-5 victory over Oakland on Sunday. They do not officially have an opponent yet, but only an extremely dramatic turn of events could prevent Sacramento (82-66) from claiming the spot. The Solons split their six-game series with third-place Portland (77-71) this past week and therefore maintained a five-game edge over the Beavers with just six to play.
Portland’s Ted Trent certainly gave it his all this season. The big right-hander is 20-13 with a 2.94 ERA, and has just been named Player of the Week after hurling two complete game victories—one a 12-inning, 1-0 shutout—over Sacramento as the Beavers struggled to stay alive.
The Angels’ Satchel Paige defeated Oakland 7-1 on Friday, notching his 30th victory of the season. Paige (30-7, 2.20), who has won 28 and 29 games on two other occasions, becomes the first 30-game winner in the Coast League since Bullet Rogan of Portland went 31-6 in 1922.
Los Angeles (87-55) has officially qualified for the postseason. The Angels, who won four and lost two this week, hold a 13-game lead over third-place Portland (74-68) with 12 to play. The Halos’ next goal will be to clinch home field advantage for the Nyquist Trophy Series. They lead second-place Sacramento (79-63) by eight.
The Solons also went 4-2 this week while the Beavers went a dismal 1-5, which makes Portland’s upcoming six-game series at Sacramento critical. The series begins Wednesday. A sweep by the Beavers would put them a game ahead of the Solons, but even winning five of six will not get them even. For all practical purposes the Beavers need to win at least five to stay competitive.
While fourth-place Mission (72-70) still retains the dimmest of playoff hopes, Oakland (66-76), San Francisco (64-78), Hollywood (63-79), and Seattle (63-79) were all officially eliminated from the race this week. Going down fighting was Stars third baseman John Beckwith, who earned the nod as Player of the Week after hitting .440 with six home runs, an incredible 17 runs batted in, and seven runs scored. Beckwith soared to the top of the league RBI leader board; his 110 tops Portland’s Bob Johnson by two. Beckwith’s season marks—.313, 21 HR, 110 RBI—are consistent with the high standards the 33-year-old has established during his 13-year career.
Sacramento (75-61) is on the move. The Solons began the week by splitting a doubleheader with Los Angeles (83-53), then took five straight from Hollywood (61-75). The Solons have passed Portland (73-63) in the standings and are now in second place, trailing the Angels by eight and leading the Beavers by two. Sacramento and Portland meet at Moreing Park for six games starting Sept. 20.
Sacramento catcher Josh Gibson is the Player of the Week. The 21-year-old backstop hit .455 with three home runs, six runs batted in, and seven runs scored. Gibson is now second in the league in hitting at .344, tied for second in home runs with 26, and fourth in RBI with 96. He hit .409 in August and is hitting .414 so far in September. The Solons are 26-12 during that span.
Willie Wells, The Seattle Rainiers’ 28-year-old star shortstop, is enduring by far his worst season, hitting just .222, more than 80 points below his career average. In spite of the season-long slump he’s collected 19 home runs and 75 runs batted in, and has just been named Player of the Week after a .310, 4-homer, 9-RBI performance. The Rainiers haven’t had a good season, but the re-emergence of their biggest star bodes well for the future.
Los Angeles (79-50) has stretched its lead over Portland (70-59) and Sacramento (69-60) back to nine and ten games, respectively, so the Angels are looking like a near-lock for the postseason. The race between the Beavers and Solons, separated by just one game, is where the action is, although Mission (65-64) cannot be declared out of contention, trailing the Beavers by five and the Solons by four. The Bells need help from the rest of the league to catch Sacramento but they have five games left against Portland, September 13-17. Immediately following that series the Beavers will take on the Solons for six. The race for the second postseason berth is not likely to be decided before then.
Portland (68-55) is in a slightly better place than they were this time last week, but the Beavers are not exactly breathing easily. After winning five of seven this week they still trail Los Angeles (75-47) by seven and a half games, but they’ve increased their lead over third-place Sacramento (66-56) to one and a half games. The Solons remained hot, winning four of six, while the Angels split six. Fourth place Mission (61-61) is six and a half games behind the second place Beavers, so unless the Bells catch fire soon, it looks like the list of playoff contenders is down to three.
Willie Foster of Sacramento is the Player of the Week. Foster (17-9, 2.89) hurled shutouts against Los Angeles and Hollywood, his second and third consecutive whitewashes, respectively. The 29-year-old veteran was a perfect 5-0 during July and appears poised to win 20 games for the fifth season in a row.
Sacramento (62-54) seems to get hot every year around this time, and the Solons have once again come to life. A week ago they were fourteen games out of first place and five games out of second. This week they handed second-place Portland (63-53) four losses in five games and then took the first two games of a five game set with league-leading Los Angeles (72-44). The Solons have closed within one game of the Beavers and within nine of the Angels, with whom they have eight more meetings in the next two weeks.
Mission’s Ox Eckhardt has been something of a journeyman in this league since breaking in in 1929 at the age of 27, but he’s hit over .300 in every season. This year he has battled two teammates, Cool Papa Bell and Rap Dixon, for the batting title and has emerged on top after a Player of the Week performance during which he hit .467. Eckhardt’s .344 leads Bell’s and Dixon’s .342 and Solon Joe Cronin’s .341 in the tightest batting race in recent memory.
Los Angeles (70-39) remains in command of the pennant race, nine games ahead of second-place Portland (61-48), while the Beavers hold a five-game lead over their closest competition, Sacramento (56-53). Those are the only three teams over .500. Mission (53-56), Hollywood (52-57), Oakland (51-58), and San Francisco (51-58) are separated by just two games, but they’re all eight or more games out of the playoff hunt. There’s still time for any of them to make a move, but right now there’s not much of a race.
Hollywood’s John Beckwith would like to see his teammates put together a hot streak. Beckwith is this week’s Player of the Week, having hit .379 with a home run and seven runs batted in. Beckwith has been around awhile—he’s the league’s all-time leader in games, at-bats, hits, singles, and doubles—but there appears to be plenty still left in the 33-year-old infielder’s tank. This year he’s leading the league in doubles with 34 and is tied for third in RBI with 80. He’s hitting .316 with 14 home runs.
Hollywood second baseman Tony Lazzeri took home Player of the Week honors after hitting .545 (12-for-22) this week. Lazzeri’s 1933 statistics so far—9 HR, 32 RBI, .291—are a bit below his usual standards, but still indicate good production for a middle infielder. The Stars will look to the 29-year-old-veteran for leadership both on and off the field in the wake of recent developments—star center fielder Earl Averill’s elbow fracture will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles (66-37) played .500 ball this week, enabling second-place Portland (57-45) to gain a game and a half on them in the standings. The Beavers were 4-1 and now trail the Angels by 8 1/2 games. Their lead over third-place Sacramento (52-51) is 5 1/2 games. Hollywood (50-52) is in fourth place, seven games behind Portland. Mission (50-53) is a half-game behind the Stars and San Francisco (49-54) is a game behind the Bells. Any of these teams could put together a hot streak and challenge for a playoff spot but that would represent a departure from this season’s norm, as for the most part these teams have been beating each other up and failing to maintain any momentum.
Los Angeles’ (63-34) lead over second-place Portland (53-44) has swelled to double figures—10 games—on the heels of five Angels victories in six games this week. The last three of those wins came at the expense of the Beavers, a pair of 1-0 shutouts and 15-14 donnybrook. The two clubs’ final meeting of the regular season is today.
Portland will have to rely on other teams to help them catch the Halos, but the Beavers’ postseason bid is entirely in their own hands. They still lead three teams—Hollywood, Mission, and Sacramento (all 48-49) by five games and San Francisco (47-50) by six.
The Seals’ Ernie Sulik is the Player of the Week. The 23-year-old San Francisco native hit a smouldering .632 and drove in eight runs as the Seals, trying desperately to get back into the playoff chase, took four of six. Sulik is in his fourth year, his first as a full-time player, and he’s hit over .300 in all four. This season’s .339 is his best percentage to date.
It’s too bad third place doesn’t count for anything in this league; there’s been a furious battle for the third spot throughout this season, and particularly in recent weeks. This week Sacramento (45-46), on the strength of a five-game winning streak, has emerged on top of a five-team pileup that includes Hollywood (44-47), Mission (44-47), San Francisco (43-48), and Oakland (42-49); the five teams have been moving up and down between third and seventh place all season, and currently only three games separate the third-place Solons from the seventh-place Oaks.
Unfortunately there has been very little jockeying lately for the two spots that do lead to the postseason, first place and second place. Los Angeles (58-33) now leads Portland (51-40) by seven games, and the Beavers still lead the third-place Solons by six. The Beavers have been losing ground to the Angels at the rate of one game per week over the past three weeks in spite of outstanding individual performances; left fielder Bob Johnson is Portland’s third consecutive Player of the Week. Johnson hit 444 with two homers and seven runs batted in. The two home runs give him 17 for the season, tied for second-most in the league; the seven RBI give him 72, just three off the league lead. Johnson is hitting .319.
Los Angeles (55-31) played .500 ball this week, but that was enough to put one more game between themselves and second-place Portland (48-37), who dropped four of six. The Angels and Beavers began a six-game set in Los Angeles on Friday and have split the first four meetings. They face each other again in Portland from July 28–July 31 for their final five meetings of the regular season, so this month will represent the Beavers’ best opportunity to make a challenge for the top spot.
Third baseman Pinky Higgins is making the most of it. The 24-year-old hit .423 with two home runs and six runs batted in to capture Player of the Week honors. Higgins is hitting .308 for the season, with eight homers and 49 RBI. The Beavers are six games in back of the Angels but they still lead their closest challengers, San Francisco (42-43), by six games. Portland is seven games ahead of Mission and Hollywood (both 41-44), eight games ahead of Sacramento (40-45), and nine games ahead of Oakland (39-46).
It’s Rivalry Week in the Pacific Coast League, as teams square off against foes that are in some cases, their park mates, and in others, their closest neighbors. With the traditional July 4 doubleheader, the teams all played eight games in seven days this week. The ten-game tourney continues with games on Monday and Tuesday, and then the same match ups will not recur until the final week of the regular season.
The Player of the Week is 40-year-old Earl Sheely of Portland. The veteran first baseman led the Beavers (46-33) to six wins in eight games against Seattle by hitting a cool .500 with three home runs and thirteen runs batted in. Portland was unable to gain ground on from-running Los Angeles (51-38) but the Beavers now hold a six-game lead over their closest followers, Mission (40-39). The third-place Bells are two games ahead of Hollywood (38-41). Oakland and San Francisco (both 37-42) are tied for fifth, Sacramento (36-43) is in seventh and Seattle (31-48) is in eighth.
Los Angeles (45-26) dropped their last two games—both 6-5 losses to Oakland—but the Angels had won four straight prior to that, and now lead Portland (40-31) by five games and third-place Hollywood (36-35) by nine. The Beavers lost four of six this week and the Stars split their six games. Hollywood is facing a make-or-break opportunity to tighten the race, as they play their next ten games against the front-running Halos.
The Stars’ Earl Averill was having a relatively pedestrian campaign, at least relative to his own very high standards, but the 31-year-old center fielder caught fire this week, hitting .481 with two home runs and seven runs batted in. Averill is hitting “just” .316 this year, with “just” 11 home runs, but he’s on the tails of the RBI leaders; with 58, he trails only Mission’s Rap Dixon (63) and Los Angeles’ Wally Berger (62).
Mission (35-36) is in fourth place, ten games behind Los Angeles, San Francisco (34-37) is a game behind the Bells, Sacramento (33-38) is a game behind the Seals, Oakland (32-39) is a game behind the Solons, and Seattle (29-42) is three games behind the Oaks.
Mission’s Rap Dixon has been a solid performer over the years, but the 30-year-old right fielder seems to be coming into his own this season. This week Dixon hit .476 with three home runs and ten runs batted in to earn the Player of the Week award as the Bells (33-32) picked up a game on league-leading Los Angeles (41-24). Dixon tops the trio of Bells who are currently 1-2-3 in the league in batting: Dixon, .390, Cool Papa Bell, .367, Ox Eckhardt, .356. Dixon also tops the loop in RBI (59) and total bases (162).
Portland (38-27) also gained a game on the Angels and trail the leaders by three. The Bells and Hollywood (33-32) are tied for third, eight games back, and Sacramento (30-35) and San Francisco (30-35) are tied for fifth, eleven games out of first and eight out of a postseason berth.
The heavy hitting of Wally Berger lifted Los Angeles (39-20) to four wins in six games. Berger hit safely in half of his at-bats this week (11-for-22), adding two home runs and driving in nine. The 27-year-old left fielder raised his average to .325. His 13 home runs pace the circuit and his 48 runs batted in are one off the league lead. The Angels hold a four-game lead over second-place Portland (35-24).
Elsewhere, Hollywood’s four wins in six tries allowed the Stars (31-28) to pass Mission (30-29) in the standings and move into third place, picking up a game on the Beavers in the process. Portland leads Hollywood by four and Mission by five. Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco are all tied for fifth at 26-33, nine games out of second and 13 games out of first. Seattle (23-36) is 12 games out of a postseason berth.
The voters of the P.C.L. Player of the Week Award usually focus on the outstanding performances of every day players, but from time to time a pitcher will grab their attention. This is one of those times, as Sacramento’s Bobby Hurst was honored. Hurst threw a five-hit shutout against Mission on Tuesday, then made two relief appearances later in the week against Seattle and picked up another win. For the week he was 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA, allowing just seven hits and one run in ten innings of work.
Portland (32-21) picked up a game on league-leading Los Angeles (35-18); the Beavers trail the Angels by three. Mission (27-26) fell to eight games off the pace, while Hollywood (also 27-26) gained ground on the Halos and are now tied with the Bells for third.
All P.C.L. pitchers seem to have one thing in common: none of them can figure out how to get Cool Papa Bell out.
The Mission center fielder is the Player of the Week for the second time in a row and third time in the last four weeks. This time he earned it by hitting .538 and driving in six runs. Bell is now hitting a league-leading .409 and is also leading in runs scored with 42 and stolen bases with 29; the latter figure is more than any four players in the league combined.
The Bells (25-22) are keeping their heads above water and picked up a half-game on second-place Portland (28-19), but have fallen seven games behind Los Angeles (32-15). The Angels are hot right now, having won six of seven this week. San Francisco (22-25) also had a good week, winning five of six.
It was another productive week for Cool Papa Bell of Mission, who hit .500 (11-for-22) with four runs batted in and four runs scored. Bell leads the loop in hitting (.390) and currently has a 19-game hitting streak. Mission (22-19), meanwhile, still trails Los Angeles (26-14) by four and a half games and Portland (22-15) by three and a half, but the Bells are keeping the pressure on the front-runners. The Angels, Beavers and Bells all won three of five games this week, as did Sacramento and San Francisco (both 17-24), who are tied for sixth place. Hollywood (20-20) remains in fourth place, Oakland (19-22) is in fifth, and Seattle (16-24) is back in the cellar.
Rap Dixon of Mission (19-17) surged into the league lead in batting this week, hitting .545 with a home run and eight runs batted in. Dixon’s .379 edges his teammate Cool Papa Bell’s .373. The Bells, who got off to a slow start (7-10 in April) have been playing winning ball of late and are now in third place, four and a half games behind Los Angeles (23-12) and three and a half behind Portland (22-13).
Another Bell, pitcher Frank Shellenback, hit a milestone this week, winning his 200th Coast League game. Actually, he did even better that that; he also won his 201st, the latter in relief. Shellenback, 201-164 in his P.C.L. career, has more victories in this league than any other pitcher. He’s also the loop’s all-time leader in games, games started, innings pitched, and hits allowed. He’s 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA so far this year.
Mission’s Cool Papa Bell was a frequent (six-time) winner of the Player of the Week award during the 1920’s but the honor had eluded him this decade until now. The man for whom many believe the Bells were named hit .448 with five runs scored and four runs batted in, leading Mission (15-15) to five wins in seven games, sufficient to even their record and vault them into third place. Still just 29, the eleven-year veteran is hitting .364 so far this year.
Los Angeles (21-9) has lost their last two games but the Angels won four straight from Sacramento (13-17) prior to that and sit atop the league standings board with a two and a half game lead over Portland (18-11). The Beavers struggled a bit this week, losing three of five, but remain in second place, three and a half games over third place Mission. Hollywood (14-15) is a half-game behind the Bells while Oakland, Sacramento, and Seattle (all 13-17) are in a three-way tie for fifth. San Francisco (12-18) is a game behind them, in last place but just six and a half games out of second.
Oakland’s George Kelly is certainly enjoying his second tour of the Coast League. The 37-year-old San Francisco native has only been back for four weeks and he’s been Player of the Week for half that time. He earned the honor this week by hitting .476 with four home runs and seven runs batted in.
The race tightened up a bit, as both of the top two teams in the league played less than .500 ball this week. Los Angeles (17-7) has sole possession of first place, but the Angels have lost three in a row and went 3-4 overall. Portland (16-8) fared even worse, winning two and losing five, so the Beavers have dropped a game behind the Halos. Sacramento (11-13) and Seattle (10-14) both went 5-2 and are riding three and five-game winning streaks, respectively; the Solons have moved into a fourth-place tie with Oakland (also 11-13), a half-game behind third-place Hollywood (11-12) and six games out of first, while the Rainiers have climbed out of the cellar, and are seven games out of first. Mission is 10-13 and San Francisco is 9-15.
The City of Angels fields two teams in the P.C.L., Los Angeles and Hollywood, who between them have made one postseason appearance (a loss) since 1928. So there’s been a bit of a drought in the Southland, but if this week is any indication, the drought may be coming to an end; the Angels and Stars both went 6-0. The Angels (14-3) swept San Francisco (5-12) and have caught Portland (14-3) for first place in spite of a 5-1 week for the Beavers. The Stars (9-8) swept Oakland (8-9), and edged past the Oaks into third place.
The Halos’ Turkey Stearnes was awarded both the Player of the Week Award and the Batter of the Month Award. For the week he hit .462 with two home runs and six runs batted in; at the end of April he is hitting .342 and leading the league in both home runs (6) and RBI (19).
Last season Oscar Charleston, the Portland Beavers’ longtime star and captain, was injured early in the season, and the Beavers dropped out of the race not long afterwards. This season has started out slightly differently. Charleston has gone on the disabled list again, but is expected to return much sooner—and the Beavers (9-2) are winning regardless. They’ve just taken four of the first five games of a six-game series with defending champions Sacramento (3-8) and sit atop the standings board with a one-game lead over Los Angeles (8-3). Charleston, nursing a severely strained hamstring, is due back in about a week, and will be returning to what appears to be a highly-competitive team.
San Francisco (5-6) recovered from a rough opening week, winning four of six this week, largely due to the efforts of the ageless Lefty O’Doul. O’Doul, 36, hit .520 with a home run and four runs batted in, raising his season average to .400 and his lifetime mark to .344.
Opening Week 1933
Los Angeles, Mission, and Portland are tied for first place after a week’s play. The Angels and Bells took four of five from their park-mates, Hollywood and San Francisco, respectively, while the Beavers did the same to their Northern neighbors, Seattle.
37-year-old George Kelly of Oakland is the Player of the Week. The longtime Seattle Rainier is back in the Coast League after stints with Cincinnati and Boston. “High Pockets” went 10-for-21 (.476) with two home runs and seven runs batted in to lead the Oaks to two wins in five games against the defending champion Sacramento Solons.
Other standout performers from Opening Week include the Oaks’ Buzz Arlett, who hit .529; the Angels’ Turkey Stearnes, who hit three home runs; and the Beavers’ Bob Johnson, who drove in nine runs.