Seattle Rainiers

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Team History
All-Time Leaders    Batting    Pitching
League Championship Titles: 1935
Ballpark: Sick’s Stadium

Sick’s Stadium   Opened: 1938   Capacity: 12,000
South McClellan Street and Rainier Avenue, Seattle, Washington

AVG overall .992
LHB .992, RHB .992
Doubles .954
Triples .983
HR overall .796
LHB .796, RHB .796

Distances/wall heights
Left Field line 325 ft./8 ft.
Left Field 345 ft./8 ft.
Left-Center Field 405 ft./12.5 ft.
Center Field 400 ft./12.5 ft.
Right-Center Field 402 ft./12.5 ft.
Right Field 345 ft./8 ft.
Right Field line 325 ft./8 ft.

In the Redux

The Rainiers have one Pacific Coast League championship but have yet to win a World Series title. The Rainiers also made a postseason appearance in 1927.

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.

Seattle Rainiers Uniform History

1921-1923 Home

1924-1926 Home

1927-1929 Home

1930-1931 Home

1932-1935 Home

1921-1923 Away

1924-1926 Away

1927-1929 Away

1930-1931 Away

1932-1935 Away

1936-1937 Home

1938-1940 Home

1941-1942 Home

1943-1950 Home

1936-1937 Away

1938-1942 Away

1943-1950 Away

1951-1952 Home

1953-1954 Home

1955 Home

1956-1957 Home

1958 Home

1951-1954 Away

1955 Away

1956-1957 Away

1958 Away

1959-1960 Home

1961-1964 Home

1959-1960 Away

1961-1964 Away