Seattle Rainiers


Current Season
Team History
All-Time Leaders    Batting    Pitching
League Championship Titles: None
Manager: Dutch Ruether
Ballpark: Civic Field

Civic Field   Opened: 1932   Capacity: 15,000
Third Avenue North and Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington

AVG overall .989
LHB .983, RHB .992
Doubles .987
Triples 1.159
HR overall 1.701
LHB .905, RHB 2.130

Distances/wall heights
Left Field line 265 ft./9 ft.
Left Field 315 ft./9 ft.
Left-Center Field 375 ft./9 ft.
Center Field 450 ft./9 ft.
Right-Center Field 430 ft./9 ft.
Right Field 390 ft./9 ft.
Right Field line 360 ft./9 ft.

In the Redux

The Rainiers’ fourth-place finish last season was their best showing since 1927, but it wasn’t enough to save George Burns’ job. New hire Dutch Ruether is quite familiar with P.C.L. baseball, having pitched for the Seals, Bells, Rainiers, and Oaks. Ruether has vowed to manage from the bench this season and leave the pitching to the Rainiers’ talented young staff.

Real-life history

From 1901 the Pacific Northwest League had a club known as the Seattle Clamdiggers, and when that league merged with the California League to become the Pacific Coast League in 1903, the Clamdiggers became the Siwashes; they were also at times referred to as the Indians. The PCL contracted to four teams after the 1906 season, and the Siwashes/Indians were one of the casualties. They didn’t disband, however; the team competed for the next 11 years in the Class-B Northwest League.

The 1924 champs in the days when sleeves were long, pants were wide, and superstitious seamstresses refused to sew the lettering on perpendicular to the pinstripes.

An expansion team originally called the Seattle Rainiers joined the PCL with Portland in 1919, bringing the number of teams in the league to eight. The Rainiers soon reverted back to their earlier Indians monicker, and won the pennant in 1924 (their first) but returned to the second division the following season and stayed there for more than a decade. Adding insult to injury, their home field, Dugdale Park, was torched by an arsonist in 1932. For the next five and a half years they were forced to play on the hard dirt of Civic Stadium.

After the game, there’s an exhibition of postmodernist works in the concourse.

They were purchased by Emil Sick in 1938. Sick pulled the name Rainiers out of mothballs, and this time it stuck. The name was doubly appropriate, reflecting both the team’s proximity to Washington’s Mt. Rainier and their owner’s other successful enterprise, the Rainier Brewing Company (the beer connection also provided the team its informal nickname, the “Suds”). Also in 1938 Sick built 15,000-seat Sick’s Stadium on the site of their previous home, Dugdale Park. The Rainiers soared to the top of the standings in 1939, their first of three consecutive first-place finishes. They lost the league championship that year, but took the title four years in a row, 1940-1943. They also won pennants in 1951 and 1955.

In 1965 they were purchased by the California Angels and renamed the Seattle Angels. They won one more pennant under that name, in 1966. Their last season was 1968; the franchise was disbanded when Seattle was awarded an American League franchise the following season. That team, the Pilots, lasted only one year in Seattle, but in 1977 the American League was ready to try again, and the Seattle Mariners have represented the city ever since.